Building Community with Beer: The Impact of Omaha Beer Week

A great man once said, “There is always room for more beer.” In Omaha, it seems as though every spare nook and cranny are being filled with breweries. Craft beer demand in our city is so high, that our own Omaha Beer Week event has become a national destination for many who long for a pint of Bourbon County without Chicago prices.

Things are changing in the beer scene here in Omaha, and it is incredibly exciting.

Said great man is Chris Bettini, internationally recognized beer aficionado, Marketing chair of Omaha Beer Week, and the monk at most Crescent Moon beer events.

“Omaha Beer Week spawned out of a discussion between Dustin Boushon, the owner of Krug Park, and Bill Baburek,...

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Omaha Loves Our James Beard Award Semifinalist

Congratulations to Chef Clayton and team at The Grey Plume on being nominated as a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for 2014 Best Chef Award, Midwest. Follow or copy the link below for other nominations.

More Talent Coming from the Grey Plume

Chase Grove, chef de partie at The Grey Plume, Omaha, will be competing in a regional cooking competition March 17, in St. Louis during the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Central Regional Conference. Grove is competing for the title of ACF Central Region Student Chef of the Year against three other aspiring...

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Hot stuff: Cup O’ Creativity

“Art & Soup is the VNA’s SIGNATURE event,” said Caryn Hohnholt VP of Fund Development for the Visiting Nurses’ Association (VNA).

At this year’s 16th annual Art & Soup, held at the Embassy Suites in La Vista, 20 Omaha-area restaurants competed for the honor of having the best soup.

Hohnholt said they pulled out all the stops and really put their heart and soul into trying to come up with new and inventive soups.

That was certainly clear this year, which featured everything from Loaded Peruvian Potatoes with Cured Pork Belly and Fatty Brisket Pho to Apple-Squash Bisque with Spice Crème Fraiche and Smoked Salmon Florentine.

Perhaps the best part of the event is that admission...

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Omaha’s Newest Pizza Joint: Coming Soon

Nebraska’s first Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint will open in Omaha this summer. The restaurant will offer made-to-order pizza, salad and sandwiches and will be the first of six units in Omaha, Bellevue and Lincoln as part of franchise-owner Shawn Simmonds’ multi-unit agreement.

“We’re really excited about bringing the first Uncle Maddio’s to Nebraska and believe offering delicious customized pizza and salad with high quality ingredients, is something our community will love,” said Shawn Simmonds.

Uncle Maddio’s takes on personalized pizza as guests choose from a selection of 48 toppings including six sauces, hormone-free chicken, fresh local...

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The Past Tastes Delicious

Many years ago I worked at a Coca Cola museum on the Las Vegas Strip where my job was to dress up as various characters and interact with tourists. While being the polar bear was by far the most fun, I also enjoyed my shifts as the “soda jerk” in the soda fountain portion of the museum. People listened to me talk about how soda fountains were once commonplace, and once in a while someone would show up who actually remembered visiting a soda fountain back in the 40s or 50s and they’d get so excited about standing in a recreated version of their memory.

Time Warp

Imagine my surprise years later when I moved to Nebraska and found out that there is a fully functioning soda fountain just a...

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Dickey's is now open for business

Dickey's Barbecue Pit, which features slow smoked authentic barbecue, is now open in Omaha at 12241 West Center Rd in the Westwood Plaza. It is the first Dickey's in Nebraska. “I am excited to bring something new to the Omaha community,” said local owner Joe Nguyen. “There’s nothing like it, and locals will love having authentic Texas barbecue in Omaha.” Based out of Dallas Texas, this family-run franchise has been in business for more than 70 years with over 370 locations.

Whiskey Anyone?

Dan Matuszek, owner of Brix, has announced plans to open a second business in Midtown Crossing called Grane, described as a "tribute to the staples of whiskey...

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