We’re excited to announce we are expanding from hosting only musicians and concerts to creating special events around food and ALL the arts!  We love finding unique and special ways of putting together food and the arts and we’re still scattering in concerts as well.

Check out our events calendar for what’s upcoming or schedule your private one!

Jan
2
Tue
Kids Winter Cooking Workshop 2018
Jan 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

We make cooking fun!  Teaching kids to cook can help them in the future. We want them to understand where their food comes from, taste new ingredients and learn basic techniques they can use over and over.  We make this part of all our classes.

In our Kid’s Cooking Classes they’ll experiment with fun menus they can recreate at home! We always focus on working safely and clean in the kitchen, have fun and EAT! Classes are hands on.

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Mini Winter Workshop

January

2 – Snacks – Meatballs and Spring Rolls- 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

3 – Pasta – Cheese Stuffed Ravioli and Fettuccine in Red Sauce – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

6 – Dessert  – All about Chocolate – 1 PM – 2:30 PM

All classes will always cover:

  • Proper Food Handling
  • Prepping food through teamwork
  • New and old fashioned cooking techniques
  • Etiquette/Table Manners

Snacks and Pasta Classes are offered ,

Classes offered for kids ages 10 – 14.

Cost is $25/class or all 3 for $65. Advanced registration required.

4 registrants needed to hold classes. Class sizes are limited.

Customizable private parties available for other dates or birthday celebrations.

 Girls Making PastaGirls Cooking
Jan
3
Wed
Kids Winter Cooking Workshop 2018
Jan 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

We make cooking fun!  Teaching kids to cook can help them in the future. We want them to understand where their food comes from, taste new ingredients and learn basic techniques they can use over and over.  We make this part of all our classes.

In our Kid’s Cooking Classes they’ll experiment with fun menus they can recreate at home! We always focus on working safely and clean in the kitchen, have fun and EAT! Classes are hands on.

2016-12-10 18.35.38

Mini Winter Workshop

January

2 – Snacks – Meatballs and Spring Rolls- 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

3 – Pasta – Cheese Stuffed Ravioli and Fettuccine in Red Sauce – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

6 – Dessert  – All about Chocolate – 1 PM – 2:30 PM

All classes will always cover:

  • Proper Food Handling
  • Prepping food through teamwork
  • New and old fashioned cooking techniques
  • Etiquette/Table Manners

Snacks and Pasta Classes are offered ,

Classes offered for kids ages 10 – 14.

Cost is $25/class or all 3 for $65. Advanced registration required.

4 registrants needed to hold classes. Class sizes are limited.

Customizable private parties available for other dates or birthday celebrations.

 Girls Making PastaGirls Cooking
Jan
6
Sat
Kids Winter Cooking Workshop 2018
Jan 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

We make cooking fun!  Teaching kids to cook can help them in the future. We want them to understand where their food comes from, taste new ingredients and learn basic techniques they can use over and over.  We make this part of all our classes.

In our Kid’s Cooking Classes they’ll experiment with fun menus they can recreate at home! We always focus on working safely and clean in the kitchen, have fun and EAT! Classes are hands on.

2016-12-10 18.35.38

Mini Winter Workshop

January

2 – Snacks – Meatballs and Spring Rolls- 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

3 – Pasta – Cheese Stuffed Ravioli and Fettuccine in Red Sauce – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

6 – Dessert  – All about Chocolate – 1 PM – 2:30 PM

All classes will always cover:

  • Proper Food Handling
  • Prepping food through teamwork
  • New and old fashioned cooking techniques
  • Etiquette/Table Manners

Snacks and Pasta Classes are offered ,

Classes offered for kids ages 10 – 14.

Cost is $25/class or all 3 for $65. Advanced registration required.

4 registrants needed to hold classes. Class sizes are limited.

Customizable private parties available for other dates or birthday celebrations.

