DECEMBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 3

“LAST CHANCE” SEMINAR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
Get 2 FREE CLE hours with a Probate Law overview & Ethics talk!

Finding yourself a couple of credits short of your 2010 CLE requirements?  Come to the LCBA’s LAST CHANCE SEMINAR on Thursday, December 16, 2010 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids HISTORY CENTER, 615 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.  This FREE CLE will net you two (2) state CLE hours, including an all-important 1 hour ETHICS credit.  The LCBA is even providing food and drink to make this an enjoyable and pain-free CLE event.   Plus, on-site parking  is  available!

The CLE program is as follows:

3:30-4:30 PROBATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.  There have been several changes to the Probate & Trust Codes in 2010.  Learn how to use and benefit from these changes.  Presented by Susan Pence, Vice President & Trust Officer, Bankers Trust Company and former Chair of the ISBA Probate & Trust Section.

4:30-5:30 ETHICS!  Karen Erger, Vice President, Holmes Murphy & Associates, will be presenting an educational and entertaining talk on current ethics issues.  If you attended the LCBA’s Summer Outing CLE this year, you’ll know that Karen’s ethics CLE presentations are not to be missed!


LINN LAW CLUB HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE – DONATE TODAY!

The Linn Law Club is organizing its 9th Annual Holiday Gift Drive for lawyers to provide gifts and food to needy families in Linn County during the holiday season.

The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (hacap.org) refers a list of needy families to the Linn Law Club. The Club raises money, and purchases gifts and food for the family members. Members of the Club gather to purchase and wrap the presents.  The Law Club’s goal is to raise $5000 to help as many needy families as possible. As of today, the Club has raised roughly $600.

Please consider making a donation on behalf of yourself or your firm. Any amount helps! The deadline for contributions is Friday, December 10, 2010.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.
2011 BENCH-BAR CONFERENCE on JANUARY 6, 2011

Please join the Linn County Bar Association at its 2011 Bench-Bar Event on Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Carnegie Library (main level).  At this year’s Bench-Bar Event, the LCBA will be recognizing  Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Baker.  The LCBA will also be honoring members of the LCBA who recently retired or will be retiring in early 2011.   The Bench Bar Event will also include a panel discussion on the recent judicial retention election.   One hour of CLE credit will be sought.

A reception catered by Winifred’s will follow.  Enjoy a drink or two and hors d’oeuvres.

Please plan to attend this important event!  This event is free of charge to LCBA members and guests of the honorees.


AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:  http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?  Just head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

TRANSITIONS*

Tom Riley Law Firm is not moving offices but does wish to announce a temporary access to its Cedar Rapids office due to construction on First Ave. The access is off of 40th St. NE.  Please see the attached letter for more information.

*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum!  If you would like to announce your law firm firm comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

Nyemaster Goode, P.C., is seeking a corporate/transactional attorney with 5+ years of experience for its growing Cedar Rapids office. The ideal candidate would possess outstanding academic credentials and work experience; would have a strong work ethic; and would have developed a base of business.  The successful candidate will be involved in the firm’s corporate/transactional matters, especially with respect to Nyemaster Goode’s clients located or doing business in eastern Iowa.  Please send a cover letter and résumé by postal mail to John T. Clendenin, 700 Walnut Street, Suite 1600, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, by fax to (515) 283-3108 or by email to jtclendenin@nyemaster.com. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Nyemaster Goode is an equal opportunity employer.

Brady & O’Shea, PC is seeking full-time paralegal for work in litigation and real estate.  Minimum of 2 years experience and legal assistant degree/certificate required. Strong written/oral skills, proficiency in MS Office required. Excellent benefits.  Pay commensurate with qualifications & experience. Please send resume, references, and salary requirements:  Peggy Patters, Brady & O’Shea, PC, 2735 1st Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
Scott McLeod is announcing that he is available as a mediator in all areas of civil litigation and workers’ compensation.  Scott has practiced law with Lynch Dallas, P.C. since 1969, is a Fellow, with the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.  For more information contact Scott at Lynch Dallas, P.C., PO Box 2457, Cedar Rapids, IA.  Tel. No.  (319) 365-9101 or email: smcleod@lynchdallas.com.
If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available  law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here. Contact webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums.  If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES

As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar.  The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community.  If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com

Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website  at www.linncobar.org? However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html and let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.   If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P. O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via e-mail at webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA  and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.  Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.   Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.  Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:  $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:  $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:  $75

