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Lincoln Community Theatre's remaining productions for the summer are "Steel Magnolias," to be presented July 11-19, and "1776," scheduled for Aug. 1-9. The box office at the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the Lincoln College campus is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday; call (217) 735-2614. For more information, visit

'How to Match Food and Wine'    Send a link to a friend

[JULY 9, 2003]  "How to Match Food and Wine." Fiona Beckett, Mitchell Beazley, 2002, 64 pages.

Review by Richard Sumrall

At one time or another we've all faced the same situation: how to choose the right wine to go with the food you are serving or ordering. In her book "How to Match Food and Wine," author Fiona Beckett takes the guesswork out of this potentially awkward situation with her recommendations for matching a great bottle of wine with a particular cuisine. Why are some wines better suited than others for certain dishes? According to Beckett there are several reasons:

  • Type of food -- Contrary to popular belief, white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat is less important than light wines for lighter food and robust wines for heartier, more flavorful food.
  • How the food is cooked -- Cooking methods and temperature are crucial. Cold foods are generally more enjoyable with lighter wines, while hotter cooking temperatures call for a higher alcohol wine.
  • How the food is seasoned -- The more robust the food's flavoring, the more full-bodied a wine should be served.
  • What the food is served with -- Even when the entree is plain, flavored side dishes can affect your choice.

In considering food flavors Beckett discusses the six important flavors that are influential in wine selection:

  • Salt -- Whites generally complement foods containing a salty flavor.
  • Sour, sharp -- It's sometimes difficult to match a wine to these flavors. Wines with a higher acidity tend to work better.
  • Savory -- Savory foods are usually best served with a medium to full-bodied red wine.
  • Smoky -- Smoked foods require a wine powerful enough to cope with their strong flavors.
  • Sweet -- Sweetness can make a wine seem drier. Always serve a wine sweeter than the dessert.

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Eating around the world

Beckett cautions that selecting a wine for a cuisine is not always a simple task. Although it's easy when the wine accompanies French, Italian or German food, it becomes more difficult for a culture whose cuisine has no established wine tradition. For example:

  • Greece, Turkey, Lebanon -- These cuisines offer differences in style and structure (hot versus cold).
  • Thailand, Southeast Asia -- Generally the hot and sour elements characteristic of these cuisines favor white wines.
  • Japan -- A difficult cuisine to match with wine. Very dry whites complement the raw fish dishes, while meatier dishes are best served with a full-bodied red.
  • India -- Heat is the factor here in choosing a wine. Soft, fruity wines can be enjoyed with this kind of food; be aware that some wines with high alcohol levels may adversely increase the sensation of heat on a plate of food.

The remainder of the book, "Greatest Hits," is an easy-to-use guide that matches the appropriate wine with your favorite foods. The handy arrangement includes suggestions for soups, salads, eggs, pastas, rice, fish, meats, chicken and birds, vegetables, fruits, seasonings, desserts, and cheeses.

"How to Match Food and Wine" is an easy-to-use reference that takes the guesswork out of wine and food combinations. In the introduction Beckett writes: "Matching food with wine is not quite like matching a pair of shoes or socks. There's no right or wrong about it, it's just that some combinations are more enjoyable than others." This book is recommended for connoisseurs of good living and those of us who want to become better educated about the proper selection of wine.

[Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District]    

Lincoln Community Theatre
presents 'Steel Magnolias'
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[JULY 9, 2003]  Lincoln Community Theatre's second production of the 2003 season opens Friday, July 11, at the Johnston Center for Performing Arts. In a script based on a true story, playwright Robert Harling describes the close-knit group at Truvy's Beauty Salon, the unofficial hub of Chinquapin, La.

Weddings, babies, tragedies and hairdos all come together when six women sit and gossip in Truvy's beauty parlor. The wisecracking Truvy built her business on the belief that there is "no such thing as natural beauty." With the help of her new glamour technician, Annelle, she dispenses liberal advice to all the ladies who come to have their hair done: Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire; Miss Clairee, the mayor's widow; and the local town social worker, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is on the verge of marriage.

The play is alternately hilarious and touching, focusing on the camaraderie of these six Southern women, who talk, gab, gossip, chitchat, needle and harangue each other through the best of times -- and cry, caress, comfort and repair one another through the worst.


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Performances run through July 19. Tuesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and Sunday's performance will be a 2 p.m. matinee. There is no show on Monday.

LCT box office hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before each performance. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children through eighth grade.

The box office, phone (217) 735-2614, is located in the Johnston Center.

Further information is available at

[Lincoln Community Theatre]    

Lincoln Community Theatre's 'Steel Magnolias' cast

[JUNE 25, 2003]  Director Paul Cary has announced the cast for the Lincoln Community Theatre July 11-19 production of the bittersweet comedy "Steel Magnolias."

Lincoln residents appearing in the production are Kelly Dowling as Annelle and Kay Mullins as Ouiser. Sherry Miles of Springfield, formerly of Lincoln, will appear as Truvy; Patricia Rankin of Mount Pulaski will appear as M'Lynn; and others in the cast are Erica Smith of Auburn as Shelby and Debbie Poynter of Greenview as Clairee.

Lincoln residents involved in producing the show are Paula Stone as technical director, Sarah Bryant as lighting and sound director, and Jackie Camel as wig consultant. Ashley Giberson of Decatur is serving as props chairman and stage manager. LCT board liaisons are Judy Rader and Margo Schwab.


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All performances are in the Johnston Center for Performing Arts, 300 Keokuk in Lincoln.

One week before the opening of each summer production, general admission tickets are offered to the public for $9 for adults and $6 for students through eighth grade. The LCT box office is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday; phone (217) 735-2614. Special ticket rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

Further information on the summer season is available at

[News release]

Classic films return to Lincoln Cinemas

The Logan County Arts Association, in conjunction with GKC Cinemas Corporation, has brought the classic film night series back to the Lincoln Cinemas. The next set of films is scheduled for every second Thursday through October, with shows at 7 p.m.

Classic films lined up for the 2003 season:

  • "Old Yeller," July 10
  • "The Apartment," Aug. 14
  • "Wuthering Heights," Sept. 11
  • "War of the Worlds," Oct. 9

Tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. The tickets are available at GKC Lincoln Cinemas.

Anyone wanting more information may call the Logan County Arts Association at (217) 735-4422.

[Press release from the
Logan County Arts Association]

Lincoln Community Theatre information

Lincoln Community Theatre's box office, phone 735-2614,  is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby of the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Lincoln College.

The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln, IL  62656; e-mail:

Visit the LDC website at Pictures from past productions are included.

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