A local grocer in Downers Grove
with an old world market approach
Now you can actually look forward to getting your groceries. By your next visit we hope you’ll know your butcher and cheese monger by name. Our professional staff takes time to answer your questions. Let us introduce you to a finer Chicago grocery experience. Oh, and did we mention you can wine, dine, socialize while you shop? See what makes up the Lemon Tree difference.
Our grocery department features a variety of unique & hard-to-find local artisan goods. Our specialty is natural and organic foods that both your taste buds and body will enjoy. There is something for every type of lifestyle; vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, kosher and more! We look for brands that are made from the highest quality ingredients. You’ll also find a wide range of foods free from preservatives, artificial flavors and additives.
Lemon Tree Grocer brings you the highest quality produce available. We have a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, some locally grown, some organic and some using traditional farming practices.
We take advantage of seasonal availability and purchase from all over the world. The end result? We have the absolute best produce on our shelves and in your home at an affordable price.
We specialize in bringing responsibly raised and produced meats and seafood that the customer can buy in good conscience knowing that not only is the quailty in good standing but the methods of raising and processing are as well.
We offer items like Miller Amish chickens which are all vegetarian fed, hormone and antibiotic free. Our other brands include Niman Ranch beef, which continues to earn respect amongst those who look for beef products that are pasture-raised, vegetarian-fed, antibiotic and hormone free, 100% Angus beef. Coming soon, the meat department will be carrying Tall Grass brand grass-fed beef, as founded by Chicago’s WBBM-TV anchor, Bill Kurtis.
The meat department always has plenty to offer in the way of prepared goods as well including holiday roasts, marinated meats, and house-made fresh and smoked sausages, While the meat department can’t offer everything in the case at once, we are happy to special order items from our purveyors and take orders for any item at any time. Simply stop in or call us! Discover the excitement of pairing your favorite foods with the perfect wine! Our Wine Director is available for complimentary consultation and is always happy to help!
We also work closely with our seafood purveyors to bring in quality seafood. Whenever possible, we carry seafood that is considered “Best Choice” as listed on the MBA international Sustainability Seafood Guide.
Seafood arrives daily allowing us to keep seasonal, fresh fish on hand at all times. We love variety, so you’ll find different seafood from all over the world. If there is something out there you want yet cannot find, we will locate it.
Euro USA is our main purveyor of seafood. They were founded in 1986 by Duff O’Donnell and eventually merging with Sean Sullivan of Navillus Seafood in 1998, making it the largest fresh seafood house between Philadelphia and Chicago. They focus on providing seasonal variety of seafood and handle over 100 species of fish and shellfish, including many sustainable options that we carry at the Lemon Tree. Their certified Grade A processing facility is located in Cleveland, Ohio and their 2010 FDA inspection was spotless.
We provide a wide array of fresh delicious treats to satisfy every sweet tooth, from gluten-free cinnamon buns to red velvet whoopie pies. Our tempting selection offers something for everyone.
Our in-house pastry chef is one of the best in the suburbs. She is famous for her diverse scone selection and her desserts in our pastry case; Chocolate Ganache Mousse Cake, Maple Bacon Cupcakes and so much more. Come taste what she has made today.
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Our deli offers a wide selection of the continental as well as imported hams, turkeys, roast beefs, sopressatas, salamis, dry sausages, Prosciutto and Serrano hams. You’ll find Niman Ranch, Labriola, Boar’s Head, Oberweis, among others.
We stock cheeses from around the world as well as a wide selection of American artisanal cheeses. Whether you’re creating a cheese plate for a special occasion or just need a quick dinner idea our staff is happy to share their knowledge and ideas with you.
Benefits: 3 to 4 cheeses, will depend on the value. One of the cheeses will be a “mystery” cheese – an item that is usually not available for retail at the moment.With a 6 month membership you will receive a set of cheese tools – $19.95 min. retail value.With a 12 month membership you will receive a cheese board & tool set – $25.95 min. retail value. On the day of the cheese pick up you will get a 10% discount on all deli items. This offer is valid for all 3 types of membership. 3, 6, & 12 month clubs cost $29.99/month. Click the cheese wheel to learn more. When you want to join print out the form, fill it out & visit our cashier so we can start your rewards.
More Cheese Varieties:
Washed rind – Washed rind cheeses are typically bathed in a wash of salted water, wine, brandy or local spirits, according to the traditions of each region. This washing helps to break down the curd from the outside, gradually becoming a part of the cheese, rather than just a skin. The washing process helps cheeses to retain moisture, and develop a powerful flavor. Through this process, the cheese becomes soft, thick and brilliant often reddish or yellowish. Washed rinds cheeses typically present a paradox, in that their colorful, often pungent rinds contrast with beautifully smooth and creamy interior.
Bloomy Rind – During the cheesemaking process, the outside of some soft cheeses are coated with Penicillium candidum. The rind that forms is white, soft and sometimes a little fuzzy. This type of rind is called “bloomy”. These cheeses first begin to ripen on the outside and the middle of the cheese is the last part to ripen and become soft and runny.
Cheese Platters Available!
