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Bite size, 7-20-11

News and notes on OKC dining

Bite Size

Carol Smaglinski
There were swan songs for a few places around the metro recently.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bite Size: 8-24-11

News and notes on OKC dining

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bite Size: 8-31-11

News and notes on OKC dining.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bite Size: 9-14-11

News and notes on OKC dining.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bite Size: 2-1-12

News and notes on OKC dining.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bite Size: 2-29-12

News and notes on OKC dining.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bite Size: 3-13-12

News and notes on OKC dining.

Bite Size

Carol Smaglinski
Irish luck on Saturday
Folks will be toasting to the luck o’ the Irish Saturday by sipping green beer and tapping along to live music at the Baker St. Pub & Grill at 2701 W. Memorial. Celebrations begin at 3 p.m., with live music provided by The Weathermen, Crossland and Jetset Kings.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bite Size: 3-21-12

News and notes on OKC dining.

Bite Size

Carol Smaglinski

Demo your diet
Eating healthy is much easier than it used to be with plenty of information about balancing your dietary intake and an entire city of support. After a recent million-pound loss, Oklahoma City is seriously overhauling eating habits, and that all starts at home.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ken Burkemper

Welcome to Chow Chat!

With the launch of this blog, I will introduce you to some interesting people in the food industry — as well as some notable foodies — bandy around thoughts on local restaurants and keep you up-to-date on the latest news.

Feel free to check in often. You don't even need a reservation!

Out and about and see an ice carving? Most of the time, it’s a piece by Ken Burkemper from Ideas In Ice. For more than 25 years, he’s even created them for any kind of event from weddings to funerals. The St. Louis native is Oklahoma’s only National Ice Carving Associated Certified ice carver.

: “Wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Jessica, 27, in Austin, and [son] Eric, 25, who is in St. Louis.

Met each other: “In Florida, where I was a regional chef for hotels — I was once in charge of 14 restaurants — and she was a waitress trainer.”

Website you are obsessed with: “My own! for celebrations of all sorts.”

Best feature: “Well, I used to have nice hair, but it would be my wife, Cheryl.”

Owned your own restaurant: “Yes, from 1989 to 2001, it was the Down Under Deli and I did ice-carving on the side.”

The restaurant is still remembered for its: “Clam chowder and subs with melted Parmesan cheese on fresh bread.”

Date night for you and Cheryl: “We like dinner and shows and like Cafe 7, Abel’s, Jamil’s, Red Prime and also the Chuck House and TapWerks.”

Carved for celebrities: “Yes, Carol King, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, Bon Jovi, Bob Weir, Chicago and Crosby, Stills and Nash.”

Is carving dangerous stuff: “I always have chopped-up fingers and years ago, as a chef, I once slipped and my hand landed in a deep fryer.”

Artistic:  “No, I can’t draw worth squat, but I’m creative (with ice) and have hands, and I am an idea man.”

More unusual carvings: “I carved a terrier for a couple’s wedding and another wanted a longhorn steer.”

Personal motto: “Do your best and be prepared.”

Ever dropped a finished carving: “Is anybody perfect?”

by Carol Smaglinski 04.25.2012 2 years ago
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Restaurant design

Hey, OKC diners: When at a restaurant, what's the first thing you notice about its design? What are some of the best-designed restaurants around the metro?

Here are some of your answers via our Facebook page:

“Red Prime” —Erin Elizabeth Ames

“Well, if it's not in a corrugated aluminum building.” —Joe Nathan Stovall

“Matthew Kenney!” —Samantha Renee Ruble

“Cafe 501 Classen Curve” —Michelle Smith Ponder

“Whether or not you can carry on a conversation. Charleston's is good; Republic is deafening.” —Jeanmarie Nielsen

“Firs thing I notice, where are the TVs and how can I get away from them. Second thing I notice, where is the bar area, and how can I get away from it?” —Red McCall

“Red's Southern Diner has really cool design. Their ceiling fans are old mowers. And one of their booths is a trailer that you can eat in!” —Kristopher Gene Graham

“I like Toby Keith's with their tailgate benches!” —Christina Rivas

"Pho Cuong on Classen will always be my fave and I hope it never stops being turquoise and pink!” —Sarah Morgan

“Lighting. Noise. Comfort. Visual interest.” —Amy Brandley

by Carol Smaglinski 05.01.2012 2 years ago
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