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Free doughnuts for National Doughnut Day
By Sarah Baker Hansen

‘Green' eateries form union

Taste Bistro and Greenbelly restaurants are merging to create an entity focused on new dining and catering options for the city's health-conscious and environmentally conscious diners. As part of the changes, Greenbelly is moving.


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The two restaurants will keep their separate names and separate spaces, but both will be part of a company called Dining Out LLC. The two locally owned restaurants share the same “green” philosophy. Taste owner Mike Cassling said the restaurants have many of the same customers, so the merger makes sense.

Taste will continue to offer smaller portion sizes and a regularly changing menu of American, French and Italian-influenced food. Greenbelly will continue to focus on made-to-order salads and eco-friendly materials. Taste, Cassling said, will work toward adopting more of Greenbelly's eco-friendly options.

Greenbelly is moving from near 123rd Street and West Center Road to a larger location south of 114th Street and West Dodge Road. Taste will remain in its current location in Rockbrook Village, off 108th Street and West Center Road.

Talks cover ‘Food Legends'

If you're a food lover — and so many Omahans are — learning about the history of the city's restaurants and discussing where its burgeoning food scene is headed probably sounds pretty intriguing.

Well, you're in luck.

Metropolitan Community College's Institute for the Culinary Arts is starting “Food Legends,” a series of panel discussions that tackle the past, present and future of food in Omaha.

The first event takes place June 10. Omaha restaurant pioneers Sam Epstein and Paul Goebel, among others, will participate in the inaugural panel discussion. The event also includes an exhibition of Omaha restaurant history and memorabilia.

The Omaha Public Library's Read It and Eat Culinary Conference, which took place last November, inspired Metro to start this series. The event takes place on the Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort Streets, in Building 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $25 admission includes brunch and two beverages. Registration is recommended and closes on Tuesday. Learn more at

Changes at Italian Gardens

Italian Gardens, former Trovato's owner Jeff Camp's new restaurant in Little Italy, has revised its menu.

The restaurant replaced its house sirloin with a 9-ounce New York strip from locally owned Rosebud Veal Farms. The new steak is served pan-seared with a mushroom cream demi-glace.

Three varieties of Sardinian flatbread pizza, gnocchi and veal parmesan also are on the new menu.

A daily fish special has replaced a salmon entree, and a special calamari appetizer has been added to the regular menu.

The restaurant is at 1228 S. Sixth St. and the phone number is 402-715-4291.

Free doughnuts to early birds

If you find yourself hungry for something sweet this morning, get to a Super Saver grocery store and score a free doughnut.

Today is National Doughnut Day, and as part of the event, the first 200 customers at every Super Saver store will get a free glazed doughnut. Each of the stores also will give away doughnut coupons.

The Chicago Salvation Army started National Donut Day in 1938 as a way to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

Super Saver has one location in Omaha, at 5710 S. 144th St.; one in Council Bluffs, at 114 N. Broadway; and one in Columbus, at 3318 23rd St. In Lincoln, the Nebraska-based chain has four stores: 2525 Pine Lake Road, 233 N. 48th St, 2662 Cornhusker Highway and 5440 S. 56th St.

Tequila and tacos

La Mesa is having a tequila tasting on Saturday.

The event will feature a sampling of ultra premium tequilas, a sweet camarena margarita and Corzo Infusion. The restaurant will pair flights of tacos with the tequilas.

The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at La Mesa's 108th Street and West Maple Road location and is $50 per person. Reservations are required, and seating is limited to 30 diners. For more information, call 402-496-1101.

Nuts for salad toppings

Lincoln-based R.U. Nuts Co. is releasing a new line of salad toppings.

They come in three flavors: Simply Savory, a crunchy, salty selection of sesame and chili lemon sticks, cashews, soy nuts, sunflower meats and veggie bacon bits; Sweet and Crunchy, a healthy mix of sliced almonds, cranberries, walnuts, golden raisins and sunflower meats; and Backyard BBQ, featuring chili, corn sticks, garlic, flaxseed chips, cashews, sunflower seeds and other ingredients.

For more information or to buy the toppings, visit

Same recipe at Savoy Pizza

Red's Savoy Pizza is the new name of a west Omaha restaurant formerly called the Pizza Place.

Owner Greg Tschida said he recently franchised the restaurant and changed its name.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based company is still using its same pizza recipe. The restaurant is known for its homemade sausage. The Omaha location, at 1904 N. 168th St., has dine-in and takeout. The phone number is 402-289-2929.

‘Insider's Guide'

Sarah Baker Hansen's first book, “The Insider's Guide to Omaha and Lincoln,” includes her take on more than 150 restaurants. Buy it online at or in the lobby of The World-Herald building at 13th and Douglas Streets.

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