It’s Official! It’s spelled “barbecue,” NOT “barbeque”

*Those of you waiting for a proper ruling on whether it’s spelled “barbecue” or “barbeque” can finally exhale. The 2011 edition of the AP Stylebook includes 16 pages of food-related entries for terms like “locavore,” “farmstead” and “blind bake,” as well as the definitive spelling of the term for slowly cooking meat: “barbecue.” And for those keeping track, you don’t need to capitalize “bloody mary” but you should always capitalize “Sloppy Joe.” Whew. *One of the most impressive ways to dress up a dish (or slyly cover up a bad one) is through the careful addition of a complementary sauce. If your go-to sauces are ketchup, barbecue sauce and ranch...

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“LudoBites” coming to Big Mama’s

Chef Ludo Lefebvre has gained some notoriety for his "LudoBites" events, offering culinary wizardry for a short amount of time. Now he's taking the show on the road. For one night only, he'll join forces with the folks at Big Mama's, 3223 N. 45th St., for a one-off French Soul Food meal this Saturday. The dinner begins at 5:30 pm and you'll need to make reservations. Which you can do after 2pm on Friday by phone: (402) 455-MAMA (6262).

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Daily Grub closing its doors

* Loyal followers of the vegan restaurant Daily Grub are sad to hear it is closing. The restaurant located at 1054 S. 20th St., in Omaha will serve its last bowl of black bean soup tomorrow, April 29. Elle Lien, restaurant owner and chef, made the announcement this week via Facebook. She sighted a major construction project that severely impacts access to the diner as a primary reason for closing only a week after celebrating its 1-year anniversary. In a note to fans Lien thanked patrons for supporting her and the restaurant, “You changed our lives! You changed the face of food in Omaha,” she wrote. “Having the opportunity to see your faces each week is thing we will miss the...

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Crumbs: Morels!

* Pizzeria Dante will be serving a three course-dinner featuring seasonal ingredients including morel mushrooms, soft-shell crabs, English peas and more this Thursday, April 28. Some ingredients, such as the morels, peas and salad greens are locally sourced, and even if you can’t make it to the dinner, they’ll be showing up on the menu. The dinner runs $35 per person, with an additional $20 per person if you’d like to add wine pairings. To make sure you’ve got a place at the table, make a reservation via email (jgilmore@dantepizzeria.com) or call 402.932.3078. * Those of you thinking you can eat those SnackWells to your heart’s content (they’re low fat, right? What could go...

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More Crumbs, More Easter Brunch Specials — and beer, too

* "Celebrity Apprentice," Donald Trump’s reality show on NBC, delivers on crazy, this time thanks to another bizarre Gary Busey performance. The contest featured local company Omaha Steaks, who held a charity viewing party at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sunday. Celebrities in attendance were former Huskers star and current Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh and singer/actor Meatloaf. Or rather “Chef Meatloaf,” as Busey referred to him in the April 17 episode. For a moment, Donald Trump showed a softer side for the wild and unconventional Busey, but in the end, it was Busey who was in Trump’s sights when he delivered the signature line, “You’re fired.” * After a brutal...

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Crumbs: All Brunch Edition!

Easter is right up there with Mother’s Day when it comes to brunches — it’s one of the busiest days of the year for establishments offering it, so it pays to plan ahead. If you haven’t made a brunch reservation yet, now’s the time. As in, as soon as you’ve finished reading this column, call and make a reservation at the restaurant of your choice. Seriously. Need some ideas? Here’s a rundown of some of the many brunch offerings around town. If you’ve got a taste for escargot, clams and mussels or steak frites in addition to the traditional omelet, there’s the French Café in the Old Market, whose weekly Sunday brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’re downtown and...

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