How Do You Like Them Apples?

Nebraska City is gearing up to host its annual Apple Jack Festival, which draws between 60 and 80 thousand participants every year. With both free and inexpensive events, it’s worth the road trip for kids of all ages. Parades, music, craft fair, and a 3 day carnival are all in store for anyone in the mood to celebrate the amazing fruit. For a schedule of events, check out

Apple Jack Festival

Nebraska City

Parian Takes The “Tex” Out Of Omaha’s “Mex”

Once a week a status crosses my news feed: “Family is in town, where do I get good Mexican food??” A list of the usual suspects that follows is about as Mexican as Olive Garden is Italian. Please go to Tijuana and ask for a chimichanga… and please let me be there to witness this. Jose Lieb and Claudia Gonzalez Ceja are ready to put an end to your south of the border cravings with Parian, Omaha’s authentic Mexican restaurant. Be there for the grand opening August 18 and find out what you’ve been missing!

Parian Mexican Restaurant Bar

302 South 11th Street

Metro Does It Best

Culinary Team Nebraska from MCC’s Institute for the Culinary Arts are national champions after winning the 2015 American Culinary Federation’s Student Team National Championship at the ACF National Convention in Orlando, Florida. Metro’s team defeated other regional finalists Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, North Carolina; and Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California. The team included: 1st course (fish) – Sarah Farmer; commis Steven Teters, 2nd course (salad) – Miseon Lee; commis Terrell Brown, 3rd course (principal-pork) – Patrick Ratigan; commis Brandi Springer, 4th course (dessert) – Kyle Ray; commis Becca Lopez, Alternates – Daisy Fuentes; commis Marcela Becerril Salas and George Millan Fernandez, and Student Team Manager – Cathy Curtis. Congratulations to the team!

Get Up And Grow!

Dole will be bringing its Get Up And Grow tour to Omaha September 9 and 10! Free samples of fruit, smoothies, and other healthy snacks will be available to anyone willing to make a pledge to a healthier year. To find out more, visit, and check out tour locations Wednesday September 9 at 1416 Howard St from noon to 3pm, and Thursday September 10 at Family Fare at 1230 N. Washington from 10am-1pm and  Family Fare at 820 N. Saddle Creek Rd from 3-6pm.

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