The annual Wine Hop is taking over downtown LeClaire on Saturday, April 29. 


1. ABC's of cooking 

In the latest installment of the Quad-Cities Food Hub's new cooking class series, you can learn to prepare sides for any meal. "ABC Class: Healthy Sides" is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the food hub, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport. Tickets, $13 per person, are available at

2. Easter Sunday brunch 

Thunder Bay Grille, 6511 N. Brady St., Davenport, is hosting its annual holiday brunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 16. The menu includes prime rib and glazed ham, fried chicken, St. Louis ribs, roasted turkey and stuffing, made-to-order omelettes, homemade waffles, pastries and desserts. Brunch costs $22.99 for adults, $9.99 for kids ages 5-10 and is free  for kids under 4. 

3. Tapping at Front Street Brewery 

Front Street Brewery is tapping its first-ever barrel-aged beer at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the taproom, 208 E. River Drive, Davenport. The brew, called the Michter Rye Imperial Stout, will be exclusive to only the taproom. For more information, visit 

4. Tapping at Great River, too

Shortly after Front Street Brewery debuts its latest brew, head over to Great River Brewery, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport, for its monthly tapping. Great River will unveil the Honey Hemp, for fans of lighter beer, at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Quad-City band Rude Punch is set to perform outside. 

5. Best of the Amana Colonies

“Take a Bite: A Three Day Food Festival” is taking over the Amana Colonies, the seven villages in east-central Iowa, April 21-23.  Samples of beer, wine, chocolates, as well as full meals, seminars, cooking classes and more are on tap during the festival, which puts a spotlight on Amana's establishments such as Millsteam Brewing Co., Ronneburg Restaurant and Amana Meat Shop. For more information and prices, visit or call 319-622-7622.

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6. All about superfoods 

Ever wanted to know what makes certain foods "super"? Greatest Grains is offering a class just for that. In "Superfoods 101," learn how to use superfoods to fight disease, feel more energetic, prolong life and maintain healthy weight from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Greatest Grains, 1600 N. Harrison St., Davenport. Tickets, $15, are available at

7. Will hop for wine 

The Wine Hop is back in downtown LeClaire. Sample wine and food from more than 13 spots around LeClaire from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Participating businesses include 129, Wide River Winery, Sneaky Pete's Woodfire Grille and Bierstube. Tickets, $20, are available at 129, 129 N. Cody Rd., LeClaire. For more information, visit


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).