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Dining notes: $55 Valentine’s meal at Ryan’s Bistro
By Sarah Baker Hansen / World-Herald staff writer


Ryan’s Bistro is offering a Valentine’s Day fixed-price dinner for $55 a person that includes champagne.

Seatings begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 14 and take place every 90 minutes. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-614-2202.

Chef at French Bulldog wins top food award

The French Bulldog’s Bryce Coulton is the first Omahan to win a Good Food Award.

Coulton, who makes charcuterie at the Dundee restaurant, won the award for his Hungarian salami. The awards celebrate food that is tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. The awards, which go to American food producers and farmers, are in their fourth year. There are winners in 10 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves, spirits and oil.

Coulton won from among 1,450 charcuterie entrants from all 50 states. He went to San Francisco last week and gave a short talk at the ceremony. For a full list of the 2014 finalists and winners, visit goodfoodawards.org.

Good golly: Miss Molly conquers spiciest burrito

Competitive eater and Bellevue resident Molly Schuyler has continued her epic food journey of the upper Northwest by conquering the world’s spiciest burrito in record time.

She finished the Diablo Burrito Challenge at Allan’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Portland, Ore., in 3 minutes, 23 seconds, beating the previous record of 8 minutes, 20 seconds.

In a video of her eating the burrito, Molly first wolfs down the two peppers placed on the top of the burrito like horns, then spends a minute chopping the dish into pieces and cooling it down with ice. She then digs in full force with a spoon.

Contenders must start the burrito challenge by eating those whole serrano peppers, then the rest of the 2-pound meal, which includes a wide array of spicy peppers, steak, beans, rice and salsa, in under 10 minutes. Competitors can drink only water during the challenge.

We want to know Valentine’s Day specials

Does your restaurant have a Valentine’s Day special? Send us the details to be included in a dining notes column and as part of a running list on Omaha.com. Email information to Sarah Baker Hansen at sarah.bakerhansen@owh.com.

Chocolate treats at Great Harvest

Omaha locations of Great Harvest Bread Co. will have 10 days of chocolate treats for Valentine’s Day.

Starting Feb. 1, all three of the bakeries — in Rockbrook Village, Dundee and west Omaha — will have cocoa-based treats, including mud bars on Feb. 1, Cupid’s Crunch trail mix on Feb. 4, brownies on Feb. 5, peanut butter chocolate chip bread on Feb. 7, cafe mocha biscotti on Feb. 8, white chocolate cherry swirl bread on Feb. 11, pumpkin chocolate chip bread on Feb. 12, chocolate mocha bread on Feb. 13 and double chocolate cookies on Feb. 14.

Great Harvest locations in Omaha are in Rockbrook at 10916 Elm St., in Dundee at 4910 Underwood Ave., and in west Omaha at 15623 West Dodge Road. For more information, visit GreatHarvestBreadOmaha.com.

Valentine’s meal at Benson’s Lot 2

Lot 2 in Benson will also have a Valentine’s Day special. The three course fixed-price meal will be $59 a person and include wine pairings. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-504-4200.

Restaurant group hands out awards

The Omaha Restaurant Association met for its 70th annual dinner to give out awards and induct new board members.

The group gave three awards: the 2013 restaurateur of the year is Brad Marr of Lot 2 in Benson, the 2013 purveyor of the year is Omaha Steaks and the Harold Norman Excellence Award was given to Danielle Emsick of La Casa Pizzaria.

The new board members for 2014 are President John Wade, from Restaurants Inc.; Vice President Emsick, from La Casa; Secretary Melinda Foley, of ConAgra Foods; Treasurer Dan Preusser of Omaha Steaks; and Immediate Past President Katie O’Connor, of O’Connor’s Irish Pub.

Restaurant directors include Rich Barmettler, Barmettler Consulting Group; Debbie Legenza, Anthony’s Steakhouse; Greg Lindberg, Bailey’s and Shuck’s Fish & Oyster Bar; Jim Locke, Legends Patio Grill & Bar; Marie Kunza, Railcar Modern American Kitchen; Marr of Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar; Nick Strawhecker, Dante Ristorante Pizzeria; and Glenn Wheeler, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops.

Purveyor directors include Michelle Evans, Loffredo Fresh Produce; Erin Goldyn, Pepsico Foodservice; Cory Guyer, US Foods; Eric Hanke, Sysco Lincoln Inc.; Mario Juarez, Quality Brands of Omaha; Ryan O’Connor, Ameripride Linen and Apparel; Lea Watson, Republic National Distributing Co. Falcon Division; and Traci Williamson, Johnson Brothers of Nebraska.

Egg and I gets good neighbor award

Nebraska locations of the Egg and I restaurant have been recognized by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation as the state’s winner of the Restaurant Neighbor Award. Each year the foundation recognizes restaurants that give back to their communities.

The restaurant will now compete against winners in other states. Four winners will be selected in April to win a $5,000 donation to support the charity or community project of their choice. For more information, visit theeggandIrestaurants.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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