Keith Flanagan, Special for USA TODAYPublished 6:55 a.m. ET Jan. 10, 2017 | Updated 6:59 a.m. ET Jan. 10, 2017

You’ve hopefully had your fill of pumpkin-spiced everything, that squashy, autumnal ingredient that’s so last season — because now, it’s time for butternut squash. Grown in summer, harvested during fall and enjoyed through winter, butternut squash is a chef favorite. Easy to peel and cut, unlike some of its fellow winter squashes, its creamy flavor and texture suit cold weather's hearty, rich recipes, from heavy soups to delightful pies. Better yet, this season butternut squash is tending towards the bar as an of-the-moment ingredient in cocktails.

Ready to eat (and drink!) your fruits and vegetables this year? Browse the gallery above to see where butternut squash — a fruit that's given vegetable treatments in the kitchen — is popping up at restaurants and bars across the country this season. Plus, see more winter flavors below.

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