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Food Briefs: The Hall's Pizza Kitchen, Deuce Days/Jazz Nights, Whodunit Dinner Theater and Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

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The Hall's Pizza Kitchen was spotted at Blue 7. They are Oklahoma's original wood fired oven pizza truck. Photo/Shannon Cornman - SHANNON CORNMAN
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  • The Hall's Pizza Kitchen was spotted at Blue 7. They are Oklahoma's original wood fired oven pizza truck. Photo/Shannon Cornman

Hall-y birthday

Proof that time is, indeed, passing faster came June 8 when The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen food truck celebrated its third birthday.

The family-run truck sold $3 slices for a birthday celebration at The Bleu Garten, 301 NW 10th St.

“It’s been an incredible three years rolling around OKC, making pizza,” said director of operations Molly Hall. “People ask us all the time if it gets hot in our truck, and we like to joke that we’re not sure if a wood-fired oven in a truck in Oklahoma was a great or a silly idea. But honestly, when we think about all of the incredible people we’ve met, we know it was one of the best decisions we’ve made. We’re so thankful for all of the support these past three years and are really excited about the next year and some fun ideas we have.”

Musical history

Deep Deuce is looking to strengthen its connection to its musical heritage with a weekly event called Deuce Days/Jazz Nights and a quarterly show called Legends Night.

District shops and restaurants will offer deals during the day each Tuesday, followed by live jazz at local bars and restaurants at night. Tuesday, Native Roots Market, 131 NE Second St., hosts live jazz 6-8 p.m.

Slaughter’s Hall, 221 N. Central Ave.; WSKY Lounge, 228 NE Second St.; and Urban Johnnie Bar & Grille, 121 NE Second St., plan to rotate jazz artists, as well as food specials, 7-10 p.m.

This quarter’s Legends Night is 7-10 p.m. June 25 and features musicians Walter Taylor III, Morris McCraven, JoBob Nelson, Beatrice Cole, Garrett Jacobson and Michael McKinney. McKinney and Taylor toured and recorded with Michael Jackson, and Cole is in the Pioneer Woman Museum as one of Oklahoma’s leading women artists.

A percentage of the proceeds from Legends Night benefit the Deep Deuce Railroad Sign & Lighting Project, which is raising funds for new signage and lighting on the bridge and underpass at EK Gaylord Boulevard and NE Second Street.

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Dead hungry

Whodunit Dinner Theater is back for another round of intrigue and intake with performances at V2 at Vast, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse and Ted’s Cafe Escondido.

The comedy/murder mystery dinner theater presents a pair of shows that run through the summer.

Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow plays June 23 at V2, 333 W. Sheridan Ave.; July 22 and Sept. 23 at Cattlemen’s, 1309 S. Agnew Ave.; and Aug. 26 at Ted’s, 6900 N. May Ave.

Victim of Retirement runs June 24 and Sept. 16 at Ted’s and August 19 at Cattlemen’s.

Tickets for the V2 show are $65 — available at eventbrite.com — and include two drink vouchers, a three-course meal and, of course, a murder.

Tickets for the other shows are $48. Visit whodunit.net or call 405-420-3222. At Cattlemen’s, the dinner is a buffet with steak, chicken, catfish, sides and a dessert. The meal at Ted’s is also a buffet featuring make-your-own fajitas, bean and cheese burritos, chips, salsa and rice.

Strawberry Wyne and Left-Hook Lucy at Whiskey Cake in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Strawberry Wyne and Left-Hook Lucy at Whiskey Cake in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Seasonal sips

Though its food is a big part of its reputation, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, 1845 Northwest Expressway, definitely puts an emphasis on “Whiskey” and “Bar” with its new seasonal cocktail menu.

The season is very much the reason for the bevy of new beverages that focus on fresh local produce and herbs — some of which are grown at the restaurant.

The Royal Shandy ($9) embraces spring and summer with a mix of gin, honey, lemon and grapefruit bitters topped off with an imperial IPA. The light, crisp flavor strays from the heavy pine needle taste of many gin drinks.

Left Hook Lucy ($11) is like an alcoholic Arnold Palmer, with tea-infused vodka, lemon, honey, mint, soda and St-Germain.

But the real farmers market-in-a-glass drink is Sergeant Pepper ($10) with a blend of red bell pepper puree, gin, agave and lemon. The cocktails are available at Oklahoma City’s Whiskey Cake location through the summer.

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