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Pancake Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Blue Grass American Legion Post 711   
Friday, 21 March 2014 15:11

American Legion Post #711, Blue Grass, Iowa, is hosting an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Serving will be from 6:30am until 10:00am at the Blue Grass Legion Hall, 106 S Juniata St.

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, homemade syrup, potatoes, biscuits & gravy, cinnamon rolls, juice, milk and coffee.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4 thru 12, and free for those under 4 years old.

Eastside Bakery opens in the Hilltop Campus Village PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Tunnicliff   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:18

Eastside Bakery, for years a well-regarded provider of baked goods, has just opened on the corner of 15th and Harrison Street, in the heart of the Hilltop Campus Village.

“We are just so excited to be here; it just feels right.” said owner and baker Nikki La Tray. “We remain close to our valued customers, and now have the visibility to attract more business. This gets us close to lots of churches, schools and residential neighborhoods, all of whom we look forward to serving.”

The new space is across the street from the new Harrison Lofts residential/commercial complex, and just north of the Hilltop Plaza.

“This project involved many people, each putting the extra effort in to make it work.”, said Hilltop Campus Village director Scott Tunnicliff. “Nicky came looking for space at the behest of one of the churches in our area. We ran a few location options by her, and she fell in love with this older, really cool building. From there it was a matter of her dealing directly with the owner and the city to make it happen.”

The Hilltop Campus Village has conducted multiple surveys of students, residents and employees in the area asking what type of service business were most desired. According to Tunnicliff, a bakery and a place to serve fresh pizza were at or near the top of the list.

Ms. LaTray has been in business for several years and has a loyal following. “People love our bakery items, as well as our pizza. They didn’t want to see us move, but I they understood our situation. I opened this morning, and was nearly sold out by 11:00am. That’s a good sign.”

March 2014 Events and Concerts at Trumpet Blossom Café PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katy Meyer   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:52

Greetings from Trumpet Blossom Café--

We hope this finds you well and that you’re enjoying what promises to be the most anticipated Spring in recent memory. Time to get those seeds started; time to go back to wearing one pair of socks; time to smile a little bit wider when you walk out the front door in the morning!

We can barely put into words how excited we are about the great thaw of 2014…

So what’s going on these days? Well, we have some pretty great events planned for this Spring and I’m here to tell you that I am really looking forward to seeing everyone out & about!

Check out the calendar on our website:

Or on our Facebook page:

I want to make sure to tell you about the new menu too!! We’re getting ready to head into the best part of the year for local veggies and it’s time to make some changes to our menus so that we can get the best out of what our home has to offer. (Don’t worry, the reuben will always be on the menu.) I want to keep most of it a surprise but I will say that we’re working on an amazing (and gluten-free) baked mac & cheese for the dinner menu, made with a creamy cashew-roasted winter squash sauce that’ll be topped with crispy cornbread and lightly-dressed fresh veggies. We acquired a few hundred pounds of winter squash last year and diligently roasted, peeled, pureed, and froze it so we can enjoy it all summer ‘til it comes around again! There are tons of other new items in the works so make sure to come by and get the last taste of your favorites from the winter menus and leave room for your new favorites come Spring. We’re aiming for the new menu to debut when April begins.


Yoga Dinner -- Event I
We are bringing back the Spring Yoga Dinner series, which will start this Sunday March 9th at 5:30 pm. The lovely & talented Sarah Driscoll will lead a one-hour hatha yoga class after which I will make you a delicious organic vegan 3-course meal! Beginners (to yoga & vegan food) are always welcome & encouraged to participate. Please bring a yoga mat & any props you normally use but do let us know if you need to borrow a mat—no worries! Please email me if you have any questions about our Yoga Dinners. My email is  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wine Dinner -- Event II
We’re also hosting our first Wine Dinner in partnership with Okoboji Wines. Our wine rep, Brandon, will be guiding you through four courses of wine we’ve selected, each paired with some tasty dishes we’ll prepare especially for the evening. Our good friend, Pete Balestrieri, will also be joining us to lend a delightful saxophone soundtrack to the evening. It promises to be a cozy and informative night so make your reservations soon. (Call 319-248-0077 or email me!)

