Farnam House Brewing Company

The first thing I noticed when I started talking to Tony Thomas about Farnam House Brewing Company is that he had a look on his face that I recognize. It’s the same face artists make when they create something they’re insanely proud of. It’s the face I make when my kids do something clever, and I decide they’re clever because I made them that way. It’s what my brother jokingly refers to as a “smug smirk of satisfaction,” or “ssmos” for short.

You see, Tony’s been at this whole idea of opening a brewery for quite some time. He didn’t just one day lean over to his friend Phil Doerr and in a drunken stupor slur, “We should totally open a brewery.” No, Tony’s dream of opening a brewery has...

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Eat, Drink, Run

If the idea of drinking beer, eating bagels and chili and running four-ish miles sounds like a good time to you, register for the Beer and Bagel Run on Sunday, Nov 2. Register early for a reduced cost, and note that there is no registration on the day of the run. Registration includes admission to the run, a t-shirt, and the aforementioned eclectic combination of beer, bagels and chili. http://www.run2peak.com/beerandbagel/

Food Panel Discussion

The Heartland 2050 project is hosting a panel discussion on Sept 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The topic is creating an inclusive food system for the local region. Come talk about this important topic while sipping on free beer from...

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Eat Like a Nebraskan Pioneer

Farm-to-table is a huge trend right now in Omaha restaurants. People want to know what’s in their food, where it came from, and how long it’s been sitting around before it made it to their plate. It’s certainly smart to know more about your food before you shove it in your mouth, but what you may not realize is that Nebraskans from years past already had this idea in their head. Sustainable, real food was the name of the game for the people who farmed this land long before we all came along.

Christianna Reinhardt knows a lot about how the pioneer farmers in Nebraska ate. Her book “A Culinary History of the Nebraska Sand Hills: Recipes and Recollections from Prairie Kitchens” not only...

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Want to Play?

Midtown welcomed a new café recently, and although Spielbound hasn’t officially opened yet, it’s proving to be intriguing. The “soft opening” allows customers to come check out this board game café and try some of the drinks (coffee drinks, sodas, teas and beer), but the eventual goal is to have a full-fledged café complete with food offerings beyond pastries and snacks. And in case you’re wondering, yes, there are plenty of board games from which to choose to keep you occupied during your visit. http://spielbound.com/

A Funny Food Drive

Food drives don’t have to be dull. Consider the upcoming comedy show at the Pizza Shoppe Collective on Sept 20 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m....

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Clayton Chapman Is Taking Over the World

The Grey Plume’s Clayton Chapman opened his second establishment in Midtown: Provisions by The Grey Plume. Expect to see some of the same items used in the wildly popular restaurant including both food and service pieces like hand-carved bread boards. http://www.midtowncrossing.com/retail/shop/provisions-by-the-grey-plume/

Local Growers Workshop

Iowa Western Community College will host a workshop for local food producers on Saturday, Sept 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This workshop is for providers of local food as well as people who are interested in getting into the business. Learn about marketing, grants and more. Register for $10 (lunch...

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Moveable Meal in Midtown

The first progressive dinner I attended was a more traditional one. Five different courses were served, each one at a different house, prepared by a different homeowner.

It was a lot of fun but since that time I had been wondering if there might be a contemporary spin I could put on the progressive dinner concept.

Then one day I thought, “Why couldn’t I invite some friends to join my husband and me on a three-course progressive dinner in a specific section of Omaha that had several restaurants located near one another?” So that’s what I did.

There are so many options from Dundee to the Old Market, but our foursome settled on Midtown. We would do Crave for appetizers, Black Oak Grill for...

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