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QC Restaurant Week Feb 24-Mar 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Monday, 24 February 2014 13:56
About the Event
Join us for the annual Restaurant Week in the Quad Cities. Organized by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, we are pleased to have local restaurants participating from all parts of the community. Quad Cities' talented chefs have created special fixed price menus to showcase their cuisine for lunch or dinner (excludes beverages, taxes, and gratuity). Bon Appetit!

How It Works
  1. Select a restaurant from the list below for lunch or dinner.
  2. Tell your server you want the Restaurant Week special. No coupon required.
Cost
$15 two-for-one lunches
$20 or $25 dinners

Thank you to our sponsors
Iowa Pork Producers Association • Quad-City Times • WQAD • 97X Classic Hits • True Oldies AM1170 • B100 • ROCK 104.9 • Star 93.5 FM
List of Restaurants

Bad Boyz Pizza & Pub

Bass Street Chop House

Biaggi's

Bix Bistro

Black Ram

Blue Cat Brew Pub

Blue Square Café

Brady Street Chop House

Captain's Table

Cool Beanz Coffeehouse

Crane & Pelican Café

Crust Stone Oven Pizza

DJ's Steakhouse

Famous Dave's

Farradday's

Front Street Brewery

Granite City Food & Brewery

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

Machine Shed

Me & Billy

Mean Mel's Steakhouse

Miss Mamie's

Mo Brady's Steakhouse

Pagalo's Pizzeria & Gelato Café

Pizza Ranch

QC Coffee & Pancake House

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Red Ginger Sushi Bar & Grill

Red Lantern Fine Chinese Dining

Rudy's Tacos

Sippi's American Grill

Thunder Bay

 
Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Feast at Thunder Bay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Coffman   
Monday, 24 February 2014 13:53

Mardi Gras will be in full swing on Fat Tuesday, March 4th. The event is open to the public from 5-8pm.

Executive Chef Andy Wildermuth will prepare a New Orleans-style Cajun buffet, featuring authentic home-made Louisiana favorites: Alligator Gumbo, Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya, Creole Fried Chicken, Blackened Fish, Crispy Catfish, Whole Boiled Crawfish, Red Beans & Rice, Mac & Cheese, Cold Salads and Fruit, Cornbread, Rolls, Flaming Bananas Foster. Price is $16.99 Adults & $6.99 kids 5-10, Kids 4 & under free (Prices do not include tax, gratuity, or beverage). For more information or to make reservations (recommended) call the restaurant at 563-386-2722.

Thunder Bay is located at 6511 Brady St, Davenport.

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Quad Cities Restaurant Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:04
FEBRUARY 24th to MARCH 2nd
www.QCrestaurantweek.com

 
2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Nina Agdal returns in new ad to promote the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich and Taco PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angie Taylor   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:37

CARPINTERIA, Calif. – Feb. 19, 2014 – Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® announce two ways to savor the delicious flavor of Charbroiled Atlantic Cod with the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich and new Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Taco. The premium fish sandwich is available today at all participating Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. locations. The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Taco is also available today at all participating Carl’s Jr. locations and at all participating dual-branded Hardee’s/Red Burrito locations.

Making another splash fresh from her first appearance on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, model Nina Agdal returns to the beach for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s to promote Charbroiled Atlantic Cod. Filmed last year, the never-before-seen ad campaign was created by Los Angeles- and Amsterdam-based creative agency 72andSunny. View the new ad later this week on the brand YouTube channels (www.youtube.com/carlsjr and www.youtube.com/hardees) and on television starting on Monday.

Originally launched last year in time for Lent, Carl’s Jr.’s and Hardee’s’ Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich became, and is still today, the first charbroiled, never fried, fish sandwich from a major fast-food chain. The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich, at only 420 calories, offers guests a meal option that doesn’t scrimp on flavor while the spicier Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Taco has only 340 calories.

“Last year when we introduced the industry’s first charbroiled fish sandwich, we completely broke away from the old fast-food paradigm which held that fish had to be battered-and-fried. Instead, we offered a lower-calorie fish option that tasted great because we charbroil the Atlantic cod fillets the same way we do our famous burgers. Our guests loved them so much last year that they’re back again this year,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. “For this year’s Lenten season, we’re also offering another way to enjoy Atlantic cod, with the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Taco. We spice it up with creamy Santa Fe sauce and serve it in a flour tortilla with shredded cheese, fresh salsa and lettuce. For those looking for lighter fare with a south-of-the-border flair, it’s another great option that delivers big on flavor.

“Having Nina Agdal back in a never-before-seen ad is a great way to let the world know that Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are the only major fast-food chains that offer charbroiled Atlantic cod for Lent again this year,” Haley continued. “And, we couldn’t be happier for Nina landing this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover. Her career continues to skyrocket so we’re thrilled to be able to work with her again this year.”

A mainstay on the Carl’s Jr. menu and returning this month to Hardee’s, the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich features a premium, charbroiled Atlantic cod fillet with creamy tartar sauce, sliced tomato and lettuce, served on a honey wheat bun. The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Taco features the charbroiled cod fillet served on a flour tortilla and topped with spicy Santa Fe sauce, fresh salsa, shredded cheese and lettuce. The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich is available for $3.99 or as a combo meal with fries and a drink for $6.49. The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Taco is available for $2.39. Prices may vary by location.

