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A new name, menu at Starved Rock Lodge

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 1:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 2:00 p.m. CDT
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David Jones, the food and beverage director of Starved Rock Lodge, shares with his staff the new menu at Elements, the new name for the lodge's main dining room.

UTICA — Elements is the new name for the main dining room at Starved Rock Lodge.

In addition to the new name, a new menu has been unveiled. A new, hand-crafted sign hangs over the entrance to welcome guests to the historic venue built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

As Starved Rock Lodge celebrates its 75th anniversary, naming the dining room gives it its own identity.

“We were committed to staying true to the heritage of this unique place, inspired by nature and architecture,” said Terry Cross, Lodge CEO/president, “The name Elements is the embodiment of the environment here, as it relates to the essence of great food and drink.”

Elements features a staff of experienced leaders in the restaurant industry. David Jones has taken the lead as food and beverage director at the lodge. Jones, a native to Milwaukee, Wis., joined the team in late 2013 after working in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years. Jones is teamed with Executive Chef “Bear” (Barry) Brooks.

Together, Jones and Brooks have developed a new menu (featured on the lodge’s website at www.starvedrocklodge.com/dining.

“Our menu selections have been developed with a contemporary spin on classy and traditional comfort food with a little bite of sass, and a nod to Native American cuisine. There are some menu staples that will remain, such as our signature pot roast and Gorgonzola nachos,” said Jones

Elements serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations are necessary. Call 815-220-7321.

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