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Treat dad to two of his favorite foods
If your dad likes ice cream and red meat, then Ted and Wally's Ice Cream and Nebraska Famous Steaks have a deal for you.
The two companies have put together “An American Tradition,” a special Father's Day-themed gift package.
“Ice cream and steak were my dad's two favorites,” said Jeff Andreasen of Nebraska Famous Steaks.
Customers can choose from New York strips or ribeyes and pair the beef with one of four flavors of Ted and Wally's ice creams: German Chocolate, Lil' Debbie Swiss Roll, Root Beer or Empyrean Darkside Vanilla Porter. Prices for the package vary depending on the selections but start at around $100.
The special can be ordered online at www.NebraskaFamousSteaks.com or by calling 888-463-8823.
Restaurant group dishes out awards
The Nebraska Restaurant Association recently gave away a number of awards at its annual “Taste of Nebraska” dinner.
Gayle Carstens of Restaurants Inc. got the Eastern Nebraska Hospitality Award for 2012. Restaurants Inc. owns and operates 28 restaurants throughout Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas. The Greater Nebraska Hospitality Award went to Ed and Anita Sabatka with Uncle Ed's Steakhouse in Grand Island. And the Allied Member of the Year was presented to Lou Rotella Jr. with Rotella's Italian Bakery.
The Restaurant Neighbor Awards went to three Lincoln restaurants: Cappy's Hot Spot Bar & Grill, Runza and Dish. The Restaurant Neighbor Award aims to raise awareness about the restaurant industry's contributions to local communities.
'Dishcrawl' around downtown Omaha
Omaha Dishcrawl is having its second event Wednesday.
“All Around Downtown” is the theme. Dishcrawl, new to Omaha, lets diners buy one ticket that includes stops at restaurants around the city. The names of the participating restaurants are kept secret until the night of the event, though Dishcrawl drops hints on its Twitter account, @DishcrawlOma. During the evening, diners get the chance to dine as well as interact with chefs. Tickets are still available and are $45. For more information or to register, visit www.dishcrawl.com/allarounddowntown.
New margaritas and new on tap
Negra Modelo now is on tap at both Omaha locations of Roja.
The restaurant also introduced two new margaritas — one, the Salty Goat, was especially popular during the restaurant's Cinco de Mayo festivities, said spokeswoman Megan Longo. The drink includes Cabrito Silver, UV Salty Watermelon vodka, triple sec, hand-extracted lime and agave nectar. The other new drink is the Pomegranate Margarita, which has pomegranate nectar, Cabrito Resposado, hand-extracted lime and triple sec.
Roja has two Omaha locations: 1212 Harney St. in the Old Market and 17010 Wright Plaza in west Omaha.
Dinner matches cocktails to courses
Cantina Laredo is having a tequila dinner that includes a four-course dinner and a cocktail matched with each course.
The night starts with a Don Julio tequila tasting, followed by dinner.
Pairings for the night include crab quesadillas stuffed with goat cheese, pico de gallo, crab, chipotle wine sauce and mango ginger salsa paired with a mango tequila mojito; Guadalajara soup that has guajillo chile and vegetables topped with avocado and queso fresco paired with a Sunset-tini, a tequila martini with orange juice; grilled halibut on a banana leaf with roasted red bell pepper almond sauce, cilantro lime rice and sautéed green beans or Grilled Black Peppercorn Filet with potato confit and sautéed green beans served with an agave margarita; and coconut ice cream paired with a pinada, a tequila sangrita with pineapple juice.
The dinner is tonight at 7 and the meal is $49.99 per person. For more information or to RSVP, call 402-345-6000.