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Tapas dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm this Thursday

Heirloominous Farm and Slow Food Champaign Urbana are teaming up for a tapas style dinner party at Prairie Fruits Farm on Thursday, August 28th. Tickets are $40 plus $3.19 for processing. Purchase them here

Here's the info:

Join Heirloominous Farm and Slow Food Champaign Urbana for a tapas-style party at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery on August 28. The meal will feature cherry tomatoes, tomatilloes, melons, okra and basil grown by Heirloominous Farm's Shea Belahi. Live music and a tour of the farm are other features of the night. As with all events at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, the evening is BYOB.

Menu:
Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Aioli
Black Bean Chalupas with Verde Sauce
Roasted Cherry Tomato Crostini with Chevre and Marjoram
Pickled Watermelon Feta Salad
Pulled BBQ Chicken on Biscuits with Okra Pickles
Rice Pudding with Blackberries
Iced Tea

All proceeds will go to helping Heirloominous Farm go to Terra Madre 2014.

Slow Food International puts together Terra Madre as an international gathering of chefs, farmers, fishers, academics, artisans and more to exchange ideas and practices which strengthen the sustainable, local, and slow food movement every two years. Diversity and commitment to good, clean and fair food traditions are at the heart of Terra Madre.

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The News-Gazette launches redesigned site

If you hadn't noticed yet — due to a specific set of circumstances for visiting their site — The News-Gazette has launched their brand new website with a full redesign. Check it out, as it is much cleaner than the previous site, and we all know how the last redesign went.

It'll take a bit of use to see how things are going with the new site, but overall, looks pretty good. Nice work, N-G!

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Champaign Cycle named one of America’s Best Bike Shops

We just received notification that Champaign Cycle is one of America's Best Bike Shops. Check out the listing here.

Congratulations!
The National Bicycle Dealers Association is proud to announce that your shop has been named one of America's Best Bike Shops for 2014!

Thanks to all of our customers for helping us be one of the best!

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Two tickets available for Saturday’s Dinner on the Farm

In a Facebook post, Prairie Fruits Farm has announced that there are two tickets available for this Saturday's vegetarian dinner on the farm. Tickets are $125 plus the IL tax rate of 9%. 

You can purchase your tickets through the link above. Here's Saturday night's menu:

Vegetarian Dinner: Provence At face value, it's hard to convince ourselves that central Illinois can evoke images of lavender-waving southern France.  Nonetheless, we've got all the ingredients to create a menu that will make you feel like you're transported to the land of French impressionist painters. Chances are it will be hot and dry too, classic Mediterranean summer weather. The menu will feature hot summer vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers, herbs and hand-made pasta. We might even throw in a dish of fresh water prawns for any pescatarian friends who just might happen to show up.  2 tickets available (as of 8/15)

Menu

Upon arrival
sparkling tarragon lemonade
Gougeres with herbes de Provence chevre
Fried squash blossoms
Creamy smoked mushrooms & shallots on toast with petit herbes

First course
Le grande Aioli: beets, carrots, peppers, baby corn (with or without fresh water prawns), served over Blue Moon Farm greens, garlic aioli and sauce "Rouille"

Second course
Soupe au Pistou; summer vegetable soup with basil

Third course
Petatou: potatoes with chevre and parsley sauce
Palate cleanser: canteloup sorbet

Fourth course
Ratatouille with wheatberries
tomato salad

Cheese course

PFFC banon

Dessert
Plum clafoutis with lavender cream

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Weird real estate website creates another horse shit list about Champaign-Urbana

OK, so it's not total horse shit, because they do list some decent restaurants, but it sure is obvious that the people who write these things have never stepped foot in Champaign-Urbana.

In June, they gave us a Buzzfeed-esque list about things you need to know when moving to Champaign-Urbana, which again, wasn't total horse shit, but it was one foot in the pile. 

So today, we got another email from them telling us about (in their words)14 restaurants of the most "iconic" restaurants in C-U.

And what's better, is that this dude Larry Wen, who is responsible for making sure the word about said lists gets out, contacts us every time about them and flippantly asks us to share it. 

So here you go Larry Wen, who has never been to Champaign-Urbana.

But Larry, where in the FUCK is Black Dog? Yeah. You missed that one. Just a little. 

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Ice Cream Social at Common Ground August 17th

Join us in our parking lot for our 3rd Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 17th from 2-4 p.m.

This year, Common Ground challenges you, our community, to help raise 10,000 meals for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank! For a donation of any amount, you can build your own sundae with local ice cream from Kilgus Farmstead Creamery and organic toppings, enjoy local music from The Church Street Ramblers, face painting, kids entertainment from our own Produce Manager Satina, and the opportunity to meet your local foodbank staff. This event is open to everyone and a delicious way to support our Food Bank during the summer months when the need for food assistance remains high. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Did you know, summer is actually the time of year the foodbank needs support the most? Children are out of school which means more mouths to feed at home, while at the same time fewer donations are made in summer months.

Join our Facebook event for more details.

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WWHP The Whip sold, changing formats

Here's some news that came about an hour ago via the WWHP The Whips' Facebook page, which you can read below.

 
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Urbana currently accepting applications for City boards and commissions

Are you wanting to get more involved in your community? Are you interested in becoming part of one of the many important teams that make recommendations to the Urbana City Council? Are you interested in the expansion of the City, development of infill properties, subgrantee (non-profit) programs, housing rehabilitation, acquisition and demolition programs or reviewing proposed developments in specific design review districts? If you want to serve the City of Urbana in these and other areas, apply for a position on a City Board or Commission.

The City of Urbana is currently accepting applications from people interested in serving on the following City boards and commissions:

  • Community Development Commission
  • Design Review Board
  • MOR Development Review Board
  • Plan Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

For further information or for an application form, please call the Mayor’s office at 217/384-2456, email jaross@urbanaillinois.us or visit http://urbanaillinois.us/departments/office-mayor.

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Summer Open Air Sessions

It's round two of the Summer Open Air Sessions and we gonna bring down the walls and let them fall. DJs Reed Richards and Kirkwood West are bringing all the dope house, tech house, and disco edits.

The party is in the back of the HighDive on the patio. Limited bar on the back patio for convenience with a full bar inside.

19 and older. Beats drop at 10 p.m. 

RSVP here.

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