Stay tuned to Facebook (www.facebook.com/carlsjr and www.facebook.com/hardees) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/carlsjr and www.twitter.com/hardees) for the latest product news. Download the Super Star Rewards app from the iTunes Store and Google Play and check in to redeem Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s products on the spot, save points for a high-value reward, check out the full menu and use the store locator to find any Hardee’s or Carl’s Jr. in the U.S.

About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”) is a privately held company headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif. Through its subsidiaries, CKE owns and licenses Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® quick-service restaurants. CKE operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s as one brand under two names acknowledging the regional heritage of both banners. CKE has a total of 3,441 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and 30 foreign countries and U.S. territories. Known for its one-of-a-kind premium menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus Six Dollar Thickburgers®, Made from Scratch™ Biscuits, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™ and Fresh Baked Buns, as well as an award-winning marketing approach, the Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s brand continues to deliver substantial and consistent growth in the U.S. and overseas. Since the end of Fiscal Year 2011 and through Nov. 4, 2013, the company’s third fiscal quarter, CKE’s annual system-wide sales were up 15 percent and the number of franchised and company-operated restaurants increased 8 percent worldwide, driven by 2 percent domestic growth and 53 percent growth outside the U.S. The Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s system is now 74 percent franchised, with international restaurants representing 17 percent of the system. For more information about CKE, please visit www.ckr.com or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com.

 
IOWA MICRO-DISTILLING LEGISLATION HOUSE FILE 2173 & SENATE FILE 2175 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhm   
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:44

February 13, 2014 – For the second year in a row, Mississippi River Distilling Company has been working hard to get legislation passed in the state of Iowa to reduce restrictions on Iowa Micro-Distilleries.

WHAT ARE WE ASKING FOR? Essentially, we are looking for the same privileges that Iowa breweries and wineries enjoy.

• We want the ability to sell drinks made with spirits that are manufactured on site. Currently, we are only allowed to serve 2 ounces of free samples per person, per day.

• We are asking to raise the daily retail sales limit to one case. Iowa law limits our retail sales at the distillery to two bottles per person, per day. Iowa breweries, wineries and liquor stores have no sales limits.

This change will allow for more Iowa made products to be sold in our state. That means more tourism dollars, more alcohol tax dollars and more jobs in Iowa. The more we can do to make this industry attractive for Iowa business people, the more we will see the industry grow. The state is a direct beneficiary of increased alcohol sales because of the state tax and distribution system.

There is great interest in hosting events at Iowa distilleries, much like groups do at Iowa breweries and wineries.

This change would open Iowa distilleries to more exposure and tourism opportunities. Many other states, including Illinois, Missouri and Michigan allow for sales of product by the glass and the bottle at microdistilleries. According to the American Distilling Institute, states that allow for retail sales by the glass and bottle saw a 78% growth in the number of microdistilleries in their states from 2011 to 2013. States without these laws saw a 14% increase during the same time period.

TAX REVENUE FOR IOWA

In fiscal year 2012, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division received $6.7 million in revenue from the sale of products made by Iowa microdistilleries. In contrast, Iowa had $7.7 million in total revenue from the sale of every bottle of wine in the state. Beer sales generated nearly $14 million. But hard liquor sales generated over $255 million. Iowa's three largest microdistilleries accounted for 2.3% of that revenue. As the sole distributor of hard liquor in Iowa, the state has as much to gain as any microdistillery from a revenue perspective. Every dollar of profit made from alcohol sales at Iowa microdistilleries generates a dollar of tax revenue for the state of Iowa.

CONSISTENT WITH IOWA LAW

Iowa microdistilleries all work through the current state control of alcohol trafficking in our state. This bill takes steps to maintain the current three-tier system of alcohol trafficking in Iowa. By doing this, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division will be able to ensure that all taxes are properly assessed when the products are distributed. No tax breaks for the industry are included in this bill. The bill will lead to increased tax revenue for Iowa.

* Iowa distilleries are not allowed to engage in wholesale distribution of spirits.

* All products will be distributed through the Iowa ABD warehouse in Ankeny.

* Product sold for on-premise consumption (by the glass) will be purchased through a "Class E" liquor licensee (Wholesaler), just like every other Iowa bar and restaurant does and therefore maintaining the current system in Iowa.

SUPPORT

This bill has bi-partisan support from our local representatives. Representative Steve Olson (R) is driving the bill in the House. Senator Rita Hart (D) is leading the charge in the Senate. is being supported by the Iowa micro-distilling industry, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Restaurant Association.

OPPOSITION

The only registered opposition to the bill has been from the Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association. This is a well organized and well funded lobby that has great influence in Des Moines. Ironically, this organization did not oppose past legislation that opened up these privileges for small Iowa breweries and native Iowa wineries. We are hopeful that through dialogue at our committee hearings we can help our lawmakers and opposition see that this legislation poses no threat to existing business. Instead, it supports small family business, local farms and holds great potential for tourism, tax revenue and jobs in Iowa.

SUMMARY

Micro-distillation is a rapidly growing industry, much like small wineries and microbreweries were 15 to 20 years ago. Iowa's three biggest micro-distilleries, Templeton Rye in Templeton, Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire and Cedar Ridge in Swisher, accounted for over $6.5 million in wholesale liquor sales in Iowa in the last fiscal year. Iowa has an opportunity to encourage significant growth in production and tourism in our state with this legislation.

This law change will boost tourism, create jobs and increase tax revenue in the state of Iowa.

Contact:

Ryan Burchett, Owner/Distiller
Mississippi River Distilling Company
303 North Cody Road
PO Box 801
LeClaire, IA 52753

563-484-4342 Distillery
563-271-0608 Cell
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www.mrdistilling.com

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