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Bite Size: 2-22-12


News and notes on OKC dining.

Carol Smaglinski February 22nd, 2012

Arts and eats
Deep Fork Wood Grill & Seafood, 5418 N. Western, and its sister restaurant, Cafe Nova, 4308 N. Western, are planning special events to benefit Allied Arts. They’ve worked up $30 prix fixe menus that will run through March. For each meal sold, $10 will be donated to Allied Arts.

Need extra encouragement?

Tomorrow, Nova is hosting a karaoke night with all tips from the singers benefiting Allied Arts.

Buster’s at 5501 N. May. Reckless Kelly provided live music and Mustang Brewery sponsored a local beer tasting to go along with food and free games.

Go try the mountain of nachos, Philly steak roll or grilled chicken quesadillas. Bring the kids early for a family night, but have them out by 10 p.m., because after that, it’s adults-only.

Fill my Platt
From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Sunday, The Culinary Institute of Platt College, 2727 W. Memorial, will host a “Platt My Plate” event by welcoming guest chef Amber England of Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition.

The goal is to create a healthier Oklahoma by way of demonstration and education. It’s free of charge to attend and observe, and you might just learn some tips of plate-filling that will keep you healthier and happier. Only 20 spots are available, so you must sign up online prior to the event. Visit plattcolleges.edu and click “Platt My Plate” to complete the sign up.

The Oscar goes to …
Begin your watch party at 5 p.m. Sunday at The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive. when the Ronald McDonald House Young Professionals of Oklahoma City hosts the only sanctioned Oscar Night America telecast in Oklahoma. Get out that little black dress or your best suit, as cocktail attire is recommended for this event that comes with a red-carpet welcome. Guests will receive copies of the official Oscar program.

For more details and tickets, call 424-6873, ext. 105 or visit rmhcokc.org/ona2012.

Hearts of Hope Tea
The Hearts of Hope Tea is set for 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd. Funds raised help pay for programs at City Rescue Mission that help homeless and impoverished women and children. For more details, call Shellie Holt at 232-2709, ext. 160.

Dave & Buster’s has arrived
Hundreds of Oklahomans enjoyed the opening celebration of the one-of-a-kind fun place called Dave & Buster’s at 5501 N. May. Reckless Kelly provided live music and Mustang Brewery sponsored a local beer tasting to go along with food and free games.

Go try the mountain of nachos, Philly steak roll or grilled chicken quesadillas. Bring the kids early for a family night, but have them out by 10 p.m., because after that, it’s adults-only.

Chow chat
While studying at Oklahoma State University, Jay Mays got involved in a project with his then-professor Paul Sorrentino. Now the two are co-owners of the aptly named Cafe 7, 14101 N. May. It’s open seven days a week, the food comes out in less than seven minutes, and nothing costs over $7.

Real name: “Jimmy Wayne Mays, the second.”

Family: “On Nov. 6, I married Lauren Kilmer and we honeymooned in Mexico.”

You met: “At the Lobby Bar where she was the event coordinator. Now she is in school.”

Your signature dish: “Baked ziti.” Obsessed with: “My spoon collection.”

Free time: “Reading Anthony Bourdain’s books and recently started brewing my own beer.”

Stay away from: “I will never eat olives, but I love olive oil.”

Personal motto: “Leave something better than you found it.”

Quick tip for amateur cooks:

“Take a deep breath, relax; everything will be just fine.”

But it wasn’t when: “My first week at Gaillardia Country Club and the chef asked me to reheat beurre blanc (a wine-butter sauce that separates when reheated). I did and it was ruined.”

Corrections
Spoon Restaurant Fine Thai Cuisine at 1428 W. Britton Road is in Nichols Hills. Although I reported that Spoon had been shuttered, it was just closed for a vacation period. Also, I mentioned that Shorty Small’s at 4500 W. Reno had closed, but in December, it moved its business to a new location at 2037 S. Meridian. I regret the errors. —Carol Smaglinski

 
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