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Celebrating our favorite things – ARC Taste of Galena PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Petersen   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:24

22nd Annual ARC Taste of Galena – February 3, 2012

GALENA, Ill. – It’s time to eat for a cause.

In Galena, it’s hard to choose just one place to be. One favorite thing. The Galena Art & Recreation Center (ARC) is making it easy and bringing all of their Galena favorites together in one place. Just for you.

On February 3, Galena’s best – ranging from restaurateurs to winemakers and cheesecake bakers to caterers – will gather together at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa from 7-10 p.m. to celebrate “Our Favorite Things” for the Galena Art & Recreation Center.

Now in its 22nd year, the ARC Taste of Galena has become a sought-after event that promises an evening of pleasure for your taste buds. Past years have presented delectable dishes such as: slow roasted glazed pork loin, Yukon Gold mashed potato bar with toppings, blue cheese soup, lobster ravioli, salmon with béarnaise on potato galette, pan fried pork dumplings, sushi, Louisiana crab cakes, Southwest tortilla chip soup, gourmet pomegranate balsamic and blood orange olive oil salad, homemade fudge, toffee, assorted cheesecakes, and chocolate molten cake with caramel sauce. And that’s just a partial listing. Is your mouth watering yet?

Your taste buds won’t be the only thing thanking you. Your feet will thank you, too, as they may be keeping rhythm to the catchy beat of the Rob Martin Quartet, a live jazz ensemble, who will perform throughout the evening.

For a complete and up-to-date listing of ARC Taste exhibitors and menus, view the event’s useful website at The site also provides attendees with a quick and convenient way to purchase Taste tickets online. In addition to online sales, tickets may also be purchased at the Galena Art & Recreation Center, 413 S. Bench St. or the Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club Complex, 2000 Territory Dr., both in Galena. Cost is $30 per person.

“We are really excited about this year’s ‘Taste’ where our favorites will be showcasing their favorite ‘tastes’,’” said Sarah Petersen, the ARC’s executive director. “It’s always a fun evening, and this year promises to be one of the best yet. I recommend purchasing your tickets early as this event has sold out in the past. The Galena ARC also extends special thanks to Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape, First Community Bank of Galena and Galena State Bank and Trust Co. for their sponsorship and support.”

This year, childcare is again available. The Galena Thunder Volleyball team will sponsor a “Kids Night Out” starting at 6 pm at the Galena Art & Recreation Center the same evening. To register, contact Jane Holland at 815.238.6010 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The ARC Taste of Galena is a core fundraiser for the Galena Art & Recreation Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides programs for all ages. The funds raised at the ARC Taste are included in the ARC annual operating budget and will assist with the ongoing process of balancing the budget and achieving financial security.

To learn more about the Galena Art & Recreation Center and the community programs it offers, visit For information about room availability, shopping, dining, attractions, events and more, please go to, the Web site of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or call 877.464.2536 toll-free.


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Support Local Agriculture: Fresh Deli by Nostalgia Farms CSAV's Now Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Kraklio   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:24

(Davenport, IA) - FRESH DELI by Nostalgia Farms will open in early 2012 as the first business within the Food Hub at the Freight House in downtown Davenport; however, fans of locally grown food don't have to wait for a ribbon cutting to support the cause.  The deli is already selling Customer Supported Agriculture Vouchers (CSAV's) via phone and email.  The vouchers can be redeemed throughout the year for discounted food purchases at the deli; meanwhile, the money raised through the sale of the vouchers will also provide funding to help cover the typical costs associated with launching any new small business.

"Nostalgia Farms has utilized the sale of CSAV's to successfully launch and sustain our current business over the years," said Ed Kraklio, co-owner of Nostalgia Farms and FRESH DELI.  "Although it's uncommon to see CSAV's sold by a restaurant, our unique nature as a significant provider and supporter of locally grown food makes the sale of the vouchers a perfect fit for the deli, too.  Customers get a great discount as well as an opportunity to show their support for local agriculture and the Quad Cities economy."

Customers can buy vouchers in $200 increments towards food purchases over the next twelve months, which provides an overall discount of $40 per year.

FRESH DELI will be carrying made-to-order items off the grill, prepared sandwiches, as well as soups and salads featuring the deli's own dressing lines and mustards.  Customers can expect to find a large selection of "Take -n- Bake" items such as soups, pies, casseroles, and lasagnas, too.  Vegetarians will be pleased to hear that FRESH DELI by Nostalgia Farms will also have a large selection of vegetarian dishes.

FRESH DELI isn't just using produce and meats from Nostalgia Farms, though.  The restaurant will be utilizing products from many local producers including Sawyer Beef, Geest Farms, Winters Bison, Avante Cheese, Behnke Poultry, Happy Hollow, Oak Hill Acres, and more.  Krarklio plans to have FRESH DELI partner with as many local producers as possible throughout the Quad Cities region.

"We're still finishing construction on the space; however, we encourage those who support local agriculture and fresh local food to purchase a CSAV today," noted Kraklio. "Purchasing a CSAV is a great opportunity to take advantage of for individuals and companies alike."

Karklio plans to have the deli open six to seven days a week; more details regarding hours will be revealed upon its grand opening.  FRESH DELI accepts Debit, Credit, (Visa, MasterCard) EBT, Cash and Checks.  The deli will also offer delivery to a limited area in down town Davenport and Rock Island.

To purchase a CSAV or to ask additional questions, please call 563-940-0634 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Food smoking holiday tips PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shults Media   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:18

Simple Succulent Smoke

BBQr's Delight smoke cooking through the holidays and winter.

IDEA: Smoke flavoring ham or fowl adds a truly old time seriously rich succulent edge to food.

PROBLEM: Too much smoke can overpower the natural flavor of the food and smoking food can be labor and time intensive and requires special equipment.  Not true any more!

SOLUTION: Lightly smoke the food before you cook it in your oven. Put BBQr's Delight pellets in aluminum foil and make a pouch by folding the foil over and sealing the edges closed.  Poke one or two toothpick holes in the pellet filled pouch.  Now using your barbecue grill place the pouch directly above (on the grate) medium heat (yes, even in the winter).

Once the smoke begins, place food into the grill set a bit away from the heat and adjust the burner to low. The idea in this scenario is to smoke flavor the food NOT to cook it. Close the hood and smoke for an hour or so. The result is an incredibly rich wood flavor and mouth watering aroma. Now remove from the grill and begin cooking in your kitchen oven as normal. The good part is you need not be a BBQ smoke cooking expert to do this; just be skilled enough to fold aluminum foil.



BBQr's Delight Real wood pellets in foil pouch or cast iron pot make cooking with smoke incredibly tasty, economical and easy

Smoke for grilling: For grilling steaks, fish, hamburgers, etc. prepare BBQr's Delight pellets as above  and place on your grill's grates with the burner set at high heat and wait for the smoke. When the smoke starts pouring out, place in food, sear, and then reduce the heat to your preferred final grilling setting, close the hood and finish grilling as normal.

Cooking sets: BBQr's delight makes great cooking gift and sample kits some which even include a cast iron pot to switch out for the aluminum foil pouch.  Now you can simply pour BBQr's Delight pellets into the pot and place it on the grill for smoke in a few minutes.

Affordable: A $3.99 one pound bag can do at least 8-10 flavor packed outings so if you can afford about 40-50 cents per outing to make your food taste outstanding then this is for you.

Regardless of method, you have 14 favors of genuine wood smoke (not artificial chemicals) to pick from and no water soaking is necessary as with wood chips--yeah it is that simple!

With BBQr's Delight you can pick from or make your own secret mix: Mesquite, Hickory, Orange, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, Sugar Maple, Oak, black Walnut, Mulberry, Sassafras and genuine Jack Daniels Whiskey Filtering Charcoal, Alder and Savory Herb.

Clean up takes about ten seconds.


BBQr's Delight

P.O. Box 8727,

Pine Bluff, AR, 71611


Cody Road Bourbon a Near Sell Out PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:13

LeClaire, Iowa, December 4, 2011 – After its much anticipated release, Mississippi River Distilling Company’s Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey was a near sell out within a day of its release on Friday, December 2, 2011.

“We had a line waiting outside the distillery starting at about 9 a.m. before we opened at 10 on Friday,” Ryan Burchett, owner and distiller says.  “We had a steady line of people until about noon and sold all 120  bottles we had at the distillery in four hours.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Rock Island Hy-Vee still had some of the Cody Road Bourbon for sale but was only putting it out one bottle at a time.  Hy-Vee’s in both Ankeny and Marion, Iowa also still had small quantities left.  But most retailers had sold their entire stock by the end of the weekend.

The distillers have been keeping fans and followers updated on where they can find bottles via Facebook and Twitter as they hear updates or are able to call retailers.  Many area stores sold out within a day of delivery, some selling as many as 60 bottles.  The state of Iowa limited retailers to no more than 60 bottles per store.  Within 24 hours, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division had sold out of all the stock they had.

“We had hoped this would go over well, but we very pleasantly surprised when the state had orders for all the cases we sent them,” Garrett Burchett, owner and distiller says.  “Unfortunately, it moved so fast that it was gone before some retailers didn’t even have the chance to order it from the state.”

In total, MRDC made just short of 1,000 bottles of this first batch.  The bourbon is made from grains harvested from within 25 miles of the distillery.  Corn comes from LeClaire and the wheat and barley come from Reynolds, Illinois.  The spirit is aged for nearly a year and distillers only released the first 6 barrels they made.

The Burchett brothers have been busy for the past year planning for the demand and have continued making and barreling their bourbon.  The next release of Cody Road Bourbon will be Friday, March 2.  Moving through 2012, larger releases of bourbon will become more regular to help catch up to demand.

“We anticipate having more in this next batch.  Supplies will be tight through the year, but we hope to have enough for everyone’s stockings by next Christmas.” Ryan says.


Machine Shed offers free Holiday ebook PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christofferson   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:01
Machine Shed Restaurant offers a free “Holiday’s in the Heartland” ebook:  A holiday guide that includes gift ideas, demonstrations and favorite recipes

The Machine Shed restaurant is sharing some of their best advice for creating an effortless and memorable holiday season with a complimentary “Holidays in the Heartland” ebook available on their website or Facebook page.

The ebook includes:
• Delicious Gift ideas for your gift exchange
• A demonstration on how to repurpose a wreath
• A downloadable holiday meal planner
• Three favorite holiday recipes – which includes the recipe for the Shed’s famous
cinnamon rolls.

Information found in the ebook was created, sourced and shared by the Machine Shed chefs and staff.

To receive a complimentary copy, “Like” the Machine Shed on Facebook at or visit the website at


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