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Go Figure: When UI graduation and Mother's Day collide

As big weekends for C-U's food-and-beverage industry go, it's tough to top one with UI commencement on Saturday and Mother's Day on Sunday.

Just how brisk was business this past weekend? Here's a by-the-numbers summary:

1,786

Ask 'Mimi,' May 14, 2017

Did you go to the Forest-to-Mansion Dinner at the Allerton Mansion last week?

Yes, and I really enjoyed the five inventive and complex yet delicious courses prepared by different chefs, who used wild ingredients foraged from mostly Allerton Park and its fields.

Today's Special: Downtown Champaign goes Himalayan

CHAMPAIGN — The taste of India and Nepal has arrived on West Church Street in Champaign.

Himalayan Chimney opened May 9.

Owners Bobby Gomes, Sahil Thapa and B.J. Thapa purchased the former Nitaya Thai restaurant late last year and have been converting it to an Indian theme.

"We have decorated it to look like a traditional Indian restaurant," Gomes said.

Entertainment listings, May 11-18, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

CASH BASH, A HOLT FAMILY BENEFIT

My Amish Home: Whatever I was saving for a rainy day got done

"A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the countenance, the heart is made better.

Meg Makes: Whole-wheat pancakes can still be a treat

Pancakes are such a pleasure. They can be a special treat in the morning or an easy option if you're open to breakfast for dinner (or as I like to call it, brinner).

Whole-wheat pancakes can be hard. It's hard to convince yourself you're eating something decadent when it's heavy and tastes like health food.

Entertainment listings, May 4-11, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

WORLD WAR II REMEMBRANCE DAYS

What: Uniformed re-enactors, representing Allied and Axis units as well as civilians from 1939 through 1945, will gather at the Bunker Hill Historic Area. View living history displays, public battles, tactical skrmishes and more at this free event.

Meg Makes: Sometimes, cookies need to be crunchy

When I got together with my baking friends last week, we found great success with these crunchy cookies.

A lot of people love soft cookies, and I understand. They're a favorite of mine, too. But I don't think crunchy cookies get enough credit, and this recipe, originally from a blog called "Smells Like Home," produced the result I was looking for.

My Amish Home: Good times mixed in with bad weather

"Then he said to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it in my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." John 20:27-29

Five local chefs taming wild ingredients for annual dinner

MONTICELLO — Five well-known local chefs will prepare dishes — made with wild ingredients foraged from the Allerton Park forest and fields — for the third annual Forest-to-Mansion Dinner on Sunday at the Allerton Mansion.