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Thanksgiving at Thunder Bay Restaurant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:29

Thursday, November 22th 10am-4pm

Thunder Bay, Brady St, Davenport is serving a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 22th from 11am - 3:30pm. They will be serving all of your Thanksgiving favorites such as Roast Turkey, Ham, Sage Stuffing, Mashed potatoes & Gravy, Candied Carrots, Buttered Corn, Sweet Potato Casserole, Salad bar, Assorted Pies and Dessert Bars.

Adults-$16.99, Children (age 5-10)-$8.49, 4 and under: free.

Make your reservations today by calling 563-386-2722.


Contest Encourages Travelers to Share Their Tasty Traditions along the Mississippi River PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate Hagen   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:15

Fans can share recipes, restaurant reviews for chance to win $250

MADISON, Wis. (November 13, 2012) – For folks along the Mississippi River, food is more than simple sustenance; it’s woven into the area’s culture and history. Now travelers along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway have a chance to share their own experiences with food along the river for a chance to win $250 in the Tasty Traditions Contest.

Fans can share a restaurant review of their favorite place along the Mississippi, a photo, a favorite recipe or a personal story about their own tasty traditions for a chance to win $250. The entries will be compiled into a blog so readers can share each other’s experiences.

To enter, visit or before January 11, 2013.

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is a 10-state cooperative organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and visitors to the Great River Road National Scenic Byway and Mississippi River Valley.

Established in 1938 and nearly 3,000 miles long, the Great River Road National Scenic Byway offers travelers charming river towns, lush forests, bluffs, big cities and sprawling rural vistas. Along the way, more than 60 interpretive centers in 10 states tell the fascinating story of the Mississippi River. From Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, visitors experience rich and diverse history, culture and landscape. Year-round, there’s something for every traveler along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

For more information and to start planning your trip along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, visit or



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Written by Glenn Kass   
Monday, 12 November 2012 15:01

The country’s best tastes and economic development on the menu in Rock Island

Rock Island, IL – Goombazz Big City Eatzz, a new restaurant experience, is proud to bring some familiar tastes with a side of economic growth to Rock Island, IL.

Featuring a menu that represents famous delicacies from over 30 city centers in the United States, Goombazz is a full service restaurant owned by Brenda “The Brainzz” Brewer along with Sal “Sally Fatzz” Cracco. The restaurant décor is highlighted by elements from a checker cab ceiling to the original “Coast-to-Coast” mural in the party room by artist Matthew T. Chouteau.

Specialties include Chicago Italian Beef, New York kosher-style Corned Beef and Pastrami sandwiches piled high, four different regional styles of pizza on three different types of crust including the “Quadzz Mob” - five square feet of pizza – and 100% all beef hot dogs from Thumann’s….The Deli Best.

Brewer and Cracco are also pleased to return a building to the tax base of Rock Island as well as 40 full- and part-time employees. The effort has been aided by the economic development staff of Rock Island in a public-private partnership. The project was supported with a $25,000 low interest business loan and a $3,800 rebate through the city’s Façade Improvement program.

“We have been so impressed with the help we have received from Rock Island city staff,” said Brewer. “The assistance from all levels of the city has made the relationship with our vendors even better and made it possible to recruit and hire the size of staff we wanted to provide the ‘Goombazz’ experience.”

“The City of Rock Island is excited about the opening of Goombazz as it supports the need for more family dining options in our community,” said Jeff Eder, Community & Economic Development Director for the City of Rock Island. “Staff has enjoyed working with Ms. Brewer and Mr. Cracco to make their vision a reality.”

Goombazz Big City Eatzz opened October 2012 at the former Godfather’s Pizza in Rock Island, IL. Brenda “The Brainzz” Brewer and Sal “Sally Fatzz” Cracco believe nothing says “family” more than a meal at their table.  A “goomba” is a friend and everyone is a friend at Brenda and Sal’s place.

The restaurant is a full service family establishment. Eat in, take out, or rent the party room for up to 38 people. Goombazz is open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM. The phone number is (309) 793-7777. They’re online at



Goombazz Big City Eatzz Grand Opening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Monday, 12 November 2012 10:03
A reminder of this Monday's (Nov. 12th) grand opening for Goombazz Big City Eatzz at 1 PM. The moment will be celebrated with a "pizza cutting" of Goombazz signature 5 square foot "Quadzz Mob Pizza.  Goombazz Big City Eatzz is located at 2704 - 18th Ave in Rock Island.

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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:16

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 7, 2012 – While the overall price tag of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner remains steady, with only a 1 percent increase from last year’s total meal cost; prices are beginning to creep upward for poultry and meat. As the price of grain for feed continues to inch upward after a drought-stricken harvest, livestock farmers are beginning to make adjustments for the increased costs of feeding those animals.

But those food price hikes shouldn’t affect this year’s annual fall feast. According to the recent American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey, a family of 10 can enjoy the typical Thanksgiving meal that features a 16-pound turkey, bread stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and the trimmings for $49.48.

“The Thanksgiving feast remains a real bargain for American families.  The bounty of our flocks and fields can still be put on the table for less than $5 per person,” said Dave Miller, director of research and commodity services for the Iowa Farm Bureau.  “Even in the face of weather challenges that cut production of corn and soybeans on many Iowa farms by 30 percent or more, the Thanksgiving meal this year has risen in cost by less than 1 percent.”

Turkey accounted for most of the increase in the cost of the dinner. The price for a 16-pound turkey crept up by 66 cents to $22.23, compared to $21.57 last year. The increase is a result of higher consumer demand for turkey, lowered turkey production and higher feed prices.

“The modest increase in the price of this year's Thanksgiving turkey demonstrates the resilience of American turkey producers in the face of drought and higher feed costs,” said Miller. “During each of the first 8 months of 2012, U.S. turkey producers increased production and prices were slightly lower than a year ago, but higher prices for feed due to the record-setting drought of 2012 has led them to curtail

production by about 4 percent during October, resulting in the slight increase in price that may be seen as Thanksgiving approaches this year. But we are on the cusp of change regarding seeing higher prices for meat.”

This year, there were small increases for the costs of dinner rolls and items used to make the meals. The survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of celery and carrots, pumpkin pie with whipped topping and beverages of coffee and milk, in quantities efficient to serve 10 people.

More than 150 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, representing every region in the nation, participated in the annual AFBF Thanksgiving price shopping survey.  The cost of the dinner has steadily climbed in recent years: 2008: $44.61, 2009: $42.91, 2010: $43.47, 2011: $49.20 and 2012: $49.48.


About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at

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