Crumbs - Salt and Cookbooks

If it seems like the food you’re getting at restaurants is all about salt, you’re not imagining it. The folks at Technomic checked the menus of 2,000 restaurants (everyone from chains to independent operators) and found that salt mentions on major chain and independent restaurant menus have increased by 144 percent over the last five years.

“Salt and pepper has always been prevalent on the menu,” Technomic EVP Darren Tristano said in a press release.  “However, we are seeing more artisan, spice blended and designer finishing salts being introduced broadly across appetizers, entrees and dessert menus. Although the roots of this trend originate in fine dining establishments, it’s catching...

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Crumbs:  Season of Changes

Dante Adds Manager to Expand Wine and Spirits Offerings

Dante Pizzeria Napoletana has added Andy Wood to its management team as wine and spirits director. Wood will focus on further developing the already unique all-Italian wine list.  He will also expand the distinctive cocktail selections. “We’re pleased to add Andy to the Dante management team. His knowledge of wine and spirits will be a great benefit in expanding our selections while staying true to our Italian culinary focus,” said Dante chef/owner Nick Strawhecker. Dante Pizzeria Napoletana will participate in the upcoming Omaha Restaurant Week. It is located in The Shops of Legacy at 168th & Center. For more information visit...

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Oysters on the half-shell are obviously gluten-free, but the folks at both Shucks locations offer a slew of gluten free items, ranging from gluten-free breads for sandwiches and sides, to gluten-free breading for wings and calamari and other fried items. Just ask to see their gluten-free menu the next time you’re in. 

Qdoba is celebrating Husker football season with a contest that could land you a pair of tickets, a meet and greet and a trip to the field to meet Lil’ Red. While the last part doesn’t sound like much of a prize, free Husker football tickets are always welcome. Go to their web site, qdobanebraska.com, and find the hidden Lil’ Red. When you find him, click on him to enter....

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Crumbs 8.31.11

-- Westside Community Schools hired Sharon Schaefer as the new Culinary Manager for Westside High School. Schaefer is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. and interned at the Food Network. She hopes to further incorporate from-scratch cooking and local foods into Westside's menus.

-- Lincoln-based ShadowBrook Farm was awarded nearly $32,000 from the Nebraska Rural Development Commission and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to help increase production of its processing facility. ShadowBrook farm will collaborate with other small dairy farms in eastern Nebraska to increase the production of specialty cheeses. ShadowBrook cheeses can be found at...

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Whole Foods is testing a new wellness program. For a mere $199 signup fee and $45 per month, participants “can get lifestyle evaluations and access to classes in nutrition, cooking and health, along with 10% discounts on 1,000 better-for-you foods sold in Whole Foods," USA Today wrote. The programs running in Massachusetts, Illinois and California. NYC and Princeton, New Jersey are coming soon. If the program’s a hit (and who can say "No" to that sexy 10% discount for spending over $700?), it might be rolled out to more, if not all, stores nationwide.

Cookbook author Bee Yinn Low’s new book “Easy Chinese” won’t hit shelves for another couple months, but if you’ve been curious about the...

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Omaha Restaurant Week

On a national food stage, Omaha gets little credit for our vast culinary scene and impact on the food world. However, times they are a changing and this summer has been an amazing journey for the Omaha food community. It seems like a natural progression to have our own restaurant week and luckily for us, it starts September 16.

Although restaurant corporations have used the Omaha area for decades as a test market, little is mentioned in the media nationally.  This year the food gods answered my prayers and unloaded a wave of attention on the Omaha food and beverage industry. It started with Chef Ludo Lefebvre, a classically trained, five-star French chef finding his way to Omaha on a...

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