After a devastating tornado struck Oklahoma this past week, its residents went straight to work to help in any way they could. Since then our community has come together to volunteer their time and money to help the victims. There have been many wonderful fundraisers going on but I must admit that I could not wait for this one…
OK Chefs Relief Pop-Up Restaurant
Hubby and I were practically first in line. We were amazed at how delicious every dish was! The menu will change throughout the day, feel free to go more than once. We’re also especially excited for tomorrow’s event since the restaurant will become Mission Chinese from James Beard Award winning chef Danny Bowien. If you’re in the OKC area please check out this incredible event and remember to DONATE!
The tables are set.
The wine is ready.
Chef Kurt Fleischfresser oversees a busy kitchen.
A quick meeting before the guests arrive.
A sign to remind us why we’re here.
A wine pull!!!
A first course of sea bass and chorizo.
Patrons enjoying their dishes.
Edible Oklahoma pride! (And yes, it was as delicious as it looks.)
A packed house and there are still 10 hours to go!
Local artists setting up shop.
Desmond Mason is in the zone.
Artist Jack Fowler ponders his next move.
Everyone gathers to watch the artists work.
These restaurants will run today and tomorrow, check out the details below.
Info from OKChefsRelief.com
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. on Sunday, May 26 and 4 p.m. to late night on Monday, May 27 at Myriad Botanical Gardens restaurant space, 301 W. Reno Ave. On Sunday, 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 will also 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. 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.