Food

Artists' applications available for Urbana market

URBANA — Urbana's Art at the Market is accepting applications from artists who want to participate as an art workshop leader or performer during the 2014 farmers' market season.

The Market at the Square in the Lincoln Square Village parking lot takes place every Saturday from May 3 through Nov. 1. It's open from 7 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.


Food-farm initiative has momentum in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Plans for development of a Rantoul food and farm initiative and a renewable energy research center are making the most progress as part of the Rantoul Re-Imagination Project on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

And the food and farm initiative appears to be leading the pack in terms of readiness.


For the retirees, March 23-30, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.


Entertainment listings, March 20-27, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend


Food for thought on the importance of farming

CHAMPAIGN — Egg casserole, blueberry muffins, fresh fruit platter, plus something to drink.

Ordinarily, a breakfast like that would cost $7.50, according to Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken's calculations.


Meg Makes: A Lebanese twist on a favorite Greek pastry

Each month, I get together to bake with two old News-Gazette friends: Erin Lippitz-Gelsthorpe, with whom I used to work in marketing (she's now at the Champaign Center Partnership) and current News-Gazette Director of Marketing Cassandra Schowengerdt.

Erin is a baking genius and makes incredible cakes. Cassandra is also an excellent baker and has a great eye for delicious recipes.


For the retirees, March 16, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.


Leia Kedem: Spice it up to enjoy the taste of eating right

By Leia Kedem

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," given that taste is the best indicator of whether we will eat a food. With warmer weather on the way, I'm asking you, too, to bring the heat and try my favorite way to make healthy foods more exciting — by spicing it up.


Meg Makes: Nothing wrong with crusty bread now and then

Every time I turn around, I feel like I'm reading or hearing about someone cutting bread from his or her diet.

I respect different eating choices and food sensitivities, but to be blunt, these conversations and articles make me want to sink my teeth into a crusty, gluten-laden loaf. Funny how that works.


For the retirees, March 9, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.


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