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Iowa Coffee Company Liqueur Returns along with More Cody Road Bourbon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 13:29

Le Claire, Iowa, October 1, 2012 – It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall outside, just in time for Mississippi River Distilling Company’s second release of Iowa Coffee Company Liqueur on October 5, 2012.  This seasonal is back by popular demand after flying off the shelves last fall and winter.

MRDC takes hand roasted Peruvian blend coffee beans from Iowa Coffee Company, a Des Moines area small business, and infuses it into River Pilot Vodka.  Along the process, fresh cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans are added.  This year approximately 6,000 bottles will be available for distribution starting in October.  Grab a bottle for yourself and one to give as a gift this holiday season!

October 5 also marks the next release of the highly sought after Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey.  Approximately 1,500 bottles will be distributed.  Luckily, more is quickly on the horizon ready to come out of the barrel so it won’t be so hard to get your hands on a bottle.  By the beginning of November, MRDC will be releasing approximately 1,000 bottles per week, thanks to finally catching up with the aging process.  Also coming up November 2, is the release of MRDC’s latest spirit, Cody Road Rye Whiskey. This spirit is handmade from 100% local rye purchased from Dave and Jim Wherry in Fulton, Illinois. Our rye is a unique spirit that showcases the wonderful spiciness of this one-of-a-kind grain along with the delicate fruitiness that is often lost in rye whiskies.

Coffee enthusiasts, bourbon lovers and everyone in between are invited to join us Friday, October 5 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. to celebrate at MRDC’s First Friday Feature.  There will be specialty cocktails prepared for the evening, including cocktails featuring the coffee liqueur, as well as some light appetizers.  During the First Friday party, fans get a free Iowa Coffee Company Liqueur coffee mug with any bottle of spirits purchased.

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.

Celebrate National Pork Month at the Machine Shed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christoffersen   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:15
With special features, promotions and giveaways all month long October is National Pork Month. Since the doors first opened, Pork has been a staple on the Machine Shed menu selling over 300,000 pounds of pork every year. The Shed menu offers an
extensive variety of pork sandwiches, entrees and features, which is why the Machine Shed was honored as an “Honorary Master Pork Producer”. Here’s what guests will find at the Shed this During Breakfast hours say “I Love Bacon” and get a free extra slice of bacon with your During Lunch hours receive $1.00 off any pork entrée – including the popular Pork Tenderloin sandwich.

During Dinner hours receive $2.00 off any pork entrée – including the award winning double cut Iowa pork chops.  Learn tips, recipes and fun facts on the Machine Shed Blog ( 

Download a complimentary recipe book with eight chef inspired recipes at

Celebrate National Pork Month at the Machine Shed. To learn more about all the Machine Shed Pork Month events, visit their website at The Machine Shed is located at Northwest Blvd and I-80 in Davenport, IA.


French-inspired Nouveau wine tradition becomes a 28-year tradition in Galena, Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janelle Keeffer   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:12

GALENA, Ill. – “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” Simply translated, “Wine lovers: get ready, get set, go!” The third Thursday of November marks the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau and the opportunity to be among the first to sample the new, shortly fermented wine, previewing the current year’s fall harvest.

In France, this tradition began more than a century ago. In Galena, Illinois, it kicked off at the hands of Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery in 1985. Today, it’s grown to be a full-blown community celebration inviting epicureans of all levels to enjoy all things wine.

The weekend officially kicks off at noon on Friday, November 16 with traditional French stew and wine-inspired lunches at many area restaurants. At 2:30 pm, the familiar “clip clop” of horse hooves will be heard throughout Galena’s downtown. On board the horse-drawn wagons sporting revelers is a celebrated guest that will have the entire town in merriment all weekend—Galena Cellars’ 2012 Nouveau wine. The specially commissioned Nouveau wine label and collector’s poster by Galena artist Dwight Walles will also be unveiled.

Local restaurants continue the celebration with live music, wine tasting, dinner specials and receptions. Throughout the weekend, wine lovers can also enjoy vineyard tours (Galena boasts three area vineyards open to the public), winemaker dinners, wine-inspired pampering such as spa and shopping specials and lodging packages.

Raise your glass, and let the adventure begin! A complete list of weekend happenings is available online at Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau at or by calling 877.464.2536. While in town, visit the CVB’s Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. (corner of Park Avenue) in Galena for on-site assistance and countywide information.

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Get ready for fall with one of our upcoming cooking classes! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Prichard   
Friday, 28 September 2012 14:57

Fall is officially here and our plates are full of all the wonderful, warm, and comforting flavors the season brings. My personal favorite is the new Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bar which is an oatmeal cookie crust covered with a creamy cheesecake layer and topped with cinnamon apples and an oatmeal cookie crumble. We also have pumpkin bars, baked sweet potato donuts with maple glaze and more! Need something to warm your day? Try our new Caramel Apple Cider or Mexican Spice Hot Chocolate!


Call (563) 659-0770 or stop by to reserve your place in any of our cooking classes.


Football Feeding Frenzy
Sunday, OCT. 7, 2012 — 4-6PM • $25
Tired of plain old chips and dip while watching the game? We will share recipes and ideas for the ultimate football-watching appetizers and entrees that will win over your guests.

Baking and Decorating Cupcakes
Sunday, OCT. 14, 2012 — 6:30-8:30PM • $25
In this hands-on class learn decorating techniques including the use of modeling chocolate and fondant. We will also explore how to make your favorite dessert flavors into unique cupcakes.

Young Chefs (3-14)

Too Many Pumpkins
Sunday, OCT. 14, 2012 — 4-5:30PM • $15
Based on the children’s book Too Many Pumpkins, by Linda White, this class will teach kids that pumpkins are for more than just carving!

Mummy and Me — Halloween Goodies
Sunday, OCT. 28, 2012 — 4-6PM • $35 (per pair)
This class is designed for kids of all ages and their moms, dads, grandparents, aunts or uncles to share special time together creating lots of Halloween treats.


919 6th Avenue, DeWitt, Iowa 52742 (MAP IT)

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Loebsack Announces $100,000 to City of Davenport for Farmers Market Improvements PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that the City of Davenport will receive a $100,000 grant to establish a year round farmers market.  The funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Market Promotion Program.

“This funding will help to connect local farmers to the local community and consumers,” said Loebsack.  “In addition to promoting new economic opportunities and growth in the area, the expanded farmers market season will provide new opportunities for farmers and increased access to fresh and healthy products for consumers.”

The funding will be used to improve infrastructure at the Freight House Farmers Market that will facilitate a year round market for local and regional foods, including refrigerated storage and value added processing and packaging equipment, infrastructure for electronic purchasing, and a certified kitchen incubator for educational training and classes for producers and consumers.


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