Friday and Saturday, August 20th & 21st, 2021

Enhance the Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival Featuring
Wine & Food Experts!


VIP Sessions

The 2020 Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival is pleased to announce, because of such an overwhelming response, back for another year an opportunity to taste a vast selection of wine paired with delicious foods. These Wines will be combined with delicious hors d’oeuvres and food pairings prepared by some of the best area chefs.


Friday, August 7th

6:00 PM  & 8:00 PM

Carrabba’s, Italian Grill
By  Chef Jason Feregrino

$40 per person (Includes $15 Wine Tasting Ticket – 5 Tastes wine and Souvenir Wine Glass)

Carrabba’s in Omaha offers flavorful, handmade Italian dishes prepared to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Guests enjoy Carrabba family recipes handed down for generations including crispy calamari, homemade lasagne and a variety of fresh fish, seafood and meats cooked over our wood-fired grill.





Mini Meatballs – Our classic Carrabba’s recipe meatballs cooked in our homemade Pomodoro sauce and topped with romano cheese.

Paired with Gabbiano Chianti


Main Course:

Chicken Rosa – Grilled Chicken topped with our homemade mushroom lemon butter sauce served with sautéed broccoli.

Paired with our House White Wine Cecchi Bonizio Bianco.



Mini Cannolis – Sweetened ricotta cheese with cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate chips, stuffed in a crispy pastry shell and topped with pistachios.

Paired with Rosatello Moscato

Saturday, August 8th

 6:00 PM   & 8:00 PM

801 Grill  

        By Executive Chef Vincent Ormsby

$45 per person (Includes $15 Wine Tasting Ticket – 5 Tastes wine and Souvenir Wine Glass) 

801 Grill is a complement to our sister restaurant, 801 Chophouse, a casual spinoff of the long-time Omaha fine dining establishment located in the Paxton. Serving only certified black angus steaks, burgers, and other comfort food favorites, 801 Grill brings friendly neighborhood dining to the next level.

Here is the menu and wines:



Elote Shrimp Gazpacho: Purred sweet corn with cream, sour cream, paprika, salt, cayenne pepper, lime juice. Garnished with diced shrimp, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, red onion, and cilantro.

Wine pairing: Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc

Wine notes: Casablanca Valley, Chile – Features bright citrus and juicy tropical aromas. Lime, grapefruit, pineapple and pear flavors are vibrant and fresh. Smooth mineral notes and a hint of herbs creates complexity for this crisp and delightful wine, followed by an elegant finish.


Tomato Caprese Salad: Cherry tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil, and a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Wine Pairing: Calvet Brut Sparkling Rose

Wine notes:  Bordeaux, France – Blend of mostly Cabernet Franc and a little Merlot, this is soft and fruity. Strawberry fruit, light acidity and smooth texture.



Prime Rib Sliders: Slow roasted prime rib (USDA Black Angus choice beef). Caramelized onions, gruyere cheese on a brioche slider roll from Rotella’s bakery.

Wine pairing: Storm Point Red Blend

Wine notes: Swartland, South Africa – Pomegranate, cranberry, orange peel and chai tea. The palate is fresh and uplifting with notes of briary raspberry and morello cherry.

The FOOD  & WINE EXPERIENCE Sessions will be set up classroom style with wine glasses and conducted by Culinary Chefs, Vintners and Wine Experts. These sessions will involve flights of wine paired with food tasting.   Mike Mancuso, Festival Manager, indicated “This Event has had such a Great response every year at the Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival, we have to keep bringing it back.”  Whether you are a wine connoisseur, wine lover or simply interested in trying something new, the Food and Wine Experience will offer a special interaction of chefs with wine tastings.  It represents the culinary aspect of enjoying great wine and a fun way to discover the chemistry of life’s simplest indulgences!”

For More Information, Contact: Mike Mancuso and Joe Mancuso, Festival Manager

Produced By: Mid-America Expositions,Inc. (402) 346-8003