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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Spirit World Scotch tasting

* In celebration of Spirit World’s 3-year anniversary under new ownership, the longstanding wine and spirits store is launching a new Scotch Lovers Club, with the initial meeting Friday, Feb. 11, 5-8 p.m. at the store, located at 75th and Pacific. The single malt tasting event will be led by Spirit World’s own Scotch expert, Devin Coyle, with special guest Scotch expert Monique Huston, formerly of the Dundee Dell. It’ll cost you $15 to get in, but you’ll get $5 back toward the purchase of any of the featured scotches. Membership is free, and comes with benefits like a discount program, discounted prices for future tastings and advance notice of hard-to-find and limited release...

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Coffee That Cares

As long as it is chocked full of caffeine and practically lukewarm, for many the best part of waking up tastes, well, something like Folgers. Bitter, earthy to the point of dirt, and a mix of bland and burnt comprise the flavor notes for most morning, grocery-aisle blends. On the other hand, the brews from many java drive-thrus call themselves good because they wallow in sweets. For a drink consumed so regularly, it can be strange to think of how far our coffee comes from its original plant. It’s easy to forget a bean coming before the grounds and easier yet to forget a cherry coming before the bean. Chris Smith of Beansmith, Omaha’s latest (and one of the few) artisan coffee roaster,...

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Soup’s On!

* Soup is on for this chilly time of year. Soup Revolution’s truck is serving it indoors and Blue Planet Grill is serving it all-you-can-eat. The green restaurant at Aksarben Village is serving bottomless soup each Wednesday through April for $7.29. It rotates its offerings weekly but always serving something for the vegetarians. Visit blueplanetnaturalgrill.com or call 218.4555 for more information. * January is a rough month in the restaurant biz, and 2011 has clocked in its first official restaurant closing. Husker-themed bar/restaurant 94/95 (named to commemorate National Championship years for the football team) closed the first week of the year and its equipment and furniture was...

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