Drat! there goes tratt ...
Downtown is losing one of its best restaurants. Chef Christina Dowd and her partner, Maggie Howell, have announced the closing of Trattoria Il Centro, 500 W. Main.
“We are pulling the plug. We tried really hard to stay, but we were under lots of stress, along with our 2-year-old daughter, Scout, and this has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Our landlord, Dick Tanenbaum, has been a willing participant in helping us stay open, but the [downtown] construction won’t be finished for another year and we just cannot do it,” Dowd said.
She and Howell now will focus their talents on their other business, Aunt Pittypat’s Catering. And who knows? Let’s hope they nab another spot and get going again.
Food for funds
Food Among Friends will hold a silent auction alongside its food tasting 7 p.m. Thursday. More than a dozen local eateries will pitch in to help this fundraiser benefitting the Norman United Way. It will take place at Founder’s Hall at St. Mark, 3939 W. Tecumseh in Norman.
Among Friends serves those adults with physical or mental abilities by working to develop social and other life skills.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at door or ahead of time by calling 255-5299 or visiting amongfriendsnorman.org.
Enjoy Coop Ale Works’ handcrafted beer and delightful food from some of Oklahoma City’s finest eateries 7 p.m. Saturday at the OKC Farmers Public Market. The occasion? The Junior Hospitality Club will hold its fifth annual Chips for Charity, with proceeds going to support low-income seniors in the community. Try your hand at the blackjack, Texas hold ’em, craps and roulette tables. For more information, call 535-9122.
Chefs’ feast coming fast
The 25th annual Chefs’ Feast will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd.
The party will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program and is coordinated by chef Don Thiery of Waterford Marriott and chef Christine Dowd, of Aunt Pittypat’s Catering.
Tckets, which are limited, must be purchased in advance for $120, at regionalfoodbank.org.
Josh Goldman, 27, is a native of Oklahoma City and self-taught bartender at The Martini Bar at 505 S. Boulevard in Edmond.
Best feature: “I really like my hair.”
Good friend: “Because I am loyal and don’t gossip a lot.”
Really don’t care about: “Teriyaki, but I like rib-eyes.”
Quick tip for an amateur bartender: “Be prepared and get organized; must be from my training as an Army drill instructor.”
Die and come back as: “Pro surfer.”
Date night: “Ludivine and live jazz at The Office, which happens on Sundays.”
Bar essential: “A shaker.”
Nickname: “I used to look like John Lennon and people called me Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.”
Hero: “My grandfather, Walt Waechter.”
When not working: “Running and putting back together my ’78 purple and gray Malibu in the garage.”
The sky’s the limit on spending when it comes to: “My girlfriend, Melissa Woodbury.”