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Thirst For a Cause returns to aid workers

Thirst For a Cause is set for an Oklahoma City even to help restaurant workers without health insurance.
From Staff Reports Published: September 19, 2012

Thirst For a Cause, which celebrates great food and wine while raising money for local restaurant workers without health insurance, is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. More than a dozen local restaurants and more than 30 wineries will provide food and drink at the Jim Thorpe Museum, 4040 N Lincoln Blvd. More than 200 wines will be poured.

Participating restaurants include Bellini's Ristorante, Boulevard Steakhouse, Cafe 501, Cattlemen's Steakhouse, The Coach House, La Baguette Bistro, The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, Oak Tree Country Club, Pearl's Seafood, The Petroleum Clubs of OKC, Picasso Cafe, Rococo Restaurant, Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, and Sushi Neko.

Participating wineries include 32 Winds, Arizona Stronghold, Bieler Family, Blackbird Vineyards, Brewer-Clifton, Caduceus, Charles Smith Wines, Charles & Charles, Copain, Dalla Terra Imports, Darms Lane, Dashe Cellars, DuMOL, ecoVINO, Failla, Hedges Family Estate, Hourglass Estate and JAQK Cellars.

Cost is $75. For tickets call the Oklahoma Restaurant Association at 942-0541. Checks may be made out to the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation and mailed to the Oklahoma Restaurant Association at 3800 N Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Tickets also will be sold at the door for $89. You may also buy tickets online by going to the ORA website,, and going to calendar of events.


Wine Dinner at Hensley's

— Hensley's Top Shelf Grill, 1551 Garth Brooks Blvd., will host an Irish Whiskey and Beer dinner at 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

The evening begins with a Harp Lager reception with cured salmon and whole grain mustard with a five-course dinner to follow.

Dinner starts with Butter Bean and Sausage Soup with Red Breat 12-year. Crawfish and Asiago Bruschetta follows with Smithwick's Ale. Third up is Veal Liver with Caramelized Onions and Port Wine Reduction paired with Jameson 12-Year. Main course is a Pecan-Smoked New York Strip with Goat Cheesse Whipped Potatoes, Golden Beets and Roasted Garlic Jus paired with a Middletown Single Malt. For dessert, a Porter Pound Cake with a Coffee Glaze finished with Stout Ice Cream and Guinness Stout to wash it down.

Cost is $75. Call 265-4076 for reservations.

Wine Dinner at Pepperoni Grill

Pepperoni Grill, 1901 Northwest Expressway #1001, will host a special wine dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

The evening begins with Crostini Pancetta with bacon, fresh mushrooms, red and yellow bell pepper sauteed in a balsamic olive oil mixture, and served atop Rustic Italian bread with melted chèvre provolone cheese. The crostini is paired with Leese-Fitch Sauvignon Blanc. Next up is Antipasto Alla Caprese with Beaujolais Villages Saint Armand. The main course is Pollo Alla Parmigiana over tossed fettuccini, sautéed spinach, garlic, black olives and fresh basil paired with Sasyr, a blend of Sangiovese and Syrah. For dessert, Tiramisu made from scratch with Terre Davino Piemonte Moscato.

For more information, call 848-4660.

NW Chamber sets ‘Taste' event

The Northwest Chamber will host the fourth annual "Taste of Northwest Auction & Food Fest" from 6 to 9 p.m Tuesday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63.

With food provided by local restaurants including Big Sky Bread, Casa Perico, Zorba's, Vito's Ristorante, Castle Falls, Green and Grilled, Irma's Burger Shack, Swadley's Barbecue, Hefner Grill, Interurban, Sweetery Eatery, Mama Roja, Louie's and Running Wild Catering, the event will include live and silent auctions to support Northwest Chamber Programs.

Tickets are $40 in advance, or $50 at the door. For more information, go online to or call 789-1256.

Benefit for local filmmaker

Chef Kurt Fleischfresser and his culinary crew will host a special benefit Oct. 2 to benefit the efforts of filmmaker Kyle Roberts in his attempt to produce a full-length motion picture shot in Oklahoma.

The event benefitting Roberts' film project “Posthuman,” will include a silent auction, dinner, meet-and-greet with cast and crew, and previews of the film, which has been partially shot.

Roberts says the film crosses genres from the teen comedies of John Hughes film to the energy of "X-Men."

The effort is bringing together top producers, actors and musicians of Oklahoma to make a family friendly superhero film.

Cost is $40 per person or $280 for tables of eight. For more details, go online to the Food Dude blog:



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