Kitchen on Wheels

The same old night out? That’s just not our taste. Chart your course through a few of our Greater Omaha foodie favorites.
Excerpt from 2014 We Don’t Coast magazine: Photo credit: Kurt A. Keeler

Culinary talent cranking out tasty food fast – from the confines of a kitchen on wheels. Truck yeah, we have food trucks! Line up, place your order and enjoy the echo of fellow al fresco diners proclaiming, “Damn, that’s good.”

  • 402 BBQ
  • A Taste of New Orleans
  • Anthony Piccolo’s
  • Big Green Q
  • Gyro Shack
  • Hawks Pizza
  • Johnny Ricco’s
  • KGB Gourmet
  • La Casa Pizzeria
  • LeBlanc’s BBQ & Cajun
  • Maria Bonita
  • Mosaic Pickle
  • Ox n Bull BBQ
  • Scotty’s GoGo Grill
  • Smokin Barrel BBQ
  • StreetSide Foods
  • Sweet Lime Thai Express
  • Tres Amigas
  • Voodoo Taco

Smokin Barrel BBQ


Food Truck Row

Food Truck Row – organized by the Omaha Food Truck Association
A “food truck rally” at our Gene Leahy Mall held every Thursday – July through September

Food Truck Brunch in the Blackstone District
What better way to spend a Sunday morning – friends, family and fare from a blend of local food trucks.

Annual Food Truck Rodeo – Presented by Food & Spirits Magazine, 1% Productions and Reverb Lounge
Held twice a year with 15-20 food trucks along with a DJ, beer garden and outdoor seating in downtown Benson.

My mouth is watering already! What’s your favorite food truck in Greater Omaha?

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Warren’s Weekend

Featured photo: Alyssa Schukar/Omaha World-Herald

May 4-6, 2018: Omaha’s Off the Beaten Path Treasures from A-Z
By: Julia A. Kragh

Prepare to “not coast” as you explore the Woodstock of Capitalism. Welcome to the home of Warren Buffet!

The Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting and event-filled weekend is the draw, but there are so many awesome offerings in and around Omaha you won’t want to miss!

Omaha’s metro area includes a big footprint with miles of exciting things to do, eat and experience. So drive in or rent a car in Omaha and plan to stay more than just the weekend. There’s so much more to explore in the Big O!

I left Omaha after high school, globetrotting for decades until I moved back home in 2013. Since then, I have been busy rediscovering my amazing hometown. As a freelance writer, photographer, and Omaha native, I am sharing my favorite discoveries of 2018 with all of you. And be sure to stay tuned for next year’s edition!

Get out there and enjoy some of Omaha’s off the beaten path treasures from A-Z:

Aksarben Village & Stinson Park

A central Omaha location for restaurants, shopping, live music (Saturday, May 5), Farmer’s Market (Sunday, May 6), and more! Plenty to do, see, hear, eat, buy, and enjoy. The Farmer’s Market is pet and kid friendly with music and dance in Stinson Park. 67th & Center Streets, 68106.

Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge

A 3,000-foot footbridge across the Missouri River between Omaha, NE, and Council Bluffs, IA, where you can stand with a foot in each state!  Here I am doing just that. When my guests arrive at Eppley Airfield, the Bridge is usually my first stop in introducing them to Omaha. 705 Riverfront Drive, 68102.

Countryside Village Shopping Center

A small town in the city— an Omaha landmark for shopping, dining, services, and community events since 1953.  Most of the small businesses are locally owned and operated.  Be sure to check out the home decor stores, Amethyst Home and Vanessa Barrett Interiors, for unique buys.  87th & Pacific Streets, 68114.


Cut Spike Distillery-Lucky Bucket Brewing Company: Home to double-gold- medal-winning Cut Spike Single Malt Whiskey and Lucky Bucket beers. Omaha owner, Jason Payne, is the young, creative, driving force of the distillery’s success. Definitely worth a visit and a tasting tour. 11941 Centennial Road, La Vista, NE, 68128.

Patriarch Distillers: Home to Soldier Valley spirits and their double-gold medalist, Soldier Valley Bourbon. Local owner, Jeff Hadden and marketing & sales director, Rich Hagedorn, emphasize the distillery’s mission of giving back to America’s veterans with all their products and commitment to veterans’ charities. Great spot to visit, take a tasting tour, and enjoy live music. 12251 Cary Circle, La Vista, NE, 68128.

Eppley Airfield’s own art gallery

Gallery Eppley by Hudson:  An interactive, juried art gallery in an airport featuring over 50 local area artists. The only one in the world! Be sure to check out the work of Ken Smith, a local landscape photographer. The Gallery also offers shipping. North Terminal.


The Florence Mill, “Connecting Agriculture, History & Art.”

Site of Omaha’s oldest business, built in 1846.  Home to a museum, art space, and special events. 9102 North 30th Street, 68112.

Gallery of art locally owned and operated

Connect Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery whose owner-operators, Tom and Jean Sitzman, proudly display the works of professional regional artists. Offering Saturday classes and Friday night Art Opening Receptions each month. They also rent the gallery spaces for special events. Free parking. 3901 Leavenworth Street, 68105.

Hot Shops

Featuring 80+ local area artists, studios, galleries, and more. Offering year-round classes, art exhibits, live music events, and always fun for the whole family! 1301 Nicholas Street, 68102.

Independently owned and operated coffee house – The Village Grinder.

Owner-operator Patty Dudziak, has been wowing the crowd since 1983 with her amazing coffee selections. Plan to stay a while to sip and savor the espresso-based coffees and homemade baked goods in her adorable old-world style coffee house. Relax inside in cozy comfort or sit outside at cute sidewalk café tables. Free Wi-Fi included! Buy bags of coffee to take home in bean or ground form. 8706 Pacific Street, 68114.


Joslyn Art Museum

The premier fine art museum of Nebraska with a one-of-a-kind interactive space for children—Art Works. Perfect for the whole family, especially on a rainy Omaha day, Joslyn offers lots to explore, learn, eat, and buy. Enjoy lunch in Café Durham, browse the Hitchcock Museum Shop, and take a free docent tour most days of the week.  Free admission! 2200 Dodge Street, 68102.



A unique arts and culture nonprofit space.  KANEKO’s mission is to encourage and explore creativity through exhibitions, performances, lectures, and educational programs.  Free admission! 1111 Jones Street, 68102.


Local joints featured on the Guy Fieri’s Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives

Amato’s. 6405 Center Street, 68106.
Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering. 3223 North 45th Street, 68104.
Brewburgers. 4629 South 108th Street, 68137.
California Tacos & More. 3235 California Street, 68131.
Joe Tess Place. 5424 South 24th Street, 68107.


Memorial Park

Created to honor local members of the armed forces.  This beautiful park is home to historical monuments, vast rose gardens, walking trails, and a huge lawn. The perfect place to stroll, fly a kite, have a picnic, or take photographs.  Fun for the whole family, including pets. 6005   Underwood Avenue, 68132.

Nebraska Crossing

The area’s open-air outlet mall. Just a short drive from Omaha on I-80 west, you’ll discover this outlets shoppers’ treasure trove.  21209 Nebraska Crossing Drive, Gretna, NE 68028. Photo Courtesy Nebraska Crossing Outlets.

Oldest of Omaha

Church: Holy Family Church, built in 1883.  1715 Izard Street, 68102.
House (now a museum): General Crook House Museum, built in 1879.  5730 North 30th Street, 68111.
Restaurant: King Fong Café, built in 1918.  315 1/2 South 16th Street, 68102.
Theater: Orpheum Theater, built in 1927.  409 South 16th Street, 68102.



La Casa Pizzaria, serving Neapolitan-style pizza since 1953.  Locals are crazy about this legendary Omaha pizza; when they get homesick for a pie, they have it shipped right to their doorsteps anywhere in the continental United States! 4432 Leavenworth Street, 68105.

Quirky, quaint, and historic neighborhood

Benson, established in 1887. My father grew up in this neighborhood in the 1940s. In recent years, Benson has experienced a Renaissance.  Now home to a wide variety of bars and restaurants and other entertainment spots, it’s a popular nightlife hub. 61st & Maple Streets, 68104.


Rockbrook Village

An Omaha landmark since the early 1960s featuring 60+ locally owned businesses, including shopping, dining, entertainment, and services. Check out Four Sisters Boutique for unique women’s apparel and Great Harvest Bread Co. for tasty homemade breads. Savor their special combo: a cup of coffee and a slice of fresh-baked bread for only $1.50! On Saturday, May 5, the 2018 Spring Craft Fair is open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Free admission! 108th & Center Streets, 68144.

South 24th Street

The historic heart of Omaha’s Hispanic community. Home to the most authentic Latin American food in Omaha! There are lots of shops to explore and street art murals to enjoy. Or book a walking tour for an added Omaha adventure with La Veintecuatro walking tours. 24th & N Streets, 68107.


Tri-Faith Initiative

The first one in the world! Home to a synagogue (Temple Israel), a mosque (American Muslim Institute), and a church (Countryside Community Church [2018]) all nestled together on a landscaped campus of rolling hills. 132nd & Pacific Streets, 68154.


Unique eats

Runza, seasoned ground beef mixed with cabbage and onion wrapped in fresh-baked bread (Runza restaurants). Cheese Frenchee, what I call a deep fried grilled cheese sandwich (Don & Millie’s).Kolache, my grandmother was Czech, so we grew up eating these delicious semisweet pastries  (various vendors). Village Inn restaurants where Wednesday is free slice of (to-die-for!) pie day.


Village Pointe

West Omaha’s hotspot for shopping, dining, movies, events, and more. It’s an open-air shopping plaza with a European feel. Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.–12.30 p.m. 168th & Davenport Streets, 68118.


Wild and wonderful street graffiti

Keep your eyes peeled as you explore Omaha, as there is spectacular street graffiti to behold all over town. Or book a walking tour.

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation

Birthplace of Malcolm X. The Foundation strives to perpetuate Malcolm X’s teachings on leadership and social justice through education and special events. Open to the public on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 3448 Evans Street, 68111.

“Yoga Rocks the Park” in Turner Park at Midtown Crossing

I have never done yoga in my life, but my friends say it’s a blast!  So this yoga event is now on my must-do list. Sundays, May-June, 4:00 p.m. Free! 31st Avenue & Farnam Street, 68131.


Zorinsky Lake and Park

Over 250 acres of hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, sports fields, fishing, and other outdoor activities. This is a great family-friendly place to chillax after long days of running around to all the exciting events during Warren’s Weekend. 156th & F Streets, 68135.


About The Author

Julia A. Kragh is an Omaha-based freelance writer, editor, photographer, educator, and citizen of the world. Her artwork is available at Amethyst Home at Countryside Village. She has lived, worked, and traveled in 40 countries—and counting.  Julia is a member of the International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance (ITWPA). Currently, she is focusing her energy and talents on rediscovering and investing in her hometown of Omaha, NE.


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Organize it. Eat it. Drink it.

The same old night out? That’s just not our taste. Chart your course through a few of our Greater Omaha foodie favorites.
Excerpt from 2016 We Don’t Coast magazine: Photo credit: Rebecca S. Gratz, James R. Burnett and Omaha World-Herald

Fueled by passion (tacos, bacon and beer), enthusiasts delight in hosting an array of annual festivals that enhance our “foodie experience” – and bring the community together.

  • Brew at the Zoo
  • Midtown Crossing Taco Trot
  • Omaha Beer & Bacon Festival
  • Omaha Beer Fest
  • Taste of Omaha
  • Toast Nebraska Wine Festival
  • Village Pointe Food & Wine Festival


Beer Corner USA, a collection of four neighborhood bars in midtown Omaha, is serious about celebrating the brew, hosting festivals throughout the year, including:

  • Oktoberfest
  • Extreme Beerfest
  • Bockfest
  • Polishfest
  • Holiday Beerfest


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Field Trip Friday: The International Omaha

The Greater Omaha Chamber marketing team is on the move – experiencing the sights, sounds, creativity and tastes that typify our region. We’re exploring our community and encourage you to check out these Greater Omaha gems – because best-kept secrets are best uncovered.

No horsing around: we hit the pavement April 12, trotting the short distance to CenturyLink Center, four-day home to The International Omaha, hosted by The Omaha Equestrian Foundation.

The International Omaha is a unique equine event in the Midwest. It pairs high performance competition with a fan-friendly horse expo that makes it a destination event for horse enthusiasts from throughout the area.

Over 3,000 school children will flood the free Horse Discovery Zone, which includes a Gallery of Breeds, a new “History of Horses in Nebraska” exhibit, artwork, live demonstrations and hands-on learning areas. For many students, this is their first time seeing and interacting with live horses. Children have the opportunity to ask the riders questions, pet the horses and learn about the different breeds.

This area is free and open to the public over the course of the four days.

The interactive booths showcase industry education such as the art of blacksmith, grooming techniques, veterinary care and nutrition.

We had fun joining in on the action too!

The Expo area also includes a Boutique Shopping Village with a variety of equine-related vendors, plus a beer garden atmosphere at the Tailgate Lounge, which is beside the warm-up area.

Event Details

The $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Final on Friday night will open and close with a Salute to Military and First Responders, featuring Jimmy Weber singing the national anthem and tributes to the Gold Star mothers as well as the moving riderless horse ceremony.

The Dressage Team Challenge will reach a climax on Saturday with the Musical Freestyle, always a crowd-pleaser, and the crowning of the Dressage Team Challenge.

On Saturday afternoon, horse enthusiasts have an opportunity to watch and learn from world-renowned jumper icon George H. Morris, who will demonstrate his teaching techniques with some of the Midwest’s most talented equitation riders, in the Jumping Showcase.

Olympic Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt of Germany offers his expertise in the Dressage Showcase on Friday. Both Schmidt and Morris will also present free demonstrations in the demo arena during the International. This is a rare opportunity for horse enthusiasts to see and learn from the absolute best athletes who have helped shape the sport.

Event History

The Omaha Equestrian Foundation hosted the FEI World Cup Finals in two Olympic disciplines, jumping and dressage. This event brought visitors from some 42 countries as well as the top horses and riders in the world to Omaha to compete for the world championship in each event. It was heralded by McLain Ward winning the jumping championship and bringing the World Cup back to the United States.

The FEI lauded the Omaha World Cup and said Omaha had “changed the way the sport is presented in North America”.

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We Are O.NE. Riley Wilson

We Are O.NE. Series. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Let’s make this a place where together, we are O.NE. Put your hands in the middle and share your story.

Each one of our world views is shaped by our lived experiences. However, understanding what others experience is vital to engaging with those around us and in our community. One of my biggest motivators for helping others is listening to their stories and developing empathy. From a young age, I was taught to help those who needed help, in whatever way I could. This internalized sense of brotherhood with members of my community constantly drives me to be a servant for those in the Omaha community.

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, but my time in the Air Force, which gave me the opportunity to leave the state for some time, truly gave me a sense of gratitude for my state. When I was brought back to Nebraska while stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, the Omaha community became my home. Omaha is the perfect blend of living somewhere with most of the amenities of a larger city, but without sacrificing what is known here as “Nebraska Nice”.

Though Omaha is not my hometown, I am now proud to call myself an Omahan.

How do you make a difference in this community? 

I currently work at the Nebraska Department of Labor as a Veteran Workforce Coordinator. In this position, I am able to work with veterans who have significant barriers to employment – homelessness, poverty, disability and being previously incarcerated, just to name a few. As a veteran, I am able to communicate with veterans through some shared experiences and help them with both employment readiness and veteran issues alike.

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Giving Back In Vibrant Programming

Excerpt from 2016 We Don’t Coast magazine: Photo by Michael Batchelder

It is a melting pot of benefit; an organization that celebrates our diversity, values our elderly and underscores the difference one committed person can make.

Carolina Padilla founded the Intercultural Senior Center in 2009 to create a community for and serve the needs of our seniors, bringing together Latinos, Asians and African refugees, and native English speakers.

Programming at the south Omaha center includes daily exercise classes and field trips, social services, and English, computer literacy and citizenship classes. It also offers transportation, meals and a monthly food pantry.

“As the aging community grows, our goal is to become a one-stop shop for high-quality services. We welcome every senior who needs any type of support to increase wellness and decrease isolation,” says Padilla, a native of Guatemala who started the organization as a way of paying it forward. Just 6 years old when her mother died, she was raised by her aunts.

“I left without giving back for what they did for me,” she says, “I felt like I owed something to someone else. For some reason, I just feel an attachment to older people.”

