Le Bouillon, the new restaurant from chef/owner Paul Kulik and owners Mark and Vera Mercer that's taking over the former French Cafe space, is having its first dinner Nov. 20.
The dinner precedes the restaurant's actual opening; its official opening date has not been announced.
The restaurant is partnering with Rhizosphere Farms for an apple harvest dinner with the just-relaunched farm. Owners Matt and Terra Hall had been farming on leased land, and this fall they purchased property in the Loess Hills of western Iowa, where they'll farm from now on.
Kulik, along with Le Bouillon chef Ben Jordan, will give attendees a “sneak peek” at the restaurant during the event, which will be a four-course, family-style meal. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the farm as it begins purchasing and planting seeds for its first season.
The dinner is $50 per person, and seating is limited. For more information, visit the restaurant's new Facebook page .
Speaking of Rhizosphere Farms, the farm just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its first year on its new land. Owners Matt and Terra Hall farmed on rented land for four years and took a year off to find their new land, which they purchased recently. The farm plants mostly heirloom vegetables and does much of the work by hand; you can see the process and their new land in a five minute video that goes with the Kickstarter fundraiser.
They sell the produce at Omaha farmers markets, through a small CSA and to restaurants.
Rhizosphere is hoping to raise $11,000 to build a greenhouse, to buy tractor and irrigation supplies, to set up a chicken coop and to buy seeds and tools.
For more information on the farm or to pledge, visit the Kickstarter page.