New restaurant coming to Benson neighborhood
Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar is slated to open in Benson.
Owners Brad and Johanna Marr are both certified sommeliers, and the restaurant's wine list will include wines from around the world. The restaurant's Facebook page says the menu will be approachable and focused on "innovative" food with ingredients from local farmers and ranchers.
City Councilman Pete Festersen, whose district includes Benson, said the restaurant is a welcome development.
"Benson has its own character and is developing organically," he said. "We're excited about the new jobs and new entertainment."
The restaurant will also serve craft cocktails with fresh-squeezed juices. Build-out has just started at the restaurant, which will be at 6205½ Maple St. and will open in December or January. The Marrs have previously worked at M's Pub and Spencer's Steakhouse.
Enjoy bold red wines at two dining events
Two restaurants are offering fall wine tastings focused on bold reds.
The Zin Room's fall wine dinner will feature a wide variety of cabernets paired with seasonal food. The menu includes a wild mushroom and dark cherry pastry dusted with cocoa; a smoked tenderloin with caramelized au jus, Vidalia onions, crispy pancetta and cheesy polenta; and an apple tartan with caramel, among other choices.
The dinner is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and seating is limited. The dinner takes place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-991-0660. The restaurant is at 316 S. 15th St.
Le Voltaire, 569 N. 155th Plaza, is offering a blind tasting of bold reds from France, Italy and Argentina.
The event is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. If guests stay for dinner and buy a bottle of wine at retail price, the restaurant will waive the corking fee.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-934-9374.
Cantina Laredo marks birthday with specials
The Omaha location of Cantina Laredo is turning one and celebrating with a week of specials beginning Sunday.
The week begins with half off asada y huevos during the restaurant's Sunday brunch and is followed by half off enchiladas Veracruz on Monday; free queso Laredo with the purchase of an entree on Tuesday; free top-shelf guacamole for parties of four or larger on Wednesday; free anniversary margaritas, one per person, on Thursday; and a combination fajita platter for two for $19.99 on Friday and Saturday.
Cantina Laredo's special anniversary margarita is a new version of its classic drink with freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice. The restaurant is in Midtown Crossing, at 120 S. 31st Ave.
Buy a burrito, support a cause
This Halloween, Chipotle is asking customers to dress up for its annual Boorito Fundraiser in support of Farm Aid. The restaurant's charity, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, aims to support individuals and organizations working with independent family farms, sustainable agriculture and education for future generations of farming.
After 6 p.m. on Oct. 31, any customers dressed in farm-themed costumes can buy a burrito for $2 with proceeds up to $1 million benefiting both Farm Aid and the Cultivate Foundation.
Last year, Chipotle donated $1 million to the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution as part of the annual Boorito event. Customers can also submit a photo of their costumes to www.chipotle.com/boorito or text "costume" to 888222 for the chance to win $2,500.
Gluten-free pie shells at Hy-Vee
An Iowa-based company is now offering its gluten-free pie shells to Omaha customers. Specialty Cakes and More, based in Grimes, Iowa, is selling its frozen, unbaked pie shells in 10 Omaha Hy-Vee stores.
The crusts are available in the stores' Health Market area. DiAnn Neumayer, from Specialty Cakes, said if interest is there her company will also expand its dessert offerings to the Omaha stores. Desserts include individual-sized gluten free espresso tortes, pumpkin cakes with cream cheese icing, carrot cakes with cream cheese icing, white and chocolate cakes and chocolate raspberry tortes. The products' nutritional information is available at specialtycakes.net.
"The products greatly replicate the taste, moisture and texture of wheat-based goods," Neumayer said.
Hall honors dining professionals
The Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame inducted a number of chefs and restaurateurs last weekend during its annual ceremony. The event recognized the achievements of the best in the Omaha area's food and restaurant industry and raised scholarship money for culinary students at the Institute of Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College.
Inductees included Greg Lindberg of Absolutely Fresh Seafood; Paul and Gary Epstein of Nebraska Wine and Spirits; Michael J. Flanagan, chef at Methodist Hospital — Creighton University; Pierre Bossant, chef at Boys Town; the late Anthony "Tony" J. Piccolo, former owner of Piccolo Pete's Restaurant; and Donald L. Losole and Marie Losole, owners of LoSole Mio Ristorante Italiano.
— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen