Jimmy Jo's BBQ, 665 N. Convent St. in Bourbonnais, is now open. The menu includes all the usual BBQ suspects (brisket, pork and ribs), plus smoked turkey, chicken and hot links. I stopped in last week and tried a pork sandwich, which had big chunks (not shreds) of moist, flavorful meat. The meat came "dry," which I prefer because then you can really taste the meat. If you like wet barbecue, ask for your meat "sauced" when you place your order, or add it yourself at the table. There are three sauces to choose from -- Chicago, Texas or Carolina. Chicago is sweet, bold and thick; Texas is thinner and spicier; Carolina is a tangy vinegar-based sauce that has the consistency of Italian dressing. Jimmy Jo's opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and closes at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. They're closed on Sunday. To place a take-out order, call (815) 933-7500. If you go, I recommend the Cowboy pork sandwich, which comes topped with guacamole. Unusual, but if you like guacamole, you'll love it.

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Congrats to Bourbonnais resident Erik Almquist, who has made it to Round 2 of Rachael Ray's online March Menu Mania contest. His "Man Dip" was selected from more than 1,200 "game-friendly party food recipes" received by The Rachael Ray show. The bracket-style contest, which is played entirely online, started with 16 recipes. Erik, who is manager of the Panera Bread at 159th St. and Harlem Ave., advanced past Round 1 last week. Voting in this round continues through Friday, at which point the field will be narrowed to four. The final two contestants will compete on the air on The Rachael Ray Show in April, and the grand-prize winner receives $5,000 worth of groceries. To vote for Erik, go to www.usatoday.com/life/rachael-ray-contest.htm.

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The Parent Teacher League at St. Paul Lutheran School is holding their annual spaghetti supper on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at 1580 Butterfield Trail in Kankakee. The meal includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert. At the door, adults are $7 and kids are $6. Carryouts are available.

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If you're out and about on Saturday, come over to The Daily Journal's Fishing College. I'll be there sharing information about our community Web site, MyKankakeeCounty.com. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds. My fishing knowledge is abysmal, but if you want to talk about food or restaurants, stop by my booth and keep me company!

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