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What to do in Oklahoma on May 26, 2013: Check out the OK Chefs Relief Pop-Up Restaurant benefiting tornado relief (with video)

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 26, 2013 at 8:25 am •  Published: May 26, 2013
Danny Bowien
Danny Bowien

Today’s featured event:

Oklahoma’s most respected chefs are joining forces to raise money for tornado relief efforts with a two-day pop-up restaurant from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 4 to 10 p.m. Monday at the Myriad Botanical Gardens restaurant space, 301 W Reno Ave.

Today, the OK Chefs Relief Pop-Up Restaurant will feature “spontaneous cuisine,” a constantly evolving menu using donated ingredients from local producers. Attendees will enjoy a three-course meal followed by dessert provided by Cuppies & Joe and La Baguette Bistro.

Chefs participating include Kurt Fleischfresser (The Coach House); Jonathon Stranger & Russ Johnson (Ludivine); Joshua Valentine (Divine Swine and first Oklahoma chef to compete on Bravo’s “Top Chef”); Tabb Singleton (Emeril’s NOLA, New Orleans, and a recent contestant on Food Network’s “Chopped”); Michel and Alain Buthion (La Baguette Bistro and Bellini’s Ristorante); Chris Becker (Della Terra Fine Pasta) and Marc Dunham (Francis Tuttle Culinary School).

There also will be live music and a live painting demonstration by local artists including Desmond Mason, Jack Fowler, Jerrod Smith, Dylan Bradway, Sean Vali and Phil Danner. Attendees will have an opportunity to buy original art during a silent auction.

On Monday, the pop-up restaurant space will become Mission Chinese, a San Francisco-based restaurant founded by Oklahoma City native Danny Bowien. Bowien was recently named The James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year for 2013 after his Mission Chinese in New York City made Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant list in 2011.

Bowien will be supported by the OK Chefs Relief team and dessert will be created by Christina Tosi, chef/owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, a bakery with five locations in NYC.

Bowien appeared Thursday on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to talk about the event, which is a benefit to aid people affected by last week’s devastating central Oklahoma tornadoes.

There is no cost to attend either event, but there will be a suggested donation of $35 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross. The fundraising goal is $35,000. No reservations; seating will be first-come, first served.

These events are being organized in partnership with the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.

For information and updates, see the event’s Facebook. Twitter: @OKChefsRelief (#okshefsrelief).

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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