A Day Out in the Orchard

Fall means colorful leaves crunching under foot, warm apple pies and spooky, carved pumpkins. Fortunately, whether you’re interested in one or all three of the above things, one of the best places to find them is at a local orchard.

And you’re in luck because our region has lots of great places to find that perfectly shaped pumpkin or ripe, juicy apples all while walking on leaves and, in some cases, taking a ride over some hay.

For those who aren’t sure where to begin, I put together this list for you of a few local places and some of the fun they provide.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

20 miles west of Omaha is Vala’s Pumpkin Patch where you can find the perfect pumpkin for carving and a whole...

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Alton Brown Invades Omaha

When I watched a preview snippet of Alton’s Brown Edible Inevitable tour I was confused as to what the show would actually entail. From what I could tell, there will be food and music. There will also be comedy and maybe some stuff exploding. Or, at least, that’s what I gathered when I saw that the folks in the front row are urged to wear plastic ponchos.

“What I wanted to develop was a culinary variety show, a kind of old-style variety show where there’s a lot of different things going on all kind of centered around food,” Alton told me. “Of course, a variety show has to have live music so I do some of my food songs, which are hopefully hilarious.” He laughs and adds, “They make me laugh...

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Celebrate Food!

The issue of food insecurity is one that is too familiar here in the United States. Recognizing this nationwide dire issue, the Center for Science in the Public Interest created Food Day, a nationwide event meant to highlight the importance of food availability, and enhance community investment in the health of local food systems. 

In an effort to promote the availability of local food for all, the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition partnered with The Reader, the Omaha Farmers Market and other local vendors to organize our own Food Day celebration, held on October 11th on 11th and Howard Street. "Our food day is celebrated during the end of harvest season and during the wind down of the...

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Noshsense

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who is sitting on the precipice of a life-changing moment? It certainly makes for an interesting conversation, and can be a particularly animated conversation if there’s caffeine involved.

When I sat down to chat with Jill Lemen about her Noshsense bars it was obvious that this is a woman on the precipice of many life-changing moments ahead of her. She has kids readying to graduate from high school. She has a small business that’s rapidly becoming a bigger business. There’s a lot of change ahead of Jill, but she’s ready. “That’s the thing; I don’t really have a fear of failure,” says Jill. “I’ve been building this runway to get ready to take...

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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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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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