History meets innovation, that’s how the new owners of Culinary Kitchen describe the transition of the old Korn Popper building into a test kitchen featuring a luscious menu of breakfast, brunch, and lunch waffles.
Kevin Knudson, the new owner, said he fully understands the meaningful legacy of the Korn Popper at 14th and N streets – the official entryway into the timeless Lincoln Community Foundation Barbara Bartle Garden.
“It’s a Lincoln tradition, it’s Lincoln history,” Kevin said. “We look upon this as a new story that starts now, a contemporary Lincoln tradition, the old meeting the new.”
And that “new” is a different sort of downtown offering called Heavenly Waffles, a distinctive waffle that serves as the basis for all types of meals, from waffle sliders (such as smoked ham, pepper jack cheese, avocado and tomato) to delectable dessert waffles topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries, sprinkled with powdered sugar and maple syrup, or lemon zest waffles topped with passionfruit sorbet.
Bob Haney, founder and executive chef for Heavenly Waffles, described his “revolutionary waffle mix” as a modified waffle recipe with yogurt making up 40 percent of the dry mix. This creates a unique, light and fluffy texture and adds only 110 calories with 8 grams of protein.
“This is definitely not your hotel waffle. In fact, we will completely change your concept of a waffle,” Bob promised.
“I love Lincoln, this is a foodie town with people who love the opportunity to try something new,” Kevin said. “This is a different taste they’ve never had before. And what a perfect venue and location! I believe they call Foundation’s Garden the people’s park, so we are located in paradise.”
Visit the Culinary Kitchen Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.