12th annual Taste of Apopka attracts over 800 guests

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSApopka Area Chamber of CommerceTaste of Apopka Previous articleHow turkey beat duck, goose and chicken as the official main course of ThanksgivingNext articleFEMA deadline for hurricane assistance ends this week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 More than $1,000 raised for local restaurants affected by Hurricane IrmaFrom the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce  The 12th Annual Taste of Apopka, a signature event of The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, was held at Highland Manor last Thursday, November 16th. With nearly 50 restaurants and business vendors participating in this year’s event, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed more than 800 guests who came to sample food and beverage selections and to raise funds in support of the community’s local restaurants and vendors that were affected by Hurricane Irma.McDonalds Smoothie Truck won Best of Quick Service.Nestled under the trees and starlight at the beautiful Highland Manor, guests were able to savor all that the area has to offer. Unlike previous years, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce will also be generously donating more than $1,000 in total – from our prize raffles and ticket sales – to the restaurants that won in each of the four “Best Of” award categories.“Unfortunately, many of our restaurants in the Apopka area were hit hard and several of them are still struggling to get things back to normal. Therefore, we are grateful that the entire community joined us in support of our local restaurants, in order to make this a successful night,” said Robert Agrusa, President of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce.With the help of several esteemed judges, the following restaurants were awarded the “Best Of” Awards at the 12th Annual Taste of Apopka:Best of Sit Down: Charlie GraingersBest of Quick Service: McDonald’s – Smoothie TruckBest of Sweets and Desserts: Topper’s CreameryBest of Catering: Sam’s Club of ApopkaTopper’s Creamery won Best of Sweets and DessertsWe extend our most sincere appreciation to our generous sponsors for their commitment in this successful event, including Duke Energy, Orlando Health, Taurus – Apopka City Center, The Apopka Chief & The Planter, Clear Channel Outdoor, Florida Hospital, UCF Business Incubator, Waste Management, AccuTech Construction, Inc., A&C Printing, Dignity Memorial, FINFROCK, Florida Door Solutions, Insight Credit Union, Nelson’s Insurance Services, Inc., The Apopka Voice, and Wal-Mart.Charlie Graingers won the Best of Sit Down.The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to be a catalyst of success for the entrepreneurs and leaders in business development, relationship building, community enrichment and local, regional and statewide issue advocacy by providing the tools and resources to help members be successful. Chamber membership offers business credibility, referrals, networking, marketing and advertising opportunities and professional development.Sam’s Club of Apopka won Best Catering.For more information on the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.ApopkaChamber.org.Note: Charlie Graingers won the Best of Sit Down. Their award is in the feature photo. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

Watch Wilco Perform A Tiny Desk Concert On NPR

first_imgOne of the great series to come from NPR is the “Tiny Desk Concerts,” where renowned artists will cram into tiny spaces and regale viewers with some of their greatest creation. In the past, L4LM favorites like Trey Anastasio and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have made their marks on the series, but this time, it was Wilco’s time to shine.The band performed four songs in total, opening with “The Joke Explained” from the recently-released Star Wars album before heading into “Misunderstood,” “I’m Always in Love” and “Shot in the Arm.”Jeff Tweedy Promises A New Wilco Album In 2016Enjoy the video below, and head to NPR for the full story:last_img

Heart Food.

