Nebraska’s Best Burger Contest, U.S. gives France sour grapes

*The Nebraska beef council has announced five finalists for the 2011 Nebraska’s Best Burger Contest. The contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Beef Council, resulted in over 3,000 votes for a staggering 364 establishments across the entire state. The top nominated restaurants are Stella’s in Bellevue, Dinker’s Bar and Grill in Omaha, The Cellar Bar and Grill in Kearney, Chute #3 in Scottsbluff and Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge in Paxton. Over the next few weeks, a panel of judges will anonymously visit each restaurant to “score” the nominated burger, and a winner will be announced in mid-April. *Blue Agave Restaurant, which will take over the building left behind from...

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Crumbs: Beerfest and the Return of Ronald McDonald

* Beer lovers, take note: this year’s Omaha Beer Fest will take place Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, at Lewis and Clark Landing on the Riverfront. The two-day event will feature unlimited beer samples (!) from over 25 breweries, Beer Academy classes and live music. You’ll learn which glass is the most appropriate for which beer, get tips on pairing food with beer, and the benefits of barrel-aged beer. Presenters include Goose Island and Boulevard as well as Zac Triemert, Lucky Bucket’s Brewmaster. There are two ticket options: Taster, which gives you access to the samples and general admission to the event, are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The Connoiseur Combo ($60) gives...

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Hard Times for Soft Drinks

* There’s a new chef behind the stoves at Marks Bistro in Dundee, as Jon Seymour recently took over for the departed Steve Bolen. While this is Seymour’s first executive chef gig, it’s not his first time in the kitchen: he’s spent time at V. Mertz, Spencer’s and the Grey Plume as well. Interestingly, Seymour also spent some time earlier this year working with Chef Rene Redzepi at his restaurant NOMA. That’s big news — NOMA was recently named the best restaurant in the world, and Redzepi’s doorstop of a cookbook showcasing his unique approach to molecular gastronomy, if that term even applies to his unusual cuisine, is up for a James Beard Award. What all this means for...

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Urban Homesteading

*Spring is traditionally a time of planting — getting the herbs and vegetables arranged and settled in so you can begin reaping rewards by the time summer really hits its stride. But for others, “planting” takes on a whole new meaning. Homesteading has been around since, well, the country began; but it’s undergoing something of a renaissance. Whether that’s due to tea partiers, agribusiness, the economy or all those things, publishers are responding in kind. This spring we’ll see a deluge of books devoted to becoming self-reliant when it comes to food. Even if all you have is just a window planter, you’ll find plenty of ideas. The two words city dwellers will want to look...

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Special Lenten edition!

Welcome to this special Lenten edition of Crumbs. Midtown sweets-lovers have two new options with last week’s opening of the shared Cold Stone Creamery/Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory space in Midtown Crossing, both offering rich, high-calorie goodness sure to tempt those who've decided to reacquaint themselves with fruits and vegetables until Easter. Venue Restaurant at 70th and Pioneers in Lincoln will host a four-course chef’s dinner on Wednesday, March 23 featuring fish sourced from south Pacific waters. Ahi tuna three ways, grilled squid salad and grilled marlin are just some of the featured dishes. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is $50 per person. For more information or to...

entered on 03/17/11 at 03:45 PM | read more »


Loft 610 review plus food news

Last week Loft 610 Executive Chef Ben Ackland and the staff invited us to stop in and sample items from the Midtown Crossing restaurant’s revamped bar and cocktail menu. We started with a flight of the bar’s signature cocktails (available for $2 per shot on Thursday nights, if you want to sample them). All were variations on the martini, and most were on the sweet end of the spectrum. Their signature martini, the Loft610 — a Bombay Sapphire-based martini with lemonade, green tea, cucumber and strawberry — was a dead ringer for a Jolly Rancher candy, for example, but their Manhattan Loft — a variation of the classic bourbon-based martini that added a touch of lemon — was a...

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