'Traffic' symbols help with calorie labels on menus

CHAMPAIGN — Mushroom and swiss burger, 820 calories: Stop.

Crab cake sandwich, 350 calories: Go.

Adding traffic symbols like stop, caution and go signs — along with calorie labels — to restaurant menus can reach a broader group of diners than just calorie labels alone, a recent study suggests.

Concert, breakfasts, wine tasting on C4A menu

URBANA — The Community Center for the Arts has a couple of busy weeks ahead: Its C4A Live at Indi Go concert Thursday, benefit pancake breakfasts on Saturday and next Sunday and a wine-tasting benefit March 30.

Jameson tasting set for Urbana gallery

Three Irish-themed local businesses — Dublin O'Neil's, Heartland Gallery and Sylvia's Irish Inn — have teamed up to co-sponsor a Jameson Irish Whiskey tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. March 26 at Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U.

They started in Macedonia; now they're an all-American success

URBANA — Success was simple for four men from Macedonia who have owned several family restaurants in central Illinois.

All you have to do is follow their simple instructions: Work seven days a week, 14 hours a day. Then draft or enlist your entire family in the restaurants.

And Christmas?

"We always worked Christmas," Jack Pinjoli says. "We never even thought about it."

On the Town: 40 North Gala

Images from the 40 North Art is Work Gala Fundraiser event in Champaign on Saturday February 9, 2013

Schreiber's passion at forefront as Common Ground kitchen is dedicated

URBANA — Dan Schreiber was all about getting others to think about their passion. And he was well into the pursuit of his own in the form of food when the University of Illinois graduate student died in July 2010 at age 24.

Urbana market to end use of tokens

URBANA — Organizers are getting ready for the 2013 season of Market at the Square, and visitors might notice a few changes when the first market opens on May 4.

Attendees might want to have cash in their pockets when they show up this year as officials plan to phase out the Market Scratch program, which enables visitors to make payments with debit and credit cards.

Common Ground rolling classes out at new classroom

URBANA — Common Ground Food Cooperative, which is planning a weeklong celebration of its expansion in February, is offering a variety of classes in its new Flatlander Classroom.

The food co-op's website lists nearly two dozen different single-session classes that will be offered over the next several weeks.

Meg Makes: Banana bread that doesn't destroy new diets

I know for many people, a new year is all about trying to make healthier eating choices.

But I can't be the only person who goes through baked-goods withdrawal come January.

My Amish Home: Welcoming back routines as 2013 begins

"Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The Lord doeth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." — Psalm 147: 1-3