Valentine’s Day and Dining Notes

Valentine’s Day and You

As a long time restaurateur, I coined all major holidays as “amateur night” in my restaurants. The reason is -- for the most part -- guests who dine out on these “hallmark-driven” holidays are stumbling their way through the evening anyway. What makes matters worse is they are the type of guests who call the day of asking for “a quiet table on a Saturday night at 8 p.m.” and are shocked that reservations are full.  Do not be that person this year.  Luckily, for everyone Valentine’s Day lands on a Tuesday this year, allowing lovebirds and the hopeless to spread their dining love over the course of an entire week. Here are a few places offering preset menus,...

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Seasonal Eater

Well, the good news is winter has arrived just in time to think about spring, summer and fall. Part, a big part, of being a seasonal eater is planning ahead and now is the time to let farmers plan for you. You might be thinking of roasted potato soup and hearty comfort foods, but farmers are thinking of crisp salad greens, spring broccoli and garlic scapes. Now is the best time to subscribe to community supported agriculture (CSA) programs to ensure a bountiful and veggie-filled 2012.


Joining a CSA is a great way to become a seasonal eater and it’s pretty simple. Find a farm you like with an established CSA program, prepay them somewhere between $400-$550 and wait in eager...

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Le Food, Le Wine

Hy-Vee Food & Wine Experience

Enjoy a day of sampling wine, specialty foods and cheeses from over 75 booths and food specialists presenting live cooking demonstrations. You can buy your tickets at your Hy-Vee Customer Service for $35 and all proceeds from this event will be donated to local charities. You can also win a pair of tickets all week long on our Dish Omaha facebook page. The event is February 4, from 1-6 p.m at the DC Centre in Omaha.

Le Quartier Baking Company Is Now Open Every Day

No need to start your day with an empty tummy when you can stop at Le Quartier Baking Company in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets, to get a hot breakfast panini. Le Quartier¹s...

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<p>  American Gi Forum</p> A South Omaha Best-Kept Secret

The unpretentious, homey American GI Forum restaurant at 2002 N Street is a Tex-Mex bargain whose popular specials make this a busy joint.

But unless you're a South Omahan or get tipped off to the place by someone, this best-kept-secret is likely to remain unknown outside its loyal following. After all, it has no website or Facebook page. You won't find ads for it anywhere. It's low profile is a shame, not because it starves for business – quite the opposite is true. But proceeds from this non-profit help support the activities of the veterans club under whose auspices and roof it operates.

The Omaha chapter of the American GI Forum, a national Hispanic veterans organization founded...

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Dunkin' Donuts Announces New Restaurants in Omaha, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa

Dunkin' Donuts, announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisees, Savoureux Corporation, for 12 new restaurants in North Omaha, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa with the first restaurant planned to open in 2013. Savoureux Corporation, led by former University of Nebraska football players Kris Brown and Zach Wiegert, have teamed up with Jeff Woodbury, a principal of Woodbury Corporation, and David Scott, CEO of Tetrad Corporations, an Omaha-based real estate and investment firm.  In April 2011, Savoureux Corporation committed to develop five Dunkin' Donuts restaurants...

entered on 01/23/12 at 01:17 AM | read more »


Missing Marks Love

The necessity of trying their famous “mac-n-cheese” first brought me to Marks Bistro almost six years ago. After trying their steak variation, I was hooked.  It was like a cheesesteak (without the bread) in your mouth – flavorful meat and four different cheeses melting together to form a perfect union. It was one of my first loves moving to Omaha.

So when I had heard that the restaurant had made three chef changes in the past year, I wanted to check in. Their current chef, Zeb Rogers previously worked at the Paxton Chophouse as well as the now closed Loft 610, and has been with Marks since August.

Founder Mark Pluhacek credits Rogers with helping the restaurant finish one of its best...

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