LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE: Who Has the Best Fall-Season Treat in Geneva? Deadline for Nominees Is Friday

Is it apple cider or pumpkin latte? Tomato basil soup or butternut squash salad? You nominate the item and business, and we'll do a Patch Poll to let you pick the winner! The nominations deadline is Friday, Oct. 14.

There's something about food and fall.

Maybe it's the whole harvest thing—the idea that we have this abundance of good food collected, and it's time to enjoy it. Or maybe it's some primordial siren song—the instinctive desire to fatten ourselves up for the long, hard winter.

Maybe it's the subliminal message delivered in the old movie The Bride of Frankenstein (here's the Young Frankenstein version on YouTube), when the Frankenstein monster meets the blind guy: Fire bad ... Food good.

But enough with the paragraphs that begin with "Maybe." What we're looking for here is some reader participation. Here's how it works (or not, depending on your willlingness to play):

In the comments section below, name the most delectable fall treat you can find in Geneva—and the Geneva restaurant or store where it can be found. We'll take the top three that get the most nominations (that means you can and should vote more than once for your nominee), and we'll put them in a Geneva Patch Poll.

For example, you could nominate the Harvey Graham Apple at  or the Pumpkin Cupcake at . 

You choose the nominees. You vote for the winner.

It's that simple. At the end, we'll announce the winner for all the local cyberworld to see. Then I'll visit the store personally and do a little eat-up and write-up.

So, if you love a particular fall treat, tell the world and support your local business. To be eligible, a nomination has to come from a real person, not a psuedonym.

I'm sure there will be other rules and restrictions, but I can't think of any right now. I've got a hankerin' for one of them Pumpkin Spice lattes at

As of 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, the nominees are:

  • hot mulled apple cider in International Food Courts
  • honeycrisp apples from Hillside Orchards at
  • the caramel apple at
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread from
  • Chocolate pecan pie and Pumpkin spice Gelato at the All Chocolate Kitchen 
  • Apple spice Geleto at
  • And just about anything from (we need more specific information.)

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

Mike Simon October 07, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Try the hot mulled apple cider in The Little Traveler's International Food Courts. It's sampled every day in the first room to the right when you go in the front door. It's fun to watch people taste it, and then see them get a dreamy smile on their face.
Denise Linke October 07, 2011 at 01:15 PM
I always make sure I get to the Geneva Green Market early in October to stock up on honeycrisp apples from Hillside Orchards. They're so much better and fresher than the honeycrisps in the stores that Hillside's booth often sells out. When that happens, I head to Fresh Market in Geneva Commons for my honeycrisp fix because the apples there are fresher than they are at the big-chain supermarkets.
Beth Bales October 07, 2011 at 01:46 PM
I personally feel the caramel apple at Graham's (the one with caramel and nuts, not with chocolate, too) is delectable every season, but is absolutely perfect for fall. I introduced it to a friend of mine from Elgin and she's so hooked she makes special trips here upon occasion (she hits the Little Traveler, too, for all the Vera Bradley items, Mike!) just to snag one. Delicious! When I was walking around taking Sunday afternoon photos in Geneva, I was actually glad I had no money in my pockets so I wouldn't be tempted to buy one. Calorie counts and all that...
Andrea Cladis October 07, 2011 at 05:40 PM
My personal favorite this season in Geneva is the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread from Great Harvest. It is fair to say that their apple butter, pumpkin butter and creamy honeys this season are amazing as well, though I am partial to that savory pumpkin chocolate chip bread. It is a moist, sweet bread full of delicious pumpkin spices, real pumpkin (none of that artificial flavoring crap), miniature chocolate chips and a smooth texture that is oh so pleasing to the palate. You really need to try this one for yourself. I make a homemade pumpkin bread that comes close, but Great Harvest's bread still manages to come out on top. You have to try this one for yourself. And if, like me, you are afraid...or rather know that when you purchase an entire loaf, you are likely to consume the entire thing in a matter of hours, Great Harvest employees will be happy to give you a sample if you stop in the store. Warning: this bread will haunt your tastebuds, so proceed with caution as you take a bite...Happy Harvest!!
TL's Moondog October 08, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Moveable Feast has everything and something diffferent every day. There is a reason that Oprah loves them and that their asked to cater some of Barracks flights. Little known secret, big time performance...I'd recommend some of their food and deserts but I would be slighting everything. else. Hang around for awhile and see the love shared amoung the employees. It's Mayberry...I think I saw aunt Bea once:)
Holly Long October 09, 2011 at 03:25 PM
My personal favorite Chocolate pecan pie and Pumpkin spice Gelato at the All Chocolate Kitchen! Besides the place having a great atmostphere for the family to hang out it also has great desserts! Plus Chef Roby Prepares these homemade desserts as if it was a 5 star restaurant. I Love ACK!
Jody Wendt October 13, 2011 at 04:00 AM
My husband and I stopped into Grahams 318 on this crisp fall evening and tried the Apple Cider Gelato. It is full of flavor and tastes like a sip of this delicious fall drink. I was envisioning an apple orchard full of sunkissed apples with each bite. Heavenly! You've got to try it.
Rick Nagel (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Today is your last chance to nominate a fall treat in Geneva! We're looking for the TOP 3, which means you need to comment more than once to break the tie! Geneva merchants and patrons, start typing! :)
Kim Johnson October 14, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Pumpkin Spice Gelato at The All Chocolate Kitchen is AMAZING!!! I love the entire experience from the minute I walk in the door to the second I walk out. Stop in for gelato and walk out with a couple truffles for later.
Rick Nagel (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Taylor Jean October 14, 2011 at 09:18 PM
They have a new Apple Pie gelato with pecans and it is absolutly delicious! It actually tastes like you are eating an apple pie and the pecans just tops the whole thing off! The staff is amazing and makes you feel welcome so I highly recommend a visit to the All Chocolate Kitchen to put you in an autumn mood and to have that wonderful European experience that everyone enjoys!!
Jody Wendt October 14, 2011 at 09:31 PM
The Apple Cider Gelato at Grahams 318 Coffeehouse was so divine that I went back the next day for more. It is a taste of fall in every bite. Delicious! Thank you, Grahams, for your 20 years plus of bringing the very BEST to Geneva. You are AWESOME!
Bridget October 14, 2011 at 09:56 PM
My vote for the best fall season treat in Geneva is The All Chocolate Kitchen's pumpkin spice gelato. It is such a unique option and is unlike any other pumpkin flavored gelato or ice cream I've ever had. The balance of pumpkin and nutty spice flavor is perfect. I'm still able to enjoy pumpkin in cold form which I prefer over pumpkin flavored hot drinks or breaded desserts. Thank you All Chocolate Kitchen for this incredible fall dessert!


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