With its vibrant mix of programming, attendance at the center has been growing steadily. At first, only a few people showed up each day. Between 60 and 90 now come regularly.

“Making a change in a senior’s life is not a job, it is a blessing,” Padilla says. “We’re a big family.”

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Taste of the Week: Stirnella Bar & Kitchen

The same old night out? That’s just not our taste. Chart your course through a few of our Greater Omaha foodie favorites. Excerpt from 2017 We Don’t Coast magazine:

“We’re trying to create a dining experience in Omaha and the Blackstone District that is unique in itself. You can come in and have different styles of food and one-of-a-kind craft cocktails, enjoy the ambiance and a great level of service.”Matt Carper, co-owner, Stirnella

Two restaurant industry veterans. A joint venture in the burgeoning Blackstone District. It’s a recipe for success for Stirnella Bar & Kitchen, a “refined gastropub” that takes locally-sourced ingredients on a world tour. The dinner menu hopscotches from France (chicken liver pate) to Germany (spätzle) to the southeastern United States (shrimp & grits). The Wagyu Beef burgers and the ribeye are unmistakably Nebraska.

Photo by Brandon Sullivan

“We source as much as we can locally and hand-craft it. The same goes for our bar program,” says general manager Matt Carper who owns the concept with Chef Matt Moser.

Even the restaurant’s name was locally-sourced; a play on the genus – sturnella – of the meadowlark, Nebraska’s state bird.

Before checking out Stirnella’s menu, be sure to check out its décor. That’s local too. Artist Andrea Stein created the attention-grabbing, animal-inspired oil paintings.

“Kids love looking at them. Adults take pictures of them all the time,” Carper says.

Photo by Brandon Sullivan

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We Are O.NE. Wendy Hamilton

We Are O.NE. Series. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Let’s make this a place where together, we are O.NE. Put your hands in the middle and share your story.

I’ve always said that I was born with an agenda, a spreadsheet, a budget and the attitude of “come on people! We don’t have time to waste!” My family, however, lovingly refers to me as the “Mayor of Attitude City.” Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.

I know you’re not supposed to let your job define you, but I really love my job! I work at Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska as a fundraiser, amateur comedian and full-time klutz. I have never felt more “me” than working for this organization. When I’m not doing Girl Scouty things, I’m either at a Board or committee meeting, volunteering for something, at Target or wishing I was at Target.

I’m an ambivert which means when I want your attention, you’ll know it. I love burritos, guacamole and anything potato. I have twin sister greyhounds who are practically perfect except when they’re not and a really fuzzy cat who just wants to be hugged 24/7.

Originally from Reno but raised in Omaha, I spent some time away from the Big O (like so many of us do). I went to college in Iowa, grad school in Michigan, then headed to the DC area for my first big girl, real life, adult job. There, I began my career in fundraising and nonprofit management. After about 12 years, something happened. And I don’t just mean that I was about to turn 30, which was earth-shattering enough.

I wanted more. And I thought, why not Omaha?

So I “boomeranged” to Omaha. I never say I “moved back” or I “came home” because there was nothing backwards or regressive about my choosing Omaha. I was moving forward with my life in a city that was special to me.

I knew I could continue to grow my career, be nearer to family and maybe possibly someday even get out of debt because the cost of living is so great (especially compared to DC).

I chose Omaha. I was intentional about getting involved and being engaged so I could reacquaint myself with the city. That was something I could never fully realize in some of the bigger cities I lived in. My life used to revolve around traffic, which prevented me from being a “joiner.” But in Omaha, I not only “joined,” I probably joined too much! What a high-class problem!

Ten years later, I still choose Omaha.

How do you make a difference in this community? 

I hope that I’m contributing to a community that is raising girls to become CEOs – or whatever they want to become! My title at Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska indicates that I’m a fundraiser. Which is true, so please send me all your money. But what I really do is ask the community to give a BLEEP about girls. ALL girls.

I hope I’m contributing to a community that sees individuals with disabilities as human beings who deserve the same quality of life as everyone else. I am the adult child of a mother with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I take every opportunity to tell our story, to remind people that a child with autism will grow up to be an adult with autism. And are we, as a community, being supportive? Welcoming? Inclusive? Are we prepared to treat our aging autistic citizens with grace and kindness? What can we, as a community, do better?