Annual dues invoices for 2010-2011 will be sent to members shortly.  Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011

Here is a list of dates for Linn County Bar Association meetings and other activities for 2010-2011:

BAR MEETINGS (12-1 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Art Museum) & other LCBA EVENTS:

** NO bar meeting in August **
Bar Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2010
** NO bar meeting in December **
December Last Chance Seminar: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bench/Bar Conference: Tuesday, January 6, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
** May “meeting” is a noon Kernels game, date TBD**
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
** Summer Outing first/second week July , date TBD**

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 4.50% for the month of December.  Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available at www.idob.state.ia.us

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

by Gene the Critic


As a fun, new service to our members, we are publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by our very own members.  Enjoy this month’s reviews!

GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY
Today I am going to write about one of my favorite places to eat, Granite City Food and Brewery located at the corner of Collins Road and 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids.  Granite City has a welcoming atmosphere, including several TV’s tuned in to various sports events and an extended menu with a lot of options.  The host and the waiters are pleasant,  very hospitable and provide very good service.  And the cloth napkins are a nice touch.

There are a lot of lunch items available but my favorite is a cup of chicken tortilla soup with the chicken bruschetta salad (includes 4 to 6 slices of yummy bread) and ice tea.  There ice tea is the best!  My wife loves two of the appetizers, chicken quesadillas and the spinach artichoke dip.  One of my favorite dinners is the meat loaf, mashed potatoes and toasted bread. The mediterranean chicken and  the pasta dishes are very good.  We also enjoy the Sunday brunch.  They  brew beer on the premises and have several interesting varieties.  You will see many people come in with their growlers and fill them with their favorite brew.   I am sure you would enjoy your lunch or dinner at Granite City.

TODD ENGLISH/OLIVES

This review is somewhat different.   The restaurant is called Todd English/Olives. It is elegant.  Expect great food.  The service is fantastic.  They have one of my favorite touches, cloth napkins.  But lets start with the food.

Begin with a nice glass of wine, for me a Merlot and for my wife a Pinot Noir. They  then bring a small tray of special olives (3 varieties) and 3 olive pastes to spread on the warm freshly baked sliced bread that was in a separate basket.  Then a crunchy vegetable salad (too many good ingredients to list all of them) served with their special olive oil dressing.  Then the main course.  A beef tenderloin (medium well) with a potato (mashed for me) and asparagus spears cooked perfectly.   Take your time eating because this is excellent food and dining at its best.  Then dessert of course and there are five or six options.  I chose the chocolate cake drizzled with white chocolate.  Then maybe some coffee or an  after dinner drink like B & B, Kahlua or Baileys.  Wow, this is great.

One of the places to eat this great food is on the ocean liner the Queen Mary II in the middle of the North Atlantic where the view is the deep blue ocean water and a beautiful orange-yellow sunset.   Another place  to eat this great food is on the veranda at  the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas near the musical dancing  fountains.  On a warm August evening the fountains gently drop a cool mist over you as you enjoy the great food of Todd English/Olives, while in the background you can hear an Italian tenor sing a beautiful song.

We have tried both places and they are terrific.

OCTOBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 2

LCBA OCTOBER MEETING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21

MEETING INFO: The October meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 12 – 1 p.m.  at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park  The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.

SPEAKER:  The speaker will be Judge Van Zimmer of the Iowa Court of Appeals.  He will be speaking on the upcoming judicial retention election, including addressing these questions.  What do we need to know about the upcoming election and merit selection of judges?  Why should bar members care about this issue?  How can we advise laypeople or friends and family?
GUESTS:  We realize the topic of this month’s bar meeting presentation is of interest and importance to more people than simply our members.  Please feel free to bring guests — whether lawyers or not — to this meeting.  We simply request that you RSVP the numbers of guests you are bringing.

LUNCH & RSVP INFO:  Lunch will be catered by Kristeena’s.  The cost is $7.  RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.   Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request email next week.  Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.   Make sure to RSVP if you are attending so that we order sufficient food from the caterer.  Also, if you DO RSVP but discover last minute you cannot attend, please try to send one of your colleagues in your place.  We have had trouble ordering the correct quantity of food for our meetings because members often fail to RSVP and then show up for the meeting, or RSVP but do not attend.  Unfortunately, the number of members in these two categories often invariably do not even out, resulting in us running out of food sometimes (which isn’t fair to those in attendance) or ordering too much food thereby wasting both food and bar association money.

