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J. Skinner Baking


Tips, Demonstrations and chance to taste foods  from Some of Omaha’s Best Chefs














FRIDAY, June 3rd



6:30 PM ~  “Omaha Restaurants: What's Hot” Panel Discussion with Mike'l Severe of TBL. Stop in and meet Mo Trajvar of Omaha Prime, Nick Bartholemew of Market House and Over Easy as well as Greg Cutchall of Omaha Jams and Cutchall Management, Plus More . . .












8:00 PM ~ Battle for the Toque Hosted by Mike'l Severe of The Bottom Line.

“Battle for the Toque” Hosted by Mike'l Severe of The Bottom Line.  See two of Omaha's best chefs battle to be crowned the champion of the Inaugural Battle at the Taste of Omaha. The Epic Battle will also be your chance to taste and be the judge.   Do not miss this All New Event featuring Omaha's pioneers of local cuisine and award -winning Chefs -Chef Joel Mahr of Lot 2 Restaurant and Chef Clayton Chapman of The Grey Plume.   These distinguished chefs will showcase signature dishes with locally produced foods.



Chef Joel Mahr

Chef Clayton Chapman


Graduate of Omaha Institute of Culinary Arts, Winner of The Neighborhood Chef Award 2013 as seen in National Cooking Light Magazine



Graduated Culinary School at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, was nominated for the James Beard Award of Rising Star, Chef of the Year in both 2011 & 2012 and Best Chef Midwest Region in 2013 & 2014

Click on Each Chef's Photo Above for More Information about these "Patriarch's of Omaha's Local Food Realization"


Not to miss this All New opportunity to see two of Omaha's pioneer chefs and winners of several culinary awards go head to head with a signature dish.

Your chance to be the judge!




Saturday, June 4th




















Chef Bob Haney

































Ken Stoysich





2:00 PM   ~   "Amazing Recipe in fraction of the Time"

Chef Demonstation of recipe that incorporates J. Skinner Baking. Presented By Pastry Chef Dorothy Thompson of Upstream Bakery.  See the delicious J Skinner Baking product become an excellent and unique dessert. Your chance to taste.




Check out the recipes!!

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3:30 PM " “Pancrepes waffles, a new twist on an old favorite”

Chef Bob Haney will be demonstrating how to make the best waffles you’ve ever had!



5:00 PM - "Home Mixology Made Easy”

Presented by Jill Cockson of Atomic Hummingbird. Craft bartender and Nebraska’s only James Beard Semifinalist. Jill is the former President of the US Bartender Guild- Nebraska Chapter


The Perfect Cocktail for your next party. . .






6:00 PM - "Big Mama made from scratch biscuits"

Quick and simple tips for tasty biscuits.

Presented by Patricia "Big Mama" Barron, of Big Mama's Kitchen & Catering and Big Mama's Sandwich Shop – As seen on Cooking Channel, Food Network, Sundance Channel and Travel Channel.






7:00 PM - "New Grilling Tips"

Presented by Ken Stoysich of Stoysich House of Sausage. Omaha’s favorite "Award Winning” sausage.   Great Grilling tips and fun with your chance to taste.











Sunday, June 5th







1:00 PM  ~ "Ice Carving Demonstration"

Presented By Muzzy Ice






















Itzel and Chef Merriam Lopez











2:30 PM - "Fresh Salsa & Guacamole"

Start with fresh vegetables and ingredients combine with the the tasty recipe you can make yourself. Homemade chips are also on the menu for you to try.

Presented by Chef Merriam Lopez of Maria Bonita Mexican Cuisine & Catering