Food Briefs: whiskey tasting, edible portraits class, Chuck Wagon Festival and more

Food Briefs: whiskey tasting, edible portraits class, Chuck Wagon Festival and more
A selection of whiskeys for a tasting class at Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar | Photo Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar / provided

Whiskey tasting

If the wide world of whiskey seems too daunting to enter, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, 1845 Northwest Expressway, is looking to inculcate you with the whiskey lifestyle at monthly tasting classes.

Each class is about exploring and expanding attendees’ whiskey IQ with interactive tasting events of premium whiskeys and lectures from special guests and experts. The monthly classes start at 4 p.m. and cost $20. Participants must be 21 years old or older.

May’s class is already over, but information about upcoming classes is posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Reserve a space in the class at 405-582-2253.

Eating face

Ever see a face so cute you could just eat it up? Then the edible portraits class at Myriad Botanical Gardens might be something you can sink your teeth into.

The “entertaining, informative and edible class” is 10 a.m.-noon June 4 in the Terrace Room at the gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. The class is for children 6 to 10 years old who will make portraits out of fruits and vegetables before gobbling them down.

Participants will read books and learn about the reasons fruits and vegetables are so healthy before playing with food and snacking on their creations.

Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Guests must register by Tuesday. Visit

Food Briefs: whiskey tasting, edible portraits class, Chuck Wagon Festival and more
A chuck wagon cook prepares a peach cobbler. | Photo National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum / provided

Wagons ho!

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum celebrates 51 years in the saddle this year, and for more than half of those, it has hosted the annual Chuck Wagon Festival.

The celebration of pioneer living returns Saturday-Sunday with chuck wagon food samples, live music and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for adults and kids.

Visitors can learn about blacksmithing, leatherworking, roping and riding and the ways of the settlers 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Those looking to get a workout can even make butter.

Tickets are free for museum members or $15 for nonmembers ages 13 and up. Children 12 and younger get in free.

Blessed beer

Saint Anthony is the patron saint of a lot of stuff: horses, the elderly, fishermen, lost things — you name it. And next week, he will take over as the patron saint of beers during the Saintoberfest Beer Tasting at St. Anthony Hospital’s Midtown campus, 1000 N. Lee Ave.

This 21-and-older event runs 6:30-9 p.m. June 3 with more than 50 beers to taste, as well as snacks, live music, a raffle and outdoor games. Hosted by St. Anthony Foundation and Byron’s Liquor Warehouse, Saintoberfest is a fundraiser for St. Anthony Hospital, and all proceeds go toward patient care.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. There are a limited number of PreFest tickets available for $55, which give guests access to the event an hour early with tastings of a few beers.

It coincides with the return of H&8th Night Market and the Pro-Am Classic, giving revelers a front-row view of the festivities. Tickets are available at or by calling St. Anthony Foundation at 405-272-7070.

Food Briefs: whiskey tasting, edible portraits class, Chuck Wagon Festival and more
Big Country pizza at Hideaway | Photo Gazette / file

Pizza party

Hideaway Pizza, which is about as hidden away in Oklahoma City as Ted’s Cafe Escondido, made Food Network’s list as the best pizza in Oklahoma.

Repeating its 2011 performance in the 50 States 50 Pizzas list, Hideaway won the mention with Big Country, a loaded pie with Polish sausage, Canadian bacon, hamburger pepperoni, red sauce and a mix of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. It’s named after Gans, Oklahoma’s favorite son, NBA player Bryant Reeves.

While the kudos are nice, Hideaway is too busy achieving other goals to gloat too much. The Stillwater-born pizzeria opened its 17th store recently at 835 SW 19th St. in Moore. The new location boasts room for 186 guests, a full bar and a collage of artwork showcasing the history of the city.

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