Meatloaf Masterpiece installation planned for Picasso Cafe
An informal gathering of local chefs has produced a meatloaf by which all others will be measured.
On Sunday, local chefs and restaurateurs gathered at The Hamilton Supperette and Lounge inside the Shoppes at Northpark to take part in the Brigade 405 2020 Meatloaf Challenge. Out of more than 30 invited local chefs, 16 answered the call for bragging rights and some late-breaking prizes.
The competition called for chefs to bring three cooked meatloaves ready to serve in a blind-tasting. Competing chefs also acted as the judges with guest judges added from around the industry.
When all the ketchup was done dripping, chef Ryan Parrott of Picasso Café, 3009 Paseo, was crowned champion. I don’t know that it had any special name, but it had a special flavor and it will be the restaurant’s featured special come March.
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Parrott narrowly edged efforts from David Egan of Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, and chef Michael Paske of the host restaurant.
That was lucky for Parrott because after the votes had been cast, the Beef Council offered up $250 to the winning chef and the Shoppes at Northpark added a $200 gift card to the bounty.
Chefs made two meat loaves for judgement and an extra for donation to The Homeless Alliance’s Westtown Day Shelter. Ben E. Keith donated beef for the event. Both cooked loaves and more than 100 pounds of ground beef were donated to Kitchen Manager Delbert’ Briggs’s cause.
Brigade 405 is an informal organizing body the chefs are operating under to promote industry fellowship and mentorship. The private group will host a public event in the spring at Parlor OKC.
More details on that event as soon as they materialize.
Chocolate Decadence returns in new venue
Chocolate Decadence returns for the 23rd time on Feb. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., but this year it will be inside Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson Ave.
The annual event will again raise money for the Automobile Alley Association, which funds community projects in the district including light displays, neon sign grants, marketing, street furniture, research, and public art.
This year’s participating restaurants include: 1492 New World Latin Cuisine, Bar Cicchetti, Belle Kitchen, Bourbon Street Café, Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse, Burger Pig, Café Cuvée, Cafe Disco, Fassler Hall, Frida Southwest, Graffiti, Iguana Mexican Grill, Kamp’s 1910 Café, Katiebug’s Sips & Sweets, Magnolia Bistro, Parlor OKC, Paseo Grill, Plant, Red Prime Steak, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, The Melting Pot, and Yuzo Sushi Tapas. The folks at Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar will be in charge of the VIP bar.
The event also includes a silent auction. Cost is $125 for a VIP ticket and $75 for standard admission.
VIPs can arrive at 6, get VIP parking, seating and have a spot in the aforementioned bar.
For more information and tickets, click here.
Johnston passes away at 76
The Oklahoma City hospitality lost Joe Johnston, who was an owner in numerous local restaurants through the 1970s and 80s. earlier this month. He was 76.
The Chicago-native came to Oklahoma City riding the Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurant train, but soon left that behind to open or invest in places like Gators, The Magnolia Café, The Lunch Box, Mamasita’s, Two Pesos, Kansas City Blues BBQ, The Ice House and Joe Kelly’s.
Joe is survived by his wife of 20 Nicki and children, Jennifer Swales, Michael Johnston and wife Lacy, and Colton Hicks; grandchildren, Mackenzie Johnston and Bruce Shelton; his sister, Mary Sterling and her husband David.
If you’re dining out this week, raise a glass to Joe.
Spirits to fly at Whiskey Cake dinner
Whiskey Cake, 1845 NW Expressway, will host a dinner January 29t from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring Angel’s Envy Whiskey. The five-course meal begins with French Onion Soup is followed by smoked duck carpaccio, lamb Osso Bucco, panko-crusted black grouper and Black Forest Trifle. Each course is paired with either a whiskey cocktail.
Cost is $75 per person, call 582-2253 for reservations or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comings and goings
Got a chance to sneak a few bites of a new taqueria opening soon in the Edmond Railyard food hall. Chef Chris McKenna, now with Happy Plate Concepts (Sunnyside Diners, the original S&B Burger Joint location), has been working on a menu for Taqueria El Camino.
Co-founder Shannon Roper was kind enough to slip me a few samples on a recent trip to the new food hall. What I had put the mmm in nomnonnommm. The chef-driven menu will offer a broad variety of tacos for all tastes, and I have it on good authority the place might sneak open this weekend but should be fully up and running by this time next week. …
Speaking of tacos, those long-promised from Hacienda Tacos to Midtown, I am told, will be ready for public consumption later this week. It’s the restaurant business, so follow me on Instagram for confirmation. …
Livegrass Butcher and Bistro, the next big thing for the 405 diningscape, ought to be up and running by the time chef Joshua Valentine’s namesake holiday arrives. Spoke recently with he and chef Shelby Sieg about the forthcoming restaurant founded on locally raised livestock. They’re planning a menu blending Oklahoma sensibilities and tradition with the ancient culinary skills the dynamic duo have developed in the past decade. …
The list of restaurant closings for early 2020 lengthened over the weekend. A Good Egg Dining shuttered its Republic Gastropub location in Chisholm Creek’s Tract 30.
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Day One Concepts closed its second concept in two weeks. Last week, The 16th Street Plaza District bid adieu to Maples Barbecue; this week the Paseo Arts District's loses Buttermilk. The fried chicken biscuit concept started as a truck, but is no more. Day One still operates Waffle Champion and Nonesuch.