Two restaurants in Midtown Crossing have updated menus.
At Cantina Laredo, new menu additions include bacon-wrapped shrimp filled with oaxaca cheese and jalapeño, chicken and beef fajitas and griddle-baked Mexican sandwiches.
Black Oak Grill now is serving steak from the nearby Wohlner's, its Midtown Crossing neighbor.
The steaks from Wohlner's include an 8-ounce center-cut sirloin, 10-ounce New York strip and 12-ounce ribeye, served with seasonal vegetables and garlic smash potatoes.
The new menu also includes a Reuben, a new burger and a prime rib dip.
Whole Foods Market to host vendor fair
Whole Foods Market is giving local vendors in Nebraska and Iowa the chance to meet its buyers.
Local producers can meet with Whole Foods buyers and learn more about selling their products there.
Only vendors who grow fruits and/or vegetables commercially or manufacture and package products in Nebraska or western Iowa are eligible.
The local vendor fair will take place Aug. 22 at the Marriott Hotel, 808 R St., in Lincoln, and the deadline to apply for a spot is Sunday.
For more information, visit wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lincoln.
Old Market coffee shop combines with bakery
Aroma's Coffeehouse has remodeled its downtown location and combined the coffee shop with the adjacent Bliss Bakery. Autumn Pruitt owns both.
Pruitt said the building was set up to accommodate two separate businesses, but that no longer worked. So Aroma's combined the coffee and bakery counters into one counter where customers can buy coffee as well as baked goods.
The coffee shop also has made some menu changes, including moving to all-natural syrups in flavors including blood orange, lime, strawberry and raspberry. It now is brewing coffee from Caturra Coffee.
Aroma's is at 1033 Jones St. in the Old Market.
Reservations still open for wine-paired dinner
Dante Ristorante will have a wine dinner focused on the Italian regions of Piedmont, Tuscany, Marche and Lombardy on Wednesday.
The five-course dinner will include a wine paired with each course, and diners can expect to see tomato, squash, corn and basil at dinner, among other local and seasonal ingredients. This wine dinner will be set up differently than past Dante wine dinners. The dinner will run between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., and chef Nick Strawhecker, sous chef Jake Newton and manager Adam Weber will circulate through the restaurant to describe each course and its wine pairing for participants.
Reservations are still available, but seating is limited. The dinner is $65 per person before tax or tip, and a 50 percent deposit is required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-932-3078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guild opens wine cellar for this year's dinner
On Aug. 21, the Guild of Sommeliers will host another wine dinner at the Boiler Room restaurant, its second there.
Omaha native and Master Sommelier Matt Stamp will play host to this year's dinner, serving wines from the Guild's own personal cellar. The dinner acts as a benefit for the Guild, a nonprofit member-run organization committed to the development, inspiration and exchange of information of wine service professionals and wine enthusiasts across the United States.
The menu will feature Nebraska veal, Iowa quail, razor clams, summer truffles and Minnesota foie gras. The all-inclusive cost is $370 per person, and $250 of that is a donation to the Guild. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-972-6828.
Club benefits include wine and much more
Lot 2 Restaurant is starting a wine club.
Members of the club will receive one bottle of red wine and one of white each month, two bottles each year of the Lot 2 blend wine produced by Frias Family Vineyards, a quarterly wine class, free corkage fees while dining in the restaurant, a $25 gift certificate for birthdays and discounts on wine-related events.
The memberships are $35 a month. For more information, call 402-504-4200 or email email@example.com.
Specialty waffles on IHOP's menu
The International House of Pancakes is introducing sweet cream-topped Belgian waffles to its menu.
Flavor options for the new menu item include berries and cream, a waffle topped with blueberries and strawberries along with vanilla cream and powdered sugar; cherries and cream, a waffle topped with black cherries, dark chocolate sauce, vanilla cream and powdered sugar; and bananas and cream, a waffle topped with vanilla cream, sliced banana, honey-roasted pecans and powdered sugar.
The waffles are available now through Sept. 8 and can be ordered alone or as part of an IHOP combo meal.
For more information or to find a location near you, visit IHOP.com.