Black Dog to open location in downtown Champaign

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.

It's Your Business: Q Smokehouse plans October opening

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.

Takes the Cake: Recipe for gluten-free, lower-fat Fresh Fruit Tart

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. 

Entertainment listings, Aug. 29-Sept. 5

A listing of events, provided by the venues. 

Here are instructions for submitting entries 

Special events

This weekend

Taste of Home recipe for Prosciutto Chicken Kebabs

From now until Oct.

Fundraiser to benefit Illinois Public Media

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.

Takes the Cake: Recipe for Cake-and-Ganache Trifle

Today, I'm excited to share a new concoction from my favorite cake baker and frequent guest blogger, Erin Lippitz.

To your health: To get into eating more veggies, try going for a dip

By Leia Kedem

If you know a picky eater, chances are he or she probably doesn't like too many vegetables.

It's not just stubbornness (although some folks probably are); several kinds of vegetables have compounds that can have a bitter taste.

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival features Kansas and more

URBANA — If you're going to have a Sweetcorn Festival, you couldn't pick a more Midwestern band than Kansas to headline it.

Besides the bands and Motor Muster car show, the star of the event Friday and Saturday is corn itself.

Taste of Home recipe for Chicken Cheese Lasagna

As I promised a few weeks ago, I'm running lots of Taste of Home recipes in preparation for the Taste of Home Cooking School, which will be at The Vineyard Church in Urbana Oct. 1