WEST DES MOINES, IOWA - Nov. 16, 2009 - Families will pay 4 percent less for Thanksgiving dinner this year, while receiving the same wholesome food provided by America's farmers, according to American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) informal Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey.  The 12 items in AFBF's Thanksgiving market basket dropped by an average of $1.70, the greatest year-to-year price reduction since 1991.

According to the survey, a hearty meal including turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk for 10 people will cost families an average of $42.91, or just $4.29 per person.  Together, lower prices for milk and turkey accounted for 80 percent of the decline in the cost of Thanksgiving dinner.  The price of a gallon of whole milk has come down 92 cents since last year, and a 16-pound turkey is 44 cents cheaper.  Iowa ranks 13th nationally in milk production and 10th in turkeys.

"Once again, we can be thankful for the affordability and wholesomeness of food produced in this country," said Iowa Farm Bureau Director of Research and Commodity Services Dave Miller.  "Americans only spend 10 percent of their disposable income on food - less than those in other countries - and this year families are getting even better deals thanks to lower energy prices and less consumer demand as a result of the slow economy.  They're also getting a great value thanks to the hard work done by our nation's farmers."

"Iowa farmers take pride in nourishing our country with nutritious and affordable food," said Iowa Farm Bureau President and dairy farmer Craig Lang.  "We're constantly working toward eliminating hunger in our country and in our world.  When everyone is fed, our world is stronger, and our farmers have the means to support their own families."
More than 200 volunteer shoppers participated in the American Farm Bureau survey, representing every region in the nation. For more information about the survey, visit http://fb.org.twi.bz/c.


Johnny's Italian Steakhouse will host a culinary class on November 11th at  6:30pm.  Participants will learn expert tips from top notch chefs and will be given an opportunity eat what they make.  The chef will teach the class to make Johnny's Signature Sausage Bread; it is perfect for at home parties!  In addition, a door prize, such as meal certificates, will be drawn at the conclusion of the class.  The cooking class is $10 to the public and includes light appetizers and a glass of wine or beverage.

For more information or to sign up, please call Johnny's Italian Steakhouse at 309.736.0100.

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Moline, IL - The Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual "Taste of the Chamber" beginning at 5:15 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the Isle of Capri located on 1777 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, IA. This uniquely festive and tasty event allows the very best in food sampling and business networking.

The event will feature tastings from the Chamber member restaurants and caterers. The list of participating vendors, to date, include :

    • Fireworks Coffeehouse
    • TPC @ Deere Run
    • Bridges Catering
    • Aramark
    • Denny's
    • Frieda's European Restaurant
    • The Hungry Hobo
    • Bass Street Chop House
    • The Captain's Table
    • Sam's Club
    • T.G.I. Fridays
    • Two Rivers Massage

    The cost of the event is $10 for Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for guests. This event brings together the power of networking with other area business leaders along with an opportunity to sample cuisine from around the area just in time to become aware of new holiday gathering places as well as and catering possibilities for year-end parties and 2010 events.

    Since1984, the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce has been a leading force bringing the power of joint organization and resources together to realize the hopes and needs of member businesses.


    WHO:                  GENERAL PUBLIC


    WHEN:                SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2009 AT 11:30 A.M.



    Immanuel Lutheran Church is having a Holiday Community Luncheon on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon will consist of Ham, Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, Desserts, and a drink. Cost is $5.00 per person. Door prizes will be given. Reservation are needed, please call the church office at 563-324-6431. Proceeds will go to help support various mission projects.

    Our Luncheons are open to the public, and all are welcome to join us. If you would like more information please contact the church office at 563-324-6431.

      Remodeling and reinvesting over $150,000 to bring Urban Chic to the Quad Cities

      Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport is closing at 2PM on Sunday November 8th as they do an extensive remodel throughout the restaurant and re-open to the public on Friday, November 13th.  The most noticeable change will be to the bar area in which a dining room will be removed to triple the current bar's space and creating a new lounge area named "The Birch Bar".  Thunder Bay will add an urban-chic interior - a blend of contemporary style and rustic elements creating a uniquely urban ambiance while remaining comfortably casual.  New furniture, flooring, lighting, and painting will also be completed.

      A new menu will be introduced- with an extensive tapas menu featuring items inspired from around the world.  Thunder Bay favorites have stayed, like the Jambalaya and Drunken Steak, but also now added are more woodfired choices and flatbreads.

      "We are creating a dynamic, up beat and energetic environment complete with high definition plasma televisions, Wi-Fi in the bar area, a tapas menu, and spiked smoothies.  We are offering a new adventure in dining that is fun", states Mike Whalen, owner of Thunder Bay and Heart of America Restaurants and Inns.  The remodel has slowly been taking place over the past month with the official closing to finish off final construction and conduct extensive training with the staff.

      Heart of America is accustomed to making dramatic changes in only a few days - Planted Earth was completely remodeled in only 7 days to re-open as Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in December of 2002.  "We wanted to re-invest in the Quad Cities - this is a great place to live, so we decided to spend our time and money right here and bring even a better dining experience to Davenport - with Thunder Bay favorite menu entrees and now adding over 40 tapas to choose from, you're bound to find one or two that you love", states Whalen.

