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Green guzzling

Here’s your guide to decide if going organic is worth the effort.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Of the three main categories of booze — wine, beer and spirits —the former is by far the most difficult to produce organically, at least in the U.S. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s certification process, organic wines cannot contain added sulfites, which are chemicals added to wines to inoculate against bad bacteria.
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bee local

Though it may not help fight seasonal allergies, local honey makes up for it in taste and health benefits.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
First, the bad news: According to a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, local honey does not alleviate seasonal allergies any more efficiently than placebos.
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stop and smell the tannins

Metro restaurants slow down to let diners sample food and wine without the rush.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
The first Sunday of each month, Boulevard Steakhouse, 505 S. Boulevard in Edmond, offers customers access to Dinner Club, established in 1998 by Jimmy Stephney. Owner Pete Holloway said the idea is to offer guests a casual dinner with a set menu and hand-selected wine pairings.
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Take a Cab

New wines from famous names remind us why Cabernet is king of the reds in Oklahoma.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
The list of winemakers at Lewis Cellars over the years reads like a who’s who of Napa: Joe Cafaro, Helen Turley, Paul Hobbs, Randy Lewis and Brian Mox. Their craftsmanship helped make Lewis one of the world’s most sought-after wines. The newest Lewis, Mason’s Cabernet, is now available in the metro.
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tour de force

A traveling activist group wants Southern Nazarene University to reassess its LGBT policies.


News

Greg Horton
A touring group of LGBT activists, Equality Ride, is scheduled to visit Southern Nazarene University on Monday, part of what the group describes as a nationwide effort to visit schools that “openly discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals,” through university policies.
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

School’s out

Villa Teresa plans to shut its doors after 79 years educating students.


News

Greg Horton
After 79 years of educating Oklahoma students, Villa Teresa School will be closing on July 31. Administrators of the school, which is located in Midtown, cited issues that included financial concerns, dilapidated buildings and the age of the Carmelite nuns who run the school.
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

From forest to first course

Wild edibles are getting some plate play with local chefs.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Remember your mother or grandmother foraging for pokeweed to make poke salad? You might be surprised how many Oklahomans have foraged over the years. Some Native American tribes call it “wildcrafting”; it’s the practice of finding edible plants that grow wild in a given geographic area.
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tannins for tubas

Local restaurants are participating in a wine fundraiser to benefit school music programs.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
The next best thing to learning how to play a musical instrument is drinking wine to help someone else learn to play. E & J Gallo Winery and William Hill Estate have partnered with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation to help restore and enhance music programs in local schools by donating $1 for every case of their wine sold throughout March and April.
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Divine digs

The new owner of a century-old church in Midtown is determined to repair the building and inspire parishioners’ lives.


Features

Greg Horton
Frontline Church held its first service in its downtown location on Christmas Eve in 2011. Although the building at N.W. 10th Street and Robinson Avenue is a new site for Frontline, it was originally the home of First Christian Church, beginning in 1911.
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Practice makes perfect

Francis Tuttle’s new culinary training center is a cutting-edge facility.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
The scale of the school is immediately impressive. Massive pillars and vaulted ceilings are made inviting by soft lines, curving hallways and earthtoned upholstery. Everything about it says excellence.
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spirited reformation

Two grassroots organizations seek changes to Oklahoma’s liquor laws.


News

Greg Horton
Oklahomans might see some changes to their liquor laws this year. While one group is attempting to secure a state question on the November ballot about wine and strong beer in grocery stores, another organization is working with state lawmakers for parity in laws that affect breweries.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wine on tap

Edmond’s newest wine bar features access to some of the world’s best wines by the ounce.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Vin Dolce is in downtown Edmond because owner Melanie Chesser believes in downtown Edmond. Her new wine bar is located in the old TG&Y building at 16 S. Broadway.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Romney and religion

Will Mitt Romney’s Mormonism be a factor for Oklahoma voters in next Tuesday’s presidential primary?


News

Greg Horton
With the state’s Republican presidential primary Tuesday March 6, some observers wonder if voters in the so-called Bible Belt of Oklahoma will be influenced by the religion of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is Mormon.
 
Friday, February 24, 2012

Seeking subversion

In his latest book, Oklahoma City pastor Robin Meyers proposes a religious equivalent of the ‘common good.’


Nonfiction

Greg Horton
Robin Meyers
6:30 p.m. Thursday
Full Circle Bookstore
1900 Northwest Expressway
fullcirclebooks.com
842-2900
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sicilian nose

The black grape of Italy is no longer the black sheep.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Think of a delicious Cru Beuajolais: bright-red fruit upfront, great balance and that smoky tar finish that takes a light wine and makes it serious.
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
 
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