 Girls Making PastaGirls Cooking
Jan
9
Tue
Winter Comfort: Breads: Fresh from the Oven!
Jan 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Heat up that oven or plug in that bread machine! We’ll cover the basics of breads and baking them. There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking or the taste of warm bread as you pull it apart and the steam releases. We’ll introduce you the versatile artisan bread that can be used in so many different ways. You’ll learn biscotti is easy and scones can be sweet or savory. And, we’ll cover flat and quick breads. You take a ‘boulle’ of dough with you so you can create your ‘choice’ bread at home.

$54

Jan
13
Sat
Pasta, Poets and Wine at the Pines!
Jan 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Food and the Arts at the Pines kicks off 2018

Join us for a leisurely dinner and feast on delectable dishes paired with wines from Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard and throughout the evening, we’ll sprinkle in poetry readings from Mary Hickman and Matt Mason, Nebraska poets and recent residents at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

 We’re working up a fantastic menu you’re sure to enjoy and will release it soon!

THE POETS

Mary Hickman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of two books of poetry, This Is the Homeland (Ahsahta Press, 2015) and Rayfish (Omnidawn Publications, 2017), which won the 2016 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and two chapbooks, Ecce Animot (Projective Industries, 2012) and How to Be Healthy and Heal (Cosa Nostra Editions, 2011). Her work has been featured as a Boston Review Poet’s Sampler and in the PEN America Poetry Series. Her poems and essays have also appeared in numerous journals, including Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, jubilat, and Sonora Review. She recently read in Turkey and Armenia with the US Department of State’s American Writers on Tour program. She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Nebraska Wesleyan University and teaches in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program’s summer program Between the Lines.

 

Matt Mason has a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards; was a Finalist for the position of Nebraska State Poet; and organizes and runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus. He has over 200 publications in magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’ Almanac. His most recent book, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati, was released in 2013. Matt lives in Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and daughters Sophia and Lucia.

 

 

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a residency program that supports established and emerging writers, visual artists and composers from across the country and around the world by providing environments that allow uninterrupted time for work, reflection and creative growth.

The Details

  • The meal includes four dishes plus dessert.  Five wine pairings. Ice Tea, Lemonade, and Water are also included.
  • Doors open at 6 PM.  Pasta and wine pairings from 6:30 – 9:00 PM.
  • $35 per person, ages 21 and up ($30 for meal w/no wine tasting)
  • Additional glasses or bottles of tasted wines and some Kimmel products used in recipes will be available for purchase
Feb
5
Mon
Pasta, Pasta and More Pasta!
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pasta, Pasta and More Pasta!

What a versatile food and so tasty! We’ll prepare fresh pasta (and accompanying sauces). From short shape to long shapes, sheets or filled; the varieties are endless. And which sauce goes best with which pasta? Believe it or not, there is a general rule and we’ll cover that, too. You can make it by hand or with gadgets and we’ll show you how. You even get to take home some pasta to prepare at home (maybe for that special Valentine!)

 

Mar
5
Mon
Meatball Madness
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Let’s get creative with the “meat – ball!”

And get you ready to host your March Madness parties. In addition to the ever-popular classic Italian Sausage, we’ll make a variety of combinations, like our Asian pork, shrimp puff, holiday turkey and even vegetarian falafel!.

Learn the make ahead options and the different methods of preparation: slow cooking, sautéing, baking and broiling. From appetizers to a main course, we’ll pair them with a complimenting sauce, dip and suggest what would be a good perch for your flavor filled pillow. You’re sure to have a BALL!

$49

Jun
5
Tue
John Byrne Band Outdoor Concert
Jun 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
John Byrne Band Outdoor Concert

Details

We just could pass up on having this crew back for the 5th year in a row!

Performances start at 6:30 PM, show up any time after 6:00 PM.  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages or if available, may enjoy samplings from sponsoring local wineries or non-alcoholic drinks.

$20 per person

No RSVP required as this is an outdoor concert.  For questions, contact Jeanna Stavas, Owner/Innkeeper at 402-873-5850 or jeanna@bbwhisperingpines.com.

