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Pepperjack's Restaurant in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danny A Holmes   
Friday, 15 February 2013 13:19
After months of construction, Pepperjack's Restaurant and Lounge opened for business Monday, October 22nd, on the site of the former Cheddar's Casual Cafe at 1225 East Kimberly Road in Davenport.

The building sat vacant for over 6 years after the closing of Cheddar's Casual Cafe, and has been almost completely rebuilt including new windows and doors, a new roof, new drains, an entirely new interior, new décor, and all new heating and air conditioning equipment, kitchen equipment, and furniture. A new semi-private dining room is available by reservation for groups up to 50 people.

The business is locally owned by Danny Holmes, former long-time general manager of Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel, and Wesley Ludloff, the opening general manager of the new Hotel Blackhawk. Pepperjack's is the first joint venture for these partners and is not affiliated with any other restaurant of similar name.

Pepperjack's serves a varied casual American menu for both lunch and dinner, featuring a number of roasted specialties in addition to unique appetizers and soups, and a variety of entrees including steaks, salads, ribs, seafoods, pastas, salads, and sandwiches. All soups, sauces, and dressings are homemade daily from recipes developed by the restaurant’s culinary staff. Special items are featured every meal - sometimes appetizers, sometimes entrees, sometimes soups or desserts. Pepperjack’s is tentatively planning to eventually introduce a Sunday Brunch featuring several brunch-appropriate plated dinners.

All of the restaurant's specialty roasted dinners - including Savory Herb Roasted Chicken, Roasted Prime Rib, and Baby Back Ribs are available for takeout, as well as its signature Savory Chicken Pie and most items on the menu.

Other unique and popular Dinner menu selections include Seafood Quesadilla, Jambalaya Pasta, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Steak Frites, Chicken Piccata, Porterhouse Pork Chop, Blackened Grouper, Barbequed Shrimp, and Tenderloin Tips en Casserole. Mouth-watering steaks include the 12 oz. Ribeye Steak, 8 oz Top Sirloin, and 8 oz Filet Mignon.

Luncheon choices feature a selection of 6 oz. and 12 oz. burgers, including a challenging Quadruple Stacked Burger with Bacon and Cheese. “Just for Lunch Sandwiches” include, among others, the Pastrami Melt, Iowa Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Prime Rib Sandwich, Chicken Club on a Buttery Croissant, Grilled Ahi Tuna, Vegetarian Monte Cristo and Cold Veggie Wrap, Tuna Salad Melt, and the Wisconsin Cheese Melt.

Appetizers common to both menus include Blackened Ahi Tuna, Crab and Artichoke Casserole, Roasted Chicken Wings, Beef and Chicken Nachos, and several samplers. The signature soups are Mandatory Cheese Soup, Peggy’s Thick and Hearty Bean and Sausage Soup, and Roasted Chicken and Noodle Soup. A choice of roasted, baked and grilled vegetables are offered each meal as side orders, in addition to seasonal fruit, wild rice, and fettucine.

The lounge has been fully remodeled, and features a colorful back bar display of top shelf liquors and 6 big screen TVs for comfortable viewing of sports and other events. Food service is also available in the lounge along with a broad selection of unique martinis, margaritas, and specialty beverages, several local beers, and affordable wines by the glass, most not available in local supermarkets. Happy Hour is celebrated every day from 2 pm – 6 pm, and features half price appetizers, discounted prices for draft beers, well drinks, and wines. At least one $5.00 martini is offered all day, every day.

The restaurant and lounge employ about 45 people and are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Reservations are gladly accepted. Gift cards are available in any denomination.

Pepperjack's Restaurant and Lounge, 1225 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807    563.324-9525

 
Local Business Jammed with Cheesy Valentine’s Orders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Hilton   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:55

Since Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday, a school night, local businesses that cater to the family are especially feeling the love this year.  Papa Murphy’s, (the fifth largest pizza chain in the nation) is swamped with cheesy Valentine’s orders for their HeartBaker™ - a pizza in the form of a heart. In fact, V-Day is a heart stopper for sure - one of the busiest pizza days of the year!  We’d love to have you come out to a Papa Murphy’s in our area this week to show how we make the HeartBaker™ - a perfect gift for the entire family!

You could cover this as part of a bigger story on how local businesses are swamped with V-Day orders – (businesses like Papa Murphy’s, florists, card shops, candy stores, jewelry shops).

Papa Murphy’s Difference:

Papa Murphy’s is so successful on Valentine’s Day because the company capitalizes on the new trend of staying home with the family on Valentine’s Day – especially when it falls on a school night.  In a recent survey, 90% of women with children say they’re happy to  spend V-Day at home with the kids.  62% say the high prices and big crowds deter them from going out on Valentine’s Day. At Papa Murphy’s, you pick your own fresh ingredients and take the HeartBaker™ home to bake in your own oven – vs. - going out or waiting for the pizza boy with a cold delivery. Papa Murphy’s brings families together through food, people and love. 

