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October 13th Big $5.99 Breakfast Blowout at Bettendorf Happy Joe’s! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Smith   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:08
In honor of National Pizza Month, The Bettendorf Happy Joe’s will be offering a breakfast blowout bash for ONE DAY ONLY on Thursday, October 13 from 7am – 9pm.  This deal will happen no more than once a year and is available for dine in and carryout only on large omelet pizzas for just $5.99 + tax on October 13th. A large omelet pizza serves five people and is the perfect item to buy for your staff or group breakfast.  Be a super hero at a super price!

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to try our wonderful breakfast products at a fraction of the cost,” says Bettendorf head coach, Adam Berntgen.  Our omelet pizza is served on a pan-style crust with eggs, cheese, and your favorite toppings. What a great day to try something new!”

The Bettendorf Happy Joe's also offers home-style cinnamon rolls that are baked daily, breakfast burritos, Happy Joe's Scramblers (similar to a breakfast skillet), and gourmet coffee.

“We’ve had tremendous success with our new breakfast products and are thrilled to offer an opportunity for the whole town to come in and try the omelet pizza at a ridiculous price! We want to make sure everyone gets a taste of the omelet pizza as we are confident that once they try it they’ll come back for more!” stated Kristel Whitty-Ersan, Marketing Director for the company.

The omelet pizzas and cinnamon rolls are an excellent choice for business meetings and morning get-togethers. Happy Joe's breakfast items have been very popular with businesses, but the chain wants to ensure the general public knows that these products can be delivered to their homes, schools, organizations, and clubs as well. The products are offered all day long. The restaurant is available for business meetings and provides free space to groups that may want to come in for a morning meeting.

The $5.99 price point on a large omelet pizza will last for just one day, October 13th, so wake up and smell the omelet pizza, Bettendorf! Come on over to Happy Joe's!


Gramma’s Kitchen Awarded “Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin” in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christofferson   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:55

Iowa Pork Producers will present restaurant with award on Wed. 10/12 at 11:45AM

Gramma’s Kitchen selected the winner of IPPA’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest for 2011.

Gramma’s Kitchen in Walcott has received this year’s honor from IPPA for its breaded pork tenderloin sandwich and will receive a check for $500 and a plaque. The eatery is located near the World’s Largest Truck Stop on Interstate 80 at the Walcott exit.

Gramma’s Kitchen has been in business since 1980 and serves about 150 tenderloin sandwiches per week. The loins are bought from Reinhart  Foodservice and are tenderized and battered at the restaurant.

“We are absolutely excited about winning this award and it’s so great that we are receiving such accolades for all of our hard work that we have put in these last several years,” said Aaron Tuftee, one of the managers of Gramma’s Kitchen.

Country House in Colo placed second and will receive a plaque and $250 from IPPA. Legal Limit Pub & Grill in Boone, The Rusty Duck in Dexter, and Newton’s Paradise Café in Waterloo received honorable mention awards and each will receive a plaque.

Joe Golinghorst from Walcott nominated Gramma’s Kitchen and will receive $100.

A total of 327 nominations were submitted for this year’s contest and 34 received the required three or more nominations and became finalists. Judging by committee members was completed last month. The committee judges the pork tenderloin sandwiches on taste, physical characteristics and appearance.

All restaurants, cafes and taverns that serve breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches can be nominated for the award each year. Previous contest winners also are eligible, but are prohibited from winning two consecutive years.

Gramma’s Kitchen is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is a member of the Heart of America group. You can find them on the web at Gramma’s Kitchen also has a Facebook page.

October Marks the First National Farm to School Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:21

Farmers, chefs to visit classrooms across the country

Lyons, NE - The first ever National Farm to School Month is taking place this October.

In 2010, Congress designated October as National Farm to School Month, which demonstrates the growing importance and role of Farm to School programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local farming and ranching economies, spur job growth and educate children about agriculture and the origins of their food.

"Farm to School programs are a win-win.  They provide our kids with fresh, healthy food that actually tastes like food and benefits our farmers and communities as well," said Kathie Starkweather with the Center for Rural Affairs, a member of the National Farm to School Network and a partner organization of the 2011 National Farm to School Month. “These programs are widely recognized as an effective way to encourage healthy eating and boost local agriculture sales by bringing local vegetables, fruit, and other products into schools.”  

According to Starkweather, a focus on farm-to-school local food programs is overdue.  Two-thirds of school children eat a National School Lunch Program lunch and consume about one-third of their total calories from that meal. Unfortunately that food travels between 2500 and 4000 miles before reaching their plates.

To celebrate the first National Farm to School Month, schools across the country will be inviting farmers and chefs to visit their school during the month of October. Food service professionals, teachers, parents, farmers and ranchers can visit for assistance organizing an event.

Over the past decade, the Farm to School movement has exploded across the United States. There are now more than 2,300 Farm to School programs in schools across all 50 states, according to the National Farm to School Network.

For example Joyce Rice, who served as Food Service Director for a small central Nebraska community, was dissatisfied with the food the students were eating and made it her personal mission to get locally grown fresh food into the schools. Joyce wanted to feed students at the elementary, middle and preschool (500 students) delicious, healthy and fresh food. Rice started the Farm to School program by identifying local farmers who could supply food for school lunches. She has also gotten them involved in giving presentations at school. This teaches the children more about how food is grown, where it comes from, and the importance of supporting local growers.

“One local grower who raises asparagus, actually came to the school, donned a hair net, and helped cook and serve the asparagus,” commented Starkweather.

According to Rice, “Most of the kids had never even SEEN an asparagus, but they cleaned their plates and are now asking their parents to buy the vegetable.” The farmer now sees the students and their parents regularly at his stand at the local Farmers Market.

Rice continued saying the children love eating the fresh food and their consumption of fruits and vegetables increased by nearly 200 percent since she started buying locally according to data that she has tracked since starting this program.

United States Department of Agriculture is preparing to announce the availability of competitive Farm to School grants worth up to $100,000 for planning and implementing Farm to School programs – including supporting staff salaries, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens and other activities. For more information on these grants and about the National Farm to School Network, visit

The National Farm to School Network has established contacts in every state to help connect schools with local farmers. To find one in your state

For additional information on how schools and farmers can take advantage of Farm to School programs visit for a host of ideas. Or contact Kathie Starkweather at the Center for Rural Affairs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (402) 617-7946.

Food experts tell it like it is on Best Food Facts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:00

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Machine Shed Restaurant Celebrates National Pork Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christofferson   
Monday, 03 October 2011 13:18

With special features, promotions and contests all month long

October is National Pork Month.  Since the doors first opened in 1978, Pork has been a staple on the Machine Shed menu selling over 300,000 pounds of Pork every year.  Here’s what guests will find at the Shed this month:

  • Enjoy specially priced 2 for $25 pork dinners
  • Enter to win a $25 gift card in a Facebook “Blue Ribbon Picture” photo contest
  • Learn tips, recipes and fun facts on the Machine Shed Blog
  • Download a complimentary recipe eBook with eight chef inspired signature recipes
  • Enter to win great pork related gift packs
Celebrate National Pork Month at the Machine Shed.  To learn more about all the Machine Shed Pork Month events, visit their website at  For more information, please call the Machine Shed Restaurant at (563) 391-2427. The Machine Shed is located at I-80 and Northwest Blvd in Davenport, IA.

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