Is that...the sun? Oh my god, I think this weather might actually be tolerable. Quick! Run outside and sit on a patio and enjoy this before Destructor, God of Tornados, notices we’re not miserable! Or better yet, check out some of the awesome events happening across the state this week. Working ahead? You can always find more to do on the events page right here.
Ain’t nobody do more pint nights than The Root, 3012 N. Walker Ave., and from 6 p.m.-midnight April 12, you can buy a pint of Crazy Mountain’s Mountain Livin' Pale Ale and keep the glass it comes in. Crazy Mountain uses two kinds of hops to maximize flavor without getting too bitter.
Look, everybody loves The Pump. I wrote a great review of the great food at that great establishment right here. Slightly lesser known is Ian and Hailey McDermid’s second bar, Bunker Club (433 NW 23rd St.) which celebrates its first anniversary, 9 p.m.-midnight April 12, with a burn-it-down bash featuring DJ Red Handed. Got a robot costume? WEAR IT.
Food? Out of a truck? What will they think of next? Norman gets its own food truck park with the opening of TOLY Park, 227 West Main St. in Norman. Food trucks, beer and fun await 4:30-9:30 p.m. April 13
Tickets are all sold out, so I hope you got yours for the art-tastic ARTini, 7-11 p.m. April 13 at Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave. This Allied Arts Fundraiser always draws some incredibly creative foodies from across the metro. There’s going to be so many blue cocktails, you’ll wonder if at least a few of them include ground up Smurfs.
Come dressed in blue and maybe you’ll be put in a drink, too. Visit ArtiniOKC.com for more info.
Have you ever tried wine? It’s really great, especially if you enjoy grapes and feeling slightly drunk. Join expert vintner Matt Taylor of 32 Winds Winery for a three-course brunch at Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, 1201 N. Walker Ave., from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 14. And if great wine is involved, of course Thirst Wine Merchants will be there, too.
Tickets are $45. Call (405) 235-2200 to RSVP.
If you’re one of those weirdos who occasionally cooks your own food, then you’ll want to be at the Edmond Farmers Market, 26 W. 1st St. in Edmond when it opens, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 14. There’s seasonal produce, baked goods, beef, eggs, honey, pasta, wine, jams/jellies, plants, salsa and micro-greens all grown or manufactured in Oklahoma.
Cheese and wine go together like them Duke boys and a folksy saying about jumping over a bridge. And you, too, will feel the satisfaction of escaping Roscoe P. Coltrane at The Barrel Room’s event That’s Amore: Italian Wine and Cheese, 4-5:30 p.m. April 15, 2808 N. Kelley Ave. Suite 400, in Edmond. Guests will try wines, cheeses (and even some meats) from various regions of Italy. Tickets are $50 and sign up is at www.winebarrelokc.com.
One of the many reasons I love Cafe 501 is that they cracked the code on what makes prix fixe meals difficult for so many of us: showing up on time. The at-your-own-pace meals at the restaurant, 501 S. Boulevard in Edmond, let you come anytime between 5-9 p.m. April 16 and enjoy a menu of dishes and drinks inspired by the south. Chef Joel Wingate (a new dad and also just a very nice guy) is cooking, so you know it’s going to be great. Tickets are $59 each and reservations are required. Call (405) 359-1501 to nab a spot.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for asparagus. That’s how it goes, right? Picasso Cafe, 3009 Paseo Dr., has one of the best vegan menus in the city and once a month they go buck wild on some veggies. For $28, you get five courses with wine pairings and a whole lot of asparagus from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 17. Reservations are required by calling (405) 602-2002.
How did Thirst Wine Merchants sneak on this list again? I’ll get you for this, Kroblin!!!
McClintock Saloon and Chop House, 2227 Exchange Ave., is the rootin-est, tootin-est French cowboy bistro in Oklahoma City and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 18, it will host its first-ever winemaker dinner featuring wines from Bedrock Wine Co. in Sonoma. Co-owner Chris Cottrell will be on hand to discuss the wines, which will be paired with a four-course meal from McClintock’s expert chefs.
Tickets are $65 and reservations are required. Call (405) 232-0151 to make sure you get a seat at the table.
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