Nebraskaland April 2023

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April 2022 • Nebraskaland 35 the harvest dinner, the chef plans on incorporating more bison into the regular menu at the Cottonwood's Committee Chophouse. Another impetus for these dinners is to bring the Cottonwood back into regional conversations as a premier dining spot, as it was during the Blackstone Hotel's heyday. "I want people in like Chicago or Kansas City to hear about some of the stuff that's going on here and make the trip. I really want to be able to showcase our local ingredients, so that they leave Nebraska with a sense of 'Oh, wow. It's not a culinary wasteland out here. They're doing some amazing food.' I want people to leave these dinners feeling satisfi ed, feeling that they've expanded their horizons and broadened their palates," Sirois said. These dinners are also a lot of fun for the staff . They're opportunities for the culinary team to fl ex their creativity and collaborate beyond the day-to- day, often monotonous, tasks of hotel dining. They hope to put on these harvest dinners twice a year in the spring and fall. Sirois anxiously looks ahead to the future. "In the spring, we have all these beautiful, small local farms and people growing amazing produce. So, to showcase some of those items, we'll make dinner a little lighter as the weather is warming up. We're looking at the end of April," he said. Morels likely will make an appearance and possibly rabbit, lamb and walleye. Eventually, Sirois hopes the success of these dinners will encourage other chefs and wine purveyors to collaborate. Keep an eye out for the next harvest dinner at the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel on their website, The food will beat raccoon off a buff et line in 1958 by a long shot. Suit and tie not required. N Guests sat down to dinner at a community table decorated with autumn squash, lit candles and accents of pheasant tail feathers.

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