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Library’s annual culinary conference will highlight cooking accents

Library’s annual culinary conference will highlight cooking accents
October 25, 2013
Omaha Public Library invites you to explore a culinary array of condiments, from sauces to syrups, at the third annual Read It & Eat Culinary Conference on Saturday, Nov. 2, 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 buy, trade and win cookbooks, and are encouraged to bring one from home for the cookbook exchange.

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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. – Honey and cheese tasting and pairing with Marina Marchese of Red Bee® Honey. Marchese is the author of The Honey Connoisseur and Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper. She is a leading authority in the world of honey tasting and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society. Marina Marchese has dedicated her life to honeybees and to educating chefs, foodies, and beekeepers across the country about the culinary delights of single-origin honey.

Noon – Enjoy some of Nebraska’s favorite foods during a light lunch.

12:30 p.m. – Colin and Jessica Duggan of Kitchen Table, 1415 Farnam St., will demonstrate their “slow food fast” concept and provide samples of real food made from scratch using the best local ingredients.  

1 p.m. – Patty Trebbien of Chef^2 Oils, Vinegars & More, 3157 Farnam St., will share the many uses of vinegars in sweet and savory concoctions. Samples will be provided. 

1:30 p.m. – Vegan cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz of Post Punk Kitchen ( will conduct a vegan cooking demonstration using readily available and inexpensive ingredients. Moskowitz’s most recent book, Isa Does It, will be available for sale and signing. 

2:15 p.m. – Binoy Fernandez of I.O. Speak (Indian Oven Speakeasy), 1010 Howard St., and Clark Ross of The Boiler Room, 1110 Jones St., will discuss classic and modern cocktails. From bitters to syrups, learn craft cocktail secrets of good libations. 

2:45 p.m. – Rachel Mulder of Jane’s Health Market, 6103 Maple St., will demonstrate how to make one of her most popular brunch items, crepes. Samples will be provided.

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