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Rose and Taylor holds celebration

CHAMPAIGN — A little to the east of the big food festival, there's free barbecue, music and card games Saturday.

The Rose and Taylor Barber and Beauty Shop Father's Day/Community Appreciation Celebration offers free barbecue, music, raffles spades, bid whist and dominoes at 124 N. First St., C.

Zorba's makes comeback at Taste

CHAMPAIGN — If you've had a hankering for a gyro from Zorba's, this is your weekend.

Zorba's owner Matt Mortenson and his crew are back cooking the Greek specialty sandwiches along with pita and hummus and baklava at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park through Sunday.

Common Ground board OKs expansion project

URBANA -- Construction is expected to begin in October on the expansion of Common Ground Food Co-Op at Lincoln Square Village.

The cooperative's board of directors voted this week to go forward with a $1.6 million expansion that will nearly triple the store's retail space.

Welcome to Champaign!

I thank the gentleman from the other side of the Birkenstock Curtain for his report.

But I respectfully suggest that if his desire is truly to illuminate the high points of the temporary home of our neighbors to the east, he has left out a few items.

Residents weigh in on downtown Urbana desires

URBANA – "We need more bars and more music first. Then the restaurants will come."

"We do not need more restaurants in downtown Urbana."

Danville business offers commercial kitchen/restaurant rental

DANVILLE – Two Danville women have been planning how to bring new food-based businesses to Danville.

Carol Nichols and Jean Beck have started The Cooks' Workshop, which will offer commercial kitchen and restaurant space rental.

Celebrity Chef event planned for Saturday

The Cooks'  Workshop

38 N. Vermilion St.


Celebrity Chef Night

Seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday

Chef Drew Starkey

Cooking experience: Crane Alley, Caf Luna and Bacaro in Champaign; and Green Zebra, Chaise Lounge and Terzo Piano in the Art Institute in Chicago.

Downtown Champaign streets closed Friday-Saturday for 2 events

CHAMPAIGN – The intersection of Neil, Church and Main streets in downtown Champaign is closed to traffic through 3 a.m. Sunday to accommodate a bags tournament and the CuervoGames this weekend, Champaign police Sgt. Scott Friedlein said.

Sweetcorn festival in Urbana will close downtown streets

URBANA – Portions of four downtown Urbana streets will be closed this weekend for the annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.

Competition medals are icing on cake for C-U's own ace

Local pastry chef Ashlee Roderick has created several themed cakes for large competitions. The awards they've won prove her career also has a theme: excellence.

Roderick, 37, has competed in three competitions and is planning to enter another cake this fall in the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. She's a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and has owned and operated The Cake Artist's Studio in Champaign since 2001.