Oklahoma chefs continue to team up in support of the tornado relief effort in a big way.
Celebrity chef Rick Bayless, an Oklahoma City-native now based in Chicago, will be in town Monday to do three pop-up restaurants. Tickets to two of the pop-ups sold out in less than a week, and tickets for the third go on sale Wednesday morning.
Bayless has a long, illustrious career as a chef specializing in the flavors of Mexico. He learned the restaurant business in high school, working at his parents' barbecue restaurant, the Hickory House. Since then, he's published nine cookbooks and hosted eight seasons of “Mexico: One Plate at a Time” on public television when he wasn't running Frontera Grill, Topolobampo or Xoco in Chicago.
Chefs Kurt Fleischfresser, Jonathan Stranger, and Marc Dunham have laid the groundwork for the three-tiered pop-up, which each bring the spirit of Bayless' three world-class restaurants in Chicago.
With both evening pop-ups sold out, fans of Bayless can experience Xoco from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the east pavillion of Leadership Square. Bayless will be in attendance with help on the grill from local chefs to serve three tacos and a drink to attendees. Those interested can make their minimum $10 donation in advance starting at 9 a.m. by calling UMB Bank's Mary Pointer at 239-5936.
With the $10 donation, you will not only receive lunch from Xoco but also a raffle ticket that gives you a chance at two tickets to Monday's sold-out Topolobampo event, worth $1,000. All of the proceeds will go to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for the tornado relief effort.