Grey’s Anatomy

Journalists are supposed to be unbiased. Most writers, at their best, do as well as they can to stay neutral, too. That being said, I knew I would like The Grey Plume before I even saw the sign go up last December outside its home on 31st and Farnam. I know its chef/owner Clayton Chapman professionally. I interviewed him for a profile several years ago when he was the executive chef at Spencer’s For Steaks and Chops, and I run into him periodically around town, mostly at foodie events. He is always pleasant, and frankly, he’s just plain cute. Actually, dreamy is the right word, with his wavy blond locks, permanent smile and soft voice. So I confess, I knew I would have plenty of good...

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Sea Change

Everyone talks about the location of restaurants, but the space can be just as critical. Del Mare features a new menu from its days as Prestige World Class, but the largest change is the walls that have altered the size of the dining room. Prestige opened in 2006 in a 10,000-square-foot building at 169th and Pacific. It featured a large main room, nightclub and spacious patio overlooking Pacific Springs golf course. I reviewed Prestige in 2007, and again in 2009 after a menu change. On both occasions, I enjoyed the food but found the “something for everyone” menu made it difficult to excel in any one area. All that space sometimes made the dining room feel empty. Last year, owner...

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Boiler Room, Crescent Moon

* Everyone wants an escape from Nebraska at the moment, right? The staff at downtown’s Boiler Room took a week out of the restaurant to travel to San Francisco to do some foodie research. Last year, the team visited Chicago restaurants and speakeasy-type bars to influence their menu and drink list. San Francisco is sure to inform The Boiler Room’s wine list and its emphasis on local and organic cuisine. The restaurant reopened Jan. 24, after a week hiatus. Visit theboilerroomrestaurant.com or call 916.9274. * What most of us already know, Draft Magazine has made official. The publication listed the Crescent Moon as one of its best 100 beer bars. The Crescent Moon and adjoining...

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Hy-Vee Food & Wine

* Even if, or especially if, you don’t know your Cabernet from your Chardonnay, you should really consider checking out Hy-Vee’s Wine and Food Experience festival next month. The event is Saturday, Feb. 5, from 1-6 p.m. at the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Circle. You’ll be able to sample practically every wine Hy-Vee carries, the vast majority of which retail for under $20, with many under $15. Not only that, but in many cases you’ll get to talk to representatives from many of the wineries. You’ll also get to sample some special selections Hy-Vee doesn’t normally stock, as well as specialty foods and cheeses from over 75 booths. It’s $35 in advance and $40 at the door. That may...

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Q Up

On a slushy winter night, the dimly lit and quite romantic Q Consumables cradles diners from the cold in a neighborhood just as cozy. The restaurant, which touts a menu of items made fresh and from scratch daily, opened in the former Café de Paris in Little Italy back in September. Owners John and Allison Querry have a lot to live up to after the Café de Paris closed some years ago; it was the city’s only restaurant to receive a prestigious Michelin star. The couple holds their own on the quiet street, serving inventive entrees with warm service. Their goal to make everything from scratch is impressive and starts with even the ketchup, a clove-heavy concoction of tomato sauce and...

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SAC Chili Bomb

* The Strategic Air and Space Museum is hosting a winter chili cook-off Jan. 29, dubbed the Chili Bomb. The event pits amateur or professional registrants against each other in a visitor-judged competition. The museum will be showcasing inside peeks of some bomber planes at the event for a day of good clean fun. Visit sacmuseum.org or call 994.3100.

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