Michael Jordan, Locavore!

August 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Via, Urban Daddy, we received the menu (pdf) for Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, about to open in the Inter-Continental Hotel.  It did not take us more than a few seconds of perusing the menu to learn to our delight that ol’ number 23 is, like us, a locavore.  His Airness eats local!

Just look at the names dripping from his menu: Prairie Fruit Farms, Pinn Oaks Farm, Alder Kase Reserve, La Quercia, Nueske, SarVecchio, Tallgrass (we’ll accept it as local for several reasons).  Besides all the name brands, the menu features an array of produce that smacks of farmer’s market: heirloom tomatoes, opal basil, sweet corn.  Need more?  The ice cream comes from Black Dog Gelato.  The beer lists features Metropolitan, Flossmoor Brewing, Half Acre and other beers from nearby.

Like us, Mr. Jordan does not believe that eating local means only eating local.  We too are fine with lobster (very sustainable) and shrimp (assuming they’re Gulf).  It does not even bother us that a midst all of the local cheeses, the menu has a dish with Oregon’s Rogue blue and another with Vermont’s Spring Brook raclette.  We are not upset that the steakhouse did not go all 100 mile on us.  Practical approach.  That’s the way we like it.