OCONNELLS PUB GOES GREEN
Norman, where people eat, sleep and breathe football, one Campus Corner
restaurant is taking steps to make game-day eating just a little
greener. OConnells Pub and Grill, 769 Asp, introduced its new 100
percent compostable, FDA-approved food service tray. The sturdy new
tray is made from plant fiber and offers all of the benefits of their
polystyrene cousins, but unlike Styrofoam, will decompose within 30-45
42 years, OConnells has been a game-day destination for countless
Sooner fans, many of whom not only enjoy the burgers, but also the
camaraderie, said Jeff Stewart, OConnells owner. Our game-day
tradition continues this year with the same great food. Were just
making the celebration a little more sustainable with our new,
environmentally friendly food containers.
Stewarts wife works in food packaging and introduced him to the greener trays.
Seniors Cabaret Extravaganza takes the stage this Friday at 7 p.m. and
again at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, 3701
S. Interstate 35 Service Road in Moore. Oklahoma Seniors Cabaret is a
nonprofit organization, and tickets are $10 each.
goal this year is $12,000 to be given to Meals on Wheels for seniors,
said Joan Colee, founder of the cabaret. We are the first, and
original, organization to highlight the talents of our senior citizens.
For more information, call 840-1242.
cant tell you how many times local restaurant owner Tommy Byrd has
been mistaken by people for Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon.
People stop me all of the time and ask if I am Aubrey McClendon, Byrd said.
Come on, people. Aubreys taller!
some days, my head is filled with such wild and original thoughts that I
can barely utter a word. On other days, the liquor store is closed.
guitarist and composer Frank Varano in Keep Calm and Drink Up
2 Urban, 1235 S.W. Second, is holding its grand opening celebration at 6
p.m. on Oct. 22. The locavore market and on-site kitchen is a
partnership between Urban Agrarian, a mobile local foods market, and
new, locally owned business will be a healthy option for food in the
downtown area. The celebration will include food from local producers,
tours of the market and kitchen, plus live music.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BEVERLYS
In Oklahoma City for decades, Beverlys Pancake House, 3135 Northwest Expressway, recently celebrated its 90th anniversary.
of famous people have eaten there, said Renee Masoudy, the owner of
the landmark eatery. In 2007, Masoudy moved Beverlys from its original
site to its new location. Taking over from previous owners, Masoudy
certainly accomplished her goal of making Beverlys homey and
comfortable for her regular customers.
original Beverlys venture began back in 1921 with hard work done by
Beverly Osborne and his wife, Rubye. They came up with the signature
Chicken in the Rough, a main course that showed off golden fried
chicken that came with honey and a biscuit. And the rest, as they say,
is history. Reach Beverlys at 848-5050.
economy, bad economy it really doesnt matter. We gotta eat! After
waiting so long while it was being built, Whole Foods Market has
pinpointed 8 a.m. Oct. 12 as its opening date. Thats a Wednesday, so
mark your calendars. The new Whole Foods, 6001 N. Western, is in the
sleek Classen Triangle development across the street from Classen Curve.
Thus far, more than 120 people have been offered positions with the
IT REAL DIRT?
this has happened to you in a restaurant: The server delivers your food
and informs you that there is dirt on your plate.
you dial up the health department, be aware that the edible dirt is
really dirt-like ingredients that may add an earthy flavor to food and
could be made from charred or dried foods such as mushrooms, onions,
chickpeas or olives, or anything in the food line that can be dried and
made into a powder. However, it is
not supposed to taste like dirt. Remember, if you have a complaint, make
it after the first bite. Dont eat it all and then start yelling.
POKER RUN BENEFIT
cars or on the backs of motorcycles, a Progressive Meal Poker Run is
set for 10 a.m. Oct. 16, with registration at Thunder Roadhouse, 900 W.
by the Oklahoma chapter of the American Culinary Federation, the first
bike will set out at 11 a.m. Food will be at Gages Steakhouse in
Guthrie, Pops in Arcadia, Woodys Sports Bar & Grill and CocoFlow in
Bricktown before ending back at Thunder Roadhouse.
for drivers is $20 for singles/$35 per couple before Oct. 8 or $25 for
singles/$45 for couples after that. For more, reach Susan Zubik at
Klepper, the founder of Klepper Capital Group, is a restaurant
franchisee of Smashburger and the owner of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.
He formerly was involved with Old Chicago franchises in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as the Bricktown Brewery.
Where are the Smashburgers?
first is at the Outlet Shoppes at (Interstate) 40 and Council Road.
Another Smashburger will open in October at Memorial and Penn.
People say you look like: Mark- Paul Gosselaar, but now I get compared to Willem Dafoe.
If you had an hour to burn: Id be with my kids, Cabrine, 11, and Bodie, 9.
of: New York; The Bronx. Youd show a foreign exchange student: I
love Oklahoma and would take them to one of my restaurants, and then
downtown OKC and Bricktown.
Dont ask me to eat: Ricotta cheese. But you love: Alaskan king crab legs.
Date night: Iguana, Musashis for the entertainment and Smashburger, which is going real well.
Whats boosting your bottom line?
We flash-cook the never-frozen meat, so it explodes in your mouth and you get all its juice from the meat.
You prefer: A Sam Adams or a Cherry Coke with a burger. I love Cheetos.
Ideal vacation: Depends on my mood skiing or going to the beach.
Hidden talent: I played ice hockey with the OKC mens league.
Trust your horoscope? No, but I do like the science of the stars.
wild happening: Opening day at Smashburger where people were ordering
cheeseburgers at 8 a.m. We sold 123 burgers between 8 and 10 in the
morning. I worked 15 hours straight at the window.
When dining out, do you ever check the bill for errors before paying? Any horror stories? Thats the question we asked on Oklahoma Gazettes Facebook page. Here are your answers, verbatim.
Kimberley Sue Carver After
hosting a dinner at Ralph & Kacoos in Baton Rouge for 20,my
children & grandchildren, I placed my credit card in the holder and
also $60 cash for the waiter and he opened it and handed me back the
cash and said oh , no, madam my tip is included! so I gave him the
cash anyway for being so honest! Not a horror story but a WONDERFUL
Carolyn Mills Herr Always
and have found errors and had them fixed on the spot. Also, if I get
something comped I include the price of the item in the tip.
Ed Ward Yes.
We once got a ticket for a table near us. It was a table of 10 people!
Luckily we caught it right before the waiter came to pick up our card.
Jill Smith We
were in Boston once about 16 years ago. There were about 13 of us. We
sat at separate tables. Mom got pancakes made with batter that had gone
bad. THEN, they tried to charge all 3 groups for the entire bill for
EVERYBODY, even though we had all been sitting at separate tables and
had been given checks for what each table had ordered.
Sterling Brown At
a restaurant in Santa Fe, NM, the waiter charged an extra ten dollars
above the tab. We had left him a more than 20% tip. Because he added it
after we left, I didnt discover the added charge until I received my
credit card statement. The manager of the restaurant was very helpful in
resolving the issue.