Now youll have a chance to make that dream come true during the first official Downtown Restaurant Week, starting Sunday and ending Thursday, Jan. 26.
The scoop: Each kitchen crew, executive chefs leading the way, has designed three-course, event-specific dinners for $30. The culinary geniuses are more than excited and were pleased to discuss details of what can be expected during the five-day foodie extravaganza.
Its going to be a totally awesome prix-fixe menu thats based on availability of fresh product, said Jonathan Krell, executive chef at Stella.
right, Trattoria il Centro
The goal: Its an invitation to try new, unusual dishes representative of each participating kitchen in an effort to expand the collective food palate of the metro. Oh, and to support local!
Chef Jonathon Stranger at Ludivine will certainly be working on the former part of the mission.
[Were doing a] braised rabbit with foraged edibles. That way, people can try more of what we harvest straight out of the ground, he said.
Stranger and Krell both mentioned that the menu items will be finalized the week prior, because thats when they go to the farmers markets and shop for fresh, in-season tasty treats.
Stranger gave us some idea of the menu theyve worked up at Ludivine. Have you ever tried squid-ink pasta? Youll have a chance. What about ravitini? I can bet you havent, because Stranger made it up.
Lastly, have you ever wondered what a whiskey, root beer and black peppercorn glaze might taste like? You get the idea. (Pictured above.)
As if indulging in decadent cooking from OKCs finest chefs isnt enough to satiate your hunger, the added bonus of cultivating the food community is certain to add to the excitement and make for the perfect dessert.
Dont refill that pantry with groceries next week. Your dinner plans already have been made.
Photos by Shannon Cornman