Regional Dining Guide - 9
Our Region’s Original Flavors, From Morning till Night

The Old Northwest Territory is home to culinary talent like no other. Make note of these exemplary establishments for the next time you’re craving something delectable.

Kellie Idzikowski, of Cream Wine Company, multitasks between pouring glasses.  (Sarah Soenke photo)
Raise a Glass to Supporting Local Nonprofits

Artale & Co.’s First Friday wine tastings attract an eclectic mix of wine drinkers. Check out how these events market new bottles and nonprofit causes.

Roasted Beet Salad with Fresh Goat Cheese
Healthful Recipes to Liven Up Dinner Time

Keep your fitness and healthy eating resolutions in check with these three wholesome recipes, each of which incorporates light, healthy extra virgin olive oil.

Zulma and Arturo Torres, owners of Arturo’s in Poplar Grove, Ill.
Not-to-Miss Mexican Food at Arturo’s

This family-owned restaurant has a handle on delivering a fresh variety of tasty dishes. Discover their Mexican staples and experimental additions that will keep you coming back.

John and Pam Lack at their newest location at 7125 Harrison Ave.
Johnny Pamcakes: Preparing Good, Old-Fashioned Food

The couple behind Rockford’s popular family-style breakfast restaurant has made the leap and opened a second location. But don’t worry — they have plenty of quality dishes and friendly service to go around.