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Published Friday, September 20, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:51 pm
Dining Notes: After Mojo's closes, Aksarben has plans for new eatery

Mojo's Smokehouse & Ales in Aksarben Village has closed.

According to a post on its Facebook page, its last day in business was Sept. 14.

Aksarben has plans for a new restaurant to open in the space, 2110 S. 67th St.

Bakery, lunch spot opens doors in downtown Bluffs

Mad Ox Bakery is opening in downtown Council Bluffs.

Owners Karris and Mike Mattox will sell bread, croissants, doughnuts, cupcakes, cake, brownies and homemade caramels.

They will serve a limited lunch menu and have board games available for diners.

Mad Ox will be at 215 W. Broadway, and the phone number is 712-309-8695.

Dante picks up new sous chef, veteran of Omaha kitchens

Dante Ristorante has a new sous chef.

Jacob Newton came to Dante after working at a number of Omaha restaurants, including Marks Bistro, Spencer's for Steaks and Chops and V. Mertz.

Newton studied culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University in Denver.

Dante is in the Shops of Legacy, 16901 Wright Plaza.

Harvest Cafe celebrates birthday with menu, discounts

Harvest Cafe and Wine Bar is celebrating a year in business with an autumn celebration.

The restaurant will introduce a new seasonal menu and a new website, and have a number of anniversary events through the end of October. On Wine and Dine Wednesday, select bottles of wine will be half price with the purchase of an entree.

Harvest is located at 16909 Lakeside Hills Plaza. For more information, call 402-933-2535.

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 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and seating is limited. For more information, call 402-934-9374. Le Voltaire is at 569 N. 156th Plaza.

Lincoln lands state's first Mellow Mushroom

Nebraska's first Mellow Mushroom pizzeria is open in Lincoln's West Haymarket.

The new location of the restaurant, which has served its fresh stone-baked pizzas for more than 40 years, is at 601 R St.

Owners Debbie and Mike Nelson said they first went to a Mellow Mushroom when their daughter attended Clemson University in South Carolina. The Georgia-based chain has locations all over the U.S.

The Lincoln restaurant features a patio adorned with sculptures of gears and sunflowers. The inside has a “Mother Earth” theme, with sculptures of bees carrying pollen, a life-size mosaic tree made of stained glass and a beehive made of pennies, all under a giant mushroom that canopies the entire interior.

The menu has pizzas, hoagies, salads, calzones and appetizers, and serves food for vegetarians, vegans, kids and gluten-free diners. A full-service bar has craft beer, wine and cocktails.

For more information, visit www.mellowmushroom.com/lincoln.

Bellevue native the world's female eating champ

Bellevue's Molly Schuyler was named this week the world's No. 1 female independent competitive eater by All Pro Eating, the world's only independent competitive eating organization.

Schuyler, 33, has competed in more than 20 food eating contests this year, three of them sanctioned by All Pro Eating. She recently signed on to work with the organization.

Earlier this month, she won the Mushroom Festival's national fried mushroom eating championship by taking down 9 pounds of fried mushrooms in 8 minutes. The win established a new record at the contest — she blew away last year's record of 3.5 pounds consumed — and that was the win that earned her the No. 1 independent female competitive eater title.

In July, she won the Royal Caribbean Bakery national bun and cheese eating championship by eating seven bun-and-cheese sandwiches in 1 minute, 29 seconds. She also won the Caribbean Food Delights national beef patty eating championship, consuming eight beef patties in 1 minute, 46 seconds.

She beat the current top-ranked eater in the world, Jamie “The Bear” McDonald, at both events.

Schuyler is scheduled to compete this weekend at the Ian's Pizza national pizza eating championship in Madison, Wis. Other events coming up for her will be the Great Pumpkin Farm World hands-free pumpkin pie eating championship in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sept. 29 and the Bierhaus NYC National Oktoberfest bratwurst eating championship in New York City on Oct. 26. She will be competing against several ranked competitive eaters at these events, including McDonald.

For more information on All Pro Eating, visit www.CompetitiveEaters.com.

Contact the writer: Sarah Baker Hansen

sarah.bakerhansen@owh.com    |   402-444-1069    |  

Sarah writes restaurant reviews and food stories for the World-Herald.

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