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Eighth Annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets Event to Benefit Completely KIDS

Unique Event Features Fine Wines and Savory Pork Dishes
by Press Release
May 18, 2017

OMAHA (May 18, 2017) – The Pinot, Pigs & Poets Committee, in collaboration with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, has announced the eighth annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets to be held at Happy Hollow Club on June 1. All proceeds benefit the Completely KIDS weekend and after-school food programs.

As one of Omaha’s premier wine and food events, Pinot, Pigs & Poets will feature outstanding pinot noir wines and savory pork dishes from renowned Omaha and Lincoln chefs. The evening will also include slam poetry, provided by Matt Mason and the Nebraska Writers Collective, and vintner and chef competitions.

Tasting begins at 6 p.m., with the first hour reserved for patron reservations. Those with regular guest reservations will be admitted at 7 p.m. Prior to the event, a panel of judges will blind taste each wine in a vintner competition, with winners being announced during the evening. Guests will enjoy sipping exquisite wines from more than 50 wineries, including some of the event’s past vintner competition winners.

The Taste of Elegance Chef Competition, sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, will award the winning chef a trip to the 2018 Pork Summit at the Greystone Campus of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif. Featured chefs from Omaha and Lincoln-area restaurants include: Chef Kyle Anderson, Baela Rose; Chef Tim Nicholson, The Boiler Room; Chef Dario Schicke, Dario’s Brasserie/Avoli Osteria; Chef Enzo Zurlo, Enzo’s Italian; Chef Clayton Chapman, The Grey Plume; Chef Johnny Lopez, Happy Hollow Club; Chef Paul Kulik, Le Bouillon; Chef Cedric Fichepain, Le Voltaire; Trish Liakos, Market Basket; Stokes Bar & Grill; Chef Jared Clarke, Timber Wood Fire Bistro; and Chef John Benton, The Venue Restaurant & Lounge.

“Pinot, Pigs & Poets is a one-of-a-kind event in Omaha,” said Jody Carstens, co-chair. “Guests are able to sip on pinot noir while sampling pork dishes from some of the area’s most innovative and talented chefs. It is simply ‘hog heaven’—especially knowing proceeds benefit children served by Completely KIDS food programs.”

Due to the success of Pinot, Pigs & Poets, Completely KIDS has been able to increase the number of children enrolled in the Weekend Food Program, which provides backpacks filled with healthy, child-friendly food to take home every Friday. The weekend and after-school food programs fit within the organization’s mission to educate and empower kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.

“Pinot, Pigs & Poets has rapidly become one of our cornerstone events,” said Completely KIDS Executive Director Penny Parker. “The funds raised provide us with the opportunity to expand our food programs and feed even more hungry children. We continue to show our appreciation to the Pinot, Pigs & Poets committee for the work they do year after year.”

Cost for the event is $250 for patron reservations, $125 for regular guest reservations and $75 for those ages 21 to 30. Reservations may be made by May 25 at For more information about Completely KIDS, visit

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