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The Societies of Oklahoma City University are honoring four women at the annual Awards of Excellence dinner Feb. 26 at the Skirvin.

The honorees are Jenny Love Meyer, being awarded the Kirkpatrick-Petree Music and Performing Arts Society Award; Julie Hall, awarded the Dulaney-Brown Library Society Award; Lori Hill, awarded Norick-Hulsey Art Gallery Society Award; and Jeannette Sias, OCU Distinguished Philanthropist Society Award.

Jeannette is the wife of Dick Sias.

They are an Edmond couple who also own and operate Joullian Vineyards & Winery of Carmel Valley in Monterey, Calif.

Jeannette taught speech therapy in Oklahoma City Public Schools. She also has a long history of volunteer work. She served as president of both the Landmen’s Wives Association and the Ladies Music Club, volunteered at the Oklahoma City Speech and Hearing Clinic and has participated in Oklahoma City Arabian Horse Shows. Jeannette taught preschool at the Nichols Hills United Methodist Church for almost 40 years.


East Buffet, 700 Ed Noble Parkway in Norman, has closed.

Also closing soon is Papachino’s Pizza & Pasta, 180 W. 15th in Edmond, due to heart problems with its owner, Sean Naghavian. His son, Sasan Naghavian, who lives in San Diego, is helping out at the pizza place until its closing and his father goes through a second surgery. The business itself has been sold, and the new owners will feature Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

“I don’t like to keep people in the dark, and customers have been bringing us baked goods, and we would like to thank everyone,” Sasan Naghavian said.


Hey, chefs, want to pick up some money in a nifty competition?

The Oklahoma Cattlewomen’s Association and the Made in Oklahoma Coalition are searching for skilled chefs to test their skills in the first Oklahoma Iron Chef competition at the annual Home & Garden Show, to be staged at State Fair Park.

Here’s how it works. On Jan. 23 at 1 p.m., six chefs will challenge each other in the first heat. The chefs will be given an hour to prepare a main dish, with an optional side, sauce or garnish. The competing chefs will use an inside round cut of beef, plus a mystery basket filled with Made in Oklahoma products.

Three chefs from the first heat will be chosen to move on to the second round, which will begin at 3 p.m.

At the end of the competition, three prizes will be given to the chefs. First prize is $1,000, second is $750 and third prize is $500, but all participants will go home with $100.

For more information, call Barbara Charlet at 522-6192 or Joleen Tuxhorn at 580-330-3649.


Love chocolate? You bet.

The annual Chocolate Decadence will be presented from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the Hudson-Essex Loft Offices, 825 N. Broadway. Get tickets quickly because the party sells out fast.

The event dedicated to chocolate showcases treats from outstanding local restaurants and caterers while featuring jazz, wine, Champagne, gourmet coffees and the popular Valentine auction.

The party is hosted by Automobile Alley, with all proceeds going back to the neighborhood.

Francy Palmer of RCB Bank of Nichols Hills is the co-chair of the event.

“Each year, Chocolate Decadence has many repeat guests and new attendees, as exciting events on Broadway such as (Oklahoma Gazette’s) Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween parade and the spectacular Christmas season lighting continue to draw large crowds,” Palmer said.

During the evening, there will be special prizes given away, such as a fur and a piece of fine jewelry.

Chocolate Decadence 2011 will feature both sweet and savory chocolate treats from local restaurants and caterers, including Bin 73, Bricktown Brewery, Brown’s Bakery, Café Evoke, CocoFlow, Deep Fork Group, Iguana Mexican Grill, Kaiser’s American Bistro, Kamp’s 1910 Café, La Luna Mexican Café, Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, Museum Café, Signature Grill, Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, 105 Degrees, Red Prime, Sara Sara Cupcakes, Park Avenue Grill, Paseo Grill, The Melting Pot and Trattoria il Centro.

Tickets to the event are $50 and must be purchased in advance, and attendees must be 21. Business attire requested.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 706-7484 or visit or www.


used to love the way everyone talked about food as if it were one of
the most important things in life. And, of course, it is. Without it we
would die. Each of us eats about one thousand meals each year. It is my
belief that we should try and make as many of these meals as we can
truly memorable.”

—Robert Carrier, from “Cooks Quotations,” a collection of the best cooking quotes, edited by Helen Exley


for a different approach to losing weight? An “Intuitive Eating”
seminar planned for Jan. 13 at the Oklahoma County- OSU Cooperative
Extension Service will help people learn different ways to get fit and

weight-management seminar will be led by Casey Campbell, a registered
dietitian and the family and consumer sciences educator at the Oklahoma
County-OSU Extension. She is trying something different with people who
are trying to lose weight and make peace with food.

workshop will help participants discover more about their eating styles
and how it affects eating habits, plus help them develop ways to stop
chronically dieting.

The one-time workshop is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Extension Service, 930 N. Portland.

Pre-registration is required for the seminar, and there is a $5 fee to cover the cost of materials.

For more details about the “Intuitive Eating” seminar, contact the Extension Service at 713-1125.


Giddens, 30, from Guthrie, is the food and beverage manager at Oak Tree
Country Club in Edmond. She keeps her customers content at the club and
really pampers them.

food you would never go near: “Chilled monkey brains.” (Watching too
much Andrew Zimmern, Kristen?) What food would you kill for?

“Not chocolate, but I do like pasta.”

great meal, other than Chef David Sullivan’s food at Oak Tree? “La
Baguette for the salmon. I also eat at Sonic and Subway.”

Music preference: “Ronnie Kaye at KOMA and the Christmas music at 104.1 this year.”

Do you cook? “No, not very well.”

drink: “Red wine.” Nobody knows: “That I worked at The Pollard
(Theatre) for 10 years, and I can sing very well. (I) did ‘The King and
I’ and the ‘Territorial Christmas’ play for years.”

Favorite movie to date: “From 1953, ‘Calamity Jane’ with Doris Day.”

did you get your current job? “I started off in a club and worked for
six months and decided that I was management material.”

Weirdo requests from diners: “I’m allergic to onions. I’m allergic to garlic!”


the first issue of 2011, so we just had to ask: What local restaurants
are you determined to try in the new year? We posed that question on Oklahoma Gazette’s Facebook page, and here are your unedited answers.

“Mahogany … waiting for someone to take me.” —Bobby Belt

“Rococo’s.” —Heather N Brett

degrees, west, ludivine, cocina guatemalinda, inca trails. Haven’t
tried them because there are so many good restaurants around already!”
—Kit N Miao

anyone hasn’t tried the Paseo Grill, that is a must try! It’s a great
atmosphere and wonderful food and can be romantic..” —Heather N Brett

“ate at ludivine last night and it was pretty close to perfect...@heather.....go to rococo asap :)” —Christine A. Woodall

“Mama E’s and the Cajun Kitchen or is it Cajun King ?” —Christina R Harris

“I want to try the Ethiopian restaurant Queen of Sheeba & Sauced in Paseo.” —Sherri Coley

“west – it’s new ; classen curve spots - just haven’t found the time” —Nancy Alsup

“Stella....yes I know....I have not been there yet! Maybe Upper Crust too.” —Shelly Landis-Scovill

—Carol Smaglinski

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