Where’s Your Beef?

You would be hard-pressed to catch my friend Stacy Darnold perusing the meat counter at a grocery store. She has enough beef at home in her freezer to last her family for a year. “I don’t know when the last time I bought beef from a store was,” she says. “I’d never buy beef from a grocery store unless for some weird reason I’m out of beef.” Of course, with a freezer full of beef at home, this never happens.

Stacy is just one of the many people who have joined the growing trend of buying quarter or half portions of cows directly from farms. Granted, as a self-proclaimed “farm kid,” this is not a new practice for her. “We always did this growing up. We bought beef from our neighbor.”...

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Food News Round-Up

Benefit to Support Bread and Cup Co-Owner Karen Shinn

Upon walking into Bread and Cup in Lincoln nothing particularly screams local – at least not in the typical Lincoln, Nebraska sense. No bright Husker-red walls or football memorabilia, but in a way it represents everything that local should be – a place for community and conversation.

The capital city restaurant turned five this year while one of the co-owners, Karen Shinn, battled reoccurring stage IV ovarian cancer. She was first diagnosed in 2010. She and her husband, Chef Kevin Shinn, are revered members of the regional culinary scene. A benefit dinner to help offset Karen’s medical costs will be held in her honor on Sunday,...

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Meet Dr. Amy Yaroch from the Gretchen Swanson Center of Nutrition

Just recently, I had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Amy Yaroch, the Executive Director at the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, about her role as Executive Director and the role The Center of Nutrition plays in the Omaha food system and how the Center of Nutrition is connected to Food Day Omaha. 

As an independent non-profit nutrition center, which began in 1973, The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition has been taking a new direction ever since Dr. Amy Yaroch began in March of 2009. She was offered the task of refocusing the Center of Nutrition to specific areas that fit within her own passion wheelhouse such as farm-to-school programs, childhood obesity, and safer food systems...

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Got Deer?

Venison, as deer is commonly referred to once it goes from pasture to plate, adorns the tables of two kinds of people – those who hunt and those who know someone who hunts. Sure it does end up on a restaurant menu from time to time, but it doesn’t reach most of the population, which is a shame because there is plenty venison to go around.

About four years ago the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission set out to connect the hunter and the non-hunter over a mutual love of this all natural low-fat, high protein and iron rich red meat. The result is the Deer Exchange Program, a website where hunters can search to find people who want venison and those who want it can search for hunters who are...

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The Great Omaha Chocolate Festival

Year two of the Great Omaha Chocolate Festival at UNO celebrates one of popular culture's great food indulgences.


Organizers of the September 30 event, which benefits the Omaha Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, say chocolate's diversity will be highlighted in displays by 44 vendors. Sample wares ranging from cupcakes to cookies to candies to frozen yogurt to dog treats. Chocolate lotions, candles and clothing items, along with cookware, will also be available.


Big O 101.9-FM radio personality Dave Wingert will emcee the proceedings.


Bakers Candies of Greenwood, Neb, is the corporate sponsor and its general manager Todd Baker says the event will offer "chocolate...

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eCreamery

I daresay the only thing better than an ice cream shop is an ice cream shop offering a dizzying variety of flavors. Put that ice cream shop in Dundee, and you have something great.

eCreamery is something great indeed. The inside is bright and colorful without being overwhelming. Some of the art featured behind the counter was created by a local artist. Circles and bubbles appear to be the main motif, which certainly seems appropriate for a happy ice cream shop. The Dundee location is ideal because the area is already bustling with independent eateries. “We like the environment of Dundee,” says Becky App, one of the owners. “It has such a great energy. It’s a creative place where the...

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