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McFoster's to hold fundraising dinner
By Sarah Baker Hansen
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe is having a fundraising dinner to try and keep its doors open.

The dinner, slated for Sunday, Feb. 26, is $150 a plate and will include gourmet vegetarian food and live music.

Owner Tom Foster put the restaurant, a long-time stand-by for vegetarians, vegans and organic eaters, on the market because he is $15,000 behind in property taxes on the building, at 38th and Farnam Streets.

He said if 100 people purchase a seat for the dinner, the restaurant will be able to remain open for another year.

Diners can buy a reservation at the restaurant by purchasing a $150 gift card that gives them entry. The menu, which is still evolving, includes one entree so far: macadamia crusted wild caught cod or organic tempeh served with grilled asparagus and an organic basmati rice pilaf with vegan lemon-tarragon butter.

Starters include charbroiled artichoke hearts with vegan basil aioli and the restaurant's widely known sauteed Brussels sprouts.

The dinner will have two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and a cash bar will serve cocktails for $2 each. Mark Nelson will play live music.

McFoster's has been in business in Omaha for 18 years, and Foster has owned it for ten of those years. The restaurant's menu is primarily vegetarian, but it also serves free-range chicken and fresh seafood. Everything on its menu is free of refined flour and sugars, and it uses organic produce from local gardeners.

Foster said the restaurant will stay in business until Feb. 29, when it will close if the owners don't find a buyer or raise enough money to cover the back taxes.

For more information on the dinner, visit mcfosters.com.

Contact the writer: Sarah Baker Hansen

sarah.bakerhansen@owh.com    |   402-444-1069    |  

Sarah writes restaurant reviews and food stories for the World-Herald.

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