Our cheese monger can create a cheese platter for any event or even a simple dinner at home. You can even use your own Platter! Stop in today or call and talk to us about a platter for your next special occasion.
“Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality” -Clifton Fadiman
With over 800+ selections from Napa to Bordeaux, we’ve got you covered. We can help you find the perfect pairing for the food you’re craving that day, special order a gift bottle or customize a private wine event – just ask! Zest bistro also serves wines by the glass, so feel free to drink and shop – for a different kind of shopping experience!
All day, every day – save 10% on every purchase of 6 bottles or more, plus get a free Lemon Tree wine tote to refill the next time you need to stock your wine cellar. The more you buy, the more you save!
Wine Pairing Recommendations
Wine and food taste even better when paired properly. Whatever the flavor of your dish, Wine Director Todd Hoffman, is a master at selecting the perfect wine. Or vice versa – have a favorite wine and not sure what food is ‘best’ with it? He knows how to create harmony and synergy at your table. Just ask, he’s always happy to help.
Can’t find a particular bottle of wine on our shelves that you absolutely love? No problem . . . we can special order almost any wine or beer at a very competitive price. Just ask our Wine Director Todd Hoffman for more details on how to order your favorites!
Explore the world of wine with a Lemon Tree Wine Club membership. Every month, you’ll receive two bottles of wine (a red and white) along with tasting notes. Personally selected by Lemon Tree’s wine connoisseur (and beverage director) you can swirl, sip, and smell his latest finds from limited production to mass produced wines from around the world.
Membership is $34.99/month. Choose from three options: month-to-month, six month or 12 month. The longer you sign up for, the more benefits you’ll enjoy. Click on the wine glass to learn more and download the form. Present to the Wine Director or a cashier the next time you’re in the store..
Overdue for a girls or guys night out, a date night, or just a ‘we need to get out of the house’ night? Consider Wine-01 – a unique and friendly format to learn about wines, taste harvests from around the world, and enjoy the company of friends in a laid back atmosphere. Wines of a specific region or blind tastings, public, private or custom tailored. Wine-01 events are hosted by Wine Director Todd Hoffman and expert representatives from the respective regions. Held at Lemon Tree Grocer. Come in and ask Todd or a cashier for more information on this months Wine-01.
Private wine dinners hosted by Lemon Tree Grocer are fun and unique vitner and culinary adventures. Winemakers and vineyard owners, large and small, from around the world come to Zest for an evening – sharing history of their vineyard, uniqueness of their wines and winemaking techniques. Our chefs food pairings are specially selected to bring out the best of each wine. Ask anyone who’s participated in a wine dinner and they will tell you ‘they are to die for’! Check the Lemon Tree calendar or blog for our next Wine Dinner.
Wednesday – ½ Price Glasses
Your glass won’t be a ½ pour but the price will be! Save 50% on all wines on our ‘by the glass’ list. Relax at the bar with your wine or accompany it with a great meal in Zest. This deal is too good to pass up, so make sure to visit us every Wednesday night.
Thursday – Wine Tastings, Live Music, No Corkage Fee in Zest Swirl, Smell and Sip.
From 6:30 to 8:30pm every Thursday, Lemon Tree Grocer hosts a tasting event featuring specially selected wines, cocktails and beers from around the world, and paired cheese and charcuterie. Treat yourself to 15% off featured wines when you purchase to ‘take-home’. Find a favorite in the tasting or on our shelves? Grab a bottle, have a bite in Zest and enjoy the music. We’ll pop it open and waive the standard $10 corkage fee! You’ll enjoy a wonderful bottle of wine for a fraction of the cost of other full-service restaurants.
Tasting beverages change each week, so make sure to join us!
Here at Lemon Tree Grocer we strive to maintain a beer selection that represents the best of what the rapidly growing craft beer scene has to offer; from local breweries like Metropolitan and Wild Onion to international breweries like Brouwerij Bosteels of Belgium. If you love a beer and don’t see it on our shelves don’t hesitate to let us know so we can bring it in! For a current list of beers click here.
Every month our resident Beer Geek selects a theme and picks 6 different craft brews, 2 of each, to put together a 12 pack for our beer club members. Each month costs $24.99 and we offer incentives for signing up for multiple months. All 6 month members will receive an extra 12 oz bottle per month, and all 1 year members will receive an extra bomber (22oz) or two 12 oz bottles per month. Click the beer glass to learn more. When you want to join print out the form, fill it out & visit our cashier so we can start your rewards.
Beer Geek Tuesdays
Every Tuesday we feature a special meal paired with a craft beer from our wide selection of brews. We also have half-priced drafts on select drafts!
Having a party or do you have a Kegerator missing something? We are taking orders for kegs. A week’s notice, a keg deposit upon payment, and a buddy to help you carry the keg, and it’s yours. We also have tappers to rent if you do not own one.
Thirsty Thursdays/Free Corkage
On the last Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 Lemon Tree Grocer will host a beer tasting with some of our favorites from local as well as international breweries. We also pair the beers with some of our fantastic artisanal cheeses! Afterwards, you can grab any beer you want and enjoy it in Zest with no corkage fee!