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Mori-nu Silken Tofu Declared a Winner at State Fair Soy Salad Dressing Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Kostek   
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:50
August 22, 2014 – West Des Moines, IA – Fried food was not the only fan favorite at this year’s Iowa State Fair.  Hundreds of people took the time to stop by the Ag Building and sample original Mori-nu Silken Tofu-based salad dressings presented by four professional chefs as part of The Soyfoods Council and Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2nd Annual Soy Salad Dressing Competition. The Professional Chef’s Competition took place Monday, August 11 at the Agriculture Building. Some of the area’s top chefs were invited to showcase their artistry in this delicious and healthy competition.

Top Chefs Wow the Crowd
The competitors included: 
· Chef Michael Kelley of the Great Caterers of Iowa, Pleasant Hill
· Chef Eric McDowell of Prairie Meadows, Altoona
· Chef Brian Pomerenk of the Iowa Machine Shed , Urbandale 
· Chef Robert Sanda of Tally’s, Beaverdale

The Chefs were challenged to make salad dressing recipes which were consumer friendly, used Mori-nu Soft Silken Tofu as the base of the dressing and were delicious enough to put on their own menu.  Each chef demonstrated the process of making the dressing, then served five judges as well as a crowd of fair-goers who then cast their vote for People’s Choice award winner. 

Contest judges included Tom and Susanne Oswald of the Iowa Soybean Association, Liz Cox of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, Wini Moranville of KCWI’s Great Day segment Great Foods, and certified culinary instructor Phil Carey of the Iowa Culinary Institute.

Sanda Wins, McDowell is People’s Choice
Chef Robert Sanda won first place with a refreshing Walnut Silken Tofu Vinaigrette dressing. He received a $250 prize. Chef Kelley received second place for his Tofu Miso Soy Salad dressing and Chef McDowell received third place with a Summer Beef and Broccoli Salad with Miso Blue Cheese Vinaigrette dressing. Chef McDowell impressed the crowed with his elaborate recipes and received People’s Choice award.

All of the chefs’ recipes are available for download on both the Iowa Restaurant Association and The Soyfoods Council websites. 

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Iowa Restaurant Association
The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state. www.restaurantiowa.com

The Soyfoods Council
The Soyfoods Council is an affiliate of the Iowa Soybean Association.  The mission of The Soyfoods Council is to serve as a catalyst, leader and facilitator to mainstream soy-based foods into the global marketplace—America and beyond. 
www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com .

 
News from the Quad Cities Food Hub - Aug 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Quad Cities Food Hub   
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:25

The Quad City Food Forest has a chance to win a $7500 Wellmark grant to purchase trees and tree guards for our food forest. Vote for our project from 108 grant submissions. The 10 projects that get the most votes receive $7500 to use toward their project.  VOTE DAILY

We need your help! You are able to vote once per day until September 7th so please vote for the Quad City Food Forest project every day! Please share this link with all your friends and on Facebook so that they can vote and help us to win this grant! The Quad City Food Forest thanks you! VOTE DAILY

Canning Tomatoes: Thu, Aug 28: 6-9PM

QCFH will provide everything you need, including party coordinators to assist those who have never canned before. Due to our 6PM start, please feel free to bring along your dinner or stop by Fresh Deli for carryout.

WHEN: Thursday, August 28: 6-9PM
WHERE: QC Food Hub
COST: $15.00
GUEST LIMIT: 9
REGISTER online or at QCFH Local Market Store

Visit the Veggie Mobile at a location near you!

The Veggie Mobile is made possible by the Wellmark Foundation, Genesis Health System, and the Riverboat Development Authority. Additional support from the City of Davenport, Levee Improvement Commission and Radish Magazine.

How to Make Freezer Pickles and Coleslaw

Tuesday, August 26
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join University of Illinois Nutrition Educator, Kristin Bogdonas, and local, organic farmer Cindy Heilmann as they demonstrate how to make freezer pickles and coleslaw!

Freezer pickles and coleslaw are delicious, and an easy method for those not ready to take the steps to making and canning the tastes of summer the old-fashioned way to have tasty homemade pickles and coleslaw all year round!

Cost: $15
*Pre-registration is not required for this class.

Culinary Ride: Sun, Sept 14

Culinary Ride is coming to the
Quad Cities September 14!!
culinary ride bike - an exciting route with fun stops and delicious cuisine with the ride beginning and ending at the Davenport Freight House Local Marketplace.

Ticket price is set at $30 for early registration by August 31 and $40 regular price after September 1.

The mission of the Culinary Ride is to engender greater appreciation for local agrarian economies and encourage people to choose bicycling as their primary form of transportation. We believe that if local farmers and those businesses that support them succeed, our communities will be vibrant and healthy. We hope to link community members and local businesses with local food suppliers. The most fun way to do this, in our opinion, is by bicycle.

The Culinary Ride’s vision is to produce intimate, community-oriented bicycle events across the country and contribute momentum to the bicycle and local food movements.

These bicycle tours feature local farms, food and the Chefs that utilize these ingredients. As we marry local food and bicycle movements riders savor food prepared fresh by local chefs, and enjoy handcrafted beverages while roaming the farms and environmental designations in the company of friends.​

A portion of the proceeds benefit local organizations dedicated to ensuring communities enjoy a nutritious helping of fresh food and a connection to the natural world.

http://culinaryride.com

 
Stand Up to Cancer at Subway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Subway Restaurants   
Friday, 22 August 2014 12:35
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Food Hub Food Preservation and more PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Quad Cities Food Hub   
Friday, 15 August 2014 14:16

Pickle Party - Thu, Aug 21: 6-9PM

Bread and Butter Pickles are an old fashioned favorite you wont want to miss out on!

