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"Cooking Without Looking" to film in Oklahoma City

Melissa Hayer Modified: May 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm •  Published: May 15, 2013

Florida’s “Cooking Without Looking” show, billed as the first television show created with people who are blind/visually impaired, will be filming in Oklahoma City this week.

The show’s first out-of-Florida episode will be filmed Friday, May 17, in the Dining on Persimmon Hill restaurant at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63 St.

Access to the filming, which begins at 2 p.m., is free to the public, but there is limited space.

This program will be broadcast nationally on the Cooking Channel, according to a news release.

Chef Don White, who will be featured on the show along with his guide dog Tornado, will be preparing Savory Taco Cheesecake.

The visit to film “Cooking Without Looking” is sponsored by the Heartland Council of the Blind. The organization’s president, Sandi Webster, also will be preparing a recipe during the show.

On Saturday, White and Ren’ee Rentmeester, executive producer/creator of “Cooking Without Looking,”  will be keynote speakers at the Heartland Council of the Blind’s Dining in the Dark Fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. at the Dining on Persimmon Hill restaurant.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 per person. To buy tickets, call Linda at (405) 632-2248.

For more information, visit the website for Heartland Council of the Blind at

In promotion of “Cooking Without Looking” and the fundraiser, Rentmeester and White will also make an appearance on the KSBI-TV noon show Friday, May 17.

SPECIAL NOTE: Ren’ee Rentmeester sent a note she asked to share after her visit to Oklahoma City and the occurrence of the recent tornadoes: “Tell your readers how wonderful it was to meet such genuine and generous people, and how great
The Heartland Council of the Blind was to bring us there.  We will remember it always.”

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