Despite all the hard work Sherrel Jones does to assure you that making your own Thanksgiving feast is not only doable but preferable, a good number of you turn your nose up at the idea of slaving away in the kitchen to serve friends and family on the last Thursday of November.
You'd rather just spend the money to feed them at a local restaurant. Money won't buy happiness, but it can purchase the hours you'd spend in the kitchen and invest them in something less likely to bring on an anxiety attack.
So, you're going to want to know what restaurants are open Thanksgiving. The truth is, I'm not 100 percent sure at this printing, but I will know by Thanksgiving Eve.
If you own a restaurant or work at one, give me a call, shoot me an email or try mental telepathy if you're into such endeavors to let me know about it. I will publish the list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving as I know them on Nov. 27 in The Oklahoman. I will post a running list on my blog (blog.newsok.com/fooddude) as soon as responses start coming in, which should be by the end of the week.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org; or reach me at the office: 475-3155.
Chili enthusiasts will gather with their best chili recipes for Century 21 Goodyear Green's 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off event from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Edmond. Sponsored by First Mortgage Co. and American Eagle Title Group, the cook-off benefits Easter Seals Oklahoma and will take place at 1220 S Santa Fe Ave.
There are no entry fees for competing in the chili cook-off, and attendees are allowed to sample from as many entries as they like. Tickets buy you a bowl, the right to vote for your favorite chili, and enter you in the pool for prizes. Awards will be given for spiciest, crowd favorite, judges' favorite and best booth theme.
The cook-off isn't just about the chili. This family-friendly event incorporates a silent auction, cakewalk, prize drawing and several activities for kids — including an inflatable moon bounce, face-painting and a pumpkin hunt for prizes. Instabus OKC Mobile Photo Booth and Roxy's Ice Cream Social also will be on site, and while Edmond's Swatch Marbly plays live music.
Funds raised from the event are particularly critical this year because Easter Seals Oklahoma suffered severe flood damage May 31, which forced the organization to cancel its annual gala.
I will be a judge, so come out and say hello over a steaming bowl of chili. Extra parking for participants and attendees is available at the Bank of Oklahoma just north of the event. I have information about how to compete on my blog. Or call 359-7400.
New brunch at Cafe Evoke
You could make the day of it in Edmond on Sunday by starting at Cafe Evoke, 103 S Broadway Ave. Jason and Jenny Duncan recently rolled out a new brunch menu for their gourmet coffee shop.
House-made waffles come topped with a variety of choices, including cinnamon butter and maple syrup, blueberry with lemon curd, pecans and caramel, pumpkin and apple cider syrup, peanut butter and jelly, bananas Foster and even some savory choices like chili, hollandaise and a fried egg.
If hot coffee doesn't sound good, the Duncans offer a Tomatillo Bloody Mary and Mimosa.