Between the stacks: Cookie lovers will enjoy these sweet selections

When it comes to the cookie world, what's your poison? I'm a sucker for almost any variety of chocolate chip. Cookies seem to be a staple of the holiday diet, and it's one that I can't refuse. Have you been to a cookie exchange? Holiday bake sale? Are you one of those people who picks up the refrigerated cookie dough at the grocery, heats it up and calls it done?

Bayless brings message of local food to Extension audience

For Chicago-based chef Rick Bayless, well-known for his commitment to using local ingredients in his dishes, one incident stands out in his memory for why he became passionate about supporting small, family farmers.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner back for 41st year

URBANA — Urbana High School is hosting its 41st annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner for community members.

The meal is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in the high school's Commons and will feature turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pie.

No reservations are required.

Indoor market starts Saturday at Lincoln Square Village

URBANA — The indoor Holiday Market at Lincoln Square Village will begin Saturday and continue for five more Saturday mornings through Dec. 15.

All items sold at the market — which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — are to be home-grown, baked or crafted within Illinois, said Shannon Beck, events coordinator for the Urbana Business Association.

Business roundup: Manager chosen for Stone Creek course

URBANA — Northbrook-based KemperSports has been chosen by The Atkins Group to manage Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana.

KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events.

Star of live cooking show has put focus on childhood obesity

CHAMPAIGN — Tickets are still available for a day of healthy eating events with British comic cook Jon Ashton.

The Liverpool-raised chef will perform a live cooking show from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 as part of his Dash Around The Table Tour.

He is also talking about childhood obesity.

2012 International Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off

The annual International Beer Tasting and Chili Tasting Cook-Off was held in downtown Urbana on Saturday Oct. 6, 2012.

Weinermobile schedules Champaign stop

CHAMPAIGN — The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will visit Champaign on Thursday, stopping at the County Market store at 2901 W. Kirby Ave., C, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oscar Mayer has been using the giant hot dog on wheels as a promotional attraction since 1936.

The Wienermobile has gone through many redesigns — and even a retirement — since then.

Paxton weighs loan to help eatery expand

PAXTON — Ever since Silvia Rodriguez and her husband, Nahum, bought Paxton's longest-operating restaurant several years ago, the need for more space in the small downtown cafe was apparent.

Tequila bar set for Carmon's old space

CHAMPAIGN — Victor and Ezequiel "Sammy" Fuentes plan to open a tequila bar and grill in the former Carmon's building in downtown Champaign.

"If everything goes well, it will open in about six weeks," Victor Fuentes said, adding he hopes to close on the purchase of the building at 415 N. Neil St., C, this week.