March Concerts --
We have a couple great shows this month (Low Forms from Duluth on March 14 and Speedy Ortiz from Massachusetts on March 20) and we’re planning our first ever Drink & Draw night on Thursday March 27th. Drink & Draw is basically just what it sounds like and we’re in the process of figuring out a theme for the night and some fun prizes and maybe some live music to draw by as well. Stay tuned and please be sure to check out our Facebook page for more details about upcoming shows.

APRIL 2014

Iowa Ingredients -- Event III
As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to be asked to be a part of Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Ingredient last year. The crew came here to tape some segments and I traveled to Des Moines for the studio portion of the show. It was quite the time and I had to get over some silly-ish fears about being on television and being made the center of attention, if only for a minute. The whole experience was a blast and everyone was so, so kind. The episode is set to air on Friday April 11th at 6:30 pm on IPTV. You can learn more about the show at their website:

I’ll make sure to remind you again soon because self-promotion is another thing I’ve had to wrap my head around since this whole adventure began! (That whole modest Midwesterner thing is quite true.)

Second Anniversary Party -- Event IV
And lastly, mark your calendars now for our Second Anniversary Party on Saturday April 19th!! Details to follow but plan for a full day and night of food, drinks, music, friends, and FUN! Thank you to each & every one of you who has helped us along the way the past two years. I can’t believe it’s been that long already! It’s been amazing and is only getting better!

Don’t forget—join us on your birthday for a free dessert! Just show your server your ID and the birthday dessert is on us! If you’re not into sweets, you can always enjoy a fresh-squeezed juice or a fruit smoothie.

Thanks for hangin’ in there this winter, Iowa City (and beyond), and we’ll see you soon!

Take care & thanks for reading,

Katy Meyer, chef/owner Trumpet Blossom Café

310 E. Prentiss St. :: Iowa City, IA :: 319-248-0077

Q-C Restaurant Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Friday, 28 February 2014 09:06

On February 24-March 2 is the second annual Quad Cities Restaurant Week with over 35 participating restaurants. Check out the website at and make your lunch and dinner plans.

Mardi Gras Rajun Cajun Fest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:20

Davenport, Iowa (February 24, 2014) – It may be cold here in the Quad Cities, but the Figge Art Museum will turn up the heat with the Mardi Gras Rajun Cajun Fest on Fat Tuesday, March 4.

Chefs from the Figge, Machine Shed, Crow Valley Country Club, Sippi’s, Select Specialty Hospital, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Paddle Wheel, Thunder Bay and Gramma’s Kitchen will be set up in the lobby of the museum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will cook Cajun-inspired dishes for guests to sample.

The dishes of the evening will include crawfish tacos, Cajun seasoned pork tenderloin topped with candied bacon, Cajun catfish sliders with Creole slaw, slow cooked beef cheek with a Cajun crawfish celery root remoulade, Creole shrimp, spicy deep fried oysters with corn bread casserole, alligator gumbo, Louisiana stuffed jalapeno peppers with Cajun bacon, Café Du Monde liquid nitrogen ice cream, chicken and sausage etouffee and more.

Guests are invited to get into the Mardi Gras spirit by tasting all the flavorful dishes, participating in a make-your-own Mardi Gras mask art activity, enjoying a Mardi Gras themed photo area, partaking in a cash bar and casting votes for their favorite chef of the evening. The winning chef will receive a People’s Choice plaque and bragging rights.

This is the second year the Figge has hosted this event and all proceeds will benefit the museum’s art education outreach programs to thousands of area students. Visit to purchase advance tickets for $25. Tickets at the door will be $30.


About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


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