The hot streak of restaurant openings continues in Oklahoma City's far northwest corner. The south side of Memorial Road between Portland and Rockwell continues its boom with the upcoming addition of Revolve Pizza Kitchen, 5500 W Memorial Road. The local fast-casual concept from WRW LLC will operate similarly to burrito bars like Qdoba, Chipotle and Freebirds, which is no surprise considering the group is made up of folks who built their war chest on the backs of a number of local takeout and fast-casual concepts.
Revolve promises fresh dough made in-house, sauces made from scratch and premium toppings to make pizza in revolving wood-fired ovens, which allow for a 2- to 3-minute pizza. I talked with Eric Renegar, one of the WRW partners, and he told me fast-casual pizza has been popping up across the country, and he and his group wanted to start a local concept before the chains can plant their flag. WRW also owns the building, which could accommodate two or three more businesses.
“Definitely want to get word out that we've got space available,” Renegar said.
Renegar said chef Eric Cooper will man the oven, and the team has targeted early summer for opening. If you're interested in leasing space in the new building, call Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort at 602-3046 or email email@example.com.
Francis Tuttle to host local ‘Top Chef' star
Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts restaurant District 21, 12777 N Rockwell Ave., continues its Guest Chefs Series with Josh Valentine at 6 p.m. Feb. 28.
The former “Top Chef” contestant and executive chef of The George Prime Steakhouse is the second guest chef in the series, following chef Chris Becker of Della Terra Fine Pasta.
“These local chefs each have distinct kitchen techniques and culinary tips that help our students grow as professional chefs, giving them experience with different cuisines and kitchen styles,” said Marc Dunham, director of the Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts. “There's always something new to learn in the kitchen.”
Valentine will help students prepare a spring-inspired four-course meal.
“I'm looking forward to sharing my approach to food with Francis Tuttle students and working together to create these dishes,” Valentine said. “I've learned so much by working with a variety of chefs throughout my career, and I'm glad to have the opportunity to share what I know.”
District 21, which opened last spring, continues the series through May. Students work side-by-side with the chefs, helping them prepare a multicourse prix fixe menu for 100 guests.
The series continues March 28 with chef Russ Johnson, co-owner of Ludivine. On April 11, chef Kurt Fleischfresser, of The Coach House and Western Concepts Restaurants, takes the stove. The series ends May 9 with chef Jonathon Stranger, co-owner of Ludivine.
Cost is $50 per person and includes nonalcoholic beverages. All proceeds support the culinary arts student activity fund. Tickets can be purchased at District 21 restaurant or by calling Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts at 717-4944.
Event updates will be shared via Twitter (@d21dining) and on the Francis Tuttle Facebook page.
It's barbecue season!
The Oklahoma Barbecue Society has planned an informal kickoff party from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma Joe's BBQ, 333 W Albany, in Broken Arrow.
The event is open to all barbecue enthusiasts, whether a member, prospective member or just want learn more about the society. There will also be information about the Cleaver Team of the Year contest, which kicks off with the Smokin' on the Run contest on March 16 in Miami, OK.
If you would like to attend or want more information about the society, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fubelly, a dining-centric website developed in Oklahoma City, has expanded its reach to Tulsa. Check out the fantastic video focused on local chefs and restaurants online at fubelly.com.
As if pumping out award-winning cupcakes wasn't enough for Green Goodies, the Classen Curve fixture has added gourmet soups and sandwiches to its menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Chef Cally Johnson, a founding partner in Big Truck Tacos with stops at Cheever's, Boulevard Steakhouse and 501 Cafe, is consulting with Green Goodies to launch this new lunch option for owner Tiffany Magness. Magness appeared last summer on Cupcake Wars and won $10,000. The new menu of grab-and-go lunches will change weekly.