Kokumi

Those crazy Japanese scientists keep discovering new flavors. First it was umami, the detection of savory, and now it’s kokumi. Unlike salty, sweet and bitter, the compounds that make up kokumi don’t have a distinct flavor. Rather, kokumi acts as a sort of amplifier for flavors, making salty foods saltier, savory foods more savory and sweet foods more sweet. While that won’t affect your dinner plans, it’s good news for food scientists, as this creates the potential to create better tasting, more healthful options. By upping the kokumi in, say, potato chips, they could make a low-fat version as satisfying as its greasy, salty cousin.   Can’t put down starchy food? It might be in...

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Daily Grub

Your local vegan restaurant, Daily Grub, is now serving dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30-9 p.m. The restaurant, at 20th and Pierce, used to be exclusively a lunch spot, serving sopes, soups and fresh juice to diners on weekdays. Check out dailygrubomaha.com. Shawn Robinson, of Urban Wine Co. origins, and his partner Lila Anderson are opening another wine-focused restaurant called Nosh Wine Lounge about five blocks due north of UWC (at 10th and Dodge). The menu will focus on appetizers and feature up to 80 wines by the glass, plus bottle service. The restaurant is slated to open in February. Visit noshwine.com. — Lainey Seyler Comments? Questions? Want more? Check out our...

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Crumbs

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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Crumbs

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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Crumbs

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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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 traderjoes.com. 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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