Benefit to Support Bread and Cup Co-Owner Karen Shinn

Upon walking into Bread and Cup in Lincoln nothing particularly screams local – at least not in the typical Lincoln, Nebraska sense. No bright Husker-red walls or football memorabilia, but in a way it represents everything that local should be – a place for community and conversation.

The capital city restaurant turned five this year while one of the co-owners, Karen Shinn, battled reoccurring stage IV ovarian cancer. She was first diagnosed in 2010. She and her husband, Chef Kevin Shinn, are revered members of the regional culinary scene. A benefit dinner to help offset Karen’s medical costs will be held in her honor on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Bread and Cup.

“As a small business, unexpected events such as healthcare costs can set back creativity and growth. Eliminating this debt will allow the Shinn’s to continue building and investing back into the culinary scene in Lincoln – and most important – allow them the peace of knowing the love and support of friends,” wrote event organizers.

Chef Clayton Chapman, owner of nationally recognized The Grey Plume in Omaha, will create the meal. Tickets are $150 per person and include one craft beer or wine pairing with appetizers during cocktail hour, dinner with two wine pairings, dessert and coffee.

Event organizers hope to raise $25,000 through the dinner and an online auction that begins on Thursday, Nov. 1 and ends Monday, Nov. 5.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: and click on Breaking Bread.

Bread and Cup | 440 N. 8th Street Suite 150 | Lincoln, NE | 402.438.2255 |

Hootenanny: Benefit for The Big Garden

Those looking for a kid-friendly adult music venue need look no further thanks to the efforts of Lori Tatreau. Throughout 2012 she has organized Hootenanny’s at Benson’s Waiting Room Lounge.

The goal was two-fold, give parents the opportunity to enjoy local music with their children during reasonable hours with a sound level appropriate for all ages and raise money for local food and garden efforts.

The second to the last Hootenanny will be held Sunday, Nov. 25 from 5 – 8 p.m. Order some food from Localmotive Food Truck and settle into the sounds of Bad Country, Monowi (Matt Cronin & Cait Caughey) and Jacob Phillips & Friends.

Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit The Big Garden, a network of more than 70 community gardens in metro-Omaha and rural and semi-rural communities in Nebraska and Kansas.

New York Times Food Writer Gives Credit to Iowa Farmer

Mark Bittman, New York Times food writer and columnist gave Danelle Myer a thumbs up on his blog last week. Myer is the marketing director for the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and owner of One Farm in Logan, Iowa. He linked to a story written about her in the July edition of Edible Omaha and wrote, “I’ve met this woman and she is the bomb.”

Read It and Eat Culinary Conference

Omaha Public Library is hosting the second annual Read It & Eat Culinary Conference on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 4th Floor. The event is free and open to the public. Guest speakers include Lois Friedman, who hosted Taste of the Town on KIWR-FM and conducted cookbook lectures at Canyon Ranch; Christy Pooschke, creator of will present on how to avoid hidden toxins in your food and eat a natural diet; Isa Chandra Moskowitz from Post Punk Kitchen ( will conduct a vegan cooking demonstration; and Carrie McKenzie, chef and author of Savour Cuisine ( will discuss cooking and creativity. For a full itinerary, visit the Omaha Public Library website.

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