Calling all Chocolatiers
NORMAN — The Firehouse Art Center has issued a call for entries for the annual Chocolate Festival, set for Feb. 2 at the National Center for Employee Development, also known as the U.S. Postal Training Center, at 2801 State Highway 9E.
Local chefs, restaurateurs and chocolate artists are invited to participate in the event that raises money for children's art education. Vendor applications will be accepted until Nov. 30 and can be downloaded at www.normanfirehouse.com.
General admission tickets are $20 each. For more information, go to www.normanfirehouse.com.
Hensley's plans wine dinner
YUKON — Hensley's Top Shelf Grill, 1551 Garth Brooks Blvd., will host an Anitori Wine Dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday. Chef David Sullivan will offer hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine during the reception.
Cost is $100 a person. For reservations, call 265-4076.
Chandler's Butcher BBQ wins big in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — The World Food Championships, hosted by Adam Richman on Nov. 3, crowned Butcher BBQ of Chandler as the first-ever World Barbecue Champion.
Butcher BBQ received a grand prize of $10,000 and earned one of seven seats at the Final Table showdown on Nov. 4, where it placed fourth overall, and took home an additional $2,500.
Butcher BBQ was one of nearly 300 culinary competitors in the inaugural World Food Championships held at Bally's Las Vegas before culminating at Caesars Palace on the final day.
The seven categories included barbecue, chili, burger, sandwich, side-dish, an online recipe and a World Chef Challenge open to some of the best chefs in America's greatest restaurants.
A combination of Butcher BBQ's beef brisket, pork shoulder, pork ribs and sauce positioned them at the top of its category.
Butcher BBQ then took its brisket and ribs to present at the Final Table to host Adam Richman and a panel of celebrity judges made up of Robin Leach, Todd Pearson, Myron Mixon, Antonia Lofaso, Tim Love, Ben Vaughn and Colman Andrews.
Christmas wine tour set
Derick Jensen plans to host an Oklahoma Wine Culture Christmas Tour on Dec. 8. The trip will include visits to three wineries, a Forward Foods cheese-tasting and a visit to Bedre Fine Chocolate. Cost is $80 per person prepaid in advance.
The tour will stop at Native Spirits Winery in Norman, Canadian River Winery in Slaughterville and Farfalla Wines in Yukon.
For payment and reservation information, call 200-9981.
Metro hosts art show and wine tasting event
The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, 6418 N Western Ave., will host its Fifth Annual Refreshing the Palette from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2. The event includes a wine tasting and art show to benefit the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.
Attendees will sample 20 wines while getting a peek at art by 20 Oklahoma artists, who've created original works of art based on wine labels. Each artwork will be auctioned during the event.
Participating artists include: Marilyn Artus, Sarah Atlee, Kelly Barber, Brittany Durocher, Kalee Jones, Desmond Mason, Paul Mays, Suzanne Wallace Mears, Elizabeth Mercer, Michelle Himes McCrory, Chad Mount, Lori Oden, Suzanne Owens, Trevar Peterson, Sue Moss Sullivan, Emily Warren, Linda Lou Warren, Tony Westlund, Holly Wilson and Susan York.
Cost is $25 per person, including wine and hors d'oeuvres. Call 840-9463 for tickets.