A Fall Sunday Supper in Omaha. Photo credit Dana Zucker, Triathlon Traveling Mom.
Do you ever travel for food? We do! Traveling for foodie events is becoming more and more popular. We find ourselves not only searching hotels, attractions, and restaurants when we travel, but also local farmers’ markets and foodie events. In fact, we often plan our travel around them.
But during our travels, we are also witness to all the hunger in the world. This is why October 16, World Food Day, a day to take action against hunger, is very important to us. And, it’s also why I am so proud of my home town, Omaha. It even made the New York Times Travel section front page in May. YES, Omaha, Nebraska.
There’s a lot that makes Omaha so special, We have the No. 1 zoo in the world, which is only getting bigger and better. We also have Berkshire Hathaway, and tons of other cool things. But, what makes it so special to me is that it celebrates local, family farmers for growing our food and being stewards of the earth.
Celebrating Farmers in Omaha
Back in May, the New York Times Travel Section carried the article, “In Omaha, Farmers and Chefs Are Good Together.” Well, that’s true. But there were a few huge misses in the article. First was the failure to mention Chef Paul Kulik’s, Le Bouillon. But an even bigger omission was our Omaha Sunday Suppers hosted by the Kitchen Table and owners Colin and Jessica. A true example of farmer and chef working together!
Each season, a local farmer delivers products to Colin and Jessica, and Colin gets to work on a menu. The twosome also join forces with a local brewery to assure each course has a perfectly matched brew. I had the pleasure of joining them recently at the Fall Sunday Supper with the Farmers and Brewery. It was fantastic on so many levels and let me tell you, the New York Times missed out!
The farmers, Squeaky Greens Organics, only sell to restaurants and grow unique crops like freekeh and black garlic. It is all about flavor first. They even grow all types of grain that they mill themselves for restaurants like Kitchen Table.
The brewery, Zip Line, is another example of small batch magic. Many of the brews are very limited and the team worked very closely with Colin and Jessica to assure the right beers were paired with each course.
The food is, well, AMAZING! Colin stated at the start of the meal that his focus was to show how “Veggies can be luxurious” and he delivered! The Garden Caviar course was the highlight of the meal for me. Real food, whole food prepared simply showcasing the produce. The other stunning dish was dessert. Yes, the Candied Tomato Shortcake was delicious, but the eggless Macaroons – WOW!
Instead of eggs, they were made from the juice froth garbanzo beans from Squeaky Greens and each was different: beet pecan, dried apple and golden beets, and dried parsley. I will travel for macaroons and let me tell you – these were worth it.
World Food Day
So, take a minute on World Food Day to recognize how fortunate you are to have plenty of food for you and your family and consider what you can do to help eradicate hunger for others. If you are in Omaha, make sure to register for Fabric of Local Foods on 11/1. Kitchen Table will be one of the 5 celebrated chefs cooking for the event and the proceeds benefit a great organization called No More Empty Pots.
And, just as a side note – Yes, New York Times, the restaurants you mentioned are good, but you’re truly missing out until you dine with the farmer, the brewer, and the chef at a Sunday Supper, celebrating all things local.