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Benson's getting a new Star Deli
By Sarah Baker Hansen

A second Star

Star Deli is opening a second location, this one in downtown Benson.


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The deli's original location is at 1319 S. 50th St. next to O'Leaver's Pub. The deli's Facebook page says the second location will be open into late night.

The restaurant will announce the opening date for the Benson location this summer.

Love those burgers

Dinker's Bar and Grill is honored in the May-June issue of Midwest Living magazine as one of the Midwest's top 25 burger joints.

Because of the honor, Dinker's is treating customers to $5 Haystack Burgers during May. The haystack is a cheeseburger topped with honey sliced ham and a free range fried egg.

The bar and grill is at 2368 S. 29th St.

Branching out

PepperJax Grill is opening its first Iowa location in Council Bluffs.

The new location will be at 3617 Denmark Drive in the Metro Crossing Shopping Center. The new restaurant is expected to open this summer.

PepperJax Grill is a quick casual restaurant chain based in Omaha that operates seven restaurants in the metro area. PepperJax Grill also operates restaurants in Lincoln; Lawrence, Kan.; and Overland Park, Kan. It plans locations in Kansas City and St. Joseph, Mo., for the near future.

Cupcake rematch

Omaha's Jones Brothers Cupcakes is after “Cupcake Wars” redemption this weekend.

Jones Brothers owner Bill Jones and the bakery's lead baker, Marianne Martin, are returning to the Food Network show for a rematch after they lost in the final round of the show's 2011 Valentine's Day cupcake challenge.

On the show, four previous “Cupcake Wars” contestants compete in three rounds of baking. One bakery is eliminated after each round until one remains. The bakers did not know ahead of time what the competition cupcakes would be.

The show plays this Sunday at 7 p.m., and Jones Brothers will host a viewing party during the premiere. The bakery will have a large television and sound system set up in the shop and will sell cupcakes and other food items. Seating is limited to around 100. After the show, the bakery will sell the type of cupcakes it made for the program.

At the show progresses, Jones Brothers will update its website — — and its Facebook page —

The viewing party begins at 6 p.m. at the bakery, 2121 S. 67th St.

Celebrity guest

The Passport Restaurant, in the Old Market, is playing host to celebrity chef and former “Top Chef” contestant Dave Martin. Martin is working with Row 11 and Stratton Lummis wines for a five-course dinner on May 22.

The menu includes an appetizer of jumbo prawns stuffed with bleu cheese, prosciutto and basil drizzled with sherry cream; a springtime New England-style chowder; a two-part main course of duck confit royale and Nebraska ostrich tenderloin with peanut sauce; and a warm chocolate truffle cake for dessert.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $89 per person. Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call 402-344-3200 or email

All sorts of sake

The Zin Room is having a sake-themed dinner on May 22.

Guest speaker and sake enthusiast Lea Watson of Republic National Distributing Co. will talk to guests about the drink, which Chef Ryan Gish will pair with a number of courses.

The tasting includes Zipang sparkling sake paired with housemade chicken pot stickers; Nigori Jade sake with a strawberry salad, blue cheese and candied nuts; Black and Gold sake paired with coriander-seasoned duck, papaya sauce and potato bacon hash; and Plum Gekkeikan sake with Chambord-poached pears, mascarpone cheese and chocolate.

The dinner, $49 per person without tax or tip, begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call 402-991-0660.

Baby those bones

Roberts Dairy and Creighton University want you to think about your bones in May.

The two organizations are planning a “Refuel Your Body and Mind” event to raise awareness about Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which is May.

The event is Tuesday at the Skutt Student Center on the Creighton campus. Roberts will give away samples of its calcium-rich dairy products to students during finals week. A number of raffles will also be part of the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Osteoporosis causes bones to become fragile and more likely to break. It is often called a silent disease because many times there are no symptoms until a fracture occurs. In most cases, you can prevent osteoporosis by eating foods high in calcium such as dairy products, getting plenty of exercise, not smoking and limiting alcohol use.

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