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Danny Bowien is Back In Town And He Wants to Make You Ribs

David Cathey Published: June 3, 2013
Chef Danny Bowien was at the center of last Monday's OK Chefs Relief Pop-Up restaurant. And he'll be cooking at Ludivine tonight.
Chef Danny Bowien was at the center of last Monday's OK Chefs Relief Pop-Up restaurant. And he'll be cooking at Ludivine tonight.

James Beard Rising Star Chef Danny Bowien is back in town, and he will be manning the stove at Ludivine, 805 N Hudson Ave, tonight after 8 p.m. for a #OKChefsReliefMissionChinesePopUpRibRedux.

Danny Bowien, an award-winning chef from Oklahoma with restaurants in New York City and San Francisco, cooks at OK Chefs Relief in Oklahoma City on May 27, 2013. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Danny Bowien, an award-winning chef from Oklahoma with restaurants in New York City and San Francisco, cooks at OK Chefs Relief in Oklahoma City on May 27, 2013. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Bowien was in town over the Memorial Day weekend to help raise money for OK Chefs Relief, which went directly to the Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma for tornado relief and recovery efforts. The pop-up restaurant held over two days at the Myriad Botanical Gardens event space brought in close to $80,000.

Born in Korea but raised in south Oklahoma City, Bowien graduated from Westmoore High School before heading to San Francisco to play in a rock band. The music didn’t work out, but Bowien developed a passion for cooking traveling back and forth between New York City and the Bay Area.

In the last few years, the Mission concept he and chef Anthony Myint have overseen has become a national sensation, drawing rave reviews not only for the food but for the more than $200,000 they’ve raised for food banks in California and New York.

Just days before he came to Oklahoma City to help raise funds for OK Chefs Relief, Bowien appeared at “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” to raise awareness of the needs of the community and for the event.

Danny will be at Ludivine recreating the Tiki Ribs he made at the event as part of Ludivine’s Monday Blue Plate Special for $10 a plate. This is your chance to taste the hype rather than just hear about it. I talk and write all the time about how Oklahoma City’s chances of developing a strong culinary reputation are better now than they’ve ever been, and little surprises like Danny’s appearance bolsters them.

Word is Danny will start waving his magic wok sometime after 8 p.m. There is no chance your Monday has anything cooler to offer than this.  And as someone who sampled these ribs last week, I can tell you with confidence that they are real, and they are spectacular.