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SAWYER BEEF - The Best Beef You Can Bite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 07:55

Sawyer Beef is local grown Black Angus beef from Princeton, Iowa. A family farm that is 5 generations strong raising some of the best beef this side of the Mississippi! We now have Grass Fed beef raised on rotational pasture grazing.

  • Sawyer Beef is Beef without routine antibiotics, hormones or preservatives!
  • Sawyer Beef is locally raised on our Quad City area farm.
  • Sawyer Beef is federally inspected for meat sold outside of Iowa and state inspected for meat sold in Iowa.

We have all retail cuts and sides of beef available for purchase at the farm, several farmer's markets and grocery retail locations around the Quad City area.

We now have ¼ Beef Bundles available. Click here to learn more about the Beef Bundles.

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Thank you for choosing buy locally and support local farmers and the local economy.


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Written by Laura Prichard   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:47


Sunday, May 13 • 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. $13.00 per adult / $7.50 per child (ages 4-12)

Brunch entrees include a variety of quiches, breakfast casseroles, brown sugar bacon, roasted pork, herbed potatoes, hearty lasagna, fresh-baked pastries including our popular cinnamon rolls, fruits, cheeses, desserts and more!


Our catering options will make your high school or college graduation a unique, fun and memorable experience! We offer a wide variety of gourmet sandwich trays, supberb side dishes, custom cakes and cupcakes to accommodate any of your needs! Stop in to pick up a catering menu or visit



Perfect Picnics
Thurs., May 17, 7-9 p.m. • $25.00
Whether it’s a romantic date or you’re just feeling adventurous, picnics are the perfect way to enjoy a meal during the spring and summer months. Learn everything from how to plan the menu to how to prepare the dishes in this class.

Pies of all Kinds
Thurs., May 31, 7-9 p.m. • $25.00
Want to know the secret to making a flakey pie crust? This class is for you! We will teach you to make sweet and savory pies that will impress everyone at your next gathering.

ALL KIDS (3-18)

Mother’s Day Gifts
Thurs., May 10, 6-7:30 p.m. • $15.00
Kids of all ages are invited to this event where we will create beautiful and fun edible Mother’s Day gifts.

JUNIOR CHEFS (ages 9-14)

Oh the Pastabilities!
Mon., May 21st, 6-8 p.m. • $15.00
In this hands-on class kids will learn the basics of making their own fresh pasta, fillings and sauces. They will also learn to use vegetables to color pasta, making it fun and healthy!

TINY CHEFS (ages 3-8)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Sun., May 27th, 3-4:30 p.m. • $15.00
It will be raining homemade meatballs, spaghetti cupcakes and more during this class for tiny chefs.


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

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Great River Brewery wins Canny Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Larry McDonald   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:09
San Diego, CA – The buzz at the annual Brewers Association convention is all about canning craft beer, the segment of the industry that seems to be growing, as bottle and tap sales lag. Today’s Canny Awards announcment, showcasing the nation’s best designed cans included Davenport’s Great River Brewery Hop•A•Potamus Double Dark Rye Pale Ale. The can placed first in the Best Illustration of Name Catagory, one of seven catagories awarded. The competition included 231 entries from 83 craft breweries. The Hop•A•Potamus can was designed by Quad Cities designer Larry McDonald who is responsible for much of the GRB packaging and branding, and features illustration work by Kevin Deichmueller.
The Canny Awards honor craft beer and the distinctive graphics created in an industry known for unique brands and brews. The competition is sponsored by four leading suppliers to the canned craft beer industry – Ball Corporation, Cask Brewing Systems, Hi-Cone and Mumm Products. Besides Great River Brewery’s award in the Best Use of Illustration category, other awards included Best Shelf Presence, Best Graphics, Best Use of Color, Best Seasonal, Best Character, and Best Local Tie-In.
According to McDonald, “The competition allowed each brewery to submit only three entries and GRB’s products are strong in so many ways, it was a job to pick which category to enter which product. This product is brewer Scott Lehnert’s baby and I know Kevin really worked hard, it’s really their award.”

Mother’s Day the Most Popular Holiday to Dine Out Jump on Those Brunch Reservations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Dunker   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:19

May 2, 2012, Des Moines, Iowa— Don’t wait to make those restaurant reservations, Mother’s Day surpasses even Valentine’s Day as the most popular holiday on which to dine out according to research from the National Restaurant Association. In fact, nearly half of moms would pick a favorite restaurant as the place to celebrate Mother's Day. The study also indicated that restaurant gift cards and certificates are a top gift pick for moms, with one in five saying this is their preferred gift.

Children Important Part of Choice
“There’s really no need to worry about how to celebrate the moms in your life,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “Moms love restaurants. Not only do restaurants provide a much-deserved reprieve from cooking at home, they also provide a celebratory atmosphere.”
Atmosphere can be an especially important factor because children are a major part of the mix when dining out on Mother's Day.  The study found that two-thirds of those dining out on Mother's Days this year will have children under the age of 18 in their party.
Mother’s Day Celebrated at All Meals
Dunker noted that it is important to get on top of making those Mother’s Day restaurant reservations. “It’s not too soon to make those reservations regardless of the meal you’re planning to celebrate,” said Dunker.  Fifty-eight percent of Mother's Day diners will go out to a restaurant for dinner, 32 percent lunch, 24 percent brunch, and 10 percent for breakfast.  In addition, one in five Mother's Day diners (19 percent) will go out for more than one meal that day.
Find a Restaurant
Looking for a new restaurant to try this Mother’s Day? Dunker encourages people to check out Dine Iowa, a free statewide restaurant directory.  Available online as well as a free smart phone app and on Facebook, Dine Iowa allows consumers to check out menus and hours, as well as run unique searches on everything from Gluten Free offerings to patio seating.  It is available at
Iowa Restaurant Association
The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s hospitality industry with educational and promotional programs across the state.

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Mothers day brunch at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:48
Special Brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 10am-2pm

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse is hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday May 13th, 2012 from 10a-2p. The brunch will feature; Chef carved prime rib, Baked ham, Chicken Marsala, Lasagna, Waffle and Omelet Stations, Seasonal fruits, Gourmet desserts and much more!

Johnny’s is located in John Deere Commons, 1300 River Dr, Moline, Il. Make your reservations today at 309-736-0100 or online at


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