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Six days a week, 52 weeks a year, Iowa City’s Free Lunch Program continues to meet hungry neighbors where they are

An open door, a full plate, no questions asked. It’s a simple, humble mission, but for everyone involved with the Free Lunch Program (FLP), from the diners to the directors, it is less about charity than collaboration, enriching the life […]

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A guide to eating the day away in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

Whether you’re from Eastern Iowa or just visiting, chances are there’s a fantastic restaurant you’ve never tried right around the corner. So get out there, support local and enjoy what the area has to offer! Don’t know where to start? […]

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COVID-19 changed Iowa’s dining industry. Will restaurants (and customers) continue to remain flexible?

In 2019, the restaurant industry in Iowa was flying high. According to the Iowa Restaurant Association, there were close to 6,500 restaurants and bars across the state. Nearly 155,000 people worked in the restaurant and bar industry that year. Just […]

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Trendy diets are doctor-prescribed treatment for some Iowa patients

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Restaurateurs look to local creatives to elevate their exterior

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‘Microfood’ operations flourished in the pandemic, from home bakers to couriers

The COVID-19 pandemic taught many of us how to switch gears and pivot. In March 2020, as the regular 9-to-5 ruptured, many people quit their desk and retail jobs and started doing the things they’d always wanted to do, either […]

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