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The Upper Bout announces #AirPyg winner, and it’s awesome

Champaign's favorite guitar store, The Upper Bout, just held a contest in conjunction with the 2015 Pygmalion Festival where they are giving a 2015 Gibson Les Paul Junior to whoever submitted the best air guitar video to their Facebook page.

Well, friends, today we have a winner, and he's awesome. Sam Geneser submitted this awesome video which garnered him 70 likes and won him the award. Watch the video and try not to laugh.

Congratulations, Sam, you earned it!

We have a winner in our #AirPyg contest! Congratulations, Sam! With 70 likes and 2 comments, your video has won you a 2015 Gibson Les Paul Junior! Call or stop in to claim your prize!

Posted by The Upper Bout on Monday, 28 September 2015

Lé Meow CATfé is happening October 16-18, 23-25

Hope you're enjoying your Sunday, readers.

This is happening at [co][lab]: Lé Meow CATfé. Seriously.

Per the Facebook post:


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Posted by Colab on Saturday, October 10, 2015

V. Picasso hosting dinner on Willow Creek Farm

V. Picasso is moving quickly to establish itself as a fine-dining option in C-U. It will be hosting a dinner at Urbana's Willow Creek Farm, the farm that exclusively serves the restaurant, on Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $85 with wine pairings.

Per Facebook:

V.Picasso presents a beautiful, artfully-crafted five course dinner set in the magic of Willow Creek Farm. Dinner takes place in the fields where all the ingredients were grown or raised. Savor the homemade goodness that Chef Adam Shallenberg and his team from V.Picasso offer you with each course and wine pairing. The meal is concluded with a special dessert prepared by Kaya Tate of Hopscotch Cake and Confections.

Tickets are on sale now and available at our restaurant at 122 N. Neil St. Champaign or by calling 217-351-WINE.

Photo from Facebook. 


Adult dodgeball is coming to Urbana

This is not a drill. No, you're not dreaming, either. You read that headline correctly - adult dodgeball is, in fact, coming to Urbana.

I know, I know, we all pine for those days of 5th grade P.E. where we got to team up and mutilate each other with foam balls — but thanks to the good folks over at the Urbana Park District, the game is no longer confined to children (and over-zealous P.E. teachers). 

You can sign up, but you have to do so quickly, as spots will fill up fast. The early bird deadline is October 13th and the absolute latest you can sign up is on October 20th - so get moving if you want to play the greatest sport known to mankind. Each team must have at least three male players and three female players, with the registration cost of $123 per team plus $10 per non-resident.

Games will be played on Thursday nights at Brookens Gym, and the season will consist of seven matches. At the end of the season, a champion (my team, obviously) will be crowned, and will win t-shirts and a trophy.

More information can be found at the bottom of the fifth page here.

If we're lucky, it'll end up being something like this:


Miga named one of the top 5 restaurants in Illinois by OpenTable

When Champaign-Urbana shares a state with Chicago — quite literally a world-class city — it often gets overlooked for various "best of Illinois" lists that tend to focus exclusively on our massive megalopolis to the north. Today, however, is a shining exception to the rule, as OpenTable.com have named Miga as the fifth-best "Diners' Choice" in the entire state (including Chicago).

The ranking, which is based off of patron reviews, is no surprise, as Miga and sister restaurant Sakanaya have been consistently battling for the #1 and #2 spots on TripAdvisor for Champaign, as well. If this doesn't convince you to get out and check these places out, I'm not sure what will.

Read the full OpenTable ranking here, and in case you need a refresher, here's our review of Miga from July.


Music-themed soy candles available at Exile/Dandelion

Check out these music-themed candles by Tracks on Wax, which are currently available at Exile / Dandelion:

Each candle represents a musician or song and is combined with a scent to capture a story.

Currently in stock:

  • Wick Jagger - Brown sugar with Vanilla
  • Berry Garcia - Nag Champa with Blueberry
  • Blowin' in the Wind - Fresh Linen with Lavender (ode to Bob Dylan)

Coming later this week:

  • Slow Like Honey - Honey with Apple (Ode to Fiona Apple/ made with soy and beeswax)
  • Don't Come Around Here No More - Citronella with Lavender (Ode to Tom Petty/Natural Bug Repellent)
  • John Lemon - Lemon with English flowers

bacaro hosting Le Tre Venezie wine dinner

bacaro is hosting a wine dinner on Wednesday, October 14th featuring vini from the northeastern part of Italy:

Wednesday, October 14th, you are cordially invited to join us for an unforgettable Italian wine dinner, where we invite you to eat, drink and and mingle with some of the best in the business. 

The three wine regions in the northeastern corner of Italy are often referred to as the Tre Venezie, or Three Venices, because they were once part of the Venetian Empire. Each of these regions produces red and white wines that are counted among the most popular wines in and outside of Italy.

Make your reservation here

And in the meantime, check out the tasting menu:

85 USD

Fried Potato Soup
osetra caviar, espelette powder

Oven Roasted Shellfish
mixed pepper sofrito, smoked butter, toasted baguette

pork ragu, pecorino, parsley

Sea Scallop
prosciutto, charred squash, spinach, brown butter, olio picante

Seared Bison Filet
roasted shallot, shiitake mushrooms, polenta, honey balsamic

Drunken Goat
bacaro honey

Roasted Acorn Squash Pudding
vanilla bean creme fraiche, cinnamon tuile

And wine pairings:

35 USD

Foss Marai Prosecco Superiore GUIA, Italy NV

Cantarutti Ribolla Gialla, Italy 2014

Nicolis Valpolicello DOC Classico, Italy 2013

Cantarutti Schiopettino, Italy 2004

Nicolis Amarone, Italy 2010