By Leia Kedem
Though the economy is recovering from rock bottom, times are still tough for many.
When it comes to food, it can seem like every trip to the grocery drains more hard-earned dollars from your pocket. But we all have to eat, right?
DANVILLE — The band, ParaDocs, a five-piece ensemble that plays swing and jazz standards, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Mardi Gras Courtyard of Vermilion Place, 14 N. Hazel St.
The Mardi Gras Courtyard will open at 5 p.m. to feature steak, chicken and burgers from the grill. Food will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
CHAMPAIGN — Black Dog Smoke & Ale House plans to open a second location, in the former railroad freight station in downtown Champaign, the restaurant's owners said.
The popular barbecue restaurant opened in the former Tod & John's tavern space at 201 N. Broadway Ave., U, in 2009, and has attracted crowds and rave reviews since then.
For those minding their P's and Q's, here's some help in the Q department: Q Smokehouse plans to open in October at 617 E. Green St., C, in the space vacated earlier this year by Qdoba Mexican Grill.
You might remember earlier this summer, when I shared an Italian recipe for a Fresh Fruit Tart. Well, good news - today, I have a revised version that is not only gluten free, but lower in fat.
From now until Oct.
CHAMPAIGN — Prairie Fruits Farm, a local goat dairy, farmstead creamery and fruit and vegetable farm, will host a special fundraising dinner for Illinois Public Media at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 on the farm, 4410 N. Lincoln Ave.