[Reserve 22 is part of The Village Links, a golf course that is owned by the village of Glen Ellyn.]
The 5-year-old Reserve 22 is named after the 22 "lakes" on the Village Links golf course, a member of Audubon International and dedicated to the conservation of birds, other wildlife and healthy ecosystems.
Both the restaurant and its banquet space have beautiful views of the course, Chapple said, adding the vistas are particularly nice when the terrain is blanketed with snow. People will spot the occasional coyote and numerous birds.
For weddings and events, the building features a large banquet room that can accommodate 160 guests or be divided in two. Another space hosts smaller gatherings.
The from-scratch kitchen gets a boost from the property's own apiary with eight beehives and a greenhouse growing herbs, hot peppers, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and kale in season.
The honey is used in specialty cocktails and dishes. A new batch of the raw honey will be available for sale later this fall at Reserve 22. For the first time, it is being carried at both Marché and Marcel’s Culinary Experience in downtown Glen Ellyn.
The Village Links has been keeping bees since the spring of 2016. The bee yard is located near the farm-to-table greenhouse at the golf course maintenance center. Honeybees are important in helping ensure a healthy ecosystem at the golf course by pollinating thousands of native trees and shrubs.
An elaborate Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature "slow and low" herb roasted turkey, roast beef and ham, or hosts can opt to pick up dishes to take home for their own tables from a holiday catering menu.
The catering selections offer turkey, country style baked ham with bourbon pecan glaze, sides, salads and pumpkin and apple pies. Orders are requested by Nov. 19.
Reserve 22 hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays between March and November.
Dining reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the restaurant at 630-469-5550. To learn more, visit reserve22.com.
If you go
WHAT: Reserve 22
WHERE: 485 Winchell Way at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays between March and November
INFO: 630-469-5550, reserve22.com