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.
Taste of OKC lines up restaurants
The 35th annual Taste of Oklahoma City is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at First National Center, 120 N Robinson Ave.
More than 20 restaurants will participate in the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. The event also will include silent and live auctions, a wine pull and entertainment by Laura Leighe Music. Tickets are $150 each or $250 per couple for the cocktail-attire event. Participating restaurants include: Big O BBQ, Cuppies & Joe, GoGo Sushi, Guernsey Park, Iguana Mexican Grill, In the Raw, Jazmoz Bourbon Street Cafe, Johnny Carino's, Old Germany Restaurant, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Pearl's Restaurant Group, Pepperoni Grill, Picasso's Cafe, Pizza 23, The Basement Modern Diner, The Melting Pot, Urban Roots, West, Bin 73, Garbanzo's, Urban Johnnie Bar & Grille, Nonna's Ristorante and Uptown Candy. For more information and ticket purchases, go online to tasteokc.com.
La Baguette hosts winemaker Kimberlee Nichols
On Feb. 6, La Baguette Bistro, 7408 N May, will host a special wine dinner with winemaker Kimberlee Nichols.
Nichols will co-host the dinner with chef Alain Buthion. It will feature wines from Nichols' Markham Vineyards with dishes specially designed to complement them.
Cost for the five-course meal with wine pairing is $75. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 7. For reservations, call 840-3047.
— Dave Cathey