Issue 29

Letter From the Publisher: Issue 1

Letter From the Publisher: Issue 1

Welcome to the premier issue of Food & Spirits Magazine. It’s not much of a secret that people here in the Omaha Metro love to eat and drink, and this magazine was created for them, along with the people and establishments that provide the idyllic experience when we’re out on the town. With so many great dining, wine and spirits options in the Omaha Metro area, we are very happy to present a magazine that we feel illustrates that point very well.

Although I’m a Nebraska native and have been visiting and flying into Omaha for much of my life, I have been astounded since moving here two years ago, from San Francisco, at how incredibly dynamic and vibrant the food and spirits industry is. Omaha is mentioned as having more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country, and while I’m not entirely convinced that’s true, with the sheer number that we do have, it might as well be.

And Omaha is no slouch when it comes to quality either – I’d put our top restaurants against those anywhere else. My wife and I have friends all over the country who, when they come to visit, can always be counted on to be pleasantly surprised and impressed with our restaurants and bars, and with Omaha as a whole. Long gone are the days when Omaha was known as a cow town – Omaha is becoming a destination point to those around the country and we couldn’t be happier to showcase it.

Over the months that I haven been working on Food & Spirits Magazine, this publication has become more and more of a collaborative project with every new person that has gotten involved. Many restaurant and bar owners, general managers, and chefs extended themselves by providing assistance, ideas and articles. As well, designers, writers and photographers also came onboard to produce some incredible content. Finally, advertisers stepped up to the plate and let us know that this magazine was something they wanted to see. From the initial idea of simply having a very comprehensive listing of all the bars, restaurants and lounges, the publication has evolved into a stunning presentation of the incredible food and spirits scene that has become Omaha. My sincere thanks to everyone involved – it was created by you, for you.

We hope you enjoy it and if we missed your favorite place or don’t have your event listed, be sure to let us know.

Erik Totten

Erik Totten

Erik Totten is the founder and publisher of Food & Spirits Magazine in Omaha, Nebraska. He's worked in publications for the last 21 years at all levels. As well as serving as a writer, designer, photographer and editor, he's also founded two publications which have allowed him to grow into being a publisher, which he would describe as his 'true calling'.


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