Dining Notes: 'Pioneer Woman' to autograph copies of cookbook

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00 am

Ree Drummond — better known as “The Pioneer Woman” — is coming to Omaha.

Drummond will be in town to promote her latest cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.” The book includes recipes for a wide variety of holidays as well as do-ahead tips and recipes that are appropriate for non-holidays, too.

Her book signing is at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Baker's on 3614 Twin Creek Dr. in Bellevue.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and comes out Oct. 29. For more information, visit her blog, thepioneerwoman.com.

Raise a slice — it's on sale — to help Frank's celebrate 10th anniversary

Frank's Pizzeria has been serving up its New York style pies in Omaha for 10 years, and its celebrating the milestone this weekend with pizza and beer specials all day long.

This Saturday, large cheese pizzas will be $10 and cheese slices, domestic bottles and Peroni draws will all be $1 each.

Frank's is at 711 N. 132nd St. For more information, visit facebook.com/FranksPizzeria.

Dinner features three Italian wines rarely seen locally

Dante Ristorante is celebrating the harvest season with a wine dinner.

Chef Nick Strawhecker will serve early season crops, including apples, squash and pumpkins along with three Italian wines rarely seen in Nebraska at the Monday dinner.

The wines, from three regions of Italy, will be paired with three courses. Representatives from the Italian Vine will be at the restaurant to talk about the wines. The dinner is $60 per person, before tax and tip, and seating is limited. Make a reservation by emailing manager Adam Weber at aweber@dantepizzeria.com or by calling 402-932-3078.

Drink your way around the world at Al Fresco event

Le Voltaire is having its annual Al Fresco Wine event this month.

The dinner features more than 30 wines from around the world, a free wine glass for tasting, food and prizes. The dinner takes place outdoors and is $40 per person. The event takes place from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and seating is limited. For more information, call 402-934-9374. Le Voltaire is at 569 N. 156th Plaza.

New Bakers meltaway flavor to roll out at chocolate fest

Bakers Candies, based in Greenwood, Neb., will introduce a new flavor of its signature chocolate meltaway candy at next month's Great Omaha Chocolate Festival.

The festival, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, will feature more than 40 vendors with chocolatey, sweet samples and items for sale. Participating businesses include Bakers Candies, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Smej's Snacks and More, Pettit's Pastry, Hiland Dairy, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Chocolaterie Stam, Kona Ice and Stories Coffeehouse.

Vendors will be offering candy, popcorn, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecake bites, cream puffs, caramel apples, numerous flavors of mini bundt cakes, 20 flavors of chocolate shaved ice, chocolate drinks, breads and yogurt as well as stationery imprinted with chocolate candy.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the council's community service programs.

The event takes place from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway. Admission for children age 10 and younger is $3 and includes three samples; admission for children age 11 and older and adults is $5 and includes five free samples. Patrons can purchase tickets for additional samples and vendors will be selling products.

For more information, visit omahachocolatefestival.com.

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