Valentine's Day: Holiday helper 

Nosh Restaurant offers take-and-bake Valentine’s options to make you a hero on the holiday.

A Valentine’s Day take-and-bake option is available at Nosh with chicken piccata or pot roast, and candles and love soap can be added. - ALEXA ACE
  • Alexa Ace
  • A Valentine’s Day take-and-bake option is available at Nosh with chicken piccata or pot roast, and candles and love soap can be added.

What happens when you want a romantic Valentine’s dinner but your favorite restaurant is all booked up and you don’t want to cook an entire meal from scratch?

Nosh Restaurant in Moore is here to save the day with a take-and-bake Valentine’s option that includes food, a dozen red roses, love spell candles and “fall in love” artisan soap.

“We’ve had good response,” said Nosh owner Kim Torres of the Valentine’s take-and-bake option. “It gives people a different option because I know most restaurants are completely booked on Valentine’s.”

Nosh is offering take-and-bake base options built around either pot roast or chicken piccata, which are two of its top-selling menu items at the restaurant. The meal serves more than two people and comes with garlic mashed potatoes, grilled green beans, salad and cake dots for $60. A total package including a dozen roses from a local florist, candles and a bar of soap is $180. The candles and soap are supplied through Torres’ secondary business, Rustic 1773 Mercantile, which is named in honor of the Boston Tea Party.

The piccata is dredged in flour and Parmesan cheese, pan-fried until golden brown and served with a lemon garlic sauce made with white wine and capers on the side. The pot roast is the same one served in the restaurant, where it is available as a potpie.

Torres has been serving take-and-bake meals since she got a storefront for her Creative Catering in Norman. The previous tenant served take-and-bake meals, and after encouragement from her friends and family, she began to do the same. It continued when she opened Nosh Restaurant in Moore in 2015 after finding the new space through Moore Chamber of Commerce.

The take-and-bake section of the restaurant, which accounts for about 15-20 percent of total sales, Torres said, is fully customizable through the restaurant’s website. Users can add sauces and seasonings while customizing order sizes and choosing from more than 15 entrée items like chicken enchiladas, lasagna, beef tips, brisket and sweet and sour chicken.

Nosh is also offering a special Valentine’s Day menu that will include live music.

Nosh started with inspiration from original chef Ashley Hough, whom Torres hired for seasonal work at the catering company after Hough returned home after years on the road as the personal chef for touring acts like Rihanna and U2. Torres hired Hough full-time to open the restaurant when the space became available. She credits Hough with coming up with the name of the restaurant, which is a traditional German Yiddish term for “nibble,” but she prefers to use the secondary definition, “to eat enthusiastically,” which Torres said drives an interesting menu at the restaurant.

“Now that I look across the country, there are already Nosh restaurants, but in this part of the world, people haven’t really heard of it before,” Torres said.

Current executive chef Ben Gardner is helping guide the restaurant menu into a new iteration that will debut in March, but there are certain things — pot roast potpie; a daily macaroni and cheese special; and King’s Frenchee, a deep-fried overloaded grilled cheese served with smoky ketchup and sweet pickles — that will remain.

Torres grew up eating the sandwich, which was a signature from the chain King’s Food Host in Norman. When she developed the menu with Hough, they found a retro recipe online.

“I like to eat odd things, and I always remembered eating it as a child,” Torres said. “I found the menu online through a Facebook page for nostalgic menus. We tried it and I was like, ‘This is exactly what it tasted like!’ I had a table come in last week of five older women and they all got the Frenchee. I took it out to them and asked if they grew up in Norman. They did and said they ate it when they were in high school. It’s fun from that standpoint to hear the stories.”

In addition to rolling out a new menu, Torres recently obtained a food truck from her landlord that will be seen at local events and the nearby TOLY food truck park in Norman as soon as it gets re-wrapped.

“We’re excited to take it out soon,” Torres said. “[Gardner] is going to breathe new life into the menu with the understanding that if enough people go up in arms with anything we’ve taken off that, we will reintroduce it.”

Nosh is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Monday.

Visit noshinmoore.com

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