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Bite Size: 9-21-11


News and notes on OKC dining.

Carol Smaglinski September 21st, 2011

Dinner — served family-style — will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m., with specialties prepared by professional chefs. The recipes will be made with local ingredients and people who attend will have the opportunity to visit with local food producers and community organizations, and listen to live music.

SLOW FOOD PICNIC
The seventh annual Slow Food OKC fall picnic is from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd. This year, Sierra Club’s Cimarron Group is the title sponsor.

Dinner — served family-style — will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m., with specialties prepared by professional chefs. The recipes will be made with local ingredients and people who attend will have the opportunity to visit with local food producers and community organizations, and listen to live music. The fun includes family-friendly activities, such as a petting zoo, pony rides, a trackless train, art activities and, of course, enjoying the grounds of the Harn Homestead.

More than 500 people showed up last year, and due to its popularity and to get the locally grown food, people planning to attend must reserve tickets in advance. Allinclusive prices are $30 per person (if reserved by Sept. 27, $35/$40 after that date). Youngsters 12 and under will be admitted for free and will eat at a special kids’ table.

Send reservations via email to slowfoodokc@yahoo.com.

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
General Manager Christy Bodine Black called to say that her Original Fried Pie Place, 3721 N.W. 50th, was closing. Its last day was Aug. 5 after being in business for more than 13 years. They made some dream-worthy confections over that time, and Black wished to say thanks to her loyal clientele. The best part? She won’t have to commute from Texas, where she lives with her family. That’s a long drive!

SAUCED OFFERS DELIVERY NOW
Customers who don’t want to get off the couch except to answer the door and tip the pizza guy can now get home delivery from Sauced, 2912 Paseo in the popular Paseo Arts District. This is a concept now owned by Joe Jungmann and Lesley Rawlinson.

The delivery areas are north to Northwest Expressway, east to Santa Fe, south to Reno and west to Villa. Call for specialty and made-to-order pizza just the way you like it: 521-9800.

WINNER NAMED 
John Kuzmic of Piedmont took the first prize in the recent cake contest held during the Tour de Palate 2011 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He was one of the many sugar artists working with cake and icing provided by Ruth’s Sweete Justice, 7602 N. May, and CalJava International. The 90-minute, timed competition was judged by the audience.

Kuzmic teaches cake decorating at Hobby Lobby in Edmond and is known as the “Cake Daddy.”

Others competing were Mike Elder of Clinton, Mo.; Pat Jacoby of Highland, Ill.; Jay Qualls of Nashville, Tenn.; Brian Stevens of Austin, Texas; and Peggy Tucker of Rochester, Minn. Way to go, John!

CHOW CHAT 
Joe Bell is a sales manager at Thomas Brothers Produce, 3100 N. Interstate 35 Service Road. During the recent Oklahoma Restaurant Association’s annual convention and expo, Bell never left his booth for two days, while thousands of hospitality workers stopped by to see his colorful produce display. 

Most popular produce items in restaurants: “Tomatoes, spring mix and romaine.”

Hot produce items: “Yellow, multicolored heirloom tomatoes.”

You best feature: “I am a hustler.” A famous person you wished you looked like: “I kinda like myself.”

The most difficult thing you’ve done: “Coach Little League.”

On your day off you: “Work out and practice with my kids.”

Family: “Wife, Donna, and daughter, Peyton, and son, Levi — both very athletic.”

Food I’d never eat: “I shouldn’t say it, but a veggie burger.”

But you would kill for: “A Papa Angelo’s pizza.”

You are so pleased: “With all the latest technology with (hand-held) ordering systems. Everyone loves it and they don’t have to use a computer.”

Something nobody knows about you: “I am a pretty open guy with no secrets, but I coach Little League that is highly competitive.”

You’d come back as: “Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

Your handyman style: “If it’s broke, I’ll fix it. I have every tool known to mankind.”

Date night with Donna: “We stay home and send the kids somewhere.”

Nickname as a kid: “Joe B.” Lottery winnings: “Put back money for the kids’ college and get a white Ford F-150 like I drive now.”

Produce buying tip: “Make friends with the produce man and ask what’s freshest.”

Talent: “Nobody can hustle like I can. I am a competitor.”

Something funny: “When the storms (last winter) came, we had eight home generators going, but now we have one big one. We were the only company that still shipped (produce) the day of the storms.”

—Carol Smaglinski

 
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