Buzzing: Honeymoon’s Dillmon competing on Food Network’s Spring Baking Champion. Peyton Manning’s ‘No, Rome, Ga.,’ riff in the Super Bowl opener powers 800% surge for city website (second national plug for Rome in a month). Plus: Link to Valentine’s ideas.

Buzzing: Honeymoon’s Dillmon competing on Food Network’s Spring Baking Champion. Peyton Manning’s ‘No, Rome, Ga.,’ riff in the Super Bowl opener powers 800% surge for city website (second national plug for Rome in a month). Plus: Link to Valentine’s ideas.

That’s Kevin Dillmon, back row, far right.

Honeymoon Bakery’s Kevin Dillmon to compete on Food Network‘s Spring Baking Championship. The fifth season premieres Monday, March 18, at 9 p.m. Dillmon and team have been baking since 2007 and  have won multiple industry awards. The shop is at 228 Broad St.

About the show: Lifestyle-expert Clinton Kelly is the new host. “Clinton will test the resolve of ten talented bakers as they create extraordinary treats that must impress the discerning palates of judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale.”

To earn the coveted title of Spring Baking Champion and walk away with $25,000, the bakers must survive two demanding rounds of spring-themed challenges in each episode. In the season premiere, the bakers are tasked to celebrate the beginning of spring by combining all things cute and delicious in the first challenge by creating spring animal-themed donuts. In the main heat, the bakers must get in touch with their inner artists as they design watercolor cakes featuring iconic spring fruits and vegetables.

Other episodes include baking up blue ribbon-worthy rhubarb pies, crafting a marshmallow dessert in honor of Easter and the first Spring Baking Championship Spelling Bee. Don’t miss all the fun and excitement to see which baker earns the sweetest title of Spring Baking Champion.


Dining notes: Looking for some Valentine’s ideas? Check these tips from Georgia’s Rome.


It must have been Peyton Manning’s two Super Bowl wins: Interesting factoid from the city of Rome. CBS TV’s cold open for the Super Bowl, the one featuring Peyton Manning and his snarly, “No, Rome, Ga.” riff, continues to pay dividends. The city reports website traffic zoomed 800 percent following Peyton’s one off. Ten seconds of fame paid off. Sounds like its time for Peyton Manning Day in Rome. Rewatch the video.


Prime time for Rome? The Peyton Manning mention was the second bit of national attention for Rome in less than a month. Ernie “The Kman” Studard reminded us of this one:

Jessica Holloway

You’ll probably won’t need the audio daily double here but the answer is … Romulus and Remus. This image, courtesy of a nod from Nancy Loveday Smith, shows the board as Alex Trebek and company shared a question about the historic sculpture in front of Rome City Auditorium with Rome, Italy, and Mussolini.  The category was art and mythology.  The contestant who gets it right is Jessica Holloway from The Woodlands, Texas. She answers the question at 11:07 mark into the broadcast shown here on YouTube — and won $400.

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