Open House in Norman
NORMAN — The International Pantry, 1618 W Lindsey St., will host its holiday open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Bring up to three straight-edged kitchen knives per person with a $1 donation or one unexpired canned good per knife to benefit Food & Shelter to get knives sharpened for free by Wusthof.
Vendors will offer tastings and cutlery tips.
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 Friday and can be downloaded at www.normanfirehouse.com.
The Chocolate Festival, now in its 31st year, was voted “Best Local Festival” in the Norman Transcript's 2011 Readers Choice Awards, “Best Charity Event” in 2011 by Oklahoma magazine and was featured in Southern Living magazine.
The festival won the 2009 Frontier Country Grand Award for Outstanding Food Festival in Central Oklahoma and has been ranked third among food festivals in the United States by the Food Network.
General admission tickets are $20 each. For more information, go to www.normanfirehouse.com.
Christmas Wine Tour Set
Derick Jensen plans to host the 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 paid 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/Wine Tasting
The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, 6418 N Western Ave., will host its 5th Annual Refreshing the Palette, which includes a wine tasting and art show to benefit the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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.
Wines include: La Sirena Syrah, Verasion Cabernet Sauvignon, Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, Titus Cabernet Franc, Robert Sinskey Abraxas, Neyers del Barba Zinfandel, Pietro Cabernet Sauvignon, Tangent Pinot Gris, St. Supery Virtu, Paul Hobbs Chardonnay and more.
Cost is $25 per person, including wine and hors d'oeuvres. Call 840-9463 for tickets.
Free Screening of ‘Forks over Knives'
City Arts Center will host a free public screening of the documentary film “Forks over Knives” at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the City Arts Center auditorium, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.
The film examines the claim that a diet of animal-based and processed foods is to blame for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Running time is 90 minutes; parental guidance is suggested.
Refreshments will be provided beginning at 5:30 p.m.
A panel discussion will follow, and a rolling farmers market will be at the event.