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Happy Joe's New Joegurt Concept Opens Second Locatio PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Ersan   
Thursday, 01 September 2011 08:00

Happy Joe's has launched a new frozen yogurt concept, appropriately named Joegurt. Joegurt was first introduced at the Bettendorf location June 17th and has been receiving rave reviews. Now the company has opened the second Joegurt location in the upper level at the Happy Joe's located at 201 W. 50th Street in Davenport. Joegurt is real frozen yogurt that tastes like decadent ice cream. Both locations offer 10‐12 flavors and 5‐6 twist options. Some of the flavors offered are Tahitian Vanilla, Strawberry Sensation, Harvest Peach, Cookies ‘n Cream, Red Velvet Cake, Birthday Cake, Cappuccino, and a non‐dairy Orange Sorbet. Many of the flavors offered are also gluten‐free. Joegurt contains probiotics which are healthy bacteria that are good for general digestive health. It also has fewer calories and less cholesterol than ice cream. Kristel Whitty‐Ersan, Marketing Director for Happy Joe's, stated, “This is basically like really good ice cream without the guilt! Our guests seem to love it and we’ve seen many return visits just for the Joegurt.”

The way Joegurt works is you fill your own cup with the Joegurt flavor(s) of your choice and then visit a toppings bar where you can add fresh fruit, candies, granola, nuts, and cookies, and there are three flavors of Ghirardelli syrups available. Guests weigh their Joegurt creations and pay a per‐ounce price. Jenny Culp, Head Coach of the W. 50th Street location stated, “The kids love to go through the line and make their own creations. It is fun for them to make their own choices.”

Guests who would like to try a sample of Joegurt can opt into Happy Joe's new Mobile Club by texting HJ26 to 87365. They will receive a coupon for a free Joegurt at Happy Joe's located at 50th and Welcome Way.

Happy Joe's new Joegurt concept is the only one of its kind in the Quad City area. The company plans to open the next Joegurt concept in Cedar Rapids.  

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Apple Cake Takes First in Healthy Creations Contest at State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 09:55

DES MOINES, IA (08/22/2011)(readMedia)-- Shirley Steele of Washington was awarded First Place Overall in the Healthy Creations contest judged Monday at the 2011 Iowa State Fair. Steele's Raw Apple Cake also earned first place in the desserts category .

Entries were judged on flavor, healthiness, appearance, originality, creativity and ease of preparation.

Additional results below:

Entrées

1) Joyce Whipps, West Des Moines

Appetizers

1) Diane Rauh, Des Moines

2) Deana Wright, Colfax

Desserts

1) Shirley Steele, Washington

2) Cindie Robinette-Anderson, Des Moines

3) Laura Snell, Norwalk

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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Bettendorf Cook Bowls Over Judges in State Fair Soup Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 09:55

DES MOINES, IA (08/22/2011)(readMedia)-- Norita Solt of Bettendorf won first place and a $100 cash award in the Souper Soups competition judged Wednesday at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

Kyle Barton of West Des Moines took second place and $50. Ginger Johnson of West Des Moines claimed third place and $25.

Krista Kulas of Johnston received an honorable mention.

Entries were judged on taste, appearance and uniqueness.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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Young Business Owner Opens Local Confectionary's Newest Franchise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 12:33

Davenport, IA / August 9, 2011 -- An ambitious young business owner is helping expand the roots of an ice cream hot spot that got its start in the Quad Cities with the Grand Opening of the local chain's newest franchise on 53rd Street just east of Division in Davenport. New Country Style Ice Cream and Hawaiian Style Coffee owner Cristina Sanchez, 26, is pleased to offer the community another convenient location to visit the popular chain, despite an economy that can often present a roadblock for new businesses.

"I am extremely overwhelmed with excitement to open a well-known name such as Country Style Ice Cream here in   Davenp or t  ," said Sanchez. “Luckily, I will have the supp or t of my family to help me out. Especially my Mother, Karen, who will be my experienced latte artist during the m or ning drive."

Sanchez is no stranger to the industry and spent six former years working on the Country Style team, while also attending high school and college. She remembers joking with current Country Style/Hawaiian Style owner Kent Kindelsperger, her employer at the time, about one day opening up her own storefront.

"He would say, 'One day I’m going to sell you a store.' Now here I am at the age of 26, one decade later, purchasing a Country Style Ice Cream and Hawaiian Style Coffee franchise," said Sanchez. 

The Grand Opening will be Thursday, August 18th from 4pm to 6pm. A ribbon cutting will kick off the festivities at 4:30pm, with do or  prizes and refreshments to follow. Ice cream enthusiasts both young and old are invited to swing by to enjoy free soft-serve kid cones and show their supp or t toward the company’s recent growth. Visit or s also can take advantage of half-price specialty shakes, available in a variety of mouth-watering flav or s,  or  just stop out f or  the fun.

 

For More Information:

Contact: Natalie Linville-Mass

Telephone: 309-786-5142

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Deep Fried Butter & Deep Fried Pop Tarts – new fair treats! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christoffersen   
Monday, 01 August 2011 09:36

Machine Shed Restaurant will be serving these treats at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Fair

The Machine Shed continues to bring the extreme and the delicious to the Mississippi Valley Fair adding “Deep Fried Butter” and “Deep Fried Pop Tart” to the 2011 fair menu. The chefs have worked all winter long and have created a pure butter concoction deep fried with a crisp coating.   This treat is crunchy and oozing with melted butter and only a mere 250 calories for each butter ball.  “We had over 50 taste testers over the past few months try several different variations of the fried butter and overwhelming we got a ‘gotta have more’ opinion” states Jeff Grunder, Manager at the Machine Shed restaurant.  Grunder continues: “The deep fried strawberry pop tart is my favorite, it tastes like a warm strawberry cake, I think it’s the only way to eat a pop tart from now on!”.   Deep Fried Butter sells for $5 and you get 4 “butter balls”, while the Deep Fried Strawberry Pop Tart sells for $2 each.

You will ONLY find Deep Fried Butter and Deep Fried Pop Tarts at the Machine Shed booth at the Mississippi Valley Fair. The Mississippi Valley Fair runs Tuesday Aug. 2nd – Sunday Aug. 7th, 2011.

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