If you usually bypass those big vats of trail mix, nuts and pasta in the bulk foods aisle of your local grocery, you might want to reconsider that next week.
Gov. Dave Heineman recently proclaimed Oct. 16-22 as "National Bulk Foods Week" in Nebraska. The Bulk is Green Council is working with grocery stores across the country to encourage shoppers to consider the eco-friendliness of package-free bulk foods as well as the affordability of buying in bulk.
During the week, two stores in Lincoln — Open Harvest, 1618 South St., and Red Clover Market, 5500 Old Cheney Road — and one in Omaha — Wildcat Seasonings, 1311 S. 83rd St. — will participate in the event.
Nine other states outside of Nebraska also are jumping on the bulk bandwagon: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. To learn more about the benefits of buying in bulk, visit the Bulk is Green Council at bulkisgreen.com.
Sample the scotch at weekend tasting
"From Sweet to Peat" is the name of a scotch-tasting scheduled for this weekend at the Library Pub. The event, slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, features five scotches: the Singleton of Glendullan, Oban Distillers Edition, Glenmorangie Finealta, Caol Ila Distillers Edition and Aardbeg Alligator. The event is $25 per person and takes place at the pub, 5142 N. 90th St. Call 402-571-6262 for more information.
Pizzeria fired up for dinner series
Dante Pizzeria plans a new series of monthly wine and dine events at the restaurant, the city's only place to get true Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza.
The first event is scheduled for Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. It will feature a five-course menu featuring food from a number of regions and created with seasonal local meat and produce. Each course will be paired with a specially selected Italian wine.
The second dinner is scheduled for Nov. 14, and owner Nick Strawhecker said it will be different from the first.
The cost for the dinner is $65, and seating is limited to 24. For more information or to make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-932-3078.
Cocktail contest for bar's grand opening
Benson's newest hot spot, Krug Park, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend with music and food. The celebration begins Friday at 4 p.m. and will be both inside the bar and outside, featuring DJ Kobrakyle.
Krug Park also will play host to a cocktail contest featuring locally produced George Paul Vinegar in November. Bartenders from Krug Park will join mix-makers from Jake's Cigars, the Grey Plume, the Boiler Room and Side Door Lounge to make drinks featuring the special ingredient.
Based in Cody, Neb., George Paul Vinegars creates a series of wine and fruit vinegars in flavors such as raspberry and apple cider. More exotic flavors include Emilia balsamic vinegar; Temparia vinegar, which has bing cherry flavors; and Edelweiss vinegar, flavored with white wine.
Tickets for the event are $20, and the contest, with judges to be determined, takes place Nov. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Krug Park, 6205 Maple St.
Drink goes pink for cancer research
Throughout October, Charleston's and Mahogany Prime locations in Omaha both are serving the pink diamond martini, a drink that benefits breast cancer research.
At the end of the month, the restaurants, owned by the same company, will donate a dollar for every martini sold during October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, said manager Vince Fletcher.
He said the drink includes peach schnapps, cranberry juice and vodka, and the rim of the glass is garnished with sparkly sugar, hence the name. Charleston's Omaha location is at 13851 FNB Parkway, and Mahogany Prime is at 13665 California St.
— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen