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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Keystone Tavern & Grill

Keystone Tavern & Grill looks a bit like a dive bar on the outside. Truth be told, it looks a little like a dive bar on the inside too when you first walk through the door with the flashing beer signs and pool tables. But before you decide that the best thing you’ll get here are some greasy wings, walk up to the bar and ask to see the menu and prepare to be impressed. You should then ask to see “the secret menu,” which will really get your taste buds interested. Better yet, if owner Tim Lewis is there, lean across the bar and tell him you want to see “the double secret menu.”

Luckily, there’s no secret handshake

There are some hoops to jump through before you can get your hands on the...

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Learn to Cook

Chef2 Oils, Vinegars & More in Midtown Crossing announces weekly cooking classes open to the public. Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., learn to cook a variety of dishes from a talented chef using the oils and vinegars (and more) featured within the shop. Reservations are required and the cost is $15 to attend. http://www.chefs2.com

Coffee News

Crane Coffee celebrates their 23rd anniversary this week. Opened in 1991 and locally-owned, Crane Coffee makes the claim of being “Omaha’s Original Coffeehouse.”  Speaking of local coffeehouses that have been around for a long time, Scooter’s Coffeehouse is again offering their famed Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for a limited time.

McKenna’s...

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