Kids and parents cook Food Briefs

February 17, 2014 

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: It's an evening of appetizers and wine cocktails. Taste new recipes while visiting with friends. Heavy appetizers and three wine beverages will be served.

Made with Love

What: Mommy & Me cooking class for ages 5 and younger

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $12; parent free.

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: It's a Valentine's-themed cooking class. With a little help from you, your child will make Hugs and Kisses Grilled Cheese, Chocolaty Shortcake Stack and a cup of Sweetness Smoothie.

Daddy-Daughter Dinner

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $18 per person

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: This Valentine's Day-themed event provides a great opportunity for dads and their daughters to spend some quality time together. Event includes dinner, dessert, keepsake photo and limo ride.

Sugary drinks warning

California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal in the state Legislature.

Democratic Sen. William Monning has the support of several medical groups for the bill he announced Thursday.

It would require the warning on the front of beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would say that drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

A similar bill introduced last year in Vermont is stuck in a committee.

Monning says there's overwhelming research showing the link between sugary drinks and health problems.

The industry says drink bottles already are sufficiently labeled, with calorie counts, contents and nutritional information. It says most sugar comes from food.

AP

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