This is a great excuse to check off those restaurants on your dining wish list.
Several local companies are joining forces with the Food Bank for the Heartland to launch the first Omaha Restaurant Week, September 16-25. The event mirrors similar, successful restaurant weeks in large metropolitan areas such as Kansas City, Chicago and Denver.
Omaha Restaurant Week is a celebration of the unique, exciting culinary scene in the Omaha metro. Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course dinner at a fixed price of either $19 or $29 per person. Patrons can select from their choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts from the special multi-course menu that is unique to each restaurant.
Restaurants that participate support the Food Bank. “Food Bank for the Heartland receives incredible support from local restaurants and we are grateful it will continue through Omaha Restaurant Week,” said Brian Barks, Director of Development and PR from the Food Bank. “The partnership with local restaurateurs is a tremendous asset of our mission to eliminate hunger in Nebraska and western Iowa. It’s difficult to imagine 22,000 people seek emergency food assistance in our area each week.”
Omaha Restaurant Week is sponsored by Omaha Publications, which includes Omaha Magazine, The Encounter Magazine, and HER Magazine. “Omaha Restaurant Week is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate our excellent and diverse culinary community, benefit the Food Bank of the Heartland and have fun dining out,” says Sandy Lemke, City Editor of Omaha Magazine. “It is also a fantastic time to try out new places before you vote in Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha ballot where the restaurant categories are always the most hotly contested.
A Short Note to Restaurant Owners
This can be a great event for numerous restaurants in the Omaha area, however take it from a fellow restaurateur, this style of event does not work for just any business. For a restaurant to have a successful experience it requires planning, focus and clear direction to your staff and patrons. Be prepared and for goodness sake, do not run out of product, or make excuses, be ready to captivate your new guests and good luck.
Information for Restaurants
Here is some general information if you want to participate as a restaurant. The concentration is local, upscale restaurants in the Omaha Metro area. If you are an Omaha Restaurant Association member, the cost to participate is $400 and for non-members is $500. In addition, each restaurant will give $100 in gift card trade as promotional giveaways through the sponsored radio stations.
Numerous radio stations will participate in dining, chef interviews, blogging and promoting the event on-air. Super hits 99.9, News Radio 110 KFAB, Kat 103.7, Twister 93.3 and The Brew 96.1 will all participate as sponsors of the event. In addition, the event will be promoted through two billboards in the Omaha metro area and through traditional radio advertisements. As a participating restaurant, you can add photos, maps, chef bios and general information about your business through the Omaha Restaurant Week website to promote your business and generate traffic to your location.
Interested restaurants and sponsors should contact Urban Events for participation information.
Jen Kocher, Executive Producer
Urban Events, Inc.
Participating Restaurants (as of June 27)
Caniglia’s Venice Inn Dante Pizzeria
Genji Japanese Steakhouse Rick’s Cafe Boatyard
Stokes Grill & Bar Miracle Hills Stokes Old Market
Twisted Fork Grill and Bar