QCFH will provide everything you need, including party coordinators to assist those who have never pickled before. Due to our 6PM start, please feel free to bring along your dinner or stop by Fresh Deli for carryout.

WHEN: Thursday, August 21: 6-9PM
WHERE: QC Food Hub
COST: $15.00
GUEST LIMIT: 9
REGISTER online or at QCFH Local Market Store

Canning Green Beans - Thu, Sept 4: 6-9PM

QCFH will provide everything you need, including party coordinators to assist those who have never canned before. Due to our 6PM start, please feel free to bring along your dinner or stop by Fresh Deli for carryout.

WHEN: Thursday, September 4: 6-9PM
WHERE: QC Food Hub
COST: $15.00
GUEST LIMIT: 9
REGISTER online or at QCFH Local Market Store

Culinary Ride is coming to the Quad Cities September 14!!

The culinary ride bike - an exciting route with fun stops and delicious cuisine with the ride beginning and ending at the Davenport Freight House Local Marketplace.

Ticket price is set at $30 for early registration by August 31 and $40 regular price after September 1.

The mission of the Culinary Ride is to engender greater appreciation for local agrarian economies and encourage people to choose bicycling as their primary form of transportation. We believe that if local farmers and those businesses that support them succeed, our communities will be vibrant and healthy. We hope to link community members and local businesses with local food suppliers. The most fun way to do this, in our opinion, is by bicycle.

The Culinary Ride’s vision is to produce intimate, community-oriented bicycle events across the country and contribute momentum to the bicycle and local food movements.

These bicycle tours feature local farms, food and the Chefs that utilize these ingredients. As we marry local food and bicycle movements riders savor food prepared fresh by local chefs, and enjoy handcrafted beverages while roaming the farms and environmental designations in the company of friends.​

A portion of the proceeds benefit local organizations dedicated to ensuring communities enjoy a nutritious helping of fresh food and a connection to the natural world.

http://culinaryride.com

Visit the Veggie Mobile at a location near you.

TUESDAY
2:30-4:00 Martin Luther King Center, 630 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL

4:30-6:00 St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL

WEDNESDAY
9:00-10:00 Davenport Family YMCA, 606 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA
10:30-12:00 Fairmont Pines, 3525 W. 42nd St., Davenport, IA
2:30-4:00 Genesis East, 1227 E. Rusholme St., Davenport, IA
4:30-6:00 Bettendorf YMCA, 3800 Tanglefoot Ln., Bettendorf, IA

THURSDAY
9:00-10:00 Rock Island County Health Dept, 2112 25th Ave., Rock Island, IL
10:30-12:00 Rock Island County Extension, 321 W. 2nd Ave., Milan, IL
2:30-3:15 Crosstown Square, 900 Crosstown Ave., Silvis, IL
3:15-4:00 Genesis, 801 Illini Dr., Silvis, IL

FRIDAY
9:00-10:00 United Neighbors, 808 N. Harrison St., Davenport, IA
10:30-12:00 CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, IA
2:30-4:00 Genesis West, 1401 W. Central Park, Davenport, IA
4:30-6:00 West Family YMCA, 3505 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA

SATURDAY
9:00-12:00 QC Food Hub
Requests, festivals, and education

2:30-5:30 Genesis Convenient Care, 3900 28th Ave., Moline, IL

SUNDAY
10:30-12:00 Ross’ Restaurant, 430 14th St., Bettendorf, IA
12:30-2:00 St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA

The Veggie Mobile is made possible by the Wellmark Foundation, Genesis Health System, and the Riverboat Development Authority. Additional support from the City of Davenport, Levee Improvement Commission and Radish Magazine.
Quad Cities Food Hub
Local Market Store:
421 W. River Dr.,
Davenport, Iowa 52801
563-265-2455www.qcfoodhub.com
Tue-Thu: 11-7pm; Fri: 11-5pm;
Sat: 8-4pm; Sun 12-4pm
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Store Hours

Sun: 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Mon: Closed
Tue: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Thur: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am–4:00 pm

 
Iowa Mixology Championships Will Name State's Top Mixologist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Dunker   
Friday, 15 August 2014 13:35
Iowa Mixology Championships Will Name State's Top Mixologist

-- Public will be able to sample and vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2014 – West Des Moines , IA –Twelve mixologists from across the state have battled their way to the finals in hopes of being crowned Iowa’s Top Mixologist – and the public is invited to participate. The 2014 Iowa Restaurant Association Mixology Championships will be held August 27 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Americana Restaurant & Lounge in Downtown Des Moines. Attendees can sample all 24 creative competition cocktails and cast their vote for the People’s Choice award winner. In addition to cocktail samples, complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $30 and this event is expected to sell out. Tickets are available at www.restaurantiowa.com

2014 Top 12 Mixology Finalists

Jet Evangelista, Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan’s Bar, Cedar Rapids
Josh O’Connell, Cobble Hill, Cedar Rapids
Brandon Cross, Texas Roadhouse, Council Bluffs
Vince Eberhard, Hounds Lounge, Council Bluffs
Eric Lindquist, Biaggi’s, Davenport
Chris Martin, Graze, Iowa City
Tyler Ward, Vesta, Coralville
Chris Steele, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Des Moines
Amanda Schreiber, Crème Cupcake, Des Moines
Rex Schulze, Splash Seafood, Des Moines
Mark Alkire, The Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon, Logan
Kortney Barbee, SoHo Kitchen & Bar, Sioux City

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