This month, we had a blast at both our Friends4Lunch and Friends4Drinks events. Rock-N-Joe Coffee ( has some amazing selections for lunch, and no one can beat a midday mocha in the winter time for our Friends4Lunch event. It seemed the fan-favorite was the Turkey, Bacon, and Hummus sandwich on warm, toasted bread. We have to mention the large selection of treats and pastries they have, you’ll find yourself craving one of the High Society Cheesecake cookie sandwiches for days! We love spending time in the relaxing environment that’s perfect for socializing to studying, and everything in between. For Friends4Drinks, we visited Carmela’s Bistro (, and what an amazing evening we had! It was an easy choice to order the classic Bread Service that comes with bacon jam, honey, olive oil, and cracked pepper, served with a warm baguette; it simply doesn’t get better! We relied on the server’s expertise when it came to ordering wine, with their extensive list you can’t go wrong with any choice, and we were thrilled with the drinks we had. In addition, we always love Carmela’s Smoking Gun Revival cocktail, because who doesn’t enjoy a drink with a show? The smoke infused drink is too enticing to pass up! Add Carmela’s Bistro to your list for date nights, you won’t be disappointed.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Strictly Business! That’s right, Friends4Drinks will be held at McKinney’s Irish Pub ( on March 10, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. We are so excited to be spending time with the crew at McKinney’s for this networking event. The atmosphere around the restaurant is so much fun this time of year, we would love for you to join us to share a drink and get connected with the Lincoln business scene.

We’re lucky to have daVinci’s ( hosting our Friends4Lunch on March 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll be at the 27th and Superior St location, found at 4118 2650 Superior St. daVinci’s has been around for 44 years, and now has five Lincoln locations to serve our community. We’re already craving the spaghetti and meatballs, hoagies, and cheese steaks! Please join us to mingle and network while enjoying an amazing meal.

These events are open to anyone in the business community who is interested in connecting with others and supporting local eateries. There is no cost to attend, you only pay for what you order. No RSVP necessary, but appreciated. Feel free to contact the Strictly Business office at (402) 466-3330 or email with questions. We can’t wait to see you!