Food Briefs: NAMI fundraiser, Natural Grocers class and more 

click to enlarge Marie Ensign, owner of Wine & Palette, with a couple of the "Pick One" state themed paintings guests can paint during the NAMI Oklahoma fundraiser, at Wine & Palette, 201 N.W. 10th Street, 11-4-15. - MARK HANCOCK
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  • Marie Ensign, owner of Wine & Palette, with a couple of the "Pick One" state themed paintings guests can paint during the NAMI Oklahoma fundraiser, at Wine & Palette, 201 N.W. 10th Street, 11-4-15.

Bedlam brushstrokes

Are you a Cowboy or a Sooner? Whatever your affiliation, National Alliance on Mental Illness Oklahoma is hoping you’ll grab a brush and a glass on Thursday for the Bedlam Wine & Palette Fundraiser.

NAMI Oklahoma executive director Traci Cook said the money raised from the event will go toward a crisis education project: an interactive website and downloadable documents that can help people before, during and after a mental health crisis.

The event is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Wine & Palette studio, 201 NW 10th St., and includes paint, canvas, an instructor and your choice of an University of Oklahoma- or Oklahoma State University-themed Oklahoma to make your own.

“I’ve only done it once, but it was really fun,” Cook said. “For me, the fun is just sitting there, trying to paint and having that social time with other people.”

The cost for the class and supplies is $35, and there will be a cash bar on hand for those who want wine or anything else to drink.

Sign up online at wineandpalette.com.

click to enlarge Jessica Cox with apples at Natural Grocers, 7001 N. May Avenue, 11-4-15.   Jessica will be leading free classes exporing different types of apples and recipes. - MARK HANCOCK
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  • Jessica Cox with apples at Natural Grocers, 7001 N. May Avenue, 11-4-15. Jessica will be leading free classes exporing different types of apples and recipes.

Core work

We all know the tale of Johnny Appleseed traveling across America, throwing seeds around like they grew on trees, but when’s the last time you actually ate an apple?

Yeah. Well, Natural Grocers isn’t going to let you get away with it much longer. In-house nutritional coach Jessica Cox is teaching an Amazing Apples class at the 7013 N. May Ave. location of the grocery chain to help introduce everyone to a collection of apples that go beyond the simple garden variety.

In addition to learning about the different colors, flavors and textures, Cox will show off some apple-inspired recipes for customers to take home and try themselves.

There aren’t any guarantees on whether class participants will be able to keep doctors away indefinitely, though.

click to enlarge Sipango Lounge in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Sipango Lounge in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.

Smokeless Sip

Anti-smoking group Free The Night is encouraging Oklahoma City adults to pack the house at Sipango Lounge (pictured), 4301 N. Western Ave., during the Club by Storm event Saturday to celebrate the historic bar going smoke-free. Originally called 42nd Street Beer Club, Sipango opened way back in 1936, and in the nearly 80 years since, not a day has gone by without a customer lighting a cigarette inside, said owner Mike Hyde.

“I think it’s time to change that,” he said.

Sipango gave customers a survey in September and found a majority said they’d come in more often if the bar was smoke-free. Responding to customers’ wishes, Hyde complied and banned smoking inside the bar.

As part of the party, Sipango partnered with Free The Night on a watch party during the OU-Baylor game on Saturday with food provided along with the usual drink menu. The game starts at 7 p.m.

More information is available at facebook.com/FreeTheNightOK.

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