You ever have one of those weeks where your kids are sick and every time you try to do some work they climb in your lap and do a combination sneeze/snore/cough/whine for attention? Well, that was last week, so I apologize for the lack of Eat This Calendar in your lives. As always, you can click the Events tab just above us to find things to do on your own. But as we’re all inherently lazy, I’ve compiled a few highlights for you.
Wine for the People is one of OKC’s finest events for aspiring winos. Join the experts from Thirst Wine Merchants 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at V2 Events at Vast (333 W. Sheridan Ave., 50th Floor, Oklahoma City) to explore The Unusual Suspects: A Wine Tasting of Obscure Varietals.
You’ll sample similar varietals from California’s Central Coast and France’s Rhône Valley to taste the difference terroir, climate and winemaking practices make. Tickets are $35 here.
The Greens Country Club continues to its run of great events with a Family-Style Italian Wine Dinner, 7-10 p.m. Thursday in the club’s dining room, 13100 Green Valley Drive, Oklahoma City. The four-course meal is $45 per person and includes dishes like a bone-in pork chop "puttanesca," lobster ravioli, steamed mussels and pancetta saffron risotto. Call (405) 751-6266 to make reservations.
If you like to read about food, there’s a magazine you might enjoy: Munch Planet. (There’s also a website you might like. It’s this one.)
The second issue will go on sale with a launch party 8-10 p.m. Friday at Leaf + Bean, 321 N. Oklahoma Ave. Copies of the first two issues will be available for purchase along with coffee and beer.
Music by The Lamps, Maddie Razook and DJ Nix Nix and art by Garrett Young.
Bada-bing, bada-bake, the wise guys from Rococo are bringing back their East Coast-style clam bake, noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Rococo Northpark, 12252 N. May Ave.
Enjoy a buffet-style menu of lobster, clams, mussels, sausage, corn, potato, dirty chowder and a salad or $75 per person (not including tax and tip). Show up at 11:30 a.m. if you want a drink first, then the clam bake will be served promptly at noon.
IMPORTANT: Call 405-212-4577 to RSVP (reservations MUST be secured by a credit card). NO WALK INS, NON-RSVP GUEST or NO SHOWS due to the cost of flying live lobsters from Maine.
If you haven’t heard of Heard on Hurd, I’ve been doing a terrible job. Citizens Bank of Edmond sponsors food truck reviews on the site to get your mouths watering for this massive food truck street festival, 6-10 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Edmond.
Heard on Hurd is a family-friendly, local community gathering where everyone can have a great time in Downtown Edmond.
Vendors this month include A Latte Love Coffeehouse, Anthem Brewing Company, LLC, Ava's Premium Toffee, Babalu Cuban Latin Cuisine, BIG-O's Pork & Dreams, BlueJ's Happy Wagon, Buddy's Place, C'est Si Bon Catfish & Po'boys, Chef Ray's Street Eats, Coit's Food Truck, dOugh M G, COOP Ale Works, Cookie Dough To Go, Crepes N Tater Cakes, El Reno Onion Burgers, Filipino Fusion, The Flying Pig BBQ, Klemm's Smoke Haus, Kona Ice, Lalo's Taco Chop, Let's Do Greek Food Truck, Metro Minis, Midway Deli, Mighty Corn Dog, MOB Grill, Othello's of Edmond, Roughtail Brewing Company, The Saucee Sicilian, Sizzle N Spice, Smoke N Oak Pizza, Smokin' Okies Catering, Snow S'more Food Truck, Sparxx Sliders, The Brown's Kitchen, Totally Nutz and Wicked Hangry.
Hit up Tulsa from noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday for The Hop Jam Beer & Music Festival in the Tulsa Arts District.
The 8-block footprint includes craft beer and all-ages areas, featuring two stages, food trucks, family activities, national music acts, access to many local restaurants and amenities and, of course, more great craft beer.
The craft beer portion of the event will feature more than 75 breweries from 14 states and 5 countries including our own Hanson Brothers Beer, Marshall, COOP and American Solara, plus leading U.S. craft brewers Dogfish Head, Jolly Pumpkin, Destihl and Evil Twin and international brewers including Dieu du Ciel, Omnipollo and many more. Some of our special guest brewers will also take part in the Hop Talks panels, where you will get to hear from them directly about their philosophy and vision.
Leading our music line up this year is Manchester Orchestra, along with Nada Surf, Ra Ra Riot, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and more.
Ticket and event information available at TheHopJam.com
One of the consensus best barbecue joints in Oklahoma is celebrating its third birthday, 6-10 p.m. Sunday at The Butcher BBQ Stand, 3402 W. Highway 66, Wellston.
There will have 70-foot inflatable obstacle course from Space Walk of OKC for the kids, live music by Brian Lee Dunning, Anthem Brewery beer available for purchase, Okie Sleds Cars, Phat Phabz slammed cars, prizes big and small, Chicken Sh*t Bingo, DJ Shorty B of Opus Entertainment, live T-shirt screen printing from Rattikool Graphics, live mural painting with Tree and Leaf and more.
Enjoy four courses of delicious food from Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse and paired beverages from Round Pond Estate during this wine dinner, 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at the restaurant, 7 S. Mickey Mantle Drive.
Tickets are $110 per person and include dishes like lobster Wellington, spinalis (ribeye cap, considered by some to be the most flavorful part of the cow) with purple pomme puree, white asparagus and shitake mushroom sauce as well as wine from Round Pond Estate. Visit roundpondwinedinner.eventbrite.com to purchase your ticket.
Please bring printed ticket to present on arrival. Seating is not guaranteed without proof of purchase.
Join Stonecloud Brewing Company from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday for an interesting taproom takeover by the Oklahoma City Zoo, which will bring turtles for you to meet. Zoo personnel will educate you on the work they are doing to preserve the lives of turtles and tortoises around the world.
Stonecloud will tap a Turtle Turtlehead Stout made with caramel, cacao and toasted pecans with profits going to the Turtle Survival Alliance. New "Drink Beer, Save Turtles" T-shirts will be available in limited quantity with profits going to the TSA.
Stonecloud Brewing Co. is a 21+ venue, but the zoo will set up in the parking lot, 1012 NW 1st St., Oklahoma City, so children can meet the turtles. No beer is be brought past the patio.
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