Most importantly, all proceeds from the event will go to the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross. The goal for Sunday is to raise at least $35,000. As Bowien's reputation is across the country, Monday's event could potentially double that goal. I anticipate foodies from around the region will make the trip to Oklahoma City to support the effort.
To pull off a venture of this magnitude in such a short time might be considered impossible. But the generosity and empathy of Oklahoma has often been underestimated.
Stranger said an entire steer was donated for the event by local rancher Wendy Drummond.
“That gives us two sides of beef,” Stranger said. “That means everybody gets a steak. Who knows what cut of beef it'll come from, but everyone gets a steak.”
The outpouring of donations has been such that OK Chefs Relief might continue to exist beyond this one weekend and continue to support recovery efforts as long as is needed.
At Sunday's event, diners can expect a four-course meal, including cupcakes provided by Cuppies-N-Joe and a special commemorative cake from La Baguette.
Stranger said there is still an effort being made to secure live music at the Myriad Gardens stage adjacent to the restaurant. Local basketball star and artist Desmond Mason and a troupe of his artist friends will be in attendance for a live art demonstration. Art work created during the event will be a part of a live auction that will also benefit local Red Cross efforts.
The restaurant won't accept reservations; seatings will be first-come, first-served. The restaurant seats about 80 people. If no seats are available, leave your cell number at the host station and you'll be texted about 15 minutes before seats become available. Local beer vendors will serve their suds and local wine brokers will offer special wines with added donation. The recommended donation is $35, but don't let that stop you from showing up if you don't have it. Simply give as best you can as the chefs are. And if you have more than that to give, by all means do it.