Restaurant openings and closings, Wine Events and Master Sommeliers to visit Omaha
R.I.P. Portovino Ristorante
Portovito Ristorante,8 months, of Omaha, Nebraska, died July 3, 2012, at home surrounded by co-workers and Levy Restaurant executives.
Born November 11, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Levy Restaurants. He was the youngest of 14 siblings.
He is survived by Bar Toma, Bridge Bar, Café Spiaggia, Captain Morgan Club, Fulton’s on the River, Fulton’s Crab House, Googie Burger, Jake Melnicks Corner Tap, MOTOR, Oak Street Beach Food + Drinkm Portobello, Spiaggia, and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café.
A private service was held Tuesday at their home located at 220 S. 31st Ave., Suite 3107.
Midtown Crossing to Welcome Two New Restaurants
Super consultant and restaurant group Levy Restaurants could not even resuscitate the failing Loft 610 location. Therefore, when you have deep pockets you give your restaurant a makeover. Seems easy enough, clearly Levy Restaurants learned it is not that easy. Luckily, Midtown Crossing, which does a great job supporting their clients, offers us two new options, opening soon.
Black Oak Grill, an American dining concept specializing in farm-to-table cuisine, is expected to open early next year at 220 S. 31st Ave., Suite 3107. Black Oak Grill will serve familiar American dishes — with a chef-inspired twist — utilizing only the freshest ingredients, including locally-sourced products. Specialties include chicken fried flat iron steak topped with chophouse mushroom gravy, iron skillet trout, and the Ozark bacon burger.
Black Oak Grill is one of 115 restaurants throughout the U.S., United Kingdom, Egypt, Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates operated or franchised by Dallas-based CRO, which also owns Midtown Crossing’s Cantina Laredo.
In addition, Midtown Crossing is excited to welcome Lenny’s Sub Shop to the development – and to Omaha. A Memphis-based franchise, Lenny’s is known for serving up authentic, cooked-to-order Philly Cheese steaks and the Deli Fresh Experience™.
A life-long resident of Midtown Omaha and a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha,
Stephanie Klaus is excited to introduce Omaha to the Lenny’s commitment to “more food, more taste, and more personality.”
“The people of Omaha can expect substantial portions, delicious food, and superb service,” she
said. The Midtown Crossing location (the first of what the Klauses hope will be several in Omaha) could open as early as September.
Fourth Annual Omaha Riverfront Wine Festival
Taste wines from around the world, learn from the experts in our Wine Academy, and enjoy wine and food pairings. Join them at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village this summer where you can select from 200+ wines, live music, Wine Academy sessions, and of course, the popular VIP Experience. Your attendance supports Junior League of Omaha’s A Book of My Own Program.
August 24, 2012 (Fri) – August 25, 2012 (Sat) from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, August 24 4-8 PM
Saturday, August 25 4-8 PM (early VIP entry at 3 PM)
Tickets available here at http://www.showclix.com/events/1146.
Court of Master Sommeliers – Introductory Sommelier Course
The intention of the Introductory Sommelier Course is to provide a hospitality professional with a very well-rounded beverage expertise following the most rigorous standards. It is a two-day educational course ending with a multiple-choice theory examination on the second day. In preparation, it’s recommended that students acquire a good encyclopedia. The basic points of beer and spirits production should be covered as well. Pre-registration required and you must be 21 to register for this class.
August 20, 2012 – August 21, 2012 from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Court of Master Sommeliers – Certified Sommelier Exam
The Certified Sommelier Examination, or exam level two, is one-day exam given in three segments: a blind tasting of two wines, a written theory examination, and a practical service examination. No lectures or tastings are provided; candidates should come prepared to take the exam and be appropriately dressed and equipped for professional wine service.
It is the policy of the Court of Master Sommeliers that everyone, without exception, must have passed the Introductory Sommelier Course& Exam prior to sitting the Certified Exam.
The written theory examination will cover fundamental questions about the world of wine, spirits, beer and service with emphasis on the world’s wine appellations and corresponding grape varieties. The questions are presented in multiple choice, matching and short answer formats. Candidates have 30 minutes to complete the theory exam.
The blind tasting examination utilizes the Master Sommelier Deductive Tasting Method that has been tailored to a written format. The tasting grid and instructions are available and can be downloaded and studied prior to taking the exam. Candidates have 15 minutes to evaluate two wines and fill out the tasting grid.
The practical service exam will test one of the following skills: Standard Wine Service, Champagne Service or Decanting Service. Candidates will be evaluated on a variety of elements surrounding this skill as well as their knowledge of aperitifs, cocktails, food and wine pairing, proper service temperature of wine and beverages, and ability to communicate and sell.
Pre-registration is required and you must be 21 to register
August 22, 2012 from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM