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The Food Dude shares a little bit about a lot of news from the Oklahoma City dining scene.
by Dave Cathey Modified: April 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013

• Did you hear the news from Pete's Place in Krebs? McAlester News-Capital reporter Jeanne LeFlore had a great story about Bartlesville man Jerry Allsup, 73, who had lunch at Pete's Place but left behind his coat.

Allsup was in the neighborhood, LeFlore writes, to buy a car and had $14,000 cash in his coat pocket. But Allsup decided against the purchase and still had the cash in his pocket when he left it at Pete's Place. The next morning he awoke in Bartlesville, a jacket and $14,000 short. But a quick call to Pete's Place confirmed the jacket and the cash were in safekeeping. Co-owner Kathy Prichard refused any reward for protecting Allsup's belongings despite his insistence. It's no surprise this story played out the way it did as Pete's Place hasn't been in business for three generations without being neighborly. Well done, Kathy! ...

• Carol Headrick will perform as Julia Child at Oklahoma State University, presenting the book “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child” by Bob Spitz at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room. Headrick's performance is free and open to the public. Drinks and desserts will be provided, and visitors are welcome to bring their lunch. For more information, call (405) 744-6321 ...

• Packard's New American Kitchen, 201 NW 10, Suite 100, has opened downtown. The concept from the folks behind the Interurban restaurants opened Monday for lunch and will start dinner service Thursday. The menu includes interesting sandwiches, steaks and pasta plus clever appetizers and a strong wine list. Prices range from $10 to $42.

• Baseball season is here, and the RedHawks will have some offerings for fans at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Burgertopia is a specialty burger stand that will include gourmet burgers such as the All-American, Buffalo and Bleu,cq, Mushroom and Swiss, and Firehouse. The gourmet burger selections will include rotating options. Burgers aren't the only thing getting a makeover. Fans also will see enhanced hot dog options such as the Italian Pizza Dog, Philly Steak Dog and Mexican Fiesta Dog. When the RedHawks take the field April 12, you'll also be able to find turkey legs, so get your tickets now and bring your appetite ...

• Oklahoma's chef emeritus John Bennett has a date with the surgeon on Thursday. I think I speak for everyone in the hospitality industry and the thousands of diners he's delighted since introducing fine dining to Oklahoma City in the mid 1960s at The Cellar at Hightower. Get well, soon, chef ...

• Speaking of The Cellar, there are whispers that the space below The Hightower Building is closer to having a new tenant than it has been in the years since The Cellar went dark in 1984.

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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