The first pop up was a downtown event based on Bayless' Xoco concept, an homage to Mexican street food. Chefs Jonathon Stranger, Russ Johnson, Josh Valentine, Marc Dunham, Kyle Mills, Chris Becker and many other local chefs joined Bayless on the east pavilion of Leadership Square to serve three kinds of tacos to about 800 people for a minimum donation of $10 per person.
Sous chefs and student chefs stepped up and donated their sweat and precious weekend time to make sure the event came off. Tracy Zeeck of Bumbershoot Public Relations did the work of 10 people and kept her sense of humor to the end.
After the applause died down and as dessert neared, Ward 6 City Councilwoman Meg Salyer presented Bayless a proclamation from the mayor's office that the day was Rick's. An emotional Bayless thanked his wife, Deann, and chef Jim Ortiz who accompanied him and were integral in the success of the event. He also took one more opportunity to shine a light on the professionalism and Air Max Purple And White
The third pop up, based on his flagship Frontera Grill, seated 240 guests, who paid $60 a person for a family style dinner by Bayless in the Will Rogers Theatre auditorium. Bayless addressed the crowd before each course to rousing applause. If you weren't sure whether people still watched public television, one need look no further than this event.
It was the sort of effort that reminds us how things can be when we all work together toward a common goal.
Behind the scenes
Chef Kathryn Mathis of Big Truck Tacos was integral in helping the team source ingredients for the Bayless inspired concepts.
Bayless and the local chefs received a standing ovation from both rooms at the Will Rogers Theatre complex, and rightly so. June 24, 2013, was not only Rick Bayless Day, but the day Oklahoma hospitality graduated.
Sprinkle in the determination and dedication to doing things correctly he clearly gets from his mother, and you've got the formula for a celebrity chef.
The second and third pop ups were shepherded by chef Kurt Fleischfresser and his team from The Coach House Apprenticeship Program, and the Tasting Room. Chefs David Henry and Matt Johnson rode herd with help from chefs Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock.
The pop ups
Dessert included a chocolate pastry made with mesquite seeds, a tres leches cake from chefs Gamble and Mock, and two other nutty pastries from Bayless. The meal was part education and all delicious. The number of smiling guests was outnumbered only by the dollars they donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to deliver for storm recovery.
Chef Rick Bayless is master of ceremonies for Oklahoma City graduation day
Forty guests paid $500 a person to join Bayless for a Topolobampo style service in The Tasting Room, where he demonstrated Air Max 95 Yellow And Grey
talent of Oklahoma City's dining community.
The man of the hour
The food was a series of dishes based on the authentic, interior Mexican food for which Bayless has become known. It was Oaxacan black mole that earned him the title of the first "Top Chef Master," and it was Puebla style mole he served Monday night.
And the foundation for his success in the restaurant business was laid on the northeast corner of SW 25th and Western Avenue, where his parents owned and operated the Hickory House from 1949 to 1986. He grew up in the restaurant and was forever digging into the mise en place to present what would affectionately be called one of "little Ricky's creations."
Bayless has said growing up in a family that took pride in being the gatekeeper of a regional cuisine like barbecue helped him gain appreciation for cultures defined by their food. And he found that in spades while living in Mexico for five Air Max Motion For Sale years as a newlywed with Deann.
In coming home, Bayless not only helped raise money for fellow Oklahomans in dire need, but galvanized the local chefs' community and got a day named Air Max Shoes Photos
There is no way the English language has the words nor The Oklahoman has the ink available for me to explain what an extraordinary effort it took to produce this event in a couple of weeks. Kurt Fleischfresser might have been the second or even third hardest working Fleischfresser at this event. His daughter, Allie, juggled a list second only to Santa's in length to pull off the OK Chefs Relief's latest magic trick. Kurt's son, Kyle, managed beverage service, which is a heckuva lot more than shaking cocktails when it comes to an enormous charity event.
His interest in Mexico started at an early age, ultimately inspiring him to book a family vacation to Mexico when he was barely a teenager. After graduation from Northwest Classen High School and the University of Oklahoma by age 20, Bayless was off to the University of Michigan to work on a doctorate in anthropological linguistics.
But Oklahoma City's chefs were only able to shine before such a large and enthusiastic audience because of the accomplishments of Bayless, whose road to celebrity is paved with accomplishments. The three restaurants he based the pop ups on are among the most successful, not only in Chicago but across the country.
On Monday, Oklahoma City native chef Rick Bayless joined the OK Chefs Relief effort by opening three pop up restaurants to more than 1,000 people and raised at least $40,000, though final numbers won't be available until at least Thursday.
Bayless arrived Sunday to join the OK Chefs Relief effort, breaking away early from a trip to the "Food and Wine" Classic in Aspen, Colo., and met chefs at both The Tasting Room and The Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts.
The message was clear: Oklahoma City's dining community is buoyed by chefs and hospitality professionals who are to be congratulated for their achievement and celebrated for their talent, dedication and ambitious creativity.
Angel Stork and Ben Miller made sure guests not only had stellar service but plenty to see and listen to as the pop ups progressed. Christie Luna of Glazer's worked the bar at no charge for the Tasting Room portion. Every server was working for charity, every bartender was pouring for free.
how to prepare guacamole and margaritas. Guests in this pop up also received a signed copy of Bayless' book "Frontera Margarita, Guacamoles and Snacks" and a five course dinner.
for him in the process.
"I learned at an early age that no matter what I put together would be saved by covering with cheese and running it under the broiler," he said. "Ironically, people in this country think of Mexican food as food that's buried under melted cheese, but the truth is in Mexico, there is almost nothing covered in melted cheese."
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