      Thunder Bay is located at I-80 & Brady Street in Davenport, a newly designed website can be viewed at www.thunderbaygrille.com.  To make reservations contact the restaurant at 563-386-2722.

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    Johnny's Italian Steakhouse will host a cooking class at Borders bookstore on Wednesday, Oct 28th at 7pm. Seasoned chef, Steve Hall, will lead the cooking class demonstrating how to make recipes from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse's signature menu. Participants will be given the opportunity to sample the different dishes prepared. The cooking class is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend!

    For more information, please stop in Johnny's Italian Steakhouse located at 1300 River Drive in Moline or call 309-736-0100. Borders is located at 4000 East 53rd St. in Davenport.

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    On Thursday, October 22nd, at 10:30AM, Whitey Ice Cream will begin packaging their new camouflage colored cartons with Sgt Camo Ice Cream and deploying them to all Hy Vee stores.

    Media representatives are invited to witness this event and also taste how different and delicious Sgt Camo Ice Cream really is.

    Special Forces will begin filling the new green & brown cartons w/ Sgt Camo at 10:30am at the Whitey's Manufacturing Plant, 2525 41st St., Moline, IL. (Entrance at door with American flag).

    Sgt Camo is their newest camouflaged tinted, s'more tasting ice-cream that has been very popular and only available, in the past, at Whitey's 11 stores in the Quad Cities area. Whitey's owner, Jeff Tunberg, describes Sgt Camo as, "It's more than a new flavor...it's a new creation."

    Sunday, October 25th, is D-Day for Hy Vee to begin selling Sgt Camo at their 13 stores in the Quad Cities.

    The historical execution will be the first time Whitey's has used camouflaged colored cartons instead of their familiar red & white half-gallon containers. The Tunberg's are hoping the new non-traditional camouflaged cartons will act like a radar beacon to ice cream lovers and those who support the military.

    In August, Whitey's designated that all profits from Sgt Camo would be allocated to veterans organizations. The Military Warriors Support Foundation, which sponsored "A Night to Honor Our Heroes" on Sept 5th at LeClaire Park, Davenport, was the first recipient of proceeds from Sgt Camo which will continue until December 31st.

    Sgt Camo has been sent to the Pentagon and on October 9th & 10th, the Tunbergs handed out the ice-cream to WWII vets and their guardians, departing the Honor Flight plane from Washington, DC. On November 20th the Tunbergs will travel to Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX to deliver 3,500 scoops of Sgt Camo to military and their families before troops are deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan.

    Recently the Tunberg's committed to sending their ice cream to Iraq and Afghanistan and say they will continue to support other military opportunities in the Quad Cities.

    For more information contact: Jeff Tunberg @ 309-235-2600.

    The Iowa Machine Shed is hosting the "Iowa Pork Tailgate Challenge" on Saturday October 24th with all proceeds going to the Child Abuse Council.  Starting at 11am at the Iowa Machine Shed, up to 12 amateur grill contestants will be grilling and competing for a panel of judges and a people's choice award as they prepare their own specialty recipes using Pork Tenderloin or Pork Loin.  People can show their support and purchase a $2.00 ticket to sample the contestant's entrees and vote for their favorite amateur cook.  "The Shed enjoys celebrating October Pork Month and what better way then to have a tailgate competition and partner with the Child Abuse Council," states Jeff Grunder, manager of the Iowa Machine Shed.

    For more information on the event or to be compete as an amateur cook, please call the Machine Shed Restaurant at (563) 391-2427 or visit www.machineshed.com. The Machine Shed is located at I-80 and Northwest Blvd in Davenport.

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    Johnny's Italian Steakhouse will host an interactive cooking class on October 14th at  6:30pm.  Participants will learn expert tips from top notch chefs and will be given an opportunity eat what they make.  The chef will teach the class to make Johnny's Signature Crab Cakes; they are perfect for at home parties!  In addition, a door prize, such as meal certificates and recipe books, will be drawn at the conclusion of the class.  The cooking class is $10 to the public and includes light appetizers and a glass of wine or beverage.

    For more information or to sign up, please call Johnny's Italian Steakhouse at 309.736.0100.



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    The Mississippi Valley Growers' Association announces the following October special events at your local Farmers' Market - don't miss the fun, excitement and the locally grown fresh produce.

    ? The Davenport Farmers' Market at NorthPark Mall, 8:00 am until Noon, East of J. C. Penney's

    • October 3:  Apple Cider Press, taste some delicious fresh pressed cider
    • October 10:  Wine, grape juice and cheese tasting, compliments of our vendors
    • October 17:  Caramel Apple Day - don't leave without your apple for the day
    • October 24:  Carved Pumpkin contest - kids - don't miss out on the fun!
    • October 31:  Costume Party, get an early start for Halloween at the market.

    ? And, at the Bettendorf Market on Thursday, October 8th from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm, the Annual Wiener and S'mores Roast.  The Bettendorf Market is located at 23rd and State Streets, parking is behind the vendors if you enter from the light at 23rd Street.

    ? Coming in November - the Indoor Market.  More details to follow.