Food And Wine Festival To Benefit Area Restaurants

Sep 11, 2020

This year, a festival involving area restaurants that’s raised more than $500,000 for cancer research over the past five years hopes to help the restaurants, themselves.

Midwest Food Bank Gives Assistance to Harvey Victims

Aug 31, 2017

The Midwest Food Bank is providing a variety of ways for West Central Illinois residents to help support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The first regularly scheduled food truck is set to debut Friday in Peoria’s Warehouse District.  Rhodell Brewery and Murray Place Development agreed to allow a Meat N place food truck to serve the brew pub every Friday from 4 PM to 8 PM.  Building owner Brian Murray says the food selections will complement the craft beers at Rhodell’s, and allow both to boost their business.  The move comes as the Murray Building has plans to eventually house new retail, commercial and residential space.

So far, no food truck applications for Peoria

Jul 29, 2015

A month has passed since food truck owners could apply to operate in Peoria’s public right-of-way. But no mobile food vendor has yet filled out the paperwork.  Assistant City Manager Chris Setti says there are possible reasons why food truck operators haven’t applied:

Dairy month brings food pantry donation

Jun 15, 2015

22 food banks across the Midwest are receiving a donation from Prairie Farms in celebration of Dairy Month. Prairie Farms is donating 11-thousand gallons of milk. The Peoria Area Food Bank is receiving coupons for 500 gallons.

People can also participate in what the company is calling The Great American Milk Drive.

Peoria residents can make a milk donate:


text "Milk" to 27722

The City of Peoria approved a measure to allow food trucks outside of the downtown. But the ordinance leaves few options for food trucks to set up shop.  The measure approved last night has restrictions on available parking spaces, and proximity to existing businesses and neighborhoods.  Few spaces outside of the downtown meet those guidelines.

Food trucks approved for Peoria’s downtown

Apr 15, 2015

The Peoria City Council overwhelmingly approved a plan allowing up to three food trucks to operate in the downtown this year.  But the Council deferred a decision on food truck operations outside the downtown until next month.  Some councilmembers expressed concern there was no limit to food trucks elsewhere in the city. Fees for downtown trucks to operate will be $3,400, although some council members want to revisit the amount down the road. 

Peoria Council weighs-in on food truck issue

Mar 25, 2015

The Peoria City Council weighed-in on a proposed food truck ordinance last night.  The council discussed reducing annual fees to operate, recycling requirements and limiting the number of food trucks. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis also referenced a famous T.V. show when expressing concerns about how the trucks should look:

Some relief for South Peoria’s food-desert issue

Mar 19, 2015

An outlet center on Peoria’s South Side is officially offering groceries next month.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the news comes after a different grocery store left last year:

Peoria restaurant owners weigh-in on food trucks

Mar 13, 2015

Some Peoria restaurant owners say they could support allowing food trucks in the downtown, but want the city to take more time in considering the issue:

Public meetings set for Peoria food truck issue

Mar 9, 2015

  The City of Peoria is allowing the public to weigh-in on whether to allow food-trucks in the downtown.  City staff and health department officials will present an outline of the food-truck issue and discuss possible regulations.  The first public meeting is Thursday at four in the Council Chambers. The second meeting is next Monday at Spring Hill Suites.  People can also offer feedback on the food-truck issue my e-mailing Assistant City Manager Chris Setti.  The City Council will consider a food-truck ordinance later this month. 

2015 Foodshare Canathon starts Sunday

Mar 5, 2015

  Hundreds of volunteers are collecting food this Sunday in hopes of refilling central Illinois pantries for the summer season. This is the 31st year for the Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition’s Foodshare Can-A-Thon. The coalition is asking area residents to fill bags provided by the Journal Star with non-perishable boxed and canned foods and place them outside their front door. Volunteers then go door to door to pick up donated items. Event co-chair Marjorie LaFont says the food drive is important following the holidays:

Bradley University tackles food waste

Feb 25, 2015
Alex Rusciano

Bradley University is encouraging responsible eating at their two buffet style cafeterias. The Waste Tree program kicked off today with a visual reminder of the amount of uneaten food wasted each day. 

Business owners weigh-in on Peoria food truck debate

Feb 3, 2015

Peoria is taking another look at whether to allow food trucks to operate in the city. The question is resurfacing more than two years after a narrow defeat by the city council. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports some business owners and one food truck owner are weighing-in on what seems to be a polarizing issue:

Food trucks getting a second look in Peoria

Jan 28, 2015

Peoria City staff is getting input from business owners about whether food-trucks should operate in the downtown. The City Council narrowly defeated a measure two years ago that would have allowed the mobile trucks. 

Midwest Food Bank gets $5,500 from Altria

Nov 25, 2014

An international company is giving $5,500 to the Peoria Midwest Food Bank.  Altria Group Incorporated is giving the funds to help pay for fuel and operating expenses for the facility. Midwest Food Bank Director Larry Herman says the local demand for food is consistent year-round:

USDA official touts healthy eating at Peoria school

Oct 17, 2014

An official with the USDA visited Rolling Acres Middle School in Peoria to tout healthy eating habits. Tim English is the Regional Administrator with the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. He says Rolling acres is one example of how schools use multiple activities to get students to eat better:

Greater Peoria Food Summit explores sustainable supply

Mar 28, 2014

Government, non-profit and education leaders are hoping to boost Central Illinois’ access to local, sustainable food.  The different groups are participating in the Seeds-2-Success Greater Peoria food summit Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peoria RiverPlex.  Mary Ardapple helped organize the event.  She says the goal is to help find ways to give growers and consumers the land and marketing to produce local foods:

The Peoria Chiefs return to Dozer Park next month. Baseball fans will also find new food items to enjoy during the crack of the bat, including turkey legs and an all-beef corn dog.  Rocky Vonachen is the president for the Chiefs. He says the move is part of an overall strategy to generate revenue and attract fans following a restructuring agreement last year:

IL farmers, lawmakers talk food labelling

Mar 6, 2014

Farmers, their lobbyists and legislators met in the Capitol Thursday to talk about legislation that would affect one of Illinois’ biggest industries – agriculture. One proposal “big ag” is fighting would change the way food is labeled in Illinois.

Illinois prisons are expanding a program to feed some inmates two meals a day instead of three. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more on prisoners eating brunch.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has combined breakfast and lunch at two prisons so far. Spokesman Tom Shaer says this is not a money-saving measure, but it is easier on the staff. In a prison, mealtime means not just preparation, serving and clean-up, but also moving inmates from their housing area to the dining hall. Shaer also says inmates prefer the brunch schedule.

Food and fun as Illinois State Fair begins

Aug 9, 2013

The Illinois State Fair officially got underway Friday. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on what's happening at this year's fair: 

Out and About - March 29, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

This week, we're talking with Doug Day, director of "What Will Be Your Legacy?" a short play which explores issues about family farming, organic food, and land use. The play is intended to set up a discussion with the audience about policy options and personal choices. Performances in Peoria are Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. The play will also travel to Urbana and Springfield in the next few weeks.

Manual health program includes food, exercise tips

Feb 20, 2013

High school students at Manual Academy are learning ways to eat better and exercise.  The Healthy Living program is being funded through a grant from the American Cancer Society.  The program includes nutrition information and exercise routines every week.  Tina Schallhorn is a pediatric dietician with Methodist Medical Center.  She says the class teaches people about sugary foods and drinks like soda: