Library’s annual culinary conference will explore dairy delights

Omaha Public Library (OPL) invites you to learn about dairy and dairy alternatives at the eighth annual Read It & Eat Culinary Conference on Saturday, Nov. 3, 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 dairy-inspired delicacies, 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. – Ricotta cheese-making demonstration with Chad Lebo from Cure Cooking LLC.

Noon – Panel discussion with local cheese makers from Branched Oak Farm, Doe’s & Diva’s Dairy Inc., and Honey Creek Creamery.

12:45 p.m. – Panel discussion about dairy and dairy alternatives with Burbach’s Countryside Dairy, producer of all-natural yogurt and farm-fresh milk; Myrtle & Cypress Coffeehouse, house-made nut milks; and Katie Townley, sous chef at Modern Love vegan restaurant.

1:30 p.m. – Ice cream-making demonstration with Abby Jordan from eCreamery Ice Cream, Sorbet and Gelato.

2 p.m. – Panel discussion with local ice cream and gelato makers Chocolaterie Stam; Doe’s & Diva’s Dairy Inc.; eCreamery Ice Cream, Sorbet and Gelato; Honey Creek Creamery; Ivanna Cone; and Ted & Wally’s Ultra-Premium Homemade Ice Cream.

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 for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.