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Bite Size: April 18, 2012


News and notes on OKC dining.

Carol Smaglinski April 18th, 2012

The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce leadership class is hosting the event and anticipates around 20 different restaurants to show up and offer a “taste” of what they’re doing.

Midwest delight

Fancy a sampler? You’ll have the chance from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday for the annual Taste of Midwest City. The fund-raiser will be held at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road in Midwest City, and proceeds are donated to area charities.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 733-3801 for more information.

The thunder rolls

Can’t get enough of basketball celebrity Kevin Durant? The Hal Smith Restaurant Group can’t, either.

A collaboration between the two will result in a new restaurant in Bricktown as soon as next April. Boasting a sports bar and casual sitdown dining, it will be located near Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.

All gone

There’s no more Falcone’s Pizzeria & Deli in Bricktown. Danny Falcone, who had partners in that Italian-style eatery, said the lease was up Dec. 31 and they decided to close.

“The five years went fast,” said Falcone, who added that he can now focus on the original Falcone’s location at 6705 N. May.

The former Bricktown Falcone’s is now home to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop,

Were you made in Oklahoma?

April has been declared Made In Oklahoma month, reminding us that we should do our best to support local growers and producers of Oklahoma products.

The MIO Coalition represents more than 30 Oklahoma food manufacturers statewide. Visit miocoalition.com for a directory of MIO companies and restaurants.

Pay it forward Keep OKC beautiful and enjoy some delicious burgers from S&B’s Burger Joint while you’re at it.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, 10 percent of all proceeds at either location — 20 N.W. Ninth or 5929 N.

May — go toward OKC Beautiful and its mission to keep this city looking really good. Speaking of looking good, you’ll be able to get your hands on “Littering is Wrong Too” swag and other great promotional items.


Chow chat

Sportsman’s Country Club has been going through major changes, including a $1.8 million renovation, a new management team and new menu.

Tom Wynn is the general manager, and he is a native Oklahoman. Family: “Wife Lauren, and we met in Tulsa and our children are Jaxon, Olivia, Hope, Andrew and Sam.”

Would never eat: “Tripe or monkey brains.”

Personal motto: “Make work play, and play like hell.”

Greatest extravagance: “Camping and being outdoors.”

Favorite kitchen gadget: “My meat cleaver.”

You die and come back as: “Myself 50 years earlier so I would know what to invest in.”

When hiring employees you look for: “Personality.”

Handyman style: “I fix small items, but no big projects that take more than a day.”

Eat out: “Outside the Sportsman’s [Country] Club, Republic.”

Smart thing you did to land a job: “I am a firm believer in it’s who you know.”

A movie that gets your heart pumping: “Goodfellas.”

Splurge on wine would be: “From the Russian River Valley, not Napa.”

Few people know: “That I have been to 26 countries during my 14 years in the U.S. Army and I was in Salerno, Afghanistan.”

Favorite junk food: “Oreo cookies.”

Best advice you ever got: “Live life simply.”

Started cooking: “At 14; I was raised in a kitchen.”

You win the lottery. You’d call: “My wife.”

 
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