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JOIN US FOR MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH and MORE! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Prichard   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:47

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday, May 13 • 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. $13.00 per adult / $7.50 per child (ages 4-12)

Brunch entrees include a variety of quiches, breakfast casseroles, brown sugar bacon, roasted pork, herbed potatoes, hearty lasagna, fresh-baked pastries including our popular cinnamon rolls, fruits, cheeses, desserts and more!

GRADUATION CATERING

Our catering options will make your high school or college graduation a unique, fun and memorable experience! We offer a wide variety of gourmet sandwich trays, supberb side dishes, custom cakes and cupcakes to accommodate any of your needs! Stop in to pick up a catering menu or visit whiskawaycafe.com

COOKING CLASSES

ADULT CLASSES

Perfect Picnics
Thurs., May 17, 7-9 p.m. • $25.00
Whether it’s a romantic date or you’re just feeling adventurous, picnics are the perfect way to enjoy a meal during the spring and summer months. Learn everything from how to plan the menu to how to prepare the dishes in this class.

Pies of all Kinds
Thurs., May 31, 7-9 p.m. • $25.00
Want to know the secret to making a flakey pie crust? This class is for you! We will teach you to make sweet and savory pies that will impress everyone at your next gathering.

ALL KIDS (3-18)

Mother’s Day Gifts
Thurs., May 10, 6-7:30 p.m. • $15.00
Kids of all ages are invited to this event where we will create beautiful and fun edible Mother’s Day gifts.

JUNIOR CHEFS (ages 9-14)

Oh the Pastabilities!
Mon., May 21st, 6-8 p.m. • $15.00
In this hands-on class kids will learn the basics of making their own fresh pasta, fillings and sauces. They will also learn to use vegetables to color pasta, making it fun and healthy!

TINY CHEFS (ages 3-8)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Sun., May 27th, 3-4:30 p.m. • $15.00
It will be raining homemade meatballs, spaghetti cupcakes and more during this class for tiny chefs.


Location:

919 6th Avenue, DeWitt, Iowa 52742 (MAP IT)

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Great River Brewery wins Canny Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Larry McDonald   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:09
San Diego, CA – The buzz at the annual Brewers Association convention is all about canning craft beer, the segment of the industry that seems to be growing, as bottle and tap sales lag. Today’s Canny Awards announcment, showcasing the nation’s best designed cans included Davenport’s Great River Brewery Hop•A•Potamus Double Dark Rye Pale Ale. The can placed first in the Best Illustration of Name Catagory, one of seven catagories awarded. The competition included 231 entries from 83 craft breweries. The Hop•A•Potamus can was designed by Quad Cities designer Larry McDonald who is responsible for much of the GRB packaging and branding, and features illustration work by Kevin Deichmueller.
The Canny Awards honor craft beer and the distinctive graphics created in an industry known for unique brands and brews. The competition is sponsored by four leading suppliers to the canned craft beer industry – Ball Corporation, Cask Brewing Systems, Hi-Cone and Mumm Products. Besides Great River Brewery’s award in the Best Use of Illustration category, other awards included Best Shelf Presence, Best Graphics, Best Use of Color, Best Seasonal, Best Character, and Best Local Tie-In.
According to McDonald, “The competition allowed each brewery to submit only three entries and GRB’s products are strong in so many ways, it was a job to pick which category to enter which product. This product is brewer Scott Lehnert’s baby and I know Kevin really worked hard, it’s really their award.”

 
Mother’s Day the Most Popular Holiday to Dine Out Jump on Those Brunch Reservations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Dunker   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:19

May 2, 2012, Des Moines, Iowa— Don’t wait to make those restaurant reservations, Mother’s Day surpasses even Valentine’s Day as the most popular holiday on which to dine out according to research from the National Restaurant Association. In fact, nearly half of moms would pick a favorite restaurant as the place to celebrate Mother's Day. The study also indicated that restaurant gift cards and certificates are a top gift pick for moms, with one in five saying this is their preferred gift.

Children Important Part of Choice
“There’s really no need to worry about how to celebrate the moms in your life,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “Moms love restaurants. Not only do restaurants provide a much-deserved reprieve from cooking at home, they also provide a celebratory atmosphere.”
Atmosphere can be an especially important factor because children are a major part of the mix when dining out on Mother's Day.  The study found that two-thirds of those dining out on Mother's Days this year will have children under the age of 18 in their party.
Mother’s Day Celebrated at All Meals
Dunker noted that it is important to get on top of making those Mother’s Day restaurant reservations. “It’s not too soon to make those reservations regardless of the meal you’re planning to celebrate,” said Dunker.  Fifty-eight percent of Mother's Day diners will go out to a restaurant for dinner, 32 percent lunch, 24 percent brunch, and 10 percent for breakfast.  In addition, one in five Mother's Day diners (19 percent) will go out for more than one meal that day.
Find a Restaurant
Looking for a new restaurant to try this Mother’s Day? Dunker encourages people to check out Dine Iowa, a free statewide restaurant directory.  Available online as well as a free smart phone app and on Facebook, Dine Iowa allows consumers to check out menus and hours, as well as run unique searches on everything from Gluten Free offerings to patio seating.  It is available at www.dineiowa.org.
Iowa Restaurant Association
The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s hospitality industry with educational and promotional programs across the state.  www.restaurantiowa.com.

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Mothers day brunch at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:48
Special Brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 10am-2pm

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse is hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday May 13th, 2012 from 10a-2p. The brunch will feature; Chef carved prime rib, Baked ham, Chicken Marsala, Lasagna, Waffle and Omelet Stations, Seasonal fruits, Gourmet desserts and much more!

Johnny’s is located in John Deere Commons, 1300 River Dr, Moline, Il. Make your reservations today at 309-736-0100 or online at Johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com

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PIZZA RANCH EARNS IOWA FARM BUREAU’S RENEW RURAL IOWA ENTREPRENEUR OF MONTH AWARD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:35

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – May 1, 2012 – A well-known Iowa family-owned pizza restaurant chain is being recognized for its commitment to good food, community involvement and support for international needs. Pizza Ranch, headquartered in Orange City, is the winner of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur of the Month award.

The company started with one restaurant in Hull three decades ago and has grown to 66 locations in Iowa and 100 more in eight other Midwest states.

“It started in an area where there is a spirit of entrepreneurialism and had the resources to get a company like this started,” said Matt Schuiteman, president of the Sioux County Farm Bureau. “Pizza Ranch makes a positive impact in every community they’re in.”

In small-town Iowa, where many Pizza Ranch restaurants are located, the business brings jobs and supports local schools with fundraising opportunities.

“Pizza Ranch provides many opportunities for jobs and has an economic impact on our community that’s very special,” said Orange City Mayor Les Douma. “It raises the bar for all commercial entities.”

In addition to its local community focus, Pizza Ranch is also working to support educational efforts in Ethiopia. Owner Adrie Groeneweg is switching coffee brands and working with farmers in Ethiopia to help keep a portion of coffee bean sales in the African country to support schools there.

Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring and financial resources. For more information, go to www.renewruraliowa.com.

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