Your Ship Finally Comes In

After several teases and a few delays, Flagship Commons opens today! Weirdough Pizza, Yoshi-Ya Ramen, YumRoll, Juan Taco, and Clever Greens will all be serving a full menu along side Amsterdam Falafel and Kabob, Blatt Beer and Table, and Aromas Coffee. The Food Hall will be open Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 10pm.

Westorads Mall Food Hall

Soup-er Heroes

The Visiting Nurse Association announced Dr Harris and Dr Jan Frankel as honorary chairs for the 19th annual Art and Soup Fundraiser. Each year, more than 1,000 community members attend the fundraiser, which features soups, breads, and desserts prepared by some of the top chefs in the area. Local artists will have several works on display for sale, and more than 50% of the proceeds will go directly to VNA. More than 60 artists and restaurants will be donating their time and talent this year, and the event funds the association’s work with homeless and domestic violence shelters. In 2014, VNA shelter nurses provide services to 2,626 homeless men, women, and children. Tickets are on sale now at for only $50, and are available at the door for $55.

La Vista Embassy Suites

February 21 from 2pm to 5pm

NomNomNomination Time!

Time is nearly up to nominate your favorite chef and restaurant for the James Beard Award. The December 31 deadline is fast approaching, and your favorite food slinger needs your nomination! With so many exceptional names to choose from, be sure to be heard. Nominate your favorites at There are no cash prizes, but winning awards like this one keeps Omaha on the brink of cuisine culture. Who will you be nominating this year? Email Crumbs@TheReader.Com and let us know! Your comments may be published in an upcoming issue of The Reader.

For Auld Lang Syne

If you’re looking for a place to toast the New Year, The Reader has you covered! Head to Maloney’s Irish Pub at 1830 N 72nd St for party favors and a free champagne at midnight. The Down Under Lounge at 3530 Leavenworth is hosting a 20’s night with live music and a champagne toast. Few tickets are still available, so get in touch with them ASAP at If you’re looking for fun and social, sans crowd, head to Wicked Rabbit at 1508 Harney, for “Tasting Through the Ages”, a 24 guest at a time cocktail sampling. Purchase your tickets now to reserve your time slot at However you ring in the New Year stay safe, and thank you for letting The Reader be part of your 2015!

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