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Harvest Café: Worth the Drive

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joshua kevinHead south out of Peoria and take Interstate 155 and eventually you will see a bunch of...

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Cooking on the edge

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dustin allenThe beat that Dustin Allen marches to is his own, but he is certainly not above asking others to join his parade. The more who do, the more successful his restaurant at Junction City will...

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‘Replace’ a big word at the ag lab

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labAt the USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization (NCAUR), known locally as the Ag Lab, there is an important word added to the mantra of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Replace.

That...

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Hearth brings meaning to fine dining

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hearthTo Hugh Higgins, the word “hearth” has special meanings beyond that of a fireplace.

He breaks the word down in two parts: ‘heart’ and ‘earth’ as two of the most important ingredients in his new Peoria Heights restaurant, Hearth, at 4604 N. Prospect Road.

To know the personality of this man, an easy going type who developed a...

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Spice Rack: Seasoned by a sweet work ethic, Mohlenbrink’s business is cooking

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travisOn a sub-zero Monday in late January, Travis Mohlenbrink hosted a wine dinner for 70 people at his Salt restaurant in Peoria Heights.

Winds were wailing. Travel...

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Table 19: a cultural transition

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matt ianettaThere aren’t many restaurants connected to hotels that worry about being part of the farm-to-table movement, Matt Ianetta figures.

But...

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Foster pet outreach: Looking to grow

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To find out a dog’s true personality, watch the animal in an environment that doesn’t involve cages or kennels.

That’s the idea behind the not for profit Foster Pet Outreach, a local organization that places dogs and cats into foster care as they wait to find their “forever home.”

“There really is no better way to...

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FROM THE FIELD: Learning to cook with healthy choices

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vegetablesBill Turney wasn’t interested in trading one stress-inducing career for another when he decided nearly a decade ago to go back to school.

While the career he now has is busy and can often mean long hours, Turney is doing something he enjoys and helping others learn to enjoy it as well. He hopes, too, he is teaching them a little...

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Simulation projects get a $25 million jump; could become $50 million

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Peoria will be a focal point in a $50 million project intended to revolutionize clinical simulation, education and health care.

A $25 million gift from Jump Trading will be matched through a fundraising challenge accepted by the OSF Healthcare Foundation to form a partnership of doctors and engineers called the Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation, or Jump ARCHES.

The partnership will create...

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