Library’s annual culinary conference will celebrate sweets

Omaha Public Library (OPL) invites you to learn about local candy makers and chocolatiers at the seventh annual Read It & Eat Culinary Conference on Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 4th Floor. Parking at Omaha Park One (15th & Douglas streets) will be validated for culinary conference attendees. This event is free and open to the public.

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other Omaha foodies, and discover new (or rediscover old) culinary favorites. They can also buy, trade and win cookbooks, and are encouraged to bring one from home for the cookbook exchange. These cookbooks are a great addition to any kitchen’s collection, and make fantastic holiday gifts! Participants should be prepared to indulge in a variety of sweet treats, as samples will be provided throughout the day. Those in attendance can also feast their eyes on a collection of historic Omaha restaurant menus that will be on display, courtesy of Metropolitan Community College – Institute for the Culinary Arts.

Menu of Events

11 a.m. – Greeting from Lois Friedman, an Omaha native and community volunteer. Friedman helped to launch Omaha Meals on Wheels, hosted a food-themed radio talk show, taught cooking classes, reviewed cookbooks for various publications, and conducted guest cookbook lectures.

11:15 a.m. – Candy demonstration with Ali Clark Yahnke from Snowshoe Candy Co.

12:15 p.m. – Omaha-based author Kim Reiner will discuss her book, “Lost Restaurants of Omaha,” detailing the fascinating history behind Omaha’s classic eateries.

1 p.m. – Sweets panel discussion with representatives from Blue Dot Confections, Chocolaterie Stam, Lulubee Artisanal Chocolates, Snowshoe Candy Co., and Sweet Minou.

2 p.m. – “Bean to Bar” chocolate demo with Sweet Minou.

Special thanks to Omaha Public Library Foundation for helping to make the Read It & Eat Culinary Conference possible, and to the Friends of Omaha Public Library for their in-kind donations. Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.