I hope that I’m contributing to a community that treasures its artists and cultural potential. This city is so freaking cool and I don’t even think we realize it. I have had the honor of serving on boards and committees for some of Omaha’s fantastic arts organizations. I hope that in some way, I’m helping to make Omaha’s artists (and I’m consolidating all art forms into the word “artist”) feel valued.

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We Are O.NE. Chrisna Clark

We Are O.NE. Series. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Let’s make this a place where together, we are O.NE. Put your hands in the middle and share your story.

I’m Chrisna—just a burst of positive energy! I’m a professional encourager; one who gives support, confidence and hope to others. Building people up and spreading positive vibes is what I love to do. I want to be able to mentor people and provide encouragement so they can acknowledge their personal worth!

I’ve always done things the non-traditional way. It was like I saw the world through a different lens. As much as I tried to change myself to get others to accept me. The idea of conformity kept reminding me of my originality. When you believe in your potential, that’s when you achieve greatness! Through life lessons and prayer, I discovered grace, self-love and confidence which allows me to continue to push for my dreams and live life to the fullest.

I’m a creative nutcase, in a nutshell! – I’m a creative director, producer, videographer, host and singer-songwriter. I see my life as a sketch book. I can draw anything! What will you create in yours?

How has living here shaped your life? 

I remember when I first moved to Omaha, I told myself that I was staying for only 5 years tops. It’s been nearly 10 years now! I fell in love with this place, simply because of the people. Omaha is the “land of opportunity”! I have had the opportunity to make long-lasting friendships and wonderful professional relationships throughout the years. I love the diversity and authenticity of this city. People truly genuinely care for one another in Omaha.

How do you make a difference in this community? 

I’m the Marketing Manager for the Salvation Army Kroc Center and I can put in very long hours. But that doesn’t phase me. I love what the Kroc stands for…”People are inspired to discover their God-given talents and develop their potential through artistic, educational, physical and spiritual experiences in a Christ-centered atmosphere.”

I’m able to work at a place that aligns with my morals and beliefs. I even get to share my musical talents during our Kroc Sunday Worship Services.

The time and marketing work I put into the Kroc Center has a positive impact on our members. Sharing stories on how people’s lives have changed because of a video I produced or a print piece I created, means that I’m making a difference and supporting the Kroc mission.

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We Are O.NE. Anthony Smith Jr.

We Are O.NE. Series. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Let’s make this a place where together, we are O.NE. Put your hands in the middle and share your story.

What makes me, me…is my need to be great. I have always felt I was destined to do great things, I just have no idea in what area. So I try them all. I am not afraid to fail or learn. That provides me the confidence to aim to be the best me possible in every aspect. The other side of that is I try to be as humble as possible. I am confident, not cocky. I’m all about team, seeing everyone succeed and helping them do so if I can. Diverse and unique is how I would label myself.

I am a New Orleans native so living in Omaha honestly caused me to slow down a lot – but in a good way.

The city has so much potential that it lends the opportunity for you to branch out and explore who or what you want to be.

Omaha has provided me a GREAT network of close friends and associates who not only support my ventures but inspire me as well. It’s a place that allows you to shape your own identity and doesn’t have many restraints on what you can accomplish if you put the work in.

How do you make a difference in this community? 

I’m very big on mentoring and networking. In 2014, with the help of my fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and the Black Police Officers Association of Omaha, I started the Omaha Teen Summit. OTS is a day dedicated to allowing high school aged youth in the Omaha metro area to come together to learn, network and solve problems plaguing them. These tasks are accomplished in the form of youth-led sessions such as breakouts (dedicated to college perspectives, finances and life skills), a college/career/health fair, and an open forum town hall meeting (featuring a mixed adult and youth panel). It is open to any high school aged students in the Omaha Metro area. We started with 20 students year one and just had 150 for our fifth installment. For adults, I try to put on entertainment and educational programs that give my peers a chance to network but not in the traditional sense. From Rhythm N Brunch on a Saturday afternoon to Lunch and Grind midday Thursday, there are many ways to connect, relax and grow with new and old friends. I cultivate unique and diverse experiences at all times.

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