Nuggets Food Briefs: Ready, ‘Brake! 

The Canebrake is a different kind of destination resort and spa. Once a family ranch in Wagoner, the luxurious 250-acre venue focuses on local and environmentally friendly dining and living options.

Its menu features local-centric and seasonal world cuisine. The destination’s ECO-certified, award-winning restaurant also has a new chef de cuisine, Matthew Owen, who brings an exciting perspective to guests’ dining experience.

A graduate of Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Owen worked in several locales, including Portland, Japan and Hawaii.

He comes to The Canebrake after a stint as executive chef at Yokozuna, an Asian-fusion restaurant in Tulsa.

It was Owen’s understanding of local flavors alongside his international training that made the choice to hire him an easy one, said Sam Bracken, owner and executive director of The Canebrake, in a media release. For more information or to make reservations, visit or call 918-485-1810.

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GreenAcres opens

The grand opening of a GreenAcres Market location at 7301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite D, was Jan. 10. Family-owned GreenAcres out of Wichita, Kansas, bought the former Health Food Center in 2013. In the meantime, it got a serious makeover.

The market features natural and organic choices from national and regional vendors. In addition to a natural grocer, the store stocks vitamin supplements and holistic health remedies. It also hosts classes and health fairs.

The market also has a deli where you can get healthy alternatives to eat in or take away. Market management said it hopes to incorporate locally produced food in its stores soon.

For more information, visit or call 681-6060.

Owner Doungamol Deesomjit (Dee) works alongside a cook at Tana Thai. (Mark Hancock)

Owner Doungamol Deesomjit (Dee) works alongside a cook at Tana Thai. (Mark Hancock)

Happy birthday

Tana Thai Bistro is the little Thai restaurant that was kind enough to set up shop north of the Asian District for those in north OKC. This year, the restaurant celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Running a restaurant can be a fickle, difficult venture.

The modest northside restaurant features a straightforward and uncomplicated menu, and its pad thai is some of the best in the city. Next time you have a craving, get up to Tana Thai and wish it the happiest of birthdays while you eat your fill of noodles, stir-fry and spring rolls.

Print headline: Ready, ’Brake!, The eco-friendly resort in Wagoner hires a chef with international experience.


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