CHAMPAIGN – Since Stewart Pequignot began selling his artisan breads last year at the farmers' market in Urbana, people have gravitated toward his bagels.
Especially after Lisa Morgan posted comments at her Champaign Taste blog about how the bagels are the best in this area.
URBANA – Traffic will be rerouted in downtown Urbana on Saturday during the Beer and Chili Fest.
Main Street between Broadway Avenue and Walnut Street and Broadway Avenue between Elm and Main streets will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday. In addition, the east side of the ground floor level of the city parking deck will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday.
URBANA – A "family-friendly" Italian restaurant is expected to open later this month in what was formerly The Timbers steakhouse in Urbana.
Nikki Marie's will be operated by the same family that ran The Timbers, which closed Aug. 15 after a two-year run.
URBANA – Nearly six decades' worth of research has convinced University of Illinois food scientist Fred Kummerow that trans fat is a major factor in heart disease.
CHAMPAIGN – Chicago jazz saxophonist Dudley Owens and his band will take a break from the Chicago Jazz Festival to travel to Champaign to perform at Cafe Luna from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.
The 30-year-old Owens is a composer and a performer whose Tin Pan Alley jazz was inspired by jazz legends Charlie Parker, Branford Marsalis and Ron Carter.
DANVILLE – Lane Baldwin has high expectations for his organization's second Foodstock Fall Festival.
"This is our main event to support the Danville Area Food Pantry," said the founder of a group of volunteers that offer monthly free meals and help keep the pantry stocked.
URBANA – As part of a performance-art piece a few years ago at a Chicago gallery, Maggie Taylor hand-fed oranges to people, delivering them vitamin C when they most needed it, the dead of winter.
Over the years her performance art has become even more participatory. Take her last piece, which took place Saturday evening at her home in Urbana.
She called it "Big Neighborhood Supper."
Joyce Sigler of rural Villa Grove highly recommends this Pepper Mash. She got it from the cookbook "Sacramental Magic in a Small Town Cafe" by Brother Peter Reinhart. Sigler writes, "It is so amazing and easy and it lasts indefinitely! It's a great addition to any barbecue sauce for that perfect heat you are after."
3 pounds FRESH red chilies, preferably red jalapeno peppers, but you can use any mix of peppers with some heat.
On Saturday, animal-welfare agencies from Champaign and Douglas Counties will be at "Market at the Square" in Urbana from 7 a.m. to noon to raise awareness of the numbers of local homeless animals.
This third annual event will spotlight the services that animal welfare agencies provide to find those animals new homes.
Marilyn Upah Bant of Urbana sent us one of her favorite recipes for homemade Asian food.
She tried it, liked it and highly recommends other try it.