As we celebrate the season of thankfulness, the Dish Team writes about what they are most thankful for in regards to our Omaha food scene. Happy Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for diversified dining becoming more apparent here in Omaha. When I first arrived here 5 years ago, there were only a handful of diverse restaurants, now we are choosing between dozens. I love being able to eat Thai, then Indian, then French, then Cuban and then even Food Trucks! Bring on the Food Trucks!!
I am thankful for pie. Plain and Simple.
But I'm also thankful for beer. Though I don't usually enjoy the two at same time, I love that our beer scene is full of gems here in Nebraska. Usually, it's the bitter, floral taste of Hopluia that I crave. Other favorites like Empyrean Third Stone Brown and Lucky Bucket lager make my friends on the coasts jealous. And yes, I'm thankful for that.
I'm at a point in my life where I need to be around inspiring people, it is for precisely this reason that I write about food and the people who love it. Working with food -- growing, raising or cooking it -- is a craft and those who strive to cultivate that skill not only in themselves but also in others set an example of dedication and tenacity we should strive to achieve regardless of our career path. I am so thankful for the hearts of those who make up our regional food scene, they are rich with knowledge and generous with time. I can think of no greater way to be.
I am thankful for food choices around town that not only nourish my body, but taste scrumptious. I can go somewhere like Blue Planet Natural Grill and get a great meal that I don't have to feel guilty about, or I can head over to Trader Joe's and stock up on healthy foods to prepare on my own. I love that I don't have to give up taste or convenience in order to treat my body well.
I am thankful for the way my family is connected to Omaha through food. I am thankful that my daughters always chant for Bagel Bin on Saturday mornings, that Dario’s French Onion soup can bring my husband and I back together after a hectic week of work and parenting, and that Big Fred’s pizza is more often than not the center of O’Malley family gatherings. I am thankful for the food folks in Omaha, who are so committed to their craft, and I am very thankful that their varied tasteful talents live in the hearts, memories and stomachs of the people I love most.