Each chef will work side-by-side with a ProStart culinary student assistant. ProStart is a school-to-career program created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and designed to give high school juniors and seniors work experience combined with a practical curriculum that imparts real-world skills and food service concepts.
Odyssey de Culinaire is a fundraising and awareness dinner to benefit the Oklahoma Restaurant Association's Hospitality Career Initiative, which provides education and mentoring programs to help young people develop the skills needed for careers in the culinary and hospitality industries. Funds will be used to provide support to students, teachers and schools that are part of the Hospitality Career Initiative, and will include teacher training and development, materials and resources for student recruitment, assistance with job placement for internships and graduate employment and industry-driven events for hospitality students.
A wine reception gets each event started at 6 p.m. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. Cost is $125 per event or $200 for both evenings. Go online to okrestaurants.com or call (800) 375-8181 and ask for Anita Austin.
Shannon Roper and Bryan Neel, the S and B behind S&B Burger Joint, have opened Hillbilly Po' Boys and Oysters in the space previously occupied by Pachinko Parlor, 1 NW 9 St. The concept has been open a week, featuring playful interpretations of the bayou standard. You'll also find barbecued alligator ribs, grilled shrimp and shishito pepper skewers and Reuben egg rolls on the menu.
Cocktails are all based on moonshine, and the music is distinctly down-home. The early returns point to a bright future as the new concept follows the same fun-first approach as the Burger Joint. I'll have more complete coverage of the new restaurant later this summer.
Finally, congratulations to Tiffany Magness for winning the $10,000 prize on Food Network's “Cupcake Wars,” which aired Sunday. Chef Eric Smith of West and Sara Sara Cupcakes will be featured on the show June 23. Check out the Mood section Thursday for more coverage on the curtain call for Oklahoma City cupcakes.