By Emily Brocker
By DR Brown
After a five-year stint working at fine dining establishments in San Francisco, husband and wife team Colin and Jessica Duggan returned to their Omaha roots this past October. Since then, they have been busy translating fine dining quality, techniques and philosophies into a new restaurant concept sure to please. According to Colin, “Our goal is to bring back the time-honored tradition of eating healthy foods at the kitchen table.
Their Kitchen Table restaurant focuses on providing “slow food fast.” Colin explains: “The key is to use the best local ingredients to make from-scratch dishes.” In their short time in Omaha, they have made connections with more than 15 local farmers and food producers. Produce from those farmers is used by Colin, the restaurant’s chef, to tailor the menu to what’s in season and is available.
Lunch options include a delicious mix of soups, salads and sandwiches using fresh-baked breads. Snacks are available all day.
Take-away dinners are designed so you can enjoy your meal at your own kitchen table. The nightly option for dinner changes daily and
includes a meatless version. The weekly dinner menu is posted on the website. A 1-2-3 single-price … Read More
By Summer Miller
Story and Photo by Emily Brocker
By Emily Beck
Local gardeners and their produce hungry neighbors are being brought together through Small Potatoes, a recently launched website that works a lot like Craigslist.
With roots at last September’s Startup Weekend Omaha (an event where local masterminds gather to create companies in a mere 54 hours), the concept and website were created by John Hobbs, John Henry Muller, Logan Yard, Eric Edens, Evan Johnson, Jonathan Narwold, Travis Heppner and Michael Crowley. Th eir mission is to bring together gardeners and neighbors through freshly grown food because they believe that no great-tasting food should go to waste.
Whether you’re an amateur or an experienced gardener, excess happens. Maybe this year your tomato plant went a little crazy and produced fruit faster than you could pick it, and you’re running out of recipes to sneak tomatoes into.
Luckily for you, the fruits of your labor don’t have to go to waste. Local growers with a surplus of produce can simply post it (along with a photo, meeting spot and desired price) on the website. From there, anyone can contact the gardener and request to purchase the produce with just three clicks of a mouse.
This site makes … Read More
STICK & STONE BRICK OVEN BAKERY
By Emily Brocker
David Bryan, owner of Omaha’s Stick & Stone Brick Oven Bakery, has always had a passion for food—baking, cooking and creating it. It was this passion that led him to attend the Institute for the Culinary Arts (ICA) at Metropolitan Community College.
David and some other ICA students attended the international bread-baking Olympics competition—the Coupe Du Monde De La Boulangerie—in Paris, France, and it had a profound effect on him. Among what they discovered during their visit were “all the amazing things Paris bakeries had to offer, in particular their bread,” David said. What stuck with David was how the French bakers baked their breads in wood-fi red brick ovens. “When I got home, I started researching how to build a brick oven,” he said.
The ICA later held a competition called the Blue Sky Fund, during which David pitched his idea in front of a panel to open a bakery that specializes in brick oven-baked breads. “I won a $500 grant to use toward the construction of a brick oven,” David stated. He began building his oven last fall, and hopes to have it completed … Read More
Omaha Public Library Summer Reading Program
By Emily Brocker
You may not typically associate gardening with a trip to the library, but the Omaha Public Library plans to change that with the 2013 Summer Reading Program, presented by Cox Communications.
This year, the library’s program and workshops focus on getting in touch with your inner green thumb, no matter your age or level of experience. Th e reading program, an annual event held in June and July, is open to all Omaha residents. Last year, the program had over 24,000 participants.
The mission of Omaha Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is “To encourage kids to keep reading during the summer and prevent the ‘summer slide’ that can happen when they aren’t keeping their skills sharp,” said Emily Getzschman, Omaha Public Library’s marketing manager. “We want to make sure kids go back to school in the fall prepared to learn.”
There are three age groups in the reading program. “Dig into Reading” is for children, “Beneath the Surface” is for teens and “Groundbreaking Reads” is for adults. When you finish reading the number of required books or read for the required number of hours … Read More
Common Soil Seed Library
By Emily Brocker
Are you a gardener who’s interested in trying out a new fruit, vegetable or herb this year? Or have you fondly looked back on a past year’s tasty tomato crop or perfect patch of pumpkins and wished you could replicate that same success? Did you know that seeds that come from open-pollinated plants can be saved from one year to the next? And the seedlings will be exactly like their parents.
The Omaha Public Library has just the solution for you: seed saving. New this year, the Benson branch of the Omaha Public Library has a seed library called Common Soil.
The Common Soil Seed Library is a place where gardeners of all experience levels can check out seeds to grow. In turn, those same gardeners share resulting seeds with the library for others to enjoy well into the future. Seed packets that you can check out are housed in an old card catalog. Th e library houses a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs. If you can’t make it to Benson, they’ll even send seed packets to other branches for you to pick up.
“It’s … Read More