Big Grove Tavern

Spence Farm Foundation would like to give a big thank you to Big Grove Tavern. During the month of July they are donating a portion of their weekday lunch business to Spence Farm Foundation.


Big Grove Tavern is the first true Farm-to-Table restaurant in the Champaign-Urbana area. Chef Jessica Gorin and Sous Chefs Terrah King and Matt Plaisier draw inspiration from the local farmer’s market and utilize exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. Each menu reflects our solid commitment to using naturally-raised and organic ingredients sourced directly from local farms and farmers’ markets.

Our name comes from a large stand of trees called, “The Big Grove,” which offered shelter from the wide open prairie skies during the earliest days of our community. Now known as Busey Woods, you can still see the remnant of Big Grove in Urbana today. Eat, drink and think local.

If you find yourself in downtown Champaign during the weekday between 11:00 and 3:00 you should consider supporting both a local business and Spence Farm Foundation, as well as the local food and farm-to-table movements.

For reservations you can either call 217-239-3505 or click here.

For more information on Big Grove Tavern visit their website.

Amy Cook