first_img No need to go light on those holiday pecans. A UGA study shows they’re better for you than you think. Peanuts and pecans may pack high calories inside their shells, but researchers have uncovered added value that far outweighs the high calorie count.For years, nutritionists have known that peanuts and pecans are high in Vitamin E and folic acid. University of Georgia food scientists have now found that these nuts contain high levels of plant sterols, which lower blood cholesterol levels.”Plant sterols are considered to be significant functional food components,” said Ron Eitenmiller, a food scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They aren’t nutrients or vitamins, but they are really potent, effective food constituents.”Eitenmiller said plant sterols compete with the absorption of cholesterol. When eaten in the right quantities, they can reduce serum cholesterol in humans.”Plant sterols are now considered by the medical community and the Food and Drug Administration as another approach to lowering serum cholesterol,” he said. “This has a direct effect on reducing coronary heart disease. And peanuts and pecans are concentrated sources of plant sterols.”High Levels of Plant SterolsPeanuts and pecans contain much higher levels of plant sterols than many other foods. “Peanuts have 150 milligrams per 100 grams. And pecans contain 100 milligrams per 100 grams,” Eitenmiller said. “The amounts are significant when compared to most other foods, which contain much lower sterol levels than nuts.”Eitenmiller and UGA food scientist Phillip Koehler recently completed a study on Vitamin E and folates in peanuts and pecans.Their research was in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Composition Laboratory, a section of USDA that provides nutritional information on the U.S. food supply. “Our research is providing the USDA with really good, quantitative information,” he said.Vitamin E, Folic AcidVirtually all nuts are high in Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant. Pecans contain 25 milligrams per 100 grams. Dry roasted peanuts contain 19 milligrams per 100 grams.Folic acid is needed in forming red blood cells. Lack of folic acid can lead to many deficiency symptoms. Eitenmiller said nuts, as a group, are good sources of folic acid.”All peanut products are good sources of folate,” he said. “Folate is an unstable vitamin that is in relatively short supply in our daily diets.” Besides in nuts, folic acid is in orange juice, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, beans and enriched cereal products. A new study shows peanuts are not only in popular foods, but are good for you. They help lower cholesterol, which helps fight heart disease. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARScenter_img Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS “A few years ago, folic acid was linked to neural tube defects in newborns,” Eitenmiller said. “It’s been proven that if mothers don’t get enough folic acid before their pregnancies, it can lead to a higher incidence of this birth defect. This led the FDA to begin enriching flour products with folic acid in 1998.”Eitenmiller and Koehler studied a number of Georgia peanut and pecan varieties from the 1998 and ’99 crops. They compared the levels of Vitamin E and folic acid in pecans, raw peanuts, roasted peanuts and peanuts processed for peanut butter.”We found very little nutritional difference between raw peanuts and processed peanuts,” Eitenmiller said. “And there are no differences in varieties or in geographical growing locations.”Consumption DecliningUntil recently, despite the excellent nutritional qualities of peanuts, consumption has been declining, Eitenmiller said. “One of the basic reasons peanut consumption went down was people’s perception that peanuts are bad for you because of the fat content,” he said.”But the fat itself is very highly polyunsaturated,” he said. “It’s a good mix of fatty acids that are considered to be optimal for good human health. So even the fat content is another advantage of eating nuts.”He said people should work nuts into daily diets in moderation. “We are never going to get away from the fact that pecans are 70 percent fat and peanuts are 45 or more percent fat,” he said. “But from a nutritional standpoint, their fat is much better for you than the fat you get eating a fast-food hamburger.”last_img read more

What to do after paying off a debt

first_imgDepending on whether you’ve got hundreds or thousands of dollars in credit card debt, paying it off can feel like a huge accomplishment or just like paying a bill. If you use your credit card regularly (for the rewards of course), paying it off at the end of the month may not be an activity you think much about. But if you’ve amassed a giant pile of debt, paying it off can feel like a huge weight off your back. But don’t just appreciate the accomplishment and forget about it. It’s time to be proactive! Here are some steps you should take after paying off a debt…Step back and take a gander: Slowly paying on your debt each month is something to be proud of. It’s not easy, but you made it to the finish line. In order to make that happen, you probably had a budget in place that maximized your debt payments in order to get to this point. But you don’t have payments to make anymore. Now it’s time to look over your budget again and figure out what needs to be changed. Maybe you had to cut back in some areas that made money feel tight while you’re working on that debt. Maybe you haven’t treated yourself in a while. Either way, fixing your budget so it doesn’t feel so tight can be quite a relief.Save money: When sacrifices have to be made in order to become debt-free, your savings can often be what takes a hit. If things didn’t feel that tight while you were working on your mountain of debt, your best (and easiest) option is to move that cash into your emergency fund. I would rework my direct deposit to send that monthly amount right into my savings account so I wouldn’t even have to think about.Set a goal: Whether you’re thinking about taking a tropical vacation or starting a side hustle, using the money you’ve budgeted for debt payments is an exciting way to transition those funds. Consider opening up another savings account or getting a really big Mason Jar.Stop going into debt: Don’t be the person who pays off a debt and then splurges on something and starts right back on the road you just got off of. Every time you log into your mobile banking app, look at that zero balance and let that happiness keep you from investing in more money woes. 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more