OKGazette.com - Food and Drink Features http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-114-1-food-and-drink-features.html <![CDATA[Upward mobility - Local producer Travis Flatt grows affordable, organic microgreens and herbs.]]> Locals can have fresh microgreens and herbs for cooking in a new and convenient way. Microgreens, a chef favorite, are petite vegetable greens that add color, nutrition and flavor to dishes. ]]> <![CDATA[Food briefs: You’re toast, er, pretzel - A freshly baked Okie twister speeds across the metro as the Twist Gourmet Pretzels food truck.]]> There’s a new food truck on the scene. ]]> <![CDATA[Hill tops - Former Okie Bill Hill instrumental in developing some of California's tastiest wines.]]> Northwest Classen High School has produced an impressive list of alumni over the years, including current Sonic president and CEO Cliff Hudson, former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Bill Hill, a 1969 alumnus, left Oklahoma after graduating from the University of Oklahoma and has been instrumental in the development of some of California’s super premium vineyards and wines. ]]> <![CDATA[Vietnamese comfort food - Settle in for home cooking Vietnamese-style at this cozy little restaurant.]]> I’ve always had a love affair with the refreshing, healthy cuisine of Vietnam. I love the fragrances, the fresh herbs, cilantro, basil, mint and other Asian herbs: perilla, Vietnamese coriander and sawtooth cilantro. And I love the contrast and balance in almost every dish: spicy vs. cool, salty vs. sweet and steamed vs. crispy.]]> <![CDATA[Going dark - Two local breweries unveil new doppelbock and stout beers for summer.]]> Local brewers are expanding production, purchasing equipment and facilities and releasing new brews as Oklahoma’s craft beer industry continues to expand. Oklahoma City-based Black Mesa Brewing Company, fresh off its gold medal at the World Beer Festival, released a new beer, Alexander Supertramp Dopplebock, in June.]]> <![CDATA[Top of the city - With Josh Valentine running the kitchen at The George, the anticipated opening of the restaurant atop Founders Tower has been worth the wait.]]> With Josh Valentine running the kitchen at The George, the anticipated opening of the restaurant atop Founders Tower has been worth the wait.]]> <![CDATA[Experiments in spice - Two local creators bring adventure to the palette with lines of rubs, sauces and spices.]]>

Jordan Winn of Dead Rooster Co. and Scotty Irani of local company In The Kitchen with Scotty want to inspire foodies to get more from barbecue.

During the Fourth of July weekend, many of us will attend or host a cookout.

There are two local options to make grilling time more satisfying for everyone.

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<![CDATA[Catch of the day - June 25 is National Catfish Day, but Oklahoma City’s restaurants are swimming with creative menu variations of the delectable fish.]]> Whatever you think of his policies or legacy, we can all agree that Ronald Reagan got it right when he proclaimed June 25 National Catfish Day.]]> <![CDATA[Tantalizing tapioca - You’ve had it in your calendar all year — well, maybe you haven’t — but now it’s here; Saturday is National Tapioca Day.]]> Your grandmother probably made tapioca pudding, an old-fashioned comfort food, for dessert and also had a few boxes tucked away in her pantry. Now slightly more difficult to find, tapioca pudding has fallen a bit out of popularity.]]> <![CDATA[Get acquainted with halal - One doesn’t have to go far to find halal food in the Oklahoma City metro area.]]>

Oklahoma City’s vibrant Muslim population has recently produced some wonderful places to eat and shop halal, a welcome addition to the region.

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<![CDATA[Broadway choppers - Construction starts on a pair of new restaurant and bar concepts in Midtown.]]> Jeff Dixon and Aaron Soward were eating lunch and throwing around the idea that they could combine their experience and strike out for themselves. They had many combined years of experience, and both came up in the Hal Smith Restaurant Group restaurants around the Oklahoma City metro area. Dixon was the manager who opened Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza at Classen Curve, and Soward was the general manager at Redrock Canyon Grill, 9221 Lake Hefner Parkway. Both men were ready for a change and felt confident that they were ready to tackle their own restaurant concept.]]> <![CDATA[Farmers markets offerings in June - Dustin Green from 10 Acre Woods in Norman fills us in on what’s new at farmers markets in June.]]> Now that we’re finally out of the awkwardness of asking, “Are we sure it’s spring?” and we have fairly leapt straight into temperatures upward of 90 degrees, local farmers are working around the clock to get the goodies of early summer out of the ground and to the local markets.]]> <![CDATA[Tantalizing tortas - This Mexican sandwich is a delight any time of the day.]]> Torta, in Spanish-speaking countries, usually means “a loaf or cake”; but in Mexico, it means a tasty, traditional sandwich, and no two tortas are alike. Tortas roughly resemble sandwiches, but the bread and fillings are what sets them apart from lesser combinations of ingredients and some sort of bread.]]> <![CDATA[Sergio's Italian review - A small Italian eatery offers big flavors with a loving attention to detail.]]>

Sergio’s Italian Bistro

104 E. Gray St., Norman

sergiositalianbistro.com

573-7707

What worked: Great freshness and delicacy of flavors.

What needs work: House salad dressing was too heavy on the vinegar.

Tip: Go with the nightly special, whatever it is. You won’t be disappointed.

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<![CDATA[Homestyle sushi - Sushi bars abound, but it’s fun to create sushi at home and name a sushi roll after yourself.]]> Sushi originated in southeast Asia as a means to preserve fish using fermented rice. It has evolved to nigiri, a street food (the sushi we commonly know today), and also temaki, a cone-shaped roll filled with fish, vegetables and rice. Nori-maki is rolled and sliced and is commonly found in almost every supermarket.]]> <![CDATA[Yearly wine event will benefit nonprofit - A yearly wine event will honor a charity that helps children, youth and families.]]>

Le Tour de Vin 2014

6 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Riverwind Casino

1544 W. OKLAHOMA 9

Showplace Theatre

letourdevin.com

310-9121

$100-$150

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<![CDATA[Eat like a Champion - Waffle sandwiches have earned a following at Waffle Champion in Midtown.]]>

Waffle Champion

1212 N. Walker Ave. #100

wafflechampion.com

525-9235

What works: Pit Ham and classic Bacon Egg n’ Cheese sandwiches are tops.

What needs work: Parking can be a challenge. Lobster needs more flavor for the price.

Tip: Plan ahead. Closed on Mondays and after 2 p.m. every other day.

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<![CDATA[Horsepower - Mustang Brewery Company reopens its facilities after being damaged in a 2013 tornado.]]> Mustang Brewing Company started brewing beer in Oklahoma City again on May 13. The company has spent the last year attempting to recover from the damage its brewing facility sustained during a tornado last year.]]> <![CDATA[Toast masters - Midwest City festival celebrates locally made products and hosts a grilled cheese cook-off.]]>

Made in Oklahoma Beer, Wine and Food Festival

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

Sheraton Midwest City Hotel

Reed Conference Center

5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City

madeinoklahomafestival.com

741-7333

Free admission

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<![CDATA[Coney Island, baby - You don’t have to travel to Brooklyn to get to Coney Island.]]> Capitol Hill’s Coney Island wiener-in-a-bun shop has been serving them up red hot with chili, cheese and onions for generations.]]>