- Mark Hancock
- Left to right, Alex Moyer, cook, and Jonathan Stranger, owner, chef, work on food mid-day before their evening diner time opening, Monday, 9-21-15.
Hyper-fresh, hyper-local, hyper-gourmet eatery Ludivine celebrates five years in business with a party on Saturday.
Owners and chefs Russ Johnson and Jonathon Stranger opened the restaurant at 805 N. Hudson Ave. in 2010 with a menu that changed daily, weekly and seasonally. In five short years, it has gained national attention and serves as an example of Oklahoma Citys big league status.
For one night, the restaurant expands seating to the sidewalk and patio, with live music and DJs. In the kitchen, where the real show has always been, chefs will rotate throughout the evening to create daring courses in a round robin format, Stranger said. The restaurant also will debut a fall seasonal drink menu and raise a champagne toast at 9 p.m.
Stranger said the event runs 7 p.m.-2 a.m. or until we burn the place down.
It has been a heady half-decade that felt like a few days, he said. Granted, that time also included the opening of a second restaurant, The R&J Lounge and Supper Club; his marriage; his first-born child; and traveling the world.
All of a sudden, you look up and its been five years, he said.
Tickets are $50 and are available in advance at eventbrite.com or at the venue on Saturday.
- sliced pork bacon isolated on white background
The annual sow-lebration of all things bacon returns to Oklahoma City as Oklahoma Pork Council presents 6 Degrees of Bacon 7-9 p.m. Oct. 8 at 1114 N. Harvey Ave.
An annual fundraiser for Midtown Association, 6 Degrees includes bacon-inspired foods from 19 local restaurants, beer, music and games. Each $35 ticket includes a bacon fanny pack with tasting tickets for each restaurant and two tickets for COOP Ale Works beer. A cash bar also will be available.
Attendees can sample bacon-wrapped chipotle-stuffed shrimp, bacon scones, drunken pork belly pintos with poblano cheddar cornbread and chocolate chip bacon blondies, among others.
VIP tickets, $45 each, include early access at 6:30 p.m. Visit downtownokc.com/6-degrees-bacon.
Put some glasses over your beer goggles at the Warby Parker Patio Party 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Hillbilly PoBoys & Oysters, 1 NW Ninth St. The event celebrates Warby Parkers fall eyewear collection along with Hillbillys updated menu. Entry is free.
In addition to food and fashion, guests can hear DJ Tom Hudson perform and enjoy free mini cupcakes from neighboring Sara Sara Cupcakes. The Halls Pizza Kitchen will be serving, and there will be free, select COOP Ale Works beers available, as well as music inside from Cody + Jess from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ladies and gentlemen can also enjoy rides on a 6-foot-long mustache teeter-totter in front of the restaurant.
- pancit canton for merienda or snacks popularize in the Philippines
Sad that OKC doesnt have a Filipino restaurant? Dry those tears with a ticket to Taste of the Philippines 2015.
The fundraiser is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Mayfair Church of Christ, 2340 NW 50th St., and proceeds will help the nonprofit Philippine-American Civic Organization (PACO) of Oklahoma aid members, provide scholarships and send pageant contestants to the Asia Society of Oklahoma event.
Tickets are $15 for ages 11 and up, $7.50 for children ages 4-10 and free for those age 3 and younger. Some dishes served at the event including chicken adobo, pancit noodles and cassava cake arent available from any local restaurants, said PACO president Esther Moore.
Moore, who has been with PACO since it was founded in 1978, said OKCs culture has become increasingly global and shes eager to share Filipino food and traditions with more people.
For tickets, call Moore at 525-2882.
- Mark Hancock
- The Italian Fall Festival at Bellini's Ristorante will feature 3 of their favorite drinks, from left, the Park Ale Princess, the Basil Grande, and the Peach Bellini, 9-21-15.
Not everyone can afford a week in Italy, so the Buthion brothers bring The Boot to Oklahoma with an Italian Fall Festival Oct. 4-10 at Bellinis Ristorante, 6305 Waterford Boulevard.
The restaurant will have drink specials and events throughout the week, said Michel Buthion, who owns the eatery with his brother Alain.
A $35 painting class is 7 p.m. Monday on the patio. Artists can also enjoy food and drinks from Bellinis.
Noon-7 p.m. Oct. 9, the restaurant hosts an Italian market with food vendors, clothing and other goods available for purchase. There is a complimentary wine tasting 2-7 p.m. that day and a four-course Italian dinner ($40 with reservations) followed by Opera Night 8-11 p.m., featuring live opera singers.
The week wraps up with a Venetian masked ball 8 p.m. to close Oct. 10. The venue will be transformed into a disco, masked revelers can dance the night away and prizes will be awarded for best costume.
Learn more by calling 848-1065 or visiting bellinisokc.com.