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.

  • Valentine leaves The George and other news to chew on

    Dave Cathey | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Four months after opening The George Prime Steakhouse, executive chef Josh Valentine has resigned and chef Chad Willis will step in to take over. The George, which sits atop the historic Founders Tower, is owned by Kevin George, who says Valentine’s departure is completely amicable and simply a matter of Valentine being presented with opportunities […]

  • New R&J supper club presents the cocktail lounge as art

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Chef/partners Russ Johnson and Jonathon Stranger recently opened the R&J Lounge and Supper Club, which takes the best of a bygone era and combines it with modern convenience and progress to create a bar experience that’s both familiar and unique.

  • Going South: Oklahoma City's Open Flame chefs draw inspiration from south of the border

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    The Food Dude welcomes local Oklahoma City chefs to American Propane for a night of grilling inspired by points south of the U.S. border, including Mexico, Peru and Brazil.

  • Clambake redux: Rococo plans September sequel

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Rococo’s second-ever clambake was such a resounding success earlier this summer, owner/chef Bruce Rinehart immediately scheduled a sequel on Sept. 27 t to accommodate those who couldn’t make it to the first one in mid-August.

  • Ludivine promises to give birth next H&8th

    Dave Cathey | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    The chefs who brought you Ludivine would like you to know their next concept will be born the evening of the next H&8th Night Market, which is Sept. 26. The R&J Lounge and Supper Club, 320 NW 10 St., is named for chef/partners Russ Johnson and Jonathon Stranger, who have spent the better part of […]

  • Chef Chad Willis wins Oklahoma Taste of Elegance with Asian-Inspired Pork Belly

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Chef Chad Willis won the 2014 Oklahoma Taste of Elegance competition, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma Pork Council. His winning dish centered around pork belly and stood out for its flawless execution.

  • Pizza Revolution: Locals put their spin on the traditional pizza joint

    BY DAVE CATHEY, FOOD EDITOR | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    An Oklahoma City restaurant group introduces Revolve Pizza Kitchen, a fast-casual concept serving made-from-scratch pizza and pasta.

  • Oklahoma State Fair: For vendors, a fare fight

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    When the 108th Oklahoma State Fair begins Thursday, patrons will have numerous new food options.

  • Keep your tailgate local with Made In Oklahoma recipes

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    The Food Dude shares recipes from the Made in Oklahoma Coalition sure to enhance your tailgate.

  • Chef Rick Bayless has cooked up two Oklahoma City events

    BY DAVE CATHEY | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Two Oklahoma City events featuring chef Rick Bayless will benefit the School of Culinary Arts at Francis Tuttle.

  • Fair Food never ceases to amaze — or take your health into account.

    BY DAVE CATHEY
    Food Editor |
    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Cardiologists unite! The state's largest gathering of would-be heart patients will soon assemble at State Fair Park to indulge in a variety of deep-fried, stick-shanked, sugar-coated, chocolate-covered, bacon-wrapped delicacies with a side of Indian Tacos and cinnamon rolls for dessert. As usual, there are dozens of local food vendors selling jams, salsas and relishes plus numerous competitions for home-cooks to show off their skills. But the main gustatory attractions are the vendors striping the midways and set up in buildings. This year, like every year, there are new items to sample.

  • Cook-offs are all the rage in Oklahoma

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    The Food Dude shares news from Oklahoma City’s growing dining scene.

  • Tailgating game plan

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The beginning of the football season for the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University signals the beginning of another tradition — tailgating.

  • Barbecue Blitz: Oklahoma City-area chefs attack palates by land and sea

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Food Dude hosts a surf-and-turf “Open Flame” at American Propane in Oklahoma City, and collected the techniques and recipes to share.

  • 'Boyhood' proves low and slow isn't just for barbecue

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    When Richard Linklater wasn’t watching movies or waxing existential during his own boyhood in the Texas Hill Country, he mustiv’e been eating a lot of good barbecue. How else can you explain a film that adheres so closely to the credo of legendary Texas pit masters, which is to develop deep, profound flavor with patience […]

  • Fatty Brisket, Live Music and the Whole Karmic Bowl of Queso

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    A couple of weeks ago I made a pilgrimage south to my hometown of Austin for various reasons, which I described here. Part of the reason for the trip not discussed in the previous post was a chance to throw open the hood on my creative engine, and there is no better place to find […]

  • Going Greens: Edmond's Upward Harvest lives the gospel of local, sustainable growing practices

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food editor | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Edmond’s Upward Harvest has developed a proprietary aquaponics system that could revolutionize how we harvest our food.

  • Now it can be told: The Food Dude's origin story revealed

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    As those of you kind enough to follow my food ramblings, you know few places cause me to wax more nostalgic than Austin, Texas, the town where I grew up. I recently took a trip back home and found myself face-to-fork with the one dish in the one restaurant most responsible for my ongoing food-dudery. […]

  • Things looking up for Coach House chef and his apprentices

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Chef Kevin Lee graduates from The Coach House Apprenticeship Program in Oklahoma City with precision and aplomb.

  • Look Up in the Sky: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...Flash?

    Dave Cathey | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    News finally broke today of a long-rumored house-cleaning at Vast and The Colcord. Out goes John Williams and Associates Hospitality and in comes Oklahoma’s culinary Big Kahuna, chef Kurt “Flash” Fleischfresser and hotelier Paul Coury. There is no truth to the rumor Fleischfresser took on the challenge in a fit of high-rise envy sparked by […]




Dave Cathey Today at 2:51 PM Quick lunch @coriandercafe today in Norman. Long overdue, great find!
Dave Cathey Today at 12:48 PM @lablair @chefporkbelly No lie. You can't make this stuff up.
Dave Cathey Today at 12:36 PM Parting is sweet sorrow for @ChefPorkBelly, who leaves The George Prime Steakhouse and other news to chew on LINK
Dave Cathey Today at 10:29 AM @TheMichelleBui @RJSupperClub Thanks!
Dave Cathey Today at 10:03 AM Eats and drink like the good ol' days while making merry in the present at @RJSupperClub LINK
Dave Cathey Today at 9:39 AM @thestrangerchef @rcrissinger @RJSupperClub Thanks to you guys for consistently giving me great stuff to write about.
Dave Cathey Today at 9:38 AM @LauraCalvery @rcrissinger @RJSupperClub Yes, a corrected version should be up anytime.
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Dave Cathey Mon, Sep. 29 2014 02:10:25 PM CST RT @TheTreeBank: Want to be a judge with @guarnaschelli and @TheFoodDood at #Tree2Table? Bidding has begun! LINK
Dave Cathey Sun, Sep. 28 2014 03:21:44 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Cathy Cummings, an Italian restaurant owner, is running for Oklahoma lieutenant governor LINK
Dave Cathey Fri, Sep. 26 2014 11:06:52 PM CST RT @jonfisher: Everyone! Stop whatever unimportant thing you're doing and follow @laceylett.
Dave Cathey Fri, Sep. 26 2014 09:55:27 PM CST RT @kpaigedillard: @TheFoodDood and I visited St. George Greek Orthodox Church this morning. LINK #greekfestokc2014
Dave Cathey Fri, Sep. 26 2014 03:44:38 PM CST Fantastic dinner at The George last night. Great service, spectacular view, wonderful food and cocktails. Thanks... LINK
Dave Cathey Thu, Sep. 25 2014 11:46:54 PM CST @StephanieAWood1 @campfirewood @joewertz check out the new @RJSupperClub
Dave Cathey Thu, Sep. 25 2014 11:44:26 PM CST @joewertz @StephanieAWood1 try @elotetulsa and DEF @BurnCoBBQ (best barbie in the state #notthedoll)
Dave Cathey Thu, Sep. 25 2014 05:19:27 PM CST RT @jerrywofford: To confess your gluttony LINK
Dave Cathey Wed, Sep. 24 2014 04:50:49 PM CST RT @michaelianblack: Just spatchcocked my first chicken. It went okay.
Dave Cathey Wed, Sep. 24 2014 03:00:23 PM CST @Whataburger @CynthiaNichols Turn that frown upside down ... And eat it!
Dave Cathey Wed, Sep. 24 2014 02:19:43 PM CST @fubelly @ManifestoKC Such a cool places to get a perfect cocktail
Dave Cathey Wed, Sep. 24 2014 02:18:54 PM CST RT @UrbanAgrarian: @TheTinCanOKC is making it's debut @h_n_8th this week! LINK