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There’s been no shortage of local cooking talent on display across the country lately with plenty more on the schedule.

On Monday, local baker Lan McCabe appeared on Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge.” McCabe, who operates Sweets on the Side out of her home, took on an international cast of competitors before a panel of judges that included Oklahoma’s Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. 

Contestant Lan McCabe during the first round, The Decorating Challenge,
Contestant Lan McCabe during the first round, The Decorating Challenge,


Kathryn McNutt caught up with Lan this week.

Food Network will re-air the episode on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Then on Nov. 24 local bakers Jennifer and Brenda Havenar will appear on Discovery Family Channel’s “Bake it Like Buddy.”

The Havenars operate Cakes by Jen out of Brenda’s house. On this post-Black Friday edition of chef Buddy Valastro’s cake competition show, the Havenars take on a team from New York City in a gingerbread cake battle.

The episode airs at 8 p.m. on Discovery Family Channel.

December promises another opportunity to root on local talent. Chef Kevin Lee of Vast and Gogi Go will appear on "Guy's Grocery Games" on