Get crabby with Rococo guess
Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wines opened its second location in Northpark Mall about two and a half years ago. To celebrate, chefs Bruce Rinehart, Jason Bustamante and Sam Fitch are having a party from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The Northpark location will feature live music, food and drink specials, free samples from Rococo Catering and an opportunity to win a free crabcake a week for one year. The person who can come closest to guessing how many crabcakes Rococo Northpark has served (more than 15,000, less than 20,000) by the time the anniversary party starts wins a free crabcake a week for one year. And if someone nails the number exactly, they will also win a party for four at the private Chef's Table, including a bottle of Bruce's favorite Champagne. Post your guess on the restaurant's Facebook page or via Twitter using hashtag #RococoCrabCakes.
Open Flame celebrates pork
Dave Cathey, The Oklahoman's The Food Dude, will host chefs Kurt Fleischfresser, Josh Valentine and Jermiah Duddleston at the next “Open Flame” at American Propane at 6 p.m. Aug. 15. Cathey and the chefs will share a celebration of pork at the newly remodeled American Propane, 7401 N Broadway Extension. Fleischfresser, of Western Concepts, will put his spin on pork shoulder steaks. Valentine, who is gearing up to partner with Kevin George to open The George Prime Steakhouse on top of Founders Tower, plans to make pork steam buns while Duddleson, of Uptown Grocery Co., will make a dish using pork tenderloin. Cost is $50. Call 843-6868 to reserve your seat.
Odyssey de Culinaire Tulsa-Bound
The Odyssey de Culinaire ends its 11th incarnation Thursday. Oklahoma City chefs David Henry (The Coach House Restaurant), Chris McCabe (Republic Gastropub), Christopher Pope (Skirvin Hilton Hotel), Joseph Royer (Saturn Grill) and Mark Vannasdall (The Restaurants at Chesapeake) will spin their magic at the Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place in Tulsa. Chef Robert Black, of A Good Egg Dining Group, is coordinating. Each chef will work side-by-side with a ProStart culinary student assistant. Odyssey de Culinaire is a fundraising and awareness dinner to benefit the Oklahoma Restaurant Association's Hospitality Career Initiative, which provides education and mentoring programs to help young people develop the skills needed for careers in the culinary and hospitality industries. A wine reception gets the event started at 6 p.m. Dinner follows at 7. Cost is $125. Go to okrestaurants.com or call (800) 375-8181 and ask for Anita Austin.
State Fair seeks creative cooks
The Oklahoma State Fair begins Sept. 12 and is looking for contestants for its many food competitions. The deadline for preregistration is Aug. 15 for these contests:
The Great American SPAM Championship, 11 a.m. Sept. 14. Two categories are open to adults and youths. Focus on taste, creativity and presentation, and use 10 ingredients or fewer.
Pie Baking Championship, 6 p.m. Sept. 17. Use a Pet-Ritz piecrust from your freezer section and dream up any delicious dessert pie. Judging is based on taste, appearance, creativity and simplicity.
• Sweet-Treats for Sweet-Hearts Contest, 11 a.m. Sept. 21. Karo Syrup will reward participants offering the tastiest, most creative and eye-catching entries.
For a complete list of Oklahoma State Fair contests, rules and regulations, go to okstatefair.com or call 948-6700, ext. 6731.
Big Taste fundraiser set
NORMAN — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Norman will hold its annual Big Taste fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight Aug. 17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive. Norman restaurants committed to display their best interpretations of Cajun and Creole fare from Louisiana include Belmar, Bobbi Cakes, Cafe Plaid, Chuy's, Interurban, Legends, McNellie's, O Asian Fusion, Ray's Barbecue and Ludivine from Oklahoma City. Cost is $75. Tickets can be purchased online at http://bigtaste2013.kintera.org/.
Primo's brings back original menu
Primo's d'Italia, which has locations in Yukon and Midwest City, is bringing back its opening day menu. Established in Yukon in 2001, Primo's specializes in Italian cuisine, seafood, prime rib, pizza, fresh baked rosemary bread, homemade Tiramisu, and Creme Brulee.
Van's Pig Stand Wins award
SHAWNEE — Van's Pig Stand was recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this award. Van's operates restaurants in Norman and Shawnee. Their store in Moore was destroyed by the May 20 tornado.
Wine & Chocolate Fest set
HENNESSEY — Hennessey United hosts its third annual Wine & Chocolate Festival at Memorial Park on Main Street from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Cost is $10 and includes a wineglass. The event includes a live wine auction at 7:30 p.m. There's still time for vendors to reserve space for free. Reservations are required on first-come basis before Sept. 6. Vintners call Mayor Wes Hardin at (405) 853-0115 and Chocolatiers call Teresa Oliver at (405) 368-8741 for more information.
FROM STAFF REPORTS