Oklahoma food notes

Oklahoma food notes
Published: November 28, 2012
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EVENTS

Open House in 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!

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.