Fall Food Fundraisers

Last week I was storming around the house looking for something, but could not quite remember where to look.  I opened this door and that door, gazing between here and there, but no luck.  I then asked my wife and of course, she knew.  “It’s upstairs, in the board game closet,” she said with confidence. The search for my jacket was an abrupt reminder that summer is officially ending.

The weather is changing, the temperature in the metro is falling, but there are some indoor fundraisers, centered on my favorite friend, food.

Comfort Food Classic
The fifth annual Comfort Food Classic, a chef competition to benefit Ted E. Bear Hollow, will pit eight chefs against each other to make...

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Fast Fall Flavors

My garden met an untimely demise this year. The squash beetles killed my zucchini, and well, all my squash. The early rain and overly hot summer nearly destroyed my tomatoes. I have five beautiful plants loaded with green tomatoes and nary a red one in sight. The movie may have made green tomatoes famous, but my desire to be relatively healthy prohibits me from frying so many of the odd-shaped orbs. I, along with many seasonal eaters and gardeners this year, have found myself in a bit of a fall-flavor pickle. However, necessity being the mother of invention, a seasonal eater can turn a troubled year for produce into a delicious fall and winter.

Ripening Green Tomatoes
Years ago I had...

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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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