Jams opens third location inwest Omaha

THE THIRD Jams American Grill location, in west Omaha, is open.

The restaurant, at 171st street and West Center road, is located in the former upstream space.

Owner Greg Cutchall also runs the original Jams, off 78th and dodge streets, and the Old Market location, on the corner of 11th and Harney streets.

In January, Cutchall said the new Jams will seat more than 220 and have more seating on two outdoor patios.

The original Jams opened off dodge street in 1992. The owners of Pitch Pizzeria bought the restaurant in 2014, renovated the space and updated some of the menu. Cutchall purchased a majority of the restaurant in 2015 and opened the downtown location that same year.

Cutchall owns and operates 48 restaurants in five states, including local locations of First Watch, among others. he is also a partner in dundee's Kith & Kin southern Kitchen.

For more information, visit facebook.com/jamslegacy.

Ramen pop-up coming to Mayne St. Market

Chef A.J. swanda, formerly of ugly duck ramen, is doing a one-night-only pop-up event in Benson.

Swanda will cook ramen at Mayne st. Market on May 29 starting at 6 p.m. for a first-come, first-served dinner event.

The menu will include small plates of scallops, uni and pork belly, and a variety of ramen, including a vegan mapo tofu, a sichuan pastrami and a smoky pork.

Mayne st. is at 6207 Maple st. For more information, visit facebook.com/MaynestMarket.

Poke Boba House now open in Old Market

A big menu of poke bowls and boba tea is being served in the Old Market.

Poke Boba house has opened at 510 s. 13th st., in the former Julio's location. The menu includes various poke bowls, where diners choose their base (rice, chips or lettuce), and then choose from lists of fish, toppings like avocado or herbs, sauce and garnishes like crispy onions or Edamame. The restaurant also has various teas and milk tea drinks.

snacks, including spring rolls, gyoza and crab rangoon, are also available.

For more information, call 402-504-3777 or visit instagram.com/pokebobahouse.

Big Mama's Kitchen starting pop-up series this month

Big Mama's Kitchen is planning a new series of pop-up events with local chefs. The series will start May 25 with chef Mortel Crawford, and continue on the fourth saturday of each month through the end of July.

Crawford, an Omaha native, is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Community College Culinary arts Program and has trained at the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. he started cooking at Big Mama's as an intern.

He will serve a five-course meal starting at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $36. The restaurant is at 3223 N. 45th st. For more information, or to get a ticket, visit bit.ly/BigMamasKitchen.

Omaha Crush returns this summer to Midtown Crossing

Omaha's summer art and wine festival is back on July 19 and 20.

Omaha Crush this year will feature a special dinner on the first night prepared by chef Lionel havé, formerly of the French Cafe, and chef sam Nasr, formerly of Champion's Club. On Saturday, the festival will include wine, food and live music.

The event will take place at the Empire room at Midtown Crossing, 200 s. 31st ave., a new event space in the development. Tickets to the Friday night wine dinner are $150; tickets to the festival on Saturday are $60. a ticket for a designated driver to attend is $15.

For more information, visit facebook.com/OmahaCrush.

SARAH BAKER HANSEN

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