Oklahoma City's journey down the culinary yellow brick road is crowded with ambitious chefs and restaurateurs, but as the caravan comes closer to its destinations, collaboration is important.
While local chefs and restaurateurs are no strangers to working together, the return of the H&8th Night Market is a perfect example of how teamwork can pay off for everybody.
Friday night marks the return of this MidTown street party highlighted by local food trucks, live music, and beer from COOP Aleworks. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 2 a.m. inside and all around Elemental Coffee, 815 N Hudson Ave.
The H (which stands for Hudson Avenue) and 8th (which stands for N 8 Street) Night Market will continue on the final Friday of each month through September.
This street party isn't just for late-night hipsters. The festivities are not only family-friendly but pet-friendly, too.
While music will be the soul of the party, food is at its heart. Top mobile kitchens in attendance are scheduled to include Heo's Kitchen, MotoChef, Off the Hook Seafood, Pizza 23, Roxy's Ice Cream Social, Taste of Soul Egg Roll, Urban Agrarian and Wild Al's. COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer. Elemental Coffee will, of course, brew its premium grounds.
Ludivine, 805 N Hudson Ave., will suspend standard service, set up a second bar in its dining room and offer special cocktails and gourmet street food. Ludivine also will host the indoor portion of the party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The long-term goal of the event is to build the MidTown community and inspire increased development and urban living.
“We were energized by the success of last year's events and have made a few adjustments based on feedback from attendees and vendors about how to make it better,” said Laura Massenat, co-owner of Elemental Coffee and H&8th co-founder. “We'll also close down both lanes of Hudson Avenue this time, to increase safety and improve walkability. It's going to be epic.”
Bands will play live music on an outdoor stage built on the south side of Elemental Coffee from 7 to 11 p.m., headlined by indie rock band Horse Thief. Opening acts will include Blake Fischer at 7 p.m., Ripple Green at 8 p.m. and Tallows at 9 p.m.
The music continues inside Ludivine at 11 p.m. with Katie Wicks, host of “SpyLab” on The Spy Radio, until 2 a.m. “SpyLab” focuses on dance music from the late 1970s through present day.
Other Spy hosts will be present for the party. Inside Elemental Coffee, Clayton Bahr, wine expert and host of “Tasting Notes,” will play music paired with wine from 7 to 11 p.m. Also from 7 to 11 p.m., Jon Mooneyham, host of “Millions Now Listening Will Never Die,” will spin his postpunk offerings inside ScissorTale Salon, 807 N Hudson Ave.
Event sponsors include Fowler Toyota of Norman, The Spy FM, Elemental Coffee, ScissorTale Salon, Ludivine, Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance, COOP Ale Works, Thomas Productions and Mood Party Rentals.
For more information about H&8th Night Market, including an event map, go to h8thokc.com or call 633-1703. You also can find information on Facebook (keyword H & 8th Night Market) and on Twitter: @h_n_8th).