Summary of cooking & dining event at Antiquity

It all started with a unique idea, brought about by the owner’s wife–hosting an event to showcase our outdoor showroom while partnering with other local entrepreneurs in Omaha. Thus was born the idea of an outdoor cooking and dining event! We partnered with local Chef Gene Cammorata, who formerly owned the (sorely missed) Brass Grille. Together, we created this concept to host a small group of people to enjoy the comforts of outdoor living & dining, while making it attainable for the average person to re-create the experience in the comfort of their own home.

Since Antiquity Outdoor Supply retails a range of products, from the basic landscape material to affordable outdoor kitchen accessories and everything in between, we wanted to highlight the ease of cooking outdoors. Of course cooking outside without any type of shelter was a gamble, we went all in and set a date. To my great anxiety, the day came to host the event and it rained all morning! And yet, lo and behold, an hour and a half before go time, the clouds parted over our shop, the sun came out and it turned out to be a beautiful, crisp fall evening.  

Guests surrounded the demonstration with their homemade mixed drinks that they were encouraged to bring, while Chef Gene Cammorata used both the Summerset Grill with a searing attachment and a Chicago Brick Oven. Both are available for retail at Antiquity.
Guests surrounded the demonstration with their homemade mixed drinks that they were encouraged to bring, while Chef Gene Cammorata used both the Summerset Grill with a searing attachment and a Chicago Brick Oven. Both are available for retail at Antiquity.

Our lovely guests started arriving just as Gene was taking the first of many scrumptious foodie entrees off of our Summerset grill–homemade corn fritters! Our guests included but were not limited to, goat herders, a pastor and his wife, and an occupational therapist–just to name a few. No one foreknew each other, but our intimate and diverse group quickly came to exchange names and life stories while completely abandoning their seating arrangements. It was the sweetest time.

Bottles of wine started flowing and the guests were whisked away by the concoctions our chef was creating on the grill. I don’t think I’ve seen more amazed and satisfied people literally inhale ginger-infused grilled peaches (and other assorted fruits and vegetables.)  The crowd-pleaser was the wild salmon from Absolutely Fresh Seafood accompanied by large portions of  NY steaks. And just as the sun was setting, the coffee was passed around the fire along with an assortment of chocolates for s’mores. I think the mini Snickers roasting over the fire was the ingenious idea of one of the goat cheese experts. 

Everyone went home with something–either a wine barrel, an appointment for design consultation, exchange of numbers between new friends and all left with recipes that were used that night. By demand of our guests, we will most definitely be hosting another event soon!

Boulders looking for a home

 

We have many boulders here at Antiquity looking for a good home. Adopt one today!

Nothing is better than the sound of water coming from the garden, especially on a warm summer evening surrounded by friends and family. Whether the sound seeps through the open windows into the dining area or you’re congregated on the patio, it brings a sense of calm and ease into the atmosphere anytime of day.

A recirculating bubbling boulder really does make a great companion to any landscape and is virtually maintenance free. They are great as welcoming accents or clustered together for a very full sound. If you are using just one, make sure to place it close to where you do most of your outdoor living. If it is placed too far away it might get lost in the rest of the garden. All that is needed is a nearby power outlet and enough room to dig a basin to hold the water.

Bubbling boulders fit into almost any space. If you have a open space, a larger and more prominent stone is preferable. If your space is more intimate, a smaller boulder with nice subtleties is probably best. We have a broad variety of natural stone to choose from and we can even drill it for you. The character of the stone will determine the amount of noise it will produce. A smooth stone like brown stone has a very consistent bubbling sound, while a rough stone like moss rock boulder will have more of an inconsistent splashing sound. If you already have a space in mind, these characteristics will help you pick your new garden companion.

You’re most welcome to come to out to the yard and choose stone yourself! There will surely be someone here to help you make a choice that best suits your needs.

Mention you read this post and receive 10% purchase of your stone or 20% off if over 8 tons to create one epic water feature.