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Oscar party a hit

Carol Smaglinski March 16th, 2011

Now in its 13th year, a black-tie bash was held in honor of the Oscars. This year the party was staged at Rococo Northpark, 12252 N. May inside Northpark Mall.

With everyone watching the action on Rococo’s giant television screen, the room was packed with beautiful women in sexy dresses, along with well-dressed men, all avid movie fans celebrating the 2011 Oscars.

Party hosts and hostesses included Charlie Monnot, Kevin Winsell, Kym Koch Thompson, Jodi Nestander, Paul James and Karen Kurtz. All the food was prepared under the direction of Jason Bustamante, executive chef at Rococo, and included appropriately festive names. Guests dined on “The King’s Peach,” a nod to Best Picture winner “The King’s Speech,” and tasty grits in honor of “True Grit.”

I’ll bet the enthusiastic hosts are already busy planning next year’s soiree.

Good Egg dinner
A Good Egg Dining Group is hosting its inaugural chefs’ dinner this Monday, March 21, at Red Prime Steak, 504 N. Broadway.

The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The five-course dinner with pairings will utilize the chefs and recipes from A Good Egg’s diverse restaurants, including Red Prime, Republic Gastropub, Cheever’s Cafe and Iron Starr Urban Barbeque.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Eat Wise OKC, a local initiative to get healthy food options into local school cafeterias. Tickets are $110 and seating is limited. Call 232-2626 to reserve your spot.

Running wild

Debbie Lowery and Teresa Walters of Running Wild Catering, formerly Johnnie’s Catering, have welcomed a new partner, Tom Deutsch.

With more than a dozen years in the catering business behind them, Running Wild offers food services for corporate events, social gatherings and weddings.

Lowery credits their success to the fact that they are in that middle-ofthe-road niche that is affordable.

With the owners’ tried-andtrue recipes and culinary skills, they distinguish themselves with artistic

abilities and especially like theme parties.

“We did a golf-themed party, but among the best was a space-themed party,” Lowery said.

Contact Running Wild Catering, 8330 Glade Ave., at 751-0688 or visit www.runningwildcatering.com.

Chow chat

Margaret Holloway, who stays current and is filled with positive energy, is the general manager of Boulevard Steakhouse, 505 S. Boulevard in Edmond. She is also the marketing director for the restaurant, along with Cafe 501 next door and its second location in Classen Curve, 5825 N.W. Grand Blvd.

Just recently, Boulevard Steakhouse was listed as one of the top 50 most romantic restaurants in the nation as voted by diners at reservation and review site www.opentable.com. It was the only Oklahoma restaurant on the list. The businesses are owned by Margaret’s brother, Peter Holloway, and his wife, Sheree.

Born: “Casper, Wyoming, where my dad, William, was a geophysicist, and we just lost our mom, Ann, on Jan. 5.”

Best feature: “My personality.”

Education: “University of Oklahoma, and (I) got my master’s at Troy State University in Alabama.”

Famous person you look like: “My brother, Peter Holloway.”

A foreign exchange student should see: “Boulevard Steakhouse, the Memorial and the Cowboy Museum.”

Superstitions: “Don’t step on cracks, any cracks for that matter, and always check your pockets.”

Most difficult accomplishment: “Making the change in coming from a position as a hospital administrator in Florida to Oklahoma to be in the restaurant business.”

Believe in your horoscope? “Only when it’s right.”

Music: “I like the live music that we have at the Boulevard in the Martini Lounge, from The Casino Band, Alter Ego, C Plus, Ground Works to Matt Stansberry, but my very favorite is Phil Collins.”

Cook? “No, but I’m the best popcorn maker in the world.”

Wildest happening in the restaurant: “A woman came in with her pet snake, a python. That was nice, but we had to ask her to leave.” —Carol Smaglinski

 
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