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KA-BAO: Rockford's Bao Food Truck!

KA-BAO: Rockford's Bao Food Truck!

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Posted on September 2, 2021

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Apparently, Batman is a stickler for grammar! But Patrick explains that is supposed to be KA-BAO, not KA-POW!đź’Ą Check out Octane's Facebook page or @kabao815 on Instagram to found out when you can try some bao! #815Over60 #KaBao


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The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced $20,200,000 in grant funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The Rockford Area Arts Council is thrilled to share that we are recommended for $150,000 of the ARP funds for subgranting to help our local arts and cultural community recover from the pandemic; these funds could support job creation, facilities management, health and safety supplies, and/or promotion of events. The ARP funds must be spent over a two-year period. Arts Council Executive Director, Mary McNamara Bernsten, enthusiastically shares, “The Arts Council is thrilled to be one of three Illinois agencies to receive NEA-ARP funding—we are in the company of the Cities of Evanston and Chicago—and we are one of only 66 agencies in the country. We are grateful to our local, state, and federal legislators for their continued support of and advocacy for the arts! The Arts Council will work with our community partners, local artists, and our supportive City and County officials, to provide our community with compelling arts and culture initiatives that will have the greatest possible impact on the Rockford Region. The Arts Council will share its vision with the community in early 2022...stay tuned!” City of Rockford Mayor, Tom McNamara: “Congratulations to the Rockford Area Arts Council and a huge thank you to our federal delegation for providing this grant opportunity. Subgranting these funds will allow RAAC to make a significant impact on many individuals and organizations throughout our arts community and will enhance the arts culture in Rockford.” ď»żRockford Area Arts Council Mission and Purpose Statement The Rockford Area Arts Council exists to support, promote, and develop access to the arts for everyone. We are the collective voice of individual artists and regional arts organizations. We believe in the transformative power of the arts and its ability to set the tone for a city’s creative and cultural infrastructure. 

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Great Neighborhoods 2021

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November 23, 2021

Wolf Hollow's Curious Christmas Market 2021

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November 22, 2021

Try the Burrata at Woodfire!

Try the Burrata at Woodfire!

If you haven't been to Woodfire, stop what you're doing and go there NOW! Their entire menu is to die for, BUT this mouthwatering cheesy, carby concoction holds a very special place in my heart. It's called burrata, and it consists of a bed of deliciously crisp bread, cherry tomatoes, a giant ball of burrata cheese, drizzled in a balsamic glaze and garnished with basil. Honestly, that description alone should be enough for you to want to try it, but the process and the flavor will keep you coming back for more. I know it is traditionally frowned upon to play with your food but there is something so satisfying about slicing into the giant ball of burrata and having its softer creamy insides ooze onto your bread! Burrata is an Italian cow milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outer casing is solid cheese, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream, giving it a soft, buttery texture. Once you've sliced it open with your knife or fork, you then spread the cheesy goodness onto your bread and eat it like a slice of pizza! Oh, and it's a LOT… it's basically the size of a personal pizza so prepare to feel full after this appetizer!Pairing this delicious appetizer with a glass of white wine and a basil pesto pizza made for the perfect indulgent dinner for two! Woodfire's menu is drool-worthy, and the ambiance makes for the ideal spot for any occasion! If you haven't tried it, you NEED to. And if you have tried it, then you know exactly what I'm talking about, and your stomach is probably growling at the memories of all the delicious meals you've eaten there!

November 21, 2021

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November 20, 2021

Weekend Roundup November 19-21

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Stroll on State 2021!

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Weekend Roundup November 12-14

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