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Cafe Kacao Targets Breakfast for Demolition; Local Chefs Canine-ized

Oklahoma City’s best breakfast stop has decided to make the first meal of the day go boom with some inspired additions to the menu.

The Del Cid family started introducing Oklahoma City to Guatemalan cuisine for close to a decade ago, but their success has been predicated on evolution. Alba and her sons Alex and Luidgi own and operate Cafe Kacao. Along with Cafe Antigua, which the Del Cids opened in 2004 and eventually sold to family friend Benjamin Valdez, the two Guatemalan cafes are my Nos. 1 and 1a breakfast stops. And they serve breakfast all day.

But the Del Cids have taken things a little further with Cafe Kacao. First off, they’re open Sunday, which Cafe Antigua isn’t. Cafe Kacao is also working to acquire a liquor license, which would lead the way to dinner service. But more immediately, they are expanding their already wide selection of breakfast items. Namely, pancakes and omelets. I went in today for a preview and was, as usual, blow away by Alba’s combination of flavors and presentation. Delicious food presented in an artful way is the road to transcendent dining and the Juevos Motulenos,  made of corn tortillas layered with black beans, topped with longaniza or chorizo sausage, avocado slice, queso fresco, salsa chirmol, crema and a side of salsa verde or the Juevos Rancheros, pictured above, is the embodiment off that.  Alba proves her artistry in her refusal to rest on the prodigious reputation of Juevos Motulenos. Instead, she’s aimed her considerable talents at pancakes and omelets.

Alex and Luidgi beamed with pride delivering a dizzying array of creations from their mother, which included an omelet stuffed with crab, another stuffed with skirt steak, both blanketed in a spicy cream sauce and served with fresh fruit plus three different variations on pancakes topped with some combination of nutella, tres leches sauce, mango, and fresh berries.

Check out the new dishes and let me know what you thought.

Local Chefs Gone to the Dogs

MidTown Renaissance has teamed-up with Central Oklahoma Humane Society, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. and a few local chefs to celebrate the grand opening of MidTown Mutts Dog Park with a ‘”Pup-Up” restaurant serving gourmet hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 409 W. Park Place, north of NW 10 St. on the corner of Hudson Avenue and Park Place.

Attendees will be served street dogs and gourmet/specialty hotdogs by Ludivine Chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson, and Chef Marc Dunham from the Francis Tuttle Culinary Institute. There will also be toys for the dogs, and treats made with local, organic ingredients.

The event is free to attend and open to the public.

“The success of the efforts of MidTown Renaissance to revitalize the area, and events like H&8th Night Market, has helped drive an increase in residential real estate, families with pets,” MidTown Mutts designer Larry Pickering said. “Green space like this is vital in an urban setting, and dog parks are a great way for people to connect with their neighbors.”

The temporary public park, free for dogs of all sizes, will include a fenced play and exercise area, watering stations, water receptacles, clean-up stations, benches and shaded areas. Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The event will also serve as a fundraiser to help OK Humane recoup funding directed to support for pets displaced by the May tornadoes.

“The OK Humane team responded within hours on the night of May 20” said Amy Shrodes, director of outreach for Central Oklahoma Humane Society. “We operated two temporary shelters that supported the City of Oklahoma City’s disaster relief efforts for displaced pets. We received in more than 150 dogs and cats in just a few nights, and we were so thrilled to be able to reunite 88 of those pets with their families! The dogs and cats that were not reunited at our facilities stayed in our care and have since all found loving homes.”

OK Humane is an active member of the Long-Term Area Recovery Committee for Oklahoma County. They are working with the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project to provide pet-related needs for the dogs and cats of disaster victims in central Oklahoma, including: pet deposits, fencing materials to rebuild destroyed fences, spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips, and pet food. They are committed to providing these long-term area needs through July 2014, or longer if necessary.

OK Humane representatives will be on hand at the grand opening to accept cash donations and share information about its efforts to make Oklahoma City a pet-friendly place.


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Dave Cathey

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