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Event Thu Apr 21 2011

Add This to Your Summer Bucket List

We all love the feel of sunshine on our backs, the taste of a cold brew on our tongues and the thrill of getting a free State Farm Frisbee, but this summer it's time to try something different.

In between the Taste of Lincoln, Ribfest and SausageFest (yep, it's really called that) make time to visit a local farm (don't worry, there's beer) with City Provisions.

Before you decide there's no way you'd ever miss rocking out to Wedding Banned, try this on for size:

Your day will start out aboard a bio-diesel bus where beer and small bites will be passed around as you learn about the day's selected brewery. Once you arrive at the farm you'll enjoy a full tour by the farmer followed by a five course dinner (see ya, meat on a stick!) paired with more beer from the brewery (see ya, watered down fest sangria!). In true summer fashion, you'll end the day with a bonfire before you head back on the bus with your new friends and a full belly (see ya, Speedo!).

Three dates have been set for this summer, and tickets can be purchased by calling 773-293-2489 or emailing

Saturday, June 25 at 1pm
Dietzler Farms - Elkhorn, Wis.
Half Acre Beer Company
$225 per person all inclusive

Saturday, July 16 at 12pm
La Pryor Farms - Ottowa, Ill.
Two Brothers Brewing Company
$225 per person all inclusive

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1pm
Heritage Prairie Farm & Apiary - La Fox, Ill.
Metropolitan Brewing
Templeton Rye Whiskey
$250 per person all inclusive

I'd say your bucket list just got an upgrade, and hey, you'll still have plenty of chances to scream "Jessie's Girl" at the top of your lungs while your "bros" pass you another "brewski."

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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