Shot video of Dave Cathey judging the Martinis at the Allied Arts party last night at the Farmer’s Market near downtown Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoman’s food editor, AKA “The Food Dude” or @thefooddood on Twitter, was one of several celebrity judges tasting the best attempts from local eateries.
Other judges I recognized included former OU basketball star Kevin Bookout and Kayne Gillaspie from Project Runway fame and Norman retail. Gillaspie had a camera crew from the Discovery Channel following him around. He recently told NewsOK’s Angi Bruss the Discovery Channel may do a reality TV show on him.
Cathey judged the drink from Isis Cocktail Lounge to be the best, and the other celebs must have agreed. Isis won top honor.
Ryan Parrott from Iguana Grill told Cathey and I at the Table One taping last week that about 300 tickets had been sold.
I’m not sure 300 people were there, but the Farmer’s Market building is pretty big. It can hold a ton of people. Who knows, looked like people were having fun. Banana Seat sounded good.
Melinda and I liked the martini from Cafe do Brasil the best. And it was good to catch up with owner Ana Paixao Davis again. She said she had just returned from “working” at 2-3 restaurants in Brazil, where she goes to brush up on foods and ideas (my words).
Ana said she was bringing several new appetizers that would be soon featured on the happy hour menus at CdB. She seemed excited about the warmer weather and the return of live entertainment overlooking the OKC skyline. Aren’t we all?
Cafe do Brasil has music from Tuesday-Saturday in the bar area and outside.
Word of advice: If you haven’t tried the apps there, do so. They are really good.
UPDATE: Here’s the video:
Saw this on Twitter from @capitolkiesel. Is C-SPAN always this entertaining? I mean, forget the CNBC I usually have on in the office. I’m watching the press secretary…
As promised last week, here’s a quick video with Ryan Parrott and Jonathon Stranger from Table One. Tanner Herriott shot last week’s interview with Dave Cathey, pointing the bright light and the Canon lens at Ryan and Jonathon.
I stood around.
Actually I did shoot some roving video with a Sony HVR-A1U. Here is a quick edit of Ryan and Jonathon talking Table One.
Tanner’s full edit of our April 17 dining experience mixed with last week’s interview will be online May 20, also commonly known as next Wednesday.
Dave Cathey’s story will be online at NewsOK.com and in print in The Oklahoman on the same day.
May is beef month. Sean and Cathy Cummings taped four segments with us last week as part of our Buy For Less Gourmet Grille series.
Here’s the first segment, on hot dogs.
Sean Cummings Irish Pub on North May in Oklahoma City. His wife Cathy runs Vito’s Italian Restaurante, also on North May.
NewsOK has been producing the Gourmet Grille at Buy For Less starring Sean and Cathy for about a year now. In fact we just taped four segments earlier this week at the Buy For Less on NW Expressway.
This morning, I put the car into the garage to get an oil change and wandered across the street to use what’s left on a Starbucks gift card that was a birthday present. Love the SBux gift cards. Ordered a mocha and sat outside with laptop to wait on the oil change. Guy said it’d be about 2 hours. Guess they’re busy at Firestone.
Anyway, after setting up the AT&T wifi on the patio, I see Sean and two of his daughters coming up the sidewalk. Out on a mission for Mother’s Day they were. Sean said he was teaching how to cook rack of lamb later today at the Buy For Less. Said Fred, who runs that Buy For Less, had asked him to fill in for another chef who couldn’t make it. So Sean would be dropping some knowledge on cheffing up some lamb. Fred usually oversees our tapings, seems to be a very nice guy. Didn’t know he was the one behind Sushi Neko, over on North Western. Small world.
Back in February or sometime when it was depressing and cold, I read a JD Merryweather conversation thread on Twitter with Ryan Parrott. They were chatting about the amazing Table One and how they should produce a video.
Uh yeah, so should I. So I chimed in. I didn’t know Ryan, but I had introduced myself to JD, @coopaleworks (on Twitter), after seeing on Twitter he was starting a local micro brewery and shooting a video on it.
That was in February. We shot the dinner a few weeks ago. And today, we finally sat down with Ryan, @chefrp, and Jonathon Stranger, the two culinary maestros behind Table One to get their stories on video.
Table One is a private dining experience in NW OKC. The concept is you book the dinner and let your tastebuds be amazed by the foods that Ryan and Jonathon prepare. They present each course with a description and a print out of the entire menu – at the end of the meal. The table seats 8 and the meal lasts a couple hours.
Dave Cathey, aka The Food Dude also the @thefooddood, interviewed each. Tanner Herriott, @tannerherriott, taped the interviews using a Canon 5D Mark II. Here’s an earlier post from Tanner’s blog on using the Canon.
I shot more video using a Sony HVR, I’ll post that later next week. Shot to tape and haven’t captured it yet. I also shot 45 minutes from the actual dinner. You’ll get the plate side view. And JD’s comments. Post that later too.
Cathey’s story will publish in The Oklahoman and on NewsOK on May 20. His angle is the story behind Ryan and Jonathon, their history in the Oklahoma City restaurant industry, the NY restaurant industry and even on yachts, and how they met to join forces.
I’ve had the meal, it’s amazing. Ryan and Jonathon are good guys. They really emphasize their passion for local food and local food production. Jonathon is all about the farms. They use local foods in their cooking. I like to eat.
Our hope is to produce this video over the next 10 days and produce more high end productions about the people behind the amazing things happening in Oklahoma City. There is another restaurant production we have in the works involving the Buthion boys from La Baguette fame.