Friday and Saturday, August 7th & 8th, 2020 - Back at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park, Elkhorn

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


VIP Sessions

The 2019 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 9th

6:00 PM (Last Year Sold Out)  & 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.

Here is the menu and wines for:


First Course:

Caprese Skewers – Red grape tomatoes, Fresh Milk mozzarella, extra virgin salad oil, salt, pepper and fresh basil

Paired with our house made Blackberry Sangria


Second Course:

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

Paired with Gabbiano Chianti


Third 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.


Fourth Course:

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 10th

(Last Year Sold Out) 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 for:


First Course:
Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche

Paired with Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc 

Second Course:

Caprese Salad w/Balsamic Vinaigrette
Paired with Francois Montand Brut Sparkling Rose

Third Course:
Prime Rib Sliders

Paired with Couroulu Vin de Pays (1st seating), Storm Point Red Blend (2nd seating)


Fourth Course:

Lemon Mousse Cake

Paired with Da Luca Prosecco

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