The OK Chefs Relief movement takes its next major leap on Monday with celebrity chef Rick Bayless’s pop-up explosion. Two of the three pop-ups are completely booked, but tickets for the third leg are still available and can be purchased starting Monday morning at 9 a.m.
If you want to take part in the first incarnation of Bayless’ triple play, call Mary Pointer at UMB bank at 239-5936 to purchase with a credit card or swing by the downtown UMB branch across the street from Leadership Square to make the mandatory $10 donation in cash. That donation will not only entitle you to lunch from the Xoco pop-up but also a raffle ticket that gives you a chance at two tickets to Monday’s sold-out Topolobampo event, worth $1,000. No one will be served without a raffle ticket. The Xoco event will be in the east Pavilion of Leadership Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bayless will be in attendance with help on the grill from local chefs led by Jonathon Stranger and Joshua Valentine, who will serve three tacos and a drink to attendees.
The chefs’ goal is to feed at least 500 donors, and if response to the evening events is any indicator, that goal should be reached with ease. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for the tornado relief effort.
Bayless was born and raised in Oklahoma City, learning the restaurant business in his parents barbecue restaurant, the Hickory House. Rick ran the catering while in high school at Northwest Classen. Bayless is also a University of Oklahoma graduate.
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