Culinaire for a Cause will return this summer in Oklahoma City

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

Spring is upon us, and what better time to discuss a little about a lot ...

• At the end of 2012, I unveiled a list of cool things that happened in 2012, and at the top of that list was chef Kurt Fleischfresser's 101-course Culinaire for a Cause. The event was such a success that Fleischfresser has begun plans for a Culinaire for a Cause in 2013. Right now, details are few, but you can expect the event to return in early July. Plans for this year include 110 courses.

When tickets go on sale and more details are available, I'll have the information here ...

• Speaking of that list, there were two major oversights: The H&8th Night Market and Outstanding in the Field. The good news is both fantastic events have returned or will return in 2013.

The H&8th Night Market returned Friday to the strip of Walker Avenue between NW 6 and NW 8. Thanks to fantastic weather and collective spring fever, organizer Laura Masennat estimates conservatively that 2,500 people showed up to celebrate it. This monthly street party will return the last Friday of each month through September. There were tons of smiling faces, young and old, and lots of pooches. I decided to check out the Moto Chef Truck, which drew an enormous line. Unfortunately, Moto Chef's shiny new truck got a little tarnished by a brand-new system that wasn't quite ready for prime time. That said, Moto Chef handled the meltdown with grace and humility and even more impressive was the forgiving attitude of patrons who waited up to an hour for food to come out. It was a lesson in community building. This event is a major salvo toward the development of Oklahoma City's local culture, and those in attendance were clearly aware of it. The food at Moto Chef, though slow to surface, was fantastic and worth a second look when the kinks are worked out. ...

• Outstanding in the Field returns after a successful stop in Oklahoma last year. Chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson of Ludivine will again co-host this international food tour, set for Oct. 19 at Sandy Spring Farms in Hinton. Tickets are on sale online at outstandinginthefield.com ...

• Speaking of Stranger, congratulations to him for his recent trip to San Francisco to cook in chef Chris Cosentino's annual Head to Tail Dinner at Incanto. Cosentino, noted for his use of offal in fine dining, is the most recent “Top Chef Masters” champion. When Stranger returns, we'll sit and talk about it and share his experiences ...

• The new Founders Tower restaurant cleared a major hurdle in March when the city council approved zoning that will allow the owner to apply for a liquor license. This is no small feat and a major part of why details have been slow to materialize. Next up, find a chef to lead this ambitious concept ...

• On a completely different note, chef Josh Valentine announced Monday that he will be leaving FT33 in Dallas and returning to Oklahoma City. When contacted, the recent “Top Chef” contestant, who was eliminated a step from the finale, said the restaurant he is joining must remain a secret for now. Nothing like a good coincidence to add intrigue to your column ...

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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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