National Coffee Day
I once had a client who would tell me ‘Every day on this side of the dirt is a reason to celebrate’. True as that is, free coffee gives this day a bit of an edge. Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and Whole Foods will all be giving away free coffee today to celebrate National Coffee Day. Starbucks is not participating by giving away free drinks, but instead has chosen today to kick off their new campaign “One Tree For Every Bag”. For each bag of coffee sold in stores from today through next September, Starbucks will ensure that a coffee tree is planted in one of their supplier’s farms. Many coffee farmers have fallen on hard times as fungal ‘tree rust’ has taken hold of their crop. Starbucks has taken the initiative to maintain their abundant supply of jitter-beans for their voracious clientele.
Make Time For Ramen-ce This Weekend
Last year, Ramen Fest coordinators had a dream that maybe 400 people in Omaha would love hot noodle soup enough to attend the first ever Ramen Fest. When 2200 hungry Omahans came banging down their gates, some of them left disappointed. Determined not to see a repeat, officials moved this year’s event to Turner Park at midtown. Festival wristbands are $5 ($3 if you bring in canned or boxed goods for the food bank) and bowls of ramen are $5 each. There will be a ‘quick bites’ competition, sake, and beer to buy and sample. Keep your eyes peeled for a certain blue-haired Reader writer (ahem… Me) at the judges table this year! For a full list of competitors, events, and updates check out http://omaharamenfest.com/
Omaha Ramen Fest Benefiting Foodbank of the Heartland
Turner Park at Midtown Crossing
Greater Omaha Chocolate Festival
After you’ve filled your belly with warm noodles, head to The LaVista Conference Center for the 5th annual Chocolate festival. Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door ($5 for children 2-10) and include 5 chocolate samples for adults, 3 for kids. For a full list of vendors and to buy tickets, head to http://www.omahachocolatefestival.com/
5th Annual Chocolate Festival
Sunday from noon to 4pm
LaVista Conference Center
12520 Westport Pkwy (by Giles Rd exit from I-80)
Omaha Chef’s Breakfast Battle Comes to an End
Earlier this month we told you about Chef Matt Bohnenkamp ‘s nomination in Thomas English Muffin Breakfast Battle. Bohnenkamp was one of 135 nominated chefs, but has since fallen out of the running in the competition. Want to try his nationally recognized breakfast sandwich? Head to Harold’s and ask for Harold’s Homerun Breakfast Sandwich.
Harold’s Koffee House
8327 N 30th St