Benson's Aroma's throwing a party
The Benson location of Aroma's Coffeehouse and the 402 Arts Collective that shares its space are celebrating their opening with a party.
On Dec. 7, the coffee house and arts space will have samples, a photo booth and activities for kids along with an evening performance from the Foresters; its the band's album release party.
The celebration begins at 7 a.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The coffee shop is at 6051 Maple St. For more information, visit facebook.com/402ArtsCollective.
Blue Planet bringing burgers to Hy-Vee
Vegetarians, listen up: Blue Planet is partnering with Hy-Vee to sell its locally-made veggie burgers in the grocery store.
The restaurant is creating three kinds of veggie burgers that will be sold at the Hy-Vee on 51st and Center Streets. The store asked the restaurant to create an alternative without chemicals. The collaboration begins today with an event at 4 p.m. where the store will give away samples of the burgers.
A whole lot of people eat out on Thanksgiving and Black Friday
Tons of people ask me what restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day — you can find a full list on Omaha.com — and now that all makes sense. Apparently, 79 million Americans will rely on restaurants for either all or part of their Thanksgiving dinner this year. And 46 million of us will dine out either on Thanksgiving or on Black Friday, according to a new study from the National Restaurant Association.
Here's the breakdown: 15 million Americans will eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, 14 million will order parts of their meal from a restaurant (hello Village Inn French Silk Pie) and 4 million will order takeout on Thanksgiving. (Sad!)
On Black Friday, 60 percent of Americans will visit a restaurant, shopping bags likely in hand.
I guess leftovers are officially out of style.
'Foodies' movie trailer
In other food news, a trailer for a new movie called “Foodies” is swirling around the Internet this week. The film, by the same director who brought us the excellent “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” is about people who are self-proclaimed “food maniacs.” The foodies in the movie travel to spots like Noma, in Copenhagen; Eleven Madison Park in New York City; and Kikunoi, in Kyoto, Japan, among other stops. The movie comes out in 2014, and you can check out the trailer here.
Let's hope it makes its way to Omaha. Film Streams, are you listening?