 

All about the John Byrne Band

The John Byrne Band is led by Dublin native and Philadelphia-based John Byrne. Their debut album, After the Wake, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011. With influences ranging from Tom Waits to Planxty, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. John and the band followed up After the Wake in early 2013 with an album of Celtic and American traditional tunes. The album, Celtic/Folk, pushed the band on to the FolkDJ Charts, reaching number 36 in May 2015. Their third release, another collection of John Byrne originals, entitled “The Immigrant and the Orphan”, was released in Sept 2015. The album, once again, draws heavily on John’s love of Americana and Celtic Folk music and with the support of DJs around the country entered the FolkDJ Charts at number 40. Critics have called it “..a powerful, deeply moving work that will stay with you long after you have heard it” (Michael Tearson-Sing Out); “The Vibe of it (The Immigrant and the Orphan) is, at once, as rough as rock and as elegant as a calm ocean..each song on this album carries an honesty, integrity and quiet passion that will draw you into its world for years to come” (Terry Roland – No Depression); “If any element of Celtic, Americana or Indie-Folk is your thing, then this album is an absolute yes” (Beehive Candy); “It’s a gorgeous, nostalgic record filled with themes of loss, hope, history and lost loves; everything that tugs at your soul and spills your blood and guts…The Immigrant and the Orphan scorches the earth and emerges tough as nails” (Jane Roser – That Music Mag)

The album was released to a sold-out crowd at the storied World Café Live in Philadelphia and 2 weeks later to a sold-out crowd at the Mercantile in Dublin, Ireland. John has toured with or opened up for acts as diverse as The Hothouse Flowers, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Patti Smyth, Gaelic Storm, Murder by Death, Finbar Furey, Luka Bloom, The Saw Doctors, The Screaming Orphans, Solas, Sharon Shannon, The Young Dubliners and The Greencards. In Fall, 2012, John and the Band performed with The Irish Tenors for the Liberty Medal Presentation at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia before President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. John and the band tour the country as an acoustic 4-piece featuring banjo/accordion, fiddle/cello, guitars and bodhran, and as a 6-7 piece that adds drums, bass and horns to its lineup.

The John Byrne Band, however, is as much at home in a traditional session at a corner bar as it is in larger venues/festivals and opening for national acts. John has toured with or opened up for acts as diverse as The Hothouse Flowers, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Patti Smyth, Gaelic Storm, Finbar Furey, Luka Bloom, The Saw Doctors, The Screaming Orphans, Solas and The Greencards. In Fall, 2012, John and the Band performed with The Irish Tenors for the Liberty Medal Presentation at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia before President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

John and the band continue to tour the country as an acoustic 4-piece featuring banjo/accordion, fiddle/cello, guitars and horns, and as a 6-7 piece that adds drums and bass to its lineup.

2014/15 saw the band performing at Festivals such as the Valley Forge Mid-Winter Fest, The Philadelphia Fleadh, MusikFest (Bethlehem), the Philadelphia Folk Fest, Gorgas Park, Pastorius Park, FreedomFest(NJ), Saltwater Celtic Fest (Maine), The Celtic Classic (PA)and many others.

What the Critics are Saying…

“Up and coming Trad star hits the sweet spot… beautifully played… its Byrne’s natural vocal delivery that makes the album stand out from the crowd”
Hot Press

“John Byrne’s After The Wake is the sort of album that an artist spends their entire career trying to create. Every once in a while someone actually manages to do it; mix splendid story-telling skills, top-notch musicianship, and a grand creative sense with just the right mix of songs. After The Wake is nothing short of a brilliant collection”
Wildy’s World

“One of the few musical artists today who truly manage to be traditional and modern at the same time.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“He’s good, period, with material that’s edgy yet accessible in a Luka Bloom meets Bob Dylan kind of way.”
Philadelphia Daily News

“After the Wake is the perfect combination of Celtic and American folk music.”
Record-Journal Newspaper

“Amazing tales of life and semi-autobiographical tunes… You’ll want to listen over and over again.”
Reviewer Magazine “Byrne’s songs are rich with the sounds and themes of Irish tradition, one that survives in a modern world… full of “raw strength”… an impressive work throughout… puts me in mind of an Irish Alejandro Escavedo”
Sing Out

For “fans of Celtic music, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and other such lyrically expansive folks.”
Sun Herald

Follow this link for video of the John Byrne Band