Issue 26

Letter From the Publisher: Issue 26

Welcome to the 26th issue of Food & Spirits Magazine. As we approach out 10-year anniversary, everything is rolling along quite nicely for us here at the magazine (finally!). This issue is loaded with some outstanding content that we feel

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The Dumpster: Tasting Ghosts

Let’s say you come home to the apartment you share with Johnny Knoxville and when you open the front door a gallon of paint spills on your head and of course you look up, about to say “What the f—”

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Pesach Sameach! (Happy Passover!)

I remember vividly my first Passover Seder. I had been invited by dear friends, Lou and Rose Leviticus, into their home for this special Jewish celebration.  It wasn’t terribly unlike many of the other nights I had spent with the

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Wine, a Melodrama: How They Got it All Wrong, but it Turned Out All Right

Act 1, Scene 1 It is a cool, foggy evening circa late 1970’s or early ‘80’s. The curtain rises. Mandolin music plays softly in the background. Somewhere in the back room of a secluded local restaurant in Napa, California sit

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Wine Recommendation: Varozza Vineyards

Every year, twice a year, I make it a point to attend the bi-annual fall and spring open house events at the Omaha Wine Company, in order to reunite with old friends in the industry, make new connections and, of

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Portrait of a Bartender: Aaron Halbert

This issue of Food & Spirits Magazine’s bartender profile features Aaron Halbert. Aaron has worked at a variety of places around Omaha and, most recently, is one of the co-owners of SamFam, LLC (along with his uncle, Ron Samuelson, and

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No Bubble Trouble

I am coming up on my 20-year anniversary as a bartender/hospitality professional, which has caused me to reflect on how much the beverage industry has changed in the Midwest during that time. Like many who enter the industry, I began

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Sodas in Which You May Not Be Entirely Aware of: Classy Faygo

Just last month, B & G Tasty Foods was finally able to secure glass-bottled Faygo soda. While normally the rather shabby bottled beverage of Juggalos, this change in container signifies the maturing of Faygo as a brand. We received two

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2017 Omaha Happy Hour Map

  Happy hour is a tradition and an excellent way to treat yourself after a long, hard day at work or to take it easy on a Saturday or Sunday. Omaha has a bar, restaurant or pub to suit every

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Paradigm Shifts

Paradigm Gardens is a family owned local business that is dedicated to providing superior horticultural and progressive gardening products and technologies available in today’s growing marketplace.  A paradigm is a set of assumptions, concepts, values and practices that constitutes a

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