Library’s annual culinary conference will highlight baked delights
Omaha Public Library (OPL) invites you to explore a culinary array of baked goods at the fourth annual Read it & Eat Culinary Conference on
Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 4th Floor.
This event is free and open to the public. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other Omaha foodies, and discover new (or rediscover old) culinary favorites. They can also buy, trade and win cookbooks, and are encouraged to bring one from home for the cookbook exchange. Presenting cookbook authors will be on hand to sign copies of their recent releases. These are a great addition to any kitchen’s collection, and make fantastic holiday gifts!
Menu of Events
11 a.m. – Greeting from Lois Friedman, an Omaha native and community volunteer. Friedman helped to launch Omaha Meals on Wheels, hosted “Taste of the Town” on KIWR-FM, taught cooking classes, reviewed cookbooks for various publications, and conducted cookbook lectures at Canyon Ranch.
11:15 a.m. – From the new “swanky vegan comfort food” restaurant, Modern Love, 1319 S. 50th St., Chef Michaela Maxwell and Cook Leia Schmelzer will conduct a food demonstration featuring a fall favorite at their restaurant: cinnamon rolls. Modern Love founder Isa Chandra Moskowitz (theppk.com) has been a presenter at OPL’s culinary conference since the beginning, and this year participants will meet some of the team that helps make Modern Love a success!
Noon – A panel of local bakers with successful businesses in the Omaha metro area will discuss their inspirations, what they enjoy about baking in Omaha, and more. Representatives from the following bakeries will participate in the panel discussion: Aromas Coffeehouse & Bliss Bakery (aromasbliss.com); Great Harvest Bread Company (greatharvestbreadomaha.com); Lithuanian Bakery & Deli (lithuanianbakery.biz); Stick & Stone Brick Oven Bakery (stickandstonebakery.com); Sweet Magnolias Bake Shop; and Whisked Away Cake Boutique (whiskedawaycakeboutique.com).
1 p.m. – Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, will present from her cookbook, answer questions from participants, and sign copies of her book. The American Plate chronicles the evolution of American cuisine and culture.
1:45 p.m. – Christianna Reinhardt, author of A Culinary History of the Nebraska Sand Hills: Recipes & Recollections from Prairie Kitchens, will share how Nebraskans have created a sense of community through food throughout its unique and tasty history.
2:30 p.m. – Kate Lebo, author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter, will conduct a pie baking demonstration and discuss the cultural significance of the fruit pie.
Saturdays are understandably busy in the baking world, making it difficult for some of Omaha’s favorite local bakers to participate in the culinary conference. In addition to samples from the bakeries represented in the baking panel discussion, OPL will recognize the contributions of several other Omaha bakeries by providing samples of some local favorites. “Omaha bakeries are well known for specific items on their menu,” said OPL’s adult program manager Amy Mather. “After sampling some of these reputable confectionary and savory creations, you’ll soon discover why!”
Arrive hungry! Additional samples will be provided by FarmHouse Café & Bakery, Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery, Olsen Bake Shop, Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria, Rotella’s Italian Bakery, and Two Birds Bakery.
Special thanks to Omaha Public Library Foundation for helping to make the Read it & Eat Culinary Conference possible. Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.
Omaha Public Library (OPL) has served City of Omaha and Douglas County residents for more than 140 years. It is one of the most visited institutions in Nebraska, seeing more than 2 million visitors each year at 12 locations throughout the metro area. OPL’s mission is to strengthen our community by connecting people with ideas, information and innovative services. Learn more about OPL’s collections, facilities, services, programs and more at omahalibrary.org. Follow OPL on Facebook and Twitter.
402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340
Amy Mather, 402.444.3399