Continue reading OCTOBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 2

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 1

LCBA SEPTEMBER MEETING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

The September meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held Thursday, September 16, 2010, from 12 – 1 p.m.  at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park  The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.  The speakers will be  Justice David Baker of the Iowa Supreme Court and Chief Judge Patrick Grady of the 6th Judicial District.  Lunch will be catered by Biaggi’s.  The cost is $7.

RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.   Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request email in early September.  Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

PLEASE make sure to RSVP if you are attending so that we order sufficient food from the caterer.  Also, if you DO RSVP but discover last minute you cannot attend, please try to send one of your colleagues in your place.  We have had trouble ordering the correct quantity of food  for our meetings because members often fail to RSVP and then show up for the meeting, or RSVP but do not attend.  Unfortunately, the number of members in these two categories often invariably do not even out, resulting in us running out of food sometimes (which isn’t fair to those in attendance) or ordering too much food thereby wasting both food and bar association money.

FREE FAMILY LAW CLE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31
Kids First is holding a one-day CLE entitled “Putting Kids First: Providing Effective Child Representation in Custody Cases” on Tuesday, August 31 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in downtown Cedar Rapids.    Registration is due Monday!

Attorneys from every practice area would enjoy this CLE and will gain valuable information that can be used whenever interacting with children in one’s practice. The CLE will include, among other sessions:

·         The role of a child’s representative,

·         Representing a child from start to finish in a custody case,

·         A panel of judges speak about their preferences regarding children in the courtroom,

·         A panel of child/family therapists discuss how to work with them on a custody case (obtaining mental health records, subpoenas, etc.),

·         Tips for meeting with and interviewing children, and

·         An hour of coveted ethics CLE on Bart Simpson’s family’s divorce.

Kids First is applying for 6.5 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics.  The fee for the CLE is a mere $100. A catered lunch is included in the price. Space for the training is limited, so don’t delay! Email Jenny Schulz at jenny@kidsfirstiowa.org or call 365-5437 for a registration form.

SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT JUDGE VACANCY; SEPTEMBER 9 DEADLINE
A vacancy exists in the office of District Judge for the Sixth Judicial District due to the retirement of Judge Kristin Hibbs.   Applicants for the judge position must  deliver a completed application   to the office of the District Court Administrator, Linn County Courthouse, P.O. Box 5488, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, no later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 9, 2010, and a copy sent to each Commissioner by that same date and time at the addresses listed.  State prescribed applications may be picked up at the Court Administration Office or a copy of the application may be requested via e-mail from harold.soppe@iowacourts.gov.   Please click on this link to see the official Notice and for more information.
LINN LAW CLUB SOCIAL THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

The Linn Law Club will be holding a social get-together at Dublin City Pub on Thursday, September 23 to welcome new members.   Festivities will start at 4:30 p.m.  All members of Linn Law Club, or anyone who would like to join Law Club, are invited and encouraged to attend. The Linn Law Club is open to all attorneys 35 and under, or who have been  in law practice less than 10 years.

Dublin City Pub is located at 415 1st St. SE (across from the Ground Transportation Center).  The event will be held in the upstairs area of the restaurant.    Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.  No RSVPs are needed.  Any questions? Contact Law Club Treasurer Emily Ellingson at eellingson@lynchdallas.com or at 365-9101.

IOWANS FOR FAIR & IMPARTIAL COURTS; JUSTICE O’CONNOR DES MOINES VISIT SEPTEMBER 8

Please see the attached letter from Iowa State Bar Association President Frank Carroll regarding the ISBA’s Iowans for Fair and Impartial Courts project, designed to address the current judicial retention election challenge.  The letter also discusses the upcoming visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in Des Moines on September 8.

LCBA COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS UNDERWAY

LCBA President Stephanie Hinz is currently making Committee appointments for the 2010-2011 term.  Committee service is a great way to give back to your Bar and get to know members other members.  The LCBA has the following Standing Committees:  Attendance, Ethics and Grievance, Membership and Admissions, Summer Outing, Summer Outing-CLE, and Title Standards.  There are also several Ad Hoc Committees, including Bench/Bar, Family Law, Fee Mediation, History, Law Day, Program, Public Relations, Technology, and Visitation and Memorial.  Committee member lists can be found on the LCBA website by clicking here:  http://www.linncobar.org/?page_id=22.

