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Witness a Black Friday first: Me being in the middle of it

by Dave Cathey Published: November 26, 2013
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The measure of how much a person loves and cares for another is how far the person will expose themselves to mortal danger. I think the look on my face above says it all.

That means

the good folks of Pittsburg County and the restaurants and stores they own and operate are near and dear to my heart because on the darkest day in the Wholly Church of Consumerism, Black Friday, I will an active participant in the free-market free-for-all. This is a Food Dude first. I generally try to insulate myself with work or some credible-sounding engagement with my couch, but this year I will be signing books at a local bookstore, that is — at least — conveniently located close to Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

So, perhaps after a baptism by gyros, I’ll be signing copies of my book “A Culinary History of Pittsburg County” from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore located at 6100 N. May Ave. This is the last signing I have booked before the holidays. That doesn’t mean there won’t be another, but it might be.

As I’ve written before, the book focuses on how the town of Krebs became the epicenter for traditional southern Italian food before statehood, grew into a mecca for sausage, cheese, lamb fries and Choc beer more than 80 years ago and has evolved into a culinary tourist stop thanks to Pete’s Place, The Isle of Capri, Lovera’s Italian Market, GiaComo’s Italian Cuisine and Roseanna’s Italian Food.

The book also tells the story of Minnie’s Italian Dinners

and the many others who contributed to the culinary legacy of Pittsburg County, which also has a rich political history. And the book would fit into a stocking suspended over a fireplace without a problem, so put it on your list for Santa!

Seriously, if you’re out in it on Friday, come by Barnes and Noble and say hi.  Look forward to seeing you.


by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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