Last week Wal-Mart announced it’s launching a global initiative to up its commitment to sustainable agriculture by including more local meat and produce in its stores. “Grocery is more than half of Wal-Mart’s business,” Michael T. Duke, president and chief executive told The New York Times. “Yet only four of our 39 public sustainability goals address food.” Some of the initiatives include selling $1 billion in food sourced from 1 million small and medium farmers, sourcing only beef that doesn’t contribute to the deforestation of the Amazon, and asking suppliers to divulge the amount of water, energy, fertilizer and pesticides used per unit of food...

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Monkeys and Mojitos

A conversation with Zane Lamprey Comedian Zane Lamprey has what many would call a dream job: for years he’s traveled to far-flung locations to throw back a few (or more than a few) drinks with the locals for his television show “Three Sheets.” His enthusiasm and good humor earned him the nickname “The Indiana Jones of Alcohol,” a term he’s still not quite used to. “I don’t know where that came from,” he says, calling from his home in Los Angeles. “I don’t know who said that. It used to be ‘World Drinking Ambassador’ and then the Indiana Jones … it’s pretty accurate, I guess. I’ve come face to face with a cobra, except mine was dead and floating in...

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Author Katherine Leiner will be at the Novel Idea Bookstore, 118 N. 14th St. in Lincoln, this Wednesday, Oct. 27, to promote her new book GROWING ROOTS: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks and Food Activists. The book is a collection of interviews, color photographs and recipes from young people nationwide who are committed to edible sustainability. The free event starts at 7 p.m. — Kyle Tonniges

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In last issue’s cover story, “Home Grown,” about the Stored Potential installation, written by myself and art writer Sarah Baker Hansen, we failed to mention the hard work Lori Tatreau put into putting the installation and dinner together. Tatreau worked endlessly to connect chefs, farmers, artists and a great staff of volunteers. Feeding 500 people four courses was no small task, and Tatreau worked with Anne Tremble for months on the project. Colleen Cleek, owner of the Classy Gourmet, is closing the doors of her home-chef cooking school. The one-time contestant on “Hell’s Kitchen” is managing the Patriot Club at Offutt Air Force Base and will host her final classes at her...

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Soup Du Jour

Soup Revolution prowls Omaha serving creative bowls I’d heard about the soup truck for months, and with the leaves changing and the smell of backyard campfires in the air, it was finally time for some hot soup. I checked the location online at The truck was supposed to be at the MUD building, so I headed downtown. At the corner of 17th and Harney, I saw several white trucks — all servicemen. But just northeast of the MUD headquarters, a short line formed in front of a small, white van. Sara DeMars Cerasoli started her roving soup truck, called Soup Revolution, in the heat of summer, bringing lunch to hungry working folks. She changes locations as often as she...

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Trader Joe’s, a California-based grocer, plans to open its first Omaha store Nov. 12, at One Pacific Place. The grocery chain made a name for itself with its extensive wine selection and for selling organic food at a reasonable price. For more information, visit In other grocer news, Thursday, Sept. 30, Wohlner's opened its second store at the Midtown Crossing development on the corner of 33rd and Dodge. The store has the meat and deli counter its patrons have grown to love. The locally owned grocery moved from its store at 52nd and Leavenworth two years ago to the shiny Aksarben Crossing development. It has also opened a sandwich cart at the University of Nebraska at...

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