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Help wanted

The holiday hangover contributes to a trying time for metro nonprofits.


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Greg Horton
Christmas might be the season for giving, but the period that follows can be challenging for local charities, with many seeing a sharp decline in volunteers and donations.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oscar-worthy wines

The Johndrows of OKC find their Napa Valley wines a top pick in the entertainment industry.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Every winter, some of the biggest names in the world of film gather in Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Begun in 1981 by Robert Redford, it’s become a magnet for superstar chefs, as well.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Family tradition

Jeremy Nickel, the son of the late Gil Nickel, continues his father’s tradition of making fine wine in the Napa Valley.


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Greg Horton
When Muskogee native Gil Nickel died of cancer in 2003, his legacy in the wine world was already well-cemented.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

‘Something has to change’

Baptist ministers push for database of child predators who have worked in churches.


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Greg Horton
For several years, Wade Burleson, senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, has pushed the Southern Baptist Convention to compile a list of sexual predators.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wine, don’t whine

January will be an outstanding month for wine lovers in the state of Oklahoma.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Just so you know, it’s never too late to add resolutions to your New Year’s list. Add this one: Drink more wine.
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Vintage vantage

Restaurant-recommended wines at liquor-store prices for your dining pleasure at Paseo Grill.


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Greg Horton
What if you could buy a bottle of wine at your favorite wine shop and take it to dinner with you? Depending on where you shop and eat, you could save up to 200 percent off the cost on a restaurant wine list.
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Operation drumstick

’Tis the season for metro restaurateurs to work with area nonprofits to ensure the needy enjoy traditional holiday meals.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton

The founders call it Turkey Tango. Every Thanksgiving, participating restaurants partner with the City Rescue Mission to provide Thanksgiving dinner for up to 800 of its clients.

 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Something’s brrr-rewing

Local brewers offer a spectrum of options with the release of beers for winter.


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Greg Horton
Oklahoma City-based Mustang Brewing Company is releasing Session 33, a new line of beers created specifically for grocery stores and convenience stores. The first of two low-point beers will be available at the beginning of 2012, and company co-founder Tim Schoelen said a summer beer will follow.
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Keen on Keenan

Already popular in the metro, winemaker Michael Keenan produces custom wines for Oklahoma City eateries.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Michael Keenan loves Ranch Steakhouse, 3000 W. Britton. The Napa Valley winemaker has eaten more steaks there than most Oklahoma City residents. When ownership and management approached him about making a custom wine just for the Ranch, he was happy to oblige.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wines that shine

Share your fall with new wines in the OKC metro.


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Greg Horton
Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, 1201 N. Walker, has featured a mixture of American and Italian wines since Lori Tyler opened the restaurant last year. The two areas reflect Tyler’s preference for great California wines and the wonderful food-friendliness of Italian wines.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Group think

Metro merchants have mixed reactions to the Groupon phenomenon.


News

Greg Horton
The now-defunct Market C was one of Oklahoma City’s first food-service businesses to work with Groupon, the group-buying coupon service that boasts more than 50 million subscribers.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Refresher course

Local artists use wine labels to create unique interpretations to benefit the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Refreshing The Palette
The Metro Wine Bar
4-6 p.m. Sunday
6418 N. Western
metrowinebar.com
840-9463
$25
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Put a cork in it

Why did a legislative task force studying strong beer and wine sales dry up?


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Members of the joint task force on the sale of wine and beer in grocery stores voted to disband on Oct. 20 after only two meetings. Jeff Reasor, CEO of Reasor’s Foods and a member of the task force, said there were signs from the beginning that the group would not reach a consensus.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Banish the bully

A free workshop aims to teach school staff how to prevent and address bullying.


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Greg Horton
Cimarron Alliance of Oklahoma offers an intensive workshop Friday to prevent school bullying. “Stop Hate in the Hallways” is designed for teachers, administrators and mental health professionals who work with students.
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Okie roots to California vines

Oklahoma natives have quietly built Hidden Ridge to be one of the best brands in Sonoma Valley.


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Greg Horton
Lynn Hofacket was raised on a wheat farm and cattle ranch in southwestern Oklahoma. He eventually moved to Oklahoma City to work in real estate more than 20 years ago. While in the metro, he met Casidy Ward, an Enid native. The two married shortly after.
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
 
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