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Bite Size: 2-1-12


News and notes on OKC dining.

Carol Smaglinski February 1st, 2012


House of fine dining
This Friday, enjoy Speakeasy 2012, the 39th annual Symphony Show House preview party, which offers a peek prior to the redesign by Central Oklahoma’s top designers. The 10,000-square-foot mansion is at 440 N.W. 15th, and will be stuffed full of live music and food from the city’s top chefs.

Your $40 ticket will get you into the foodie extravaganza for tastings, as well as a chance to bid on a private, catered party by one of OKC’s culinary masters. While you’re there, check out the house, too; it’s for sale. Purchase your tickets at symphonyshowhouse.com or at 842-6787.

Date night
Going to a Thunder game in downtown Oklahoma City?

Thunder up by starting at Red Prime Steak, 504 N. Broadway, where chef Robert Black and the Good Egg staff are offering a $39 prix fixe menu. But wait, there’s more. After dinner, there is complimentary limo service to the Thunder game.

right, Symphony Show House

On the menu at Red Prime, expect a 10-ounce sirloin or salmon mignon, and for sides, green chile mac or slivered asparagus. For a tasty dessert, enjoy the extravagant warm chocolate spoon cake or a light and silky butterscotch panna cotta.

Call for reservations at 232-2626.

An ‘affair’ to remember
Tuesday is the Oklahoma Restaurant Association Members’ Day, featuring ORA’s Culinary Excellence awards, as well as legislative reception. ORA officers will be elected in preparation for the new year in food. “A Tasteful Affair” will feature the culinary creations of dozens of ORA member restaurants for tasting.

You must be 21 to attend.

Evening ‘Joe’
There is live music each Friday and Saturday evenings at Full Cup Bakery & Cafe, 300 W. Edmond Road in Edmond. Local artists sometimes draw enough of an audience to fill up the cozy coffee shop.

Full Cup also displays visual art by local artists and invites local authors to do book signings. For more information, call 216-9767.

Chow Chat
OKC native and executive chef Jonathon Stranger, with chef Russ Johnson, is the co-owner of Ludivine, 805 N. Hudson, a “new prairie cuisine”  restaurant that has been in business since early October 2010.

Family: “Kristen Stranger, and pets, Brownie and Gray.”

Your ‘I’ve made it big’ splurge: “I am a sailor, and Kris and I would go on a long sail through Southeast Asia.”

right, Jacob Peregrin tries the bone luge at Ludivine

Words you overuse in your kitchen: “‘Nice!’ and ‘Do it again!’” You have no shame when it comes to: “Telling people like it is.”

Nickname as a kid: “Jono.” Made recent national news on ABC because: “Of news of our bone luge. It was on Twitter and Facebook and went national. They went crazy.”

Inspired by: “Kris and my mentor, chef Paul Wade, who recently took over a resort in Thailand.”

Favorite musical artist: “The Tallest Man on Earth.”

Tip for an amateur chef: “Don’t worry so much about making it gourmet; just understand that simple flavors work better.”

Most difficult thing you’ve ever done: “Out in the Wichitas, I got stuck climbing 200 feet off the ground with no rope and stuck my hand in a crack and held on for an hour until help came.”

A recent goof: “Used some Kentucky coffee beans (a hardshelled bean from the Kentucky coffee tree), but we made it too intense and our stomachs turned. We had the runs and our mouths were kinda numb.”

Bytes
We asked Gazette Facebook-ers what long-gone menu items they miss.

“The Salmon Club at the renovated Bricktown Brewery was phenomenal. I miss it so.” —Brian Winkeler

“Cowboy chili at Saturn Grill.” —Suzanne Pennington

“Chicken Club Toaster at Sonic.” —Sharon Ottke Kurtz

“Aloha Garden is under new management and the food is nowhere near as good as it was before.” —Tarisa LeBlanc

 
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