Margot Dishes

Margot's opening menu featured a Croque Madame, salad lyonnaise and kohlrabi gratin.

From day one of opening Margot, chef Drake Tillman has demonstrated his passion for supporting others. For example, he made a commitment to give all staff a starting wage of $12 per hour, regardless of experience.

Now, he's demonstrating his values through his new "Margot Bowls" program. When you place a to-go or delivery order on Margot’s website, you can add an $8 Margot Bowl to your cart. In return, Tillman provides a bowl of food for people in need, including furloughed restaurant industry workers and parents who must stay home from work to watch their children.

Tillman says he found the inspiration for Margot Bowls from a chef based out of Seattle. "I know a lot of people who work paycheck to paycheck, and I myself have for a long time," he says. "Until this gets figured out, a lot of people are scared they won't be able to eat. It seemed obvious to me that I should feed anyone I can that needs it."

Last week, the French-American bistro closed its dining room and began offering two menus: Mar-GO At Home and Mar-GO Takeout. Mar-GO at home includes dinner for two for $50 for pickup or delivery for customers within range. Mar-GO Takeout features a limited takeout menu and grab-and-go items like chicken or mushroom fried rice and chicken and white Cheddar congee.

And purchasing a meal from Margot also supports multiple other local businesses. Tillman uses Peace Valley Poultry chicken, bread from The Artisan's Oven and produce from Millsap Farms on his to-go offerings.

Margot, 206 E. Commercial St. (inside The Artisan's Oven), Springfield, Missouri,