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Spotlight: Iowa’s Milton Creamery taps into the rich art and science of cheese

By Frankie Schneckloth & Courtenay Bouvier Milton Creamery’s famous Prairie Breeze isn’t the kind of perfection one can will into existence. You need a little luck—and a lot of community—for that. “You don’t pick paths. You follow the trail,” says Rufus Musser, who describes his Milton Creamery, producer of the beloved Prairie Breeze cheese, as […]

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Shanti Sellz on Iowa City’s slow food ethos, the fight for local foods and the future of small producers

By Alicia Ambler Local Foods and Planning Specialist Shanti Sellz leverages Iowa City’s slow food ethos and penchant for entrepreneurship to deliver fresh produce throughout Johnson county. Whether it’s Iowa City’s bustling Saturday farmers market, our seasonal celebrations of local foods or our thriving collection of school gardens, Iowa-grown foods are an enormous part of […]

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Spotlight: How quinceañera celebrations mark transitions for individuals and communities across Iowa

By Cristina Ortiz On a sunny summer day in 2006, I found myself in the vestibule of a Catholic Church in Marshalltown, Iowa helping to tie the underlayer of a giant pink hoopskirt which encased a very excited 15-year-old girl. The enormously poofy skirt was the stuff of small children’s princess dreams and harkened back […]

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LV Recommends: Casey’s General Store

Casey’s is not a gas station, a friend once said: It’s a pizza place that has amenities, and those amenities happen to include gasoline. Looking at it this way takes some of the shame out of gas-station pizza, a shame the chain seems to insist on by putting its slices on triangular plates that go […]

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LV Recommends: Sauce Bar & Bistro

If there is a grapefruit-infused beverage, I’m probably going to order it. Overtly fruity beers should be illegal, yet I’ll drink an IPA with hints of grapefruit all day long. So it was with great rejoicing that I discovered my new favorite drink at Sauce Bar & Bistro: Rosemary’s Salt of the Dog features Hendrick’s […]

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LV Recommends: Bar’ber Shop

If I hadn’t looked at the reviews online, I would have flown right by it. “Bar’ber Shop? I searched restaurants!” But upon more investigation, it appeared this place (located at 218 1st Ave. in Coralville) wasn’t serving up a shave and a haircut, but meals made from locally sourced foods at an affordable price. So, […]

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LV Recommends: Chef David Burt’s Four Square Meals

If you’re one of the long-time Iowa City residents who fondly remembers the now-defunct Red Avocado, you’re in luck: Chef David Burt’s succulent vegan fare is still around, and you can eat it at home. Burt’s Four Square Meals — a professionally prepared weekly meal service — is a delicious and convenient addition to your […]

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