Today's Special: Piato Restaurant to move, switch to catering

URBANA — The Piato Restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Square is closing its doors by Christmas.

The eatery, which has established a reputation over the last 12 years for its homemade soups, salads, fresh sandwiches and organic frappes, will close Dec. 24 and re-emerge in January at a new location with a new focus.

Tuscola football fans to gather for a big serving of spirit

TUSCOLA — Those making the trip to Athens for today's Class 1A state semifinal football game between Tuscola and the host school will be met by delectable smells just beyond the field.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 16-23, 2017


This weekend


What: Free horse and carriage rides, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa! Over 30 vendors from seasonal decor to baked goods. Coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, breakfast and lunch provided by food vendors. Shop at the local village shops. Brochures and maps available day of event.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank sets food distribution Dec. 9 in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Gifford State Bank will be teaming up to distribute food to needy families.

All Champaign County residents who are financially eligible can pick up food from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County, 520 E. Wabash Ave., Rantoul.

Meg Makes: A welcome change from soup to stew

When my husband and I set out to make this dinner, we were planning for beef vegetable soup. But one thing led to another and by the time we were eating it, I realized it was actually a very hearty beef stew.

I've never had a stew with pasta, but I think it made all the difference in thickening it up. It hit the spot on a chilly night.

My Amish Home: Short days will get longer again soon

"Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered." Psalm 40:4-5

Community Wellness: Maintaining balance in eating, exercise key over holidays


With the holidays just around the corner, you've already started daydreaming about the comfortable feeling of sharing a meal with friends and family.

Maybe you're craving a favorite holiday dish made just the right way.

Today's Special: Panera Bread launches delivery service

CHAMPAIGN — Panera Bread has launched its own delivery service.

Colin Balsbaugh, manager of the location at 1765 W. Kirby Ave., C, in the Old Farm Shops, said the eatery now offers home or office delivery at his location and at ones at 616 E. Green St. in Campustown and 1903 Convenience Place near Market Place Shopping Center.

Wired In: Kathleen Hu

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KATHLEEN HU, a University of Illinois student who is heading the technology side of DIBBS, a start-up to fight hunger and reduce food waste. Her web platform connects food retailers to food pantries so that excess food doesn't go to waste.

Getting Personal: Adam Wisnewski

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with 49-year-old Adam Wisnewski of Champaign, the owner of Breakfast, Life and Dinner Cooking Classes & Meal Services. He has a lot of good tips on using mustard and has even been to the museum dedicated to that condiment.