Realize your sushi dreams
Blue Sushi and Hiro 88 in the Old Market will have a special event in tandem with the opening of the documentary film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” which shows for two weeks at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater beginning this weekend.
During the film's opening tonight, the theater will have live sushi demonstrations in its lobby.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, both Blue and Hiro 88 downtown will serve special Omakase menus.
Omakase is a style of sushi that leaves the choice of items served up to the sushi chef. Diners should allow at least 90 minutes for the meal.
At Blue, chef Dave Utterback — who spent time in 2011 with Chef Jiro, the star of the documentary — will prepare the Omakase.
Each person will receive 17 staggered courses of nigiri, plus dessert. The sushi will be served with fresh wasabi, homemade ginger and soy sauce.
At Hiro 88, each person will receive crowd favorites chosen at the time they order. The menu is likely to be different each day based on what's freshest and most interesting and will likely include sashimi, nigiri and at least one roll.
Reservations are required for both dinners. The dinners at Blue take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are $75 per person. For a reservation, email Devin at email@example.com, with the subject line “Omakase reservation.”
At Hiro 88, the Omakase menu will be available from Friday through May 24 and is $25 per person. For reservations, call 402-933-5168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catch the Peachwave
Peachwave Frozen Yogurt now is open in the L Street Marketplace at 120th and L Streets.
A national chain, Peachwave serves natural, good-for-you yogurt with lots of toppings to choose from. The Omaha location is at 12330 K Plaza, Suite 105, and the phone number is 402-213-0578. The store's hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
‘Bonne Femme' visit and signing
Cookbook author Wini Moranville will be at the Williams Sonoma in Omaha on May 19, signing her book, “The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day,” and doing a cooking demonstration.
The free event will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the store, which is in Regency Court. For more information, contact the store at 402-391-3824.
Portovino Ristorante, in Midtown Crossing, has a new executive chef, and he's cooking for moms this weekend.
Chef Christian Frangiadis comes to Omaha from Pittsburgh, where he's worked at a number of restaurants. He'll be creating Chef's Tables for the Mother's Day meal that will include dishes such as Chicken Canzanese, braised chicken with pancetta, rosemary, a lemon white wine sauce and polenta; and Baccala alla Vicentina, a northern Italian dish of braised salt cod, capers, tomatoes, mint and olive oil. The restaurant will also serve eggs benedict, frittatas, penne bolognese and pizzas.
All moms will get a complimentary bellini cocktail or sugar-rimmed Prosecco mimosa with their meal.
The Portovino brunch runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $19 for adults and $10 for children. Reservations are recommended; call 402-885-6800.
‘Love your mummy'
The Joslyn is encouraging kids to “love your mummy'' during a special Mother's Day breakfast at the museum.
A breakfast buffet will feature baked ham, waffles with warm syrup, berries and cream, egg casserole, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, fruit, pastries, juice, coffee and more. After breakfast, families can walk through the museum's Egyptian exhibition “To Live Forever.”
The breakfast is $30 for Joslyn members, $40 for the public, $12 for children 12 and under and free for kids younger than age 3. The ticket price includes breakfast and admission to the Egypt show and the rest of the museum.
Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the buffet opens at 10 a.m. The Joslyn's permanent collection galleries open at noon. Space is limited and reservations are required. Groups are limited to tables of ten. For more information or to make a reservation, call 402-661-3864.
Thai buffet, show
Tas's Thai Pepper is having a Mother's Day buffet that will include a variety of food, giveaways and a live performance.
Thai Classical Dance will perform throughout the day, and the first 30 moms to come through the door will take home a free copy of a Thai cookbook.
The buffet includes spring rolls, thai chicken wraps, pad thai, red chicken curry, sweet and sour fish, thai pepper steak and fried sweet potatoes. The brunch is $14.95 for adults, $10 for children and free for kids younger than 5.
The special runs from noon to 9 p.m. at the restaurant, 12775 Q St. For more information, call 402-895-7788.
The Zin Room is having a special Mother's Day buffet that will include appetizers, antipasto, special desserts and a complimentary mimosa for all the adults.
Entrees will include crab cake benedict, traditional omelets, a cheesy breakfast tart, sweet cream pancakes, steak and eggs, Zin's ultimate burger, a pair of salmon pitas, smoked ham or pasta carbonara. The brunch also includes a special menu for kids.
The buffet runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $35 per person and $13 for kids 12 and younger. The price does not include tax or tip, and reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 402-991-0660.
The Insider's Guide to Omaha and Lincoln
Sarah Baker Hansen's first book, “The Insider's Guide to Omaha and Lincoln,” includes her take on more than 150 restaurants. Buy it online at owhstore.com or in the lobby of The World-Herald building at 13th and Douglas Streets.
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