CUPID WANTS YOUR DOUGH (Crazy Facts about Valentine’s Day Spending)

Did you know On Valentine’s Day  -

• Spending is expected to reach more than $17 billion nationwide
• 141 million cards are exchanged worldwide – (second to only Christmas in card sales)
• The average consumer will spend $126
• Men spend double what women spend - $168 compared to $85
• 85% of women prefer quality time with their significant other instead of a gift
• 52% of women say they feel guilty if their significant other spends too much on a V- Day gift
• Half of women say they would end the relationship if their significant other forgot V-Day
• 198 million roses bought on V-Day  (mostly red)
• Folks will spend $1.7 billion on followers - 73% bought by men, 27% by women
• 8 billion candy hearts will be produced - enough to be laid out from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona – 20 times and back again
• 11% of Americans will get engaged on V-Day

So don’t be a heart breaker!! Come out and show how we make the HEARTBAKER! I’ve enclosed a press release with OTHER heart-shaped VALENTINE’S gift ideas and would love to help you tell this story.

 
Calling All Bakers! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:26
edible book Bake what you love by entering an edible book creation into our "Book Lovers Edible Book Contest."

 

Saturday, Feb. 16, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Main Library Community Room

401 19th Street

 

Earn a gift card to a cooking store by creating a tasty edible book baked good to be judged in one of three categories: Best Tasting, Most Elaborate and Best Looking. We need to know if we'll have entries, so please call 309-732-7330 by Feb. 13 to let us know that you plan to enter the contest. (Your item does not have to be ready until Feb. 16.)

 

Don't want to bake? We need judges! Baking is not required to attend the event. Come see the entries!

 

What is an edible book? The only requirements are that entries must be edible and must relate to a book in some fashion. For example, entries may look like a book or book cover, may refer to a character, or may play off a title or quote in a book.

 
Hardee's menu item debuts with Super Bowl ad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angie Taylor   
Friday, 01 February 2013 15:15

Hardee’s just announced their new Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich with a little help from Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal.

The swimsuit model stars in the new menu item’s commercial, first premiering this weekend during Super Bowl XLVII. A behind-the-scenes look at the spot can be viewed on Hardee’s YouTube page.

The Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich features a charbroiled fillet of Atlantic cod, creamy tartar sauce and sliced tomato and lettuce on a honey wheat bun. Together with sister brand Carl’s Jr., the national fast-food chain is the first to offer a charbroiled fish sandwich – not battered and deep fried – on the menu. At only 420 calories, the charbroiled sandwich offers a healthy and flavorful new meal option.

More information, including a behind-the-scenes photo of Nina at the commercial shoot, is available here.

 
MAMA BOSSO PIZZA GETS A NEW LOOK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Friday, 01 February 2013 15:11

New corporate logo and product label refreshes corporate brand for the future

Rock Island, IL – Mama Bosso Pizza has launched a new corporate logo, marking the most dramatic change in its visual identity in over 50 years. The updated version of the company’s name includes a deeper color of red, reminiscent of the color of the original recipe sauce but the iconic image of “Mama” remains unaltered. The new layout and logo refreshes the corporate brand as it heads toward the future.

"Our new logo represents what Mama Bosso stands for today," said Scott Florence, CEO of AFS Classico, LLC., the company (located in Rock Island, IL) that purchased Mama Bosso in August 2012. "We've kept visual elements that reflect our heritage and emphasize our forward-thinking mindset.”

AFS Classico plans to achieve strong growth by maintaining the high quality of items in the current line-up but also creating new and exciting lines of authentic, all-natural and healthy foods for the family. The new packaging protects the pizzas from lights and fading, making it more visually appealing to the consumer and emphasizes the simple, authentic pizza for which Mama Bosso is known.

“We believe our pizza is the best tasting frozen pizza in the market due in large part to our authentic hand-made crust.  We use simple recipes, fresh ingredients and REAL cheese.” According to Florence, “Fancy photographs are great but they can’t compete with what ultimately comes out of the oven.”

Look for several new additions to the Mama Bosso family of quality food over the coming months beginning with plans to introduce a spicy, Mexican Style pizza with chorizo sausage, refried beans, green peppers, onions and both cheddar and mozzarella cheeses followed by hand-made breadsticks with fresh roasted garlic and real butter.

Designed by MindFire Communications in LeClaire, Iowa, the new visual identity presents the company as modern and evolving, reflects the strength and direction of its brand portfolio, and underscores its commitment to quality and focus on natural products.

Mama Bosso pizza enjoys a 60-year history in the Midwest.  Mama Bosso’s restaurant and bar, once a downtown Moline, IL fixture, became one of the first establishments to offer pizza in the region back in the 1950’s.  Mama Bosso pizza is currently sold in all the major grocery stores in Eastern Iowa, including the Quad Cities, Iowa City/Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

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