Bryce Coulton: Omaha’s Salami Guy

Bryce Coulton’s voice has a slow New Jersey swagger. He speaks deliberately and with precision much in the same way he maneuvers a curved boning knife across the leg of a butchered pig. The morning of our interview I watched as he sliced segments of the animal in the back kitchen of Dundee’s Pitch Pizzeria where he practices charcuterie, the craft of preserving meat, traditionally pork.
“This piece,” he said while pausing briefly and gently pressing his fingertips into the raw meat, “will be used to make Calabrian Salami. The recipe was passed down from the chef’s aunt.”

Perhaps Coulton is the perfect person to recreate a generations-old salami from southern Italy. He lived there for...

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Good Pub

Walking into the Jackson Street Tavern, what guesses would you make about the establishment? It’s in the Old Market, and has an outdoor dining area decorated with beer signs. The word “tavern” is featured in the name. You’d probably guess it’s a bar emphasizing brews, burgers and chicken wings. You’d be wrong. Jackson Street Tavern does sell drinks, but it also features an ambitious food menu, with prices to match. My wife and I visited on a quiet Sunday night. We started with the Tuna Not-Chos appetizer ($12), featuring small tuna slices with wonton chips, avocado and mango salsa. The fish was well seasoned and the flavors worked well together, but there was only a tiny...

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Eating Seasonal

Warmer temperatures bring with them that familiar but distant ease to life — more daylight hours, fewer buttons to button and headwear to adorn before opening the front door and stepping casually into the sunshine. Spring comes around to remind us that being outside is a privilege and not a punishment. With winter well behind us, I have savored my last bites of hearty casseroles and sips of hot chocolate while walking listlessly into the long-awaited beginnings of spring eating. Eating seasonally requires a shift in thinking, a willingness to relinquish a little control in exchange for enjoying the true full flavors of food and a whole lot of indulgence. A quick walk through farmers...

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Crumbs: Chick Fil-A Finally Lands; Father’s Day Recommendations

* Chick Fil-A lovers can finally exhale. The Atlanta-based purveyor of fried chicken finally relented and purchased land at the Marketplace in Council Bluffs. Their fried chicken, whether in wrap, sandwich or biscuit form, is the stuff of legend. There’s no word on an opening date, though, so you’ll have to keep pestering your friends who work at Mutual of Omaha (there’s a Chick Fil-A in their cafeteria that offers a reduced menu) to hook you up for the time being. * Father’s Day is rapidly approaching, and if you haven’t figured out what to get your dad this year, we have some suggestions. Dads are to grilling as barbecue sauce is to ribs, so a barbecue or grilling-themed gift...

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Pick Up, Trucks

There are a few things you need if your city wants to be considered with the likes of Portland and Austin as a hip American hangout. A definable music scene is a good place to start. Bike lanes, a literal line in the street, seem to serve as a proverbial line in the sand between cool and simply ozone clogging. And lately a bustling food truck scene, which can serve all those late-night and helmet-clad diners, completes the picture. Omaha’s had the music scene for nearly 20 years now, is working on the bike lanes and, thanks to the trailblazing Soup Revolution, isn’t totally truckless. But where’s our mobile food movement? These days you’re nobody until somebody shows up and...

entered on 06/01/11 at 06:50 PM | read more »

Crumbs — Barbecue and Bahn Mi

Grandma Foster’s barbecue sauce, based in Omaha, recently took home the “Best Overall Sauce Award” at the 7th Annual Great American Barbecue Competition in Kansas City, Mo., for its Grandma Foster’s Smooth & Spicy Bar-B-Que Sauce. The company also received 1st Place in the Spicy division and 6th Place in the Mild Sauce division. You can buy the sauce at HyVee, Bag ‘N Save, Dick’s Meats, SuperSaver, No Frills Supermarket, Whole Foods Market or online at Fans of Vietnamese cuisine have another option — Saigon Surface just opened downtown at 324 South 14th St. The wide menu includes the iconic pho as well as vermicelli bowls, bahn mi sandwiches...

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