Omaha Restaurant Association: The Not-So-Secretive Society You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

The Omaha Restaurant Association is watching you.

Actually, they’re watching out for you. They’re doing this by making sure that Omaha area restaurants have all the tools they need in order to provide the best dining experience possible to patrons. “The ORA is a group of local restaurants that work together while at the same time allowing us to get to know like-minded folks within the industry,” explains John Wade, ORA President. “We look at how we can learn from each other. We learn to take care of our customers. We look at the best hospitality experience possible and we work on it together.”

Started in 1944, one of the main goals of the ORA has always been to keep an eye on what the...

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Crumbs

For true fan’s of the Irish, leave the green beer behind and head over to Jake’s Cigars and Spirits on St. Patrick’s Day. They will be pouring one of Ireland’s craft beers O’Hara’s Stout and Red Ale for $4 a pint starting at 11:00 a.m on Sunday March 17th. Jake’s is located in Benson at 6206 Maple Street.

How about a Pancake Breakfast to start your St. Patrick’s Day off right. The Craoí Na Tíre Studio of Irish Dance is throwing a Pancake Feed starting at 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m at the St. Mary’s Parish Center on Sunday, March  17th. For $4 for kids and $8 for adults, you can enjoy breakfast, watch award-winning Irish dancing, partake in contest, raffles and more. It’s a great way to...

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A Conversation with Chef Jon Seymour

Jon Seymour’s mom didn’t let him into the kitchen much while she cooked when he was a kid, but now he’s had the last laugh. “My mom always cooked, but we weren’t allowed into the kitchen so it was kind of mysterious,” he laughs. Now a semi-finalist for the National James Beard Foundation Award for Best Midwest Chef, he’s considered one of the best chefs in the Omaha area as the Head Chef at V. Mertz.

Just to be nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award is a big deal. Chefs are nominated by other people working within the food industry. He’s joined in this honor with Clayton Chapman from the Grey Plume. “I worked with Clayton at V. Mertz when he was the Chef de Cuisine. I also worked...

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There are many reasons why the food scene in Omaha can be described as great. But I would say that it is our connection to local food and the farmers that provide their goods and wares to be one of the strongest, greatest connections between diners, chefs, restaurants and community. So when a farm is in need of help, we can use our own resources to reach out and give back. 

The Chisholm Family farm is in need your help. You have seen and probably chatted with the Chisholm family at your Farmer’s Market. With a cruel winter and a string of bad luck, they are suffering from many hardships. A little trouble is expected in the life of a farmer but when a little turns into way too much,...

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Hour Power

When I first approached this coffeehouse/tea room/wine bar at Shadow Lake in Papillion I noticed that it’s adjacent to a LensCrafters. I made a note to myself that if nothing else interesting came up, I could start my review with a funny story about drinking a bunch of wine and then stumbling next door to get my eyes checked. This was going to be my go-to story if Morning, Noon, & Night turned out to be dull.

It turns out I don’t need the story after all. In fact, I have so much to tell you about this place that I’m not entirely sure where I should begin.

Let’s start with the basic stuff first. Morning, Noon, & Night was created by Diana Connolly. “We just needed a good wine shop...

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This one tops the list; An Evening with Master Sommelier Matt Stamp at Lot 2. The date is Saturday March 23rd and reservations are being taken between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. There will be 4 courses and 8 wines. The wines are old world vs. new world. It is $100 per person and worth every penny whether you are new to food and wine or a seasoned diner. Call Lot 2 at 402.504.4200. Lot 2 is located in Benson at 6207 Maple Street.

Who doesn’t love award season?  The “Oscars of Food” or rather The James Beard Foundation Awards have announced their 2013 semifinalists. Both Chef Clayton Chapman, from The Grey Plume and Chef Jon Seymour from V. Mertz were among the semifinalists. Committee of...

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