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Modified: January 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm •  Published: January 22, 2014

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Chef series begins at District 21

The Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts restaurant, District 21, begins a series of special events Friday in which top Oklahoma chefs mentor the school's students.

The series starts with chef Chris Becker, of Della Terra Fine Pasta, shepherding a four-course meal spotlighting Becker's specialty — handcrafted pastas.

The menu starts with assorted antipasto, including chicories and rustic Caesar, cauliflower, capers, olives and herbs, spicy broccoli raab and shaved garlic, preserved tuna, cannellini beans and lemon and assorted cured meats and olives. The second course is pasta, featuring ricotta ravioli, golden butter, sage and Parmesan. The entree course will consist of slow-roasted pork with pickled peppers, cipollini onions and fennel. Dessert will be panna cotta and biscotti.

The dinner launches a series that will continue one Friday night per month through May. Students will work side by side with the chefs, helping them prepare a multicourse prix fixe menu for up to 100 guests.

The guest chefs will include Josh Valentine of “Top Chef” fame on Feb. 28; Russ Johnson, co-owner of Ludivine, on March 28; Kurt Fleischfresser, of Western Concepts Restaurants, on April 11; and Jonathon Stranger, co-owner of Ludivine, on May 9.

Tickets are $50 per person and include nonalcoholic beverages.

District 21 restaurant is on the Francis Tuttle campus, 12777 N Rockwell Ave. All proceeds support the culinary arts student activity fund. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant or by calling 717-4944. Watch for event updates via Twitter (@d21dining) and on the Francis Tuttle Facebook page.

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