Author: Anna Hartman

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Food and Sips that Sparkle at Sips on 10th

Growing up, it seemed unlikely that Jaclyn DiGiacomo Oltmans and her brothers Mike and Dominic DiGiacomo would collaborate on four successful business ventures in Omaha, but Omaha sippers are grateful they did. Through their business Social Holdings, they are current owners of unique establishments Blackstone Social, Social, and Segreto, and […]


Special Mornings are for Mimosas at Lula B’s

In the heart of bustling, revived downtown Omaha is a convivial brunch beacon where fun hasn’t been forgotten. A place where airline workers, tourists, and locals alike revel in shared experiences over scratch-made, southern-influenced bites and beverages at Lula B’s. The restaurant opened just before the Olympic Swim Trials in […]


A Catered Affair – From Scratch, With Love

Born of a generous nature and unwavering work ethic, A Catered Affair has been facilitating Omaha events, occasions, and holidays for nearly 15 years. The unassuming name belies a business that provides everything from onsite dining and catering services for gatherings and occasions of all sizes to take-home holiday meals […]

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Flavors from Home – Kerala Cuisine

Just before an unprecedented pandemic, Ashish and Kimberly Sathyan combined their unrelenting enthusiasm for hospitality by opening Kinaara in a tiny, unassuming space located in a Millard strip mall. Despite pandemic uncertainties, word of the Kerala cuisine spread quickly, and the co-owners soon outgrew the space. The new dining room, […]

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Flavors Rich in Culture with Edgy Concepts

Jose Dionicio, known for edgy concepts, has been feeding Omahans for over 20 years, introducing Midwestern palates to Nikkei cuisine, a unique fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors emblematic of Japanese immigration during WWII in Peru. Dionicio’s family has been in the restaurant industry since he can remember (his father […]


A Unique Tex-Mex Favorite Restaurant Returns to Omaha

Tex-Mex, a distinctly American cuisine rooted in the Tejano (Texans of Mexican descent) culture of Texas, has been around since the early Mission days on land that is now occupied by the state of Texas. Inspired by Spanish, Native American, and Mexican cuisines, the unique combination of flavorful ingredients such […]


Escape to Italy at Capri for Authentic Italian Comfort Food

Capri is an island resort town in the Campania region of Italy known for gorgeous views, seafood, pasta, and limoncello. If you soften your gaze, dining at Capri in west Omaha evokes the breezy feel of the idyllic resort town. Intimate yet bright, the relaxed space is bedecked in pale […]

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A Beautiful Balance for this Chef

Amid constant change and upheaval, work-life balance has taken a back seat to hustle, drive, and commitment as those in the culinary industry keep their heads down to stay afloat in challenging times. Slowly, many have made a conscious decision to step off the roller coaster and home in on […]

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Indian Cuisine Reinvented – New Techniques

Sometimes life takes you in a direction you never thought possible, and that is exactly what happened to Executive Chef Diwesh Bhattarai, who recently realized a long-time dream—Saffron Urban Indian Kitchen—when it recently opened in the Aksarben Village neighborhood. Bhattarai arrived in the United States from Butwal, Nepal in 2007 […]


Feeling Like Something Tantalizing & Saucy?

Michelle Alfaro, owner and executive chef of Sauced by Alfaro, wants to bring love and light to all through her fresh, scratch made foods, rooted in her Mexican/Italian history. This wasn’t the original plan for her life, however. Halfway through a doctoral program in human capital management, she felt the […]