Nebraska’s Best Burger Contest, U.S. gives France sour grapes

*The Nebraska beef council has announced five finalists for the 2011 Nebraska’s Best Burger Contest. The contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Beef Council, resulted in over 3,000 votes for a staggering 364 establishments across the entire state. The top nominated restaurants are Stella’s in Bellevue, Dinker’s Bar and Grill in Omaha, The Cellar Bar and Grill in Kearney, Chute #3 in Scottsbluff and Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge in Paxton. Over the next few weeks, a panel of judges will anonymously visit each restaurant to “score” the nominated burger, and a winner will be announced in mid-April. *Blue Agave Restaurant, which will take over the building left behind from Ted’s Nebraska Grill, is scheduled to open April 29. The restaurant is an authentic Mexican grill that will feature authentic ingredients, flavors and modern twists from a chef-driven menu, which highlights the talent of Executive Chef and Culinary Partner, Jared Clarke. *Rudolph Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of private and branded label snack products, has announced a campaign for National Pork Rind Appreciation Day. Consumers can cast their vote at VotePorkRinds.com and Rudolph’s will donate 10 cents per vote to Wounded Warriors Family Support to celebrate this quirky and nostalgic snack. *Finally, the U.S. surpassed France as the world’s largest wine-consuming nation in 2010, according to wine industry consultants Gomberg, Fredrikson and Associates. To celebrate this grape-crushing news here are few wine tastings around the Omaha area. Join Bella Vita and their 301 Wine Club on April 20 to taste five wines and light appetizers for only $15. Call 402.289.1804 to reserve your seats. Corkscrew Wine and Cheese will be hosting the Calera Winery Tasting Fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The cost is $10 per person on April 28. Call 402.991.2927 for more details. You can also celebrate Earth Day wine-style, as the Haymarket Cork and Ale Festival is April 22 in Lincoln. Tickets are $25 each. For details on the event call 402.435.7496.

posted at 03:04 pm
on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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