OAK BROOK, IL—B., a hyperlocal farm-to-table restaurant, is now open at the newly renovated Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center.
Centered around three core pillars: local, fresh and seasonal, B.’s “casually dramatic” identity is reflected in its modern-design-meets-Audubon setting and its globally artistic menu designed by Executive Chef Sean Patrick Curry, according to the company.
The 167-seat full-service restaurant, which is now open to the public, features a patisserie, a bourbon-focused lounge, Chef’s Gardens for ingredient sourcing and an on-site honey harvesting program aimed at raising awareness for declining honeybees.
In order to serve the freshest product possible, Curry sources from a 2,000-sq.-ft. Chef’s Garden located on the resort’s 150 acres. He has also partnered with a lineup of Midwestern farms and purveyors, including Viking Farm, Butcher and Larder, Great American Cheese, Seedling Farm, Heritage Prairie Farm, Kilgus Farm and Local Foods, to name a few.
When the growing season is on hiatus, Curry and his dedicated staff will incorporate the use of traditional preservation techniques, such as pickling, in order to keep the farm-fresh structure alive, according to the company. Rotating seasonal lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of dining options, from shared plates, charcuterie—prepared by an in-house butcher—and thin crust pizzas drizzled with house-farmed B. Honey, to chef-crafted entrees that can be paired with any number of courses or ordered individually.
B. is set on an Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary that is part of the 18-hole Championship Willow Crest Golf Club. Cared after by a full-time horticultural staff, B.’s outdoor initiatives consist of the honeybee program and gardens for hyperlocal sourcing. The growing space includes a main Chef’s Garden for vegetables, a Cocktail Garden for herb infusions and a Foodscaping Garden for ornamental/functional edibles.
Led by the architectural firm of O’Kelly Kasprak, the inspiration is motivated by local history and mid-century modern simplicity. The theme incorporates natural tones with punches of color that give a sense of history, geometric patterns that feel modern and orthogonal lines that create open space.