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Rudy's Tacos Celebrates Cinco de Mayo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtney Boothe   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:42

Festivities take place all day at the 11th St. Location 

Davenport, IA/ April 14, 2014 – Rudy's Tacos is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a big party starting at noon on Saturday, May 3rd located at their newly renovated 11th Street location in Davenport.  Bands this year include, “The Blues All Stars”, “Pieces of Candy” and “The Hooks”.  The big news this year is the Taco Eating Contest starting at 5:00pm.  Those who would like to participate for a grand prize of a $100 Rudy’s Tacos Gift Card can register at the 11th Street location in the Village of East Davenport.  As in the past, there will be great food and drink specials to celebrate the day as well.

So what is Cinco de Mayo all about??  Cinco de Mayo or May 5th in English, is a day commemorating the anniversary of a battle where Mexican forces defeated French invading forces against great odds.  This early victory in the campaign to drive the French out, is known as the Battle of Puebla, and it took place on May 5, 1862.

About Rudy’s Tacos: Rudy’s Tacos was founded in 1973 by Rudy and Marilyn Quijas. This first restaurant located at 2214 East 11th Street in the Village of East Davenport, seated 15-20 people. By 1977 the business had out grown the tiny building.  Work began in the late fall tearing down the old building, and the new larger building opened for business in the summer of 1977. Since the late 70’s Rudy’s business has grown to include 11 other locations in both Iowa and Illinois.

 

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Ross' Restaurant to be featured on Iowa Ingredient on Iowa Public Television on Friday April 25th at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday April 26th at 11:30 a.m. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:51
Bettendorf, Iowa  - Longstanding Quad City restaurant was selected to be featured on the show, "Iowa Ingredient," for it's use and support of local foods.

Iowa Ingredient showcases Iowa foods, farmers, and chefs as they explore ingredients with an Iowa flavor. Each episode features a single Iowa ingredient, like eggplant, spinach, cherries, or wine. Viewers will learn where the food is grown in Iowa, learn more about someone who grows it, and see how to use the ingredient in unique and delicious recipes. An Iowa chef will be profiled before helping us make a delectable dish or two in the Iowa Ingredient kitchen with host Charity Nebbe.

The show will feature Ross' general manager, Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers making two of her favorite dishes using local eggs.  "It was so fun to highlight an ingredient that we serve so much of to our customers on a daily basis, we serve over 5,000 per week and are so proud to be using local, cage free eggs fresh from Iowa farms.  I am passionate about local foods was honored to be selected for the show by the producers.  I like to call the use of local food products a triple win:  better for local economy, they taste better and are better for your health."

There will be a live broadcast event of the Ross' segment at the Quad Cities Food Hub on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and a sampling of one of the featured dishes that Freidhof-Rodgers made for the show as well as copies of the recipes from the show.  This will be part of a "Helping Hands Day" (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Quad Cities Food Hub, which will involve building a community demonstration garden at the Food Hub.

 
Mother’s Day is the Most Popular Holiday to Dine Out PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Kostek   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:00

Mother’s Day is the Most Popular Holiday to Dine Out

Two-thirds of those dining out on Mother's Days this year will have children under the age of 18 in their party

 

April 22, 2014, West 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 Iowa Restaurant Association. In fact, nearly half of moms would pick a favorite restaurant as the place to celebrate Mother's Day.

Not sure what to include with that card?  “There’s really no need to worry about how to celebrate the moms in your life,” said Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association president and CEO. “Moms love restaurants. Not only do restaurants provide a much-deserved reprieve from cooking at home, they also provide a celebratory atmosphere.”  Restaurant gift cards and certificates are also a top gift pick for moms, with one in five saying this is their preferred gift.

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.  58 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. Atmosphere is also an important factor because children are a major part of the mix when dining out on Mother's Day. Two-thirds of those dining out on Mother's Days this year will have children under the age of 18 in their party.

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.

Editor's note: in the Quad Cities area, log on to www.quadcitiesdiningguide.com and find that special restaurant for this wonderful occassion.

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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Freight House Farmers' Market news PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:25

Just a friendly reminder, folks, that the Freight House Farmers' Market is open on Tuesdays from 3pm until 6pm in addition to their regular Saturday hours of 8am until 1pm.

Starting in May the outdoor market will be in full "bloom" as vendors will fill the lots with hundreds of fresh, locally grown and produced items.

For more information, please visit www.freighthousefarmersmarket.com

 
Quad Cities Food Hub now open on Sundays PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:20

The Quad Cities Food Hub, located in the historic Freight House building at 421 West River Drive in Davenport, will now be open on Sundays from 12 Noon until 3:00pm.

The Food Hub is also open Monday and Friday from 10am until 5pm, Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays from 10am until 7pm and on Saturdays from 10am until 3pm.

A bi-state initiative – the Quad Cities Food Hub connects farmers and consumers in Iowa and Illinois in effort to augment regional local food production and consumption. The organization is part of a network of Regional Food System Working Groups in the state of Iowa.

Find out more by visiting www.qcfoodhub.com

 
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