The Grey Plume: A Love Story

On any given morning passersby might catch a peek of a platinum blond-curly haired boy stirring raw coffee beans on a prep counter or walking the pathway between white linen covered tables wearing puppy pajamas and rocking a pair of black cowboy boots.

A little red, blue and yellow push car sits parked near the entrance to the kitchen awaiting its rider – Hudson Grey. The sleepy boy is passed gently to Chef Clayton Chapman, while Hudson’s mom, Bernadette, starts peeling off layers, first a stocking cap and then a blue and green sweater. Clayton stood holding his 2-year-old son, pretended to gobble up his hands then disappeared with him into the kitchen, his voice trailing behind him,...

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Crumbs 12-8-12

Lucky Bucket Diaper Dandy  
Bring those diapers to us. We are trying to fill up our beer truck to deliver diapers for Lydia's House. We'll take collections through the 17th of December. Dropping off a package of diapers at the brewery will get you in for a free tour and tasting during our tour hours. This is for a great cause that you can be a part of! The Lydia House is a division of the Open Door Mission, and all diapers will be distributed to needy, young mothers with infant children.

Fuddruckers to Open
Omaha-based Fuddruckers franchisee Ron Pullen of CZP Management has announced plans to open a second area restaurant.  Slated to debut on December 12th, the new Fuddruckers...

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Spezia Is Not Just for Lunch

Spezia is easy to overlook, because it’s so consistently good.

I work down the street from Spezia, and it’s the popular choice for our holiday parties and going-away luncheons.

Its back rooms are often filled with professional groups, so I am probably not the only one to think of Spezia as a “business lunch place.”

My wife and I experienced Spezia after dark for the first time on a recent Saturday, and we came away predominantly pleased.

We started with the somewhat disappointing Artichoke Crab Dip ($9.95). The dip was a little too cold, and the crab tasted like it was from a can.

The bread, however, was warm and crusty, and our hard-working server must have spent 45 seconds...

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Serious Sandwiches—and Scrambles—at Worker’s Take-out

Omaha’s downtown dining culture is marked by plenty of fancy joints. That’s all fine and good when you’re out on the town, but where to turn when you just want … lunch? A desk covered in paperwork only has room for one to-go container, so it’d better be good. Luckily, the folks at Worker’s Take-out take the business of feeding hungry businesspeople seriously. As I found on two recent visits, this straightforward sandwich shop may be worth the trip, even if your workplace is out of the way.

The restaurant is tucked away in an unassuming location across from a hair salon, sharing counter space with a coffee shop. During lunch, the aroma of melting cheese eclipsed that of cappuccino. Like...

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How to Use Celeriac

In case you haven’t noticed grocery stores are working diligently to be beautiful. I, for one, can hardly enter the whirring doors of a supermarket without being mesmerized by the glistening stacks of blushing pink ladies and rounded columns of orange carrots with green fronds flowing. And somewhere, usually tucked between green and white ribbed fennel and red orbs of radish sits Celeriac, the ugly stepchild of root vegetables, gnarled, rough, brown and easily passed over. Visually it’s a wart on the unblemished skin of the produce isle. But vegetables are like people and beauty is only skin deep, a little work with this humble tuber can yield great rewards.

Celeriac, also known as...

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A gorging we shall go

The annual Renaissance Madrigal Christmas Feast at the Omaha Marriott is equal parts Tony and Tina's Wedding, Shakespeare, Knights of the Round Table and Food Network theme show. That is if the theme is a Saxon bacchanal. A food orgy all wrapped up in a fancy dinner theater bow.

For four nights in December the ballroom is transformed into an old English castle hosting a seasonal holiday celebration, circa 1600. Royals, attendants, escorts, a court jester, a kitchen wench and carolers are among the costumed characters greeting guests December 6-9 at the Marriott, 10220 Regency Circle.

More than 20 years in the running, this recreation of Christmas past is one of the metro’s...

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