News of the Week: Friday, June 8th 2007
A reminder that the Taste of Omaha is this weekend. Be sure not to miss the Institute for the Culinary Arts "Iron Chef Metro" competition. If you need help planning, the OWH has two good resources on this weekend's events.
Your guide to the Taste of Omaha
Map and exhibitor information
After many rumors, it looks like the Omaha Chocolate Company will finally be opening a store in Midtown, though not in the Dundee locations that were often talked about. This third location will be located near 40th & Farnam (sale pending).
Wheatfields will be opening a second location in what seems to becoming the new trendy spot - Shadow Lake Towne Center at 72nd & HWY 370. It should be open in mid-July.
Congratulations to Frankie & Phyl's Italian Café who just celebrated their 60th anniversary this year. It's amazing that any restaurant can last over 20 years.
Though it was speculated earlier, it now seems official that Aksarben Brewing Co. has closed it's doors. If you would like to shed a tear, you can probably get a shoulder to cry on at The Upstream Brewing Co. who is hosting a American Homebrewers Association Rally on June 16th. The rally will also serve as a tapping party for Upstream's Baltic Porter that was brewed from a recipe created by homebrewer Elliot Spilker.
Some more chef movement as Jams sous chef, John Armour, leaves to replace Reed Empson at M's Pub.
An older article here, but still something worth spotlighting.
In 1967, 168 Catholic nuns from the Omaha area met with Creighton University officials to serve a higher cause. Another 24 joined them ten years later. And, every five years, these women faithfully returned to Creighton’s St. Joseph Hospital (now Creighton University Medical Center) for eight days and nine nights. Find out why.
And last, and probably least, our own Gastronomic Fight Club got a brief mention in this Thursday's Omaha World-Herald article covering tasting menus in Omaha. So now we have street cred :-)