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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Bella Vita Bella Elkhorn

Although snow flurries are in the distant past, I have fond memories of last winter when in February I set out to find some of the best places in the Metro area preparing the brilliant dish, Osso Buco. The traditional Italian dish is comprised of braised veal shanks, loosely translated as ‘hollow bone’ or ‘whole bone’ for the prized bone marrow inside the shank.  On a recommendation, I tried Bella Vita to test their version of Osso Buco.

When I arrived in the afternoon, snow flurries began to swirl around the historic buildings of downtown Elkhorn.  Clearly, this was a sign; it was a perfect day to have Osso Buco. The atmosphere was very comfortable and inviting - attractive chairs with...

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Last week, Burger King announced they’d be doing away with that creepy masked King in their advertising in an effort to appeal to mothers instead of teenagers, according to USA Today. In an effort presumably to attract moms, they’re also rolling out their “California Whopper,” which is essentially a Whopper with guacamole. This will undoubtedly be some uber-guacamole that will never turn brown and last forever, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

Speaking of floating, Subway’s rolling out some new ads with drinking fountains full of grease, implying that you might as well be doing grease shots to chase those Whoppers and Big Macs. Yeah, you can get a veggie sub on crappy bread with no...

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Cultivating a Way of Life

Just as I sat down with Jeanine Dickes, director of the City Sprouts community garden, her rooster crowed, signaling the beginning of my interview with the passionate individuals behind the project.

The garden, situated in the Orchard Hill neighborhood, nourishes and educates hundreds of North Omaha residents from different ethnic groups and backgrounds. For refugees and the poor, the path to healthy living begins with nutrition. One of the biggest issues is the neighborhood’s proximity to one of the largest food deserts in the Midwest. Dickes, a tall redhead with sparkling, friendly eyes, sighed as she looked out the large window. “We are right in the middle of it.”

City Sprouts is a...

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Know Your Farmer

Terra Sorenson drove up in a golf cart wearing pigtails and a dirty off-white newsboy cap. Today is CSA harvest day. It’s 8:30 in the morning and she along with her business partners Matthew Hall and Max Brummond already have a thick coat of soil caked to their arms and legs.

“Hi,” she said popping out of the cart to shake my hand before unloading armfuls of dark, red Chioggia and Detroit Dark beets onto a makeshift farm stand table. “It’s nice to meet you.”

In a few short hours Rhizosphere Farm CSA members will arrive to pick up stacks of Montovano fennel, bunches of beets, tri-colored Dragon carrots, Tendercrisp celery, Crimson Forest onions and Bintje potatoes. The food is as...

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