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Between The Slices

Between The Slices

We started with dessert. We couldn’t help it. The pies called to us from the counter like Sirens in a Greek myth. Coconut cream, key lime, mixed berry. We tried to look away, tried to ignore their sweet aroma, tried not to eavesdrop on customers coming in early to secure their favorite kind, but hey, we’re only human…

The Enchanted Bakery

The Enchanted Bakery

A cake draped in a layer of dark chocolate and topped with chocolate-covered cherries sits next to a cheesecake adorned with a flower made of fresh peach slices and kiwi in the cake display at The Enchanted Bakery in Grand Island…

Bella Italia Restaurant

Bella Italia Restaurant

During the gray of January, writer and Rural Foodie adventurer Betty Sayers headed to Cozad where she knew a tasty pick-me-up was waiting. There she indulged in the rich and hearty Italian dishes served up four days a week at Bella Italia…

Taste of Texas Barbeque

Taste of Texas Barbeque

Good stories always start with something surprising, and no one was more surprised than James and Robbie Arp when their spur-of-the-moment idea to open a barbecue restaurant in Nebraska became reality…

Coppermill Steakhouse and Lounge

Coppermill Steakhouse and Lounge

Are you serious about steak? Are you on a quest for the richest, juiciest, meatiest flavor on the planet? Celebrate your golden moment in McCook, Nebraska, where you will meet chefs, ranchers, cattle feeders and beef connoisseurs…

Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Company

Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Company

The Rural Foodies will follow a highway, dirt road or trail to the best food around, and this month, that road led them down into Kansas to Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Company. Gella’s is finding success in the brewing industry and is also wowing diners with unique and flavorful fare…

Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens

Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens

The Rural Foodies thoroughly enjoyed the scenery through the South Loup River Valley, but they were even more delighted to find Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens at the end of the road. Owners Clay and Heidi Schutz welcomed them warmly and it was the perfect day…

Nebraska Food Cooperative

Nebraska Food Cooperative

For nearly 10 years now, the Nebraska Food Cooperative has been connecting small farm producers to customers through their online ordering site. The cooperative has helped many producers grow their businesses substantially and Caryl Guisinger, general manager for NFC, said the cooperative feels like a family…

Lewis Produce

Lewis Produce

Writer Betty Sayers first met Marlen Lewis in Holdrege, Nebraska. They were both attending an meeting organized by Nebraska Food Co-op to discuss how to best highlight fresh local produce. The well-spoken man captured Betty’s attention and she soon arranged to make a trip to his garden near Orleans, Nebraska…

Grinders Food Truck

Grinders Food Truck

The orange glow of the Grinders Food Truck lures diners in first, but then they linger and return for the mouth-watering sandwiches chef Jim Fry serves up. “You will go bananas for the experience of the Grinders Food Truck and the culinary genius of owner Jim Fry,” writes Roni Fisher…

Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics

Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics

When people think of Nebraska they usually think of two things: corn and cows. No amount of re-branding can alter that image. It’s in the DNA of every resident. Although traditional agriculture has always been the backbone of the state, a new breed of farmer is emerging. Growers like Ryan David of Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics in Ord are changing the way we grow our food and feed our communities…

Beaver Bar & Grill

Beaver Bar & Grill

At an age when most people find themselves thinking of retirement, Doris Wentling found herself settling into the restaurant business. And though it may not have been where she first imagined herself, she has thrown herself into it wholeheartedly, not once, but twice. Most recently at the helm of the Beaver Bar and Grill in Beaver City…