If you would like to serve on a specific Committee, please contact Stephanie by September 15 at shinz@pbalawfirm.com or 366-7621.
AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Since the last Scriptum, several Iowa Court Rules have been amended.   Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:  http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?  Just head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

NEW “TRANSITIONS” SECTION

This is a NEW section of the Scriptum!  If you would like to announce your law firm firm comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available  law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here. Contact webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums.  If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES

As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar.  The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community.  If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com

Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website  at www.linncobar.org? However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html and let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.   If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P. O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via e-mail at webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA  and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.  Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.   Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.  Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:  $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:  $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:  $75

Annual dues invoices for 2010-2011 will be sent to members shortly.  Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011

Here is a list of dates for Linn County Bar Association meetings and other activities for 2010-2011:

BAR MEETINGS (12-1 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Art Museum) & other LCBA EVENTS:

** NO bar meeting in August **
Bar Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2010
** NO bar meeting in December **
** December ethics CLE date TBD**
** Bench/Bar Conference usually set first week in January**
Bar Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
** May “meeting” is a noon Kernels game, date TBD**
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
** Summer Outing first/second week July , date TBD**

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 5.25% for the month of August.  Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available at www.idob.state.ia.us.

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

As a fun, new service to our members, we will be publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by two of our very own members.  Enjoy this month’s reviews!  Also, if you would like to suggest a new heading for this section of our newsletter … i.e. better than “Restaurant Reviews”…. please email us with your suggestion.  The LCBA member who submits the best heading entry will be awarded FREE entry to the September 16 bar meeting (which means a Biaggi’s meal for free!)  Submit your suggestions to webmaster@linncobar.org by September 10.

Croissant Du Jour

a review for Gene the Critic

Croissant Du Jour is a French Cafe. Located at 3531 Mt Vernon Rd SE, the cafe is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch and terrific pastry all day.  This is a true French cafe.  The owners/chef/manager have a French background and all the food is prepared as if they were located in Paris.

My wife and I have tasted many of their pastries and lunches.  For breakfast, I love the Croissant or a Chocolate Eclair or maybe a Chocolate Croissant or maybe a Brioche, either raisin or chocolate.For lunch I have savored the Lobster Bisque with a 1/2 sandwich like the Le Cob, Le Parisian, or Le Jambon.  Another great choice that both my wife and I enjoy is the Nicoise, which is albacore tuna mixed with mayo, lettuce, tomato and a hard boiled egg with vinaigrette on a baguette.  They also have salads and the best crustless Quiche, a favorite of my wife and very tasty.  I tried it!  It is very good.

This Cafe is a treasure  for our community.  Prices are reasonable. The service is good.  They host private parties at which they serve French Cuisine dinners.  I have been fortunate to attend private parties at the Croissant Du Jour and the food is delectable.  I highly recommend the Croissant Du Jour.

The Motley Cow

a review by Scott the Critic

The Motley Cow was formerly located in a small venue next to a pizza place just up from Johns Grocery on Market St. in Iowa City.  Its seating was limited to about five tables and mostly patronized by locals.  Now located in an expanded venue at 160 N. Linn St. across from the Linn Street Café and Devotay, it has retained its style and excellently prepared seasonal local fresh food.  The wait staff remains well trained and very pleasant.  We have dined frequently at both locations and have never been disappointed.  Our latest experience was an early Saturday evening before the students arrived back in town.

The Motley Cow has a limited but varied menu with an expansive wine list.  Be sure to note the salt and pepper shakers.  There is outdoor sidewalk seating and a small but nice bar as you enter with a view of the open kitchen.  Appetizers which caught our eye include ciabatta with hummus, house marinated olives and fried perch with garlic mayonnaise.  There is a “supper” and “dinner” menu.  The supper menu is a single course and includes a variety of creative pizzas, sandwiches, salads and special pasta with fresh ingredients.  The dinner entrée include either a house salad or seasonal soup.  The salad has a choice of sherry vinaigrette or buttermilk cumin dressing which are both excellent.  You may add one of the specialty salads to your dinner entrée for ½ prices.  We chose a grilled Lake Michigan whitefish and a western Iowa wabyu flank steak.  Both were very good.  There was also interesting vegetable lasagna on the menu. We asked for a recommendation on wine and our server suggested a very nice Argentinean Malbec at a reasonable price point.   The hit of the evening was the key lime pie—a must order for you sugar addicts.  Enough said—try the Motley Cow, you will not be disappointed.