April 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. Amy Stewart, bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks, returns to Omaha to explore the mysterious and intertwining plant/drink connection through flavorful history lessons, anecdotes and recipes. Stewart will discuss the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. The cafe will be open to purchase dinner prior to the lecture and a complimentary dessert reception will follow.
June 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. Chris Helzer, photographer, writer, and director of science with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska, will showcase a wide variety of incredible organisms and the amazing interactions between them through photographs and stories from the field. He will inspire you to marvel at the intricacies and beauty of the natural world around us, and suggest ways you can help to conserve both the species and the important roles they fill. From backyards to acreages, to expansive prairie landscapes, everyone can support "all the little things" that make our world's ecosystems healthy and resilient. The cafe will be open to purchase dinner prior to the lecture and a complimentary dessert reception will follow. This lecture is made possible by generous gifts from the Mae and Lawrence Youngman and Judy and Jim Wigton families.