Founded in 1917, Omaha Steaks has spent nearly a century perfecting its delivery system. The company flash freezes its quality meats to keep them fresh and flavorful, and then the custom-cut pieces are slipped into individual vacuum-wrapped bags for added protection and convenience once it's time to start cooking. Lastly, the gift combos are nestled into coolers filled with dry ice and plenty of unsolved crossword puzzles before they're ready to begin their trip to your door. Upon arrival, the combos offer an array of mouthwatering proteins complemented by delicious side dishes and desserts, all perfectly preserved and ready for cooking.
Since 1931, Colby Ridge Popcorn has blossomed from a single popcorn stand into a flourishing family-owned firm inspired and driven by a steadfast commitment to flavor and freshness. The popcorn-sampler assortment boasts nine different flavors, including cheesy jalapeño, caramel apple, and cinnamon. Each flavor of freshly popped corn is handcrafted and immediately packaged to seal in all of its gastronomic goodness. Quell crippling indecision by sampling some of each, or combine all nine varieties in one bag to snack blindfolded.
The first time Dan Pool bit into the freshly baked bread of a Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen sandwich, he loved it. In fact, he loved it so much that he bought the small New York City eatery and immediately began expanding it into a string of shops across the country. Today, these locations stay true to Gandolfo's original spirit with a menu of Big Apple classics, including Reuben sandwiches, Nathan's Famous all-beef hot dogs, and the dense, chewy bagels New Yorkers traditionally lob at passing cabs. The staff also stacks chicken-breast sandwiches on hero rolls and assembles nine different types of roast-beef sandwiches.
Open for amateur and professional cooks alike, The Saucy Cook is a specialty food store that houses a myriad of organic, kosher, and low-sodium cooking and baking products, including international cheeses, oils and vinegars, dessert toppings, chocolates, and more. A saunter down the sandwich-spread aisle will lead guests to a jar of raspberry peach champagne jam ($7.75), designed to lift the spirits of austere slices of toast, while the Husker-produced red hot chocolate powder ($6.99) will educate taste buds on the Socratic interpretation of hot cocoa. See the list of products and services online for more details.
Chocolate Peacock is devoted to stocking and selling the latest in contemporary women’s fashion, from event dresses and jewelry to casual everyday wear and dapper accessories. Dandify your soul sack for the autumn descent into cooler climes with your choice of hot fall trends, from shimmer and sequins to skinny cargo-pant leggings, military-inspired jackets, and faux fur. Casual apparel goes chic with a pair of jean leggings garnished with gold ankle studs ($38), or a pair of classic, skinny black stretch pants ($44). Keep officewear intriguing with a short, shimmery brown jacket ($62), or step it up a notch with Peacock’s wide array of affordable necklaces, chunky bracelets, double rings, and other vintage-inspired jewelry, ranging in price from $15 to $80. Dresses, from the subtle to the super-sequined, range from $75 to $200, with the majority hovering around the $100 mark. Accessories, including handbags, belts, and headbands, range from $25 to $100, and pull outfits together like a terrifying cartoon magnet drawing in your silverware through the television screen.
Despite a flavor list that runs the gamut from carmel, white cheddar, yellow cheddar, and gourmet white popcorn totaling 25-plus flavors, Vic's Corn Popper has thrived for decades because of its commitment to simplicity. Every batch of sweet, spicy, and salty popcorn has been crafted the same way since 1980. All of the corn comes from farms in the Platte River Valley in Nebraska and western Iowa, and it's all cooked at the same temperature, swaddled with oil and salt—an approach that gives a consistently mouthwatering texture and crunch. The kernels are then dusted with their designated flavors before getting packed into bags or tins decorated to celebrate special events, pay homage to a sports team, or blend in with a Santa-themed drum kit.