O come, all ye hungry, to community Christmas dinner

CHAMPAIGN — There's a whole lot of ham going on — 50 baked hams, to be exact — for a community Christmas day dinner.

And everyone is welcome to join in the fellowship at First Christian Church's Community Christmas Dinner.

Adam Schuster has cooked six of the seven massive meals held so far for anyone who'd otherwise be alone on the holiday.

Gibson City butcher shop/deli closing at end of year

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Meats & Deli is closing its doors at 107 S. Sangamon Ave. at the end of this year, though its owners still plan to continue serving the Ford County area through home delivery.

Oberweis to open store in Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN — Oberweis Dairy, based in North Aurora, plans to open a store in the former Atlanta Bread Company location on South Neil Street next summer, company CEO Joe Oberweis said Wednesday.

Meg Makes: Healthy vegetarian soup can still be hearty

This time of year, a hearty bowl of soup hits the spot.

Recent cold days reminded me to try this soup. Tolono resident Janice Dulak shared it with me months ago. She told me it's really popular when she's cooking for a group.

My Amish Home: Old Man Winter won't ruin our holiday

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Today's Special: Papa Murphy's planning fourth store in area

CHAMPAIGN — Papa Murphy's plans to open a fourth store in the area.

Gary Payne, vice president of franchise sales for Papa Murphy's, told The News-Gazette the company would like to open a restaurant on Champaign's north side.

"We are targeting the area near North Prospect Avenue and Town Center Boulevard," Payne said.

Giordano's arrival a haul for mall

CHAMPAIGN — Once it opens for dinner Jan. 10, Giordano's hopes to succeed at Market Place Mall in a location where others have struggled.

Franchise owner Pete Nicol believes it will.

"The response has been very, very strong" since Giordano's was announced in August, Nicol said.

What's in a name? Giordano's

Excitement's building about pizza chain Giordano's new location at Market Place Mall. Despite what many think, the Giordano family does not own the franchise.

"That's kind of common in the restaurant industry for the name to be the name of the owner," said Jessica Wenson, manager of marketing and public relations for Giordano's.

Meg Makes: Add a touch of Sweden to holiday cookies

Krista Kimme of Champaign is a colleague and a friend, and she also happens to have Swedish heritage.

When she made these sugar cookies cut into the shape of Swedish dala horses, I was completely charmed.

My Amish Home: This is the kind of snow I can handle

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6