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Reserve a Valentine's Day Dinner at Modern Woodmen Park Feb. 13 & 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:46
For the fifth year in a row, Quad Cities-area couples seeking a uniquely romantic setting and dining experience this Valentine's Day weekend can make their reservations for a Valentine's Day Dinner in the private luxury suites or Budweiser Champions Club at the award-winning Modern Woodmen Park. Click for the 2015 Valentine's Day Dinner order form.

Cocktail Recipes Give Whiskey An Added Twist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 15:08
Consumers Help Spark Sales as They Find More Ways to Enjoy a Favorite Drink

With whiskey sales on the rise, more people are discovering there are plenty of ways to drink the distilled spirit than just straight on the rocks.

Drink mixologists enjoy finding more and more ways to complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether its syrups, fruit juices, vermouth or even tea.

A growing willingness to experiment with whiskey and bourbon as the primary ingredient in a variety of cocktails is just one of several ways consumer habits have been changing, says Steven Earles, CEO of Portland-based Eastside Distilling (

“People are drinking less wine and more whiskey, and women have become more inclined to give whiskey a try,” says Earles, whose company already experiments with a variety of flavors in its drinks, such as Cherry Bomb Whiskey and Oregon Marionberry Whiskey.

The trend of finding more ways to include whiskey in cocktails also may be just one of several factors helping to add to the bump in whiskey sales. As of November 2014, Whiskey sales were near $4 billion, in contrast to $3.5 billion in 2013, according Nielsen research.

For distilleries, those numbers may mean a toast is in order. For consumers, that toast may involve a mix of flavors made just to their liking – but definitely is still on the rocks.

Recipes For Mixing It Up Yourself

Perhaps the classic whiskey cocktail is the Old-Fashioned, around since the late 19th Century. But for those looking to add even more variety to their whiskey and bourbon selections, Eastside Distilling offers these cocktail recipes:

• Earl’s Demise
25 oz. Cherry Bomb Whiskey (one 750ML bottle)
12.5 oz. Burnside Bourbon
75 oz. Smith Teamaker Earl Grey Tea (chilled)
25 oz. Orange juice
25 oz. Simple syrup
12.5 oz. Sweet vermouth
5 tablespoons Peychaud’s Bitters

Mix all the ingredients in a large punch bowl, then add ice or ice ring. Serve in small punch glasses. The mixture serves 10-12 people.

• The Sideburn
1 ½ oz. Burnside Whiskey
¾ oz. Aperol
½ oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. lavender simple syrup
13 oz. Old Fashioned glass over ice

Fill a 14 oz. rocks glass with ice, add all the other ingredients and stir.

• Eastside Civil War
1 ½ oz. Burnside Bourbon
½ oz. Cocchi Torino Sweet Vermouth
½ oz. Cynar
2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
Amarena cherry

Add all the ingredients, except the cherry, to a 16 oz. mixing glass (pint glass). Fill to within 1 inch of the top with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an Amarena cherry.

• Marionberry Beret
1.5 oz. Marionberry Whiskey
.5 oz. Dry Curacao
2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit juice
Served on the rocks

Fill glass with ice, add Burnside Bourbon and recipe ingredients.

About Steven Earles

Steven Earles is the CEO of Portland-based Eastside Distilling, (, a producer of handcrafted spirits created from local ingredients and focused in small batches to ensure unparalleled quality. He is responsible for Eastside’s day-to-day operations as well as overseeing the company’s brand development and financial strategy. Earles, who joined Eastside in 2009, has more than two decades of executive experience and orchestrated the development and building of one of the largest land-development companies in southern California.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:32

Private luxury suites and Budweiser Champions Club seating available for two nights Valentine’s Day weekend

DAVENPORT, Iowa (Jan. 9, 2015) – For the fifth year in a row, Quad Cities-area couples seeking a uniquely romantic setting and dining experience this Valentine’s Day weekend can make their reservations for a Valentine’s Day Dinner in the private luxury suites or Budweiser Champions Club at the award-winning Modern Woodmen Park.

Couples can choose either of two nights this Valentine’s Day weekend to enjoy a four-course gourmet meal at the venue voted the Best Minor League Ballpark in a nationwide vote by and USA TODAY. Couples may choose to rent a private luxury suite or take in the spectacular view of the ballpark, its Ferris wheel, the Centennial Bridge, Mississippi River and downtown Davenport from a table in the glass-enclosed, climate-controlled Budweiser Champions Club.

Space is limited and the event has sold out each of the past two years, so interested couples are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible.

“The Valentine’s Day Dinner at the ballpark treats couples to a wonderful atmosphere, a delicious meal and a delightful evening,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “The unique setting, first-rate service and fantastic dining experience at this unique venue provides Quad Cities couples a truly memorable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

Dinner reservations are available for Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 13 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) or Saturday, Feb. 14 (5:30-8:30 p.m.). Couples can choose a table in the Budweiser Champions Club for just $100 per couple or a private, candle-lit luxury suite for $120 per couple. A group of four may share a suite for $240, a group of six for $330, and a group of eight for $400.

Every meal includes a shared appetizer, in addition to a soup or salad, and an entrée with two sides, followed by a shared dessert. Couples may also add to their evening with a bottle of wine and/or a personalized video board message.

Reservations can be made by calling Taylor Satterly or Alli Costello at 563-324-3000 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Reservations must be made by noon on Monday, Feb. 9.

“The Valentine’s Day Dinner continues to be one of the most popular special events at the ballpark, and it is an amazing opportunity to experience the premium areas of a year-round venue,” said General Manager Andrew Chesser. “We look forward to hosting each couple that celebrates this Valentine’s Day at Modern Woodmen Park.”

UP NEXT: Save money and enjoy exclusive benefits as a ticket plan holder for the 2015 River Bandits season at Modern Woodmen Park. With a ticket plan of 12 to 70 games, receive free parking, merchandise discounts, guaranteed giveaways and more. Call 563-324-3000 to speak with a River Bandits account representative and lock in seats for the upcoming season.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership in 2014 made one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 105 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, Space Camp opened June 20; the new Drop'N Twist debuted in July; and the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line also reopened.

Consumers pick their favorite restaurant chains PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peter Romeo, Restaurant Business   
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:13

Papa Murphy’s is the most likely quick-service chain to be recommended by customers, while Raising Cane’s earns the best word of mouth among fast-casuals and Cheddar’s gets the warmest shout outs of full-service-restaurant patrons, according to a new preference rating of more than 100 chains by consumers. The three brands earned the Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Award for their respective segments in the category of Intent to Recommend.

The winners of Consumers’ Choice Awards in this and four other categories of competition were named this morning by Technomic Inc., which used an ongoing survey of consumers’ brand preferences to determine the best in each classification.

Consumers picked Chick-fil-A as the top quick-service restaurant in the Pleasant, Friendly Service category. McAlister’s Deli was honored for having the warmest service in the fast-casual market and Cracker Barrel prevailed among full-service chains.

In the category of Welcoming, Comfortable Atmosphere, Caribou Coffee finished first among QSRs, Firehouse Subs prevailed in fast casual and Maggiano’s won in full service.

Asked to rate chains on the uniqueness of their menu signatures, consumers picked Cold Stone Creamery in quick service, Zaxby’s in fast casual and The Cheesecake Factory in full service.

Jamba Juice was the highest-rated QSR chain in the Availability of Healthy Options category. Jason’s Deli got the nod in fast casual and Seasons 52 was the top choice in full service.

“These awards show that consumers recognize chains’ hard work and attention to their needs regarding all aspects of the dining experience,” said Darren Tristano, vice president at Technomic.

The ratings were generated via Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics performance study, an ongoing assessment by consumers. The company estimates the data reflect more than 85,000 restaurant visits.

The winners in all five categories, which Technomic calls the Pillars of Excellence, will be honored next week at an event hosted by the researcher in Newport Beach, Calif.

Consumers’ favorite chains overall, based on Technomic’s research, and the reasons for their top-place finishes are examined in the issue of Restaurant Business magazine that will be posted online at its website,

Give me more vegetables! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nho's Cafe   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:39
Our Vegetarian Customers are growing, so we now make:

Vegetable Pho (Noodle Soup)
Our Coconut Curry is now our Winter Special
Avocado Spring Roll

Is one of your resolution in 2015 to eat more vegetables? :)

Nho's Cafe-3801 Rockingham Road, Davenport IA 52802 Call us at 563-275-8905, like us on Facebook!

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