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Youth Gain a Dash of Culinary Knowledge at the 2011 4-H Youth Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Monday, 18 July 2011 12:58

AMES, Iowa – Students who attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 28-30 learned the basics of food preparation at the Cook This! workshop with hands-on activities and a dash of fun.

“This was a great experience for the youth to learn basic culinary knowledge,” said workshop co-director Lisa Schmidt, a junior in culinary science at Iowa State University. “It was great to see them interact with food, which will hopefully push them to do more cooking and baking on their own.”

The workshop lasted an hour and a half each day, and students learned the basics of knife safety, how to properly cut fruits and vegetables, how to make bread and how to properly cook meat. The north Ames Fareway donated groceries to the workshop. Three commodity groups shared information with the students on beef, pork and eggs.

Schmidt and workshop co-director AnnaBear Vance held a bread design competition and a food jeopardy game during the workshop. The winners won candy and Iowa 4-H cookbooks. The events offered youths a preview of the Cook This! competition to be held at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

“I enjoyed watching the kids learn and grow more comfortable with both the kitchen equipment and each other over the course of the workshop,” said Vance, a junior in culinary science.

The youth conference included a wide array of workshops for the students, which are geared toward educating them about career choices, exposing them to the opportunities Iowa State University has to offer and expanding their interests.

“This is a chance for people to explore some things they have never done before and to discover new opportunities,” said Brenda Allen, a 4-H youth development specialist with Iowa State University Extension.

The 2011 Cook This! 4-H Culinary Competition will take place Aug. 15–17 at the Iowa State Fair. For more information, contact Lisa Schmidt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or AnnaBear Vance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Bowls: Urban Eats Announces Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kyle Carter   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 22:43

(Davenport – Iowa) Bowls: Urban Eats is celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and drink specials Friday, July 8 at 4:30 p.m. in downtown Davenport. Attendees can enjoy $1 freshly squeezed lemonades and limeades, $3 signature cocktails, and be among the first to try out Bowls’ unique menu. As the newest restaurant to the growing downtown neighborhood, Bowls is providing distinctive fare featuring freshly prepared pasta, rice, salad, and soups made with slow roasted meats and vegetables. Customers will be greeted by a sleek metallic décor and a walk-through line designed for quick, yet individualized service.

Co-owners Sid Rognoni and Chris Odendahl share a collective 40 years of restaurant experience, and their special twist on quick service and freshly prepared foods is already earning them a lot of fans. “It’s truly a labor of love,” said Rognoni. “We really wanted to bring something new to downtown, and we’ve already received overwhelmingly positive response since opening our doors.”  

Bowls: Urban Eats features a variety of creative combinations to choose from such as the “Mac-n-Jack” and “Far East Beef & Noodle,” but patrons are welcome to create anything from the wide variety of fresh ingredients on the menu. “Since we create every dish to order, it’s very easy for people looking for gluten-free or vegetarian options to simply create their own perfect combination,” said Odendahl. “Whether you’re looking for something hearty or light, we can suit your taste.”

With its ideal location at the corner of 3rd & Brady Streets, Bowls: Urban Eats is just as convenient for the late- night crowd on the weekend as it is for the busy business crowd during weekday lunches. The restaurant features a small bar, and on Friday and Saturday, it’s open until 2 a.m. Patrons can enjoy a commanding view of the Wells Fargo Bank tower and the bustling Brady Street traffic as they sip on specialty drinks from Bowls’ fully stocked bar.

Food is served during all hours of operation, and take-out orders are welcome. Bowls: Urban Eats is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. To-go orders can be placed by calling 563-424-2014.


Madison County Winery Grand Opening-July 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Andrews   
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 12:07

Madison County Winery to hold Grand Opening for Tasting Room & Special Event Space


Saturday, July 2, 2011

11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Madison County Winery 
3021 St. Charles Road
St. Charles, IA 50240

Madison County Winery (MCW) is having a public Grand Opening to showcase its newly constructed tasting room. This new facility is located in the middle of the vineyards which are nestled in the hills of Madison County just 3 miles west of the city of St Charles. The facility contains a tasting room, wine storage area, and large patio. The tasting room includes a full tasting bar, bar table seating, window seating, and couches by a wood burning fireplace. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces are available to rent for groups of up to 150 people.

Madison County Winery is Iowa’s first winery to also house a brewery (Twisted Vine Brewery) in the same facility. Twisted Vine is a small-batch craft brewery with a focus on unique, flavorful beers that are produced with quality ingredients and meticulous attention to detail. Guests will have the opportunity to sample and purchase our fine wines, ales and lagers inside the tasting room or outside on the large patio overlooking the scenic hills of Madison County.  

Sunday Brunch
MCW has also teamed up with the Madison County Dessert Factory to begin offering a Sunday Brunch starting Sunday, July 3rd. The brunch menu will feature Panini sandwiches, sides and limited selection of pastries. Samples from the brunch menu will be available at the Grand Opening celebration.

Daily Menu
MCW will feature local, artisanal cheeses and chocolates from Maytag Dairy Farms, Frisian Farms, and Van Veen Chocolates. 

Special Offer
All wine and beer purchases will be 20% off during the Grand Opening celebration.

Live Musical Entertainment 
Chad Eliott (pictured below) will perform from 1 pm – 4 pm with guest vocalist Bonita Crowe. Daniel Powell will perform from 4:30 pm  - 7:30 pm.

Dos Amigos Lunch Truck Now Open PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Robertson   
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 10:35

Dos Amigos now has their Lunch Truck, or Taco Truck if you will, at the corner of 4th and Warren streets on the edge of downtown Davenport Mondays thru Fridays from 11am until 2pm.  They offer steak tacos, tortas and carnitas at a very reasonable price.  All meals include rice and beans.  Beverages are available.

Dos Amigos fills the need for quality Mexican food at lunchtime for the hundreds of folks who work in downtown Davenport, plus all the others that drive along 4th Street during the lunch hours.

ISU Extension Plans Food Preservation Workshop and Pressure Canner Testing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:54
Preserving the bounty of your garden harvest each fall can lead to enjoying the fruitsof your labor all winter long. It’s important to keep food safety in mind every step of the way. Home food preservation is not difficult but it does require following specific directions exactly. Always use tested recipes and directions from a reliable source. Ignoring recommended procedures can result in home canned products that will makeyou and your family very ill.

Vera Stokes, ISU Extension Nutrition and Health Program Specialist, 563-210-0587, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is offering a workshop, Home Food Preservation 101, Friday, June 24, 10:30am – Noon at the Davenport Public Library on Eastern Avenue.

The workshop is intended for those wanting to learn how to safely preserve food and will also serve as a good refresher for those who have experience preserving food. The workshop is free and will cover canning, freezing, drying, pickling and making jams and jellies.

Pressure canner gauge testing will be from Noon – 2 p.m. at the same location. Pressure canners with a dial-type pressure gauge should be tested each year for accuracy. To have a dial-gauge tested, bring the canner lid only – the entire canneris not needed. It is not necessary to test weighted or rocker-type pressure regulators because they cannot be adjusted and will usually remain accurate.

Participants will receive current ISUE food preservation publications and additional research based resources will be on display.
To register for the Home Food Preservation workshop only, call the ISU Scott County Extension office at 359-7577 by June 23, 2011.


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