Just how much pumpkin can one person eat? We’re smack dab in the middle of fall harvest season and, this year, chefs are thinking outside of their gourd. Autumn foods serve different roles in different regions of the country—in the north they’re meant to keep you warm on a crisp day, in the south they offer a reprieve from steamy summer days. Across the land, folks are cheering on their football teams, snacks in hand.
In Chicago, restaurants are getting creative with their autumn ingredients, gathering from the garden sun-ripened stone fruits, fresh eggplant, harvested squash and more. Take a look at five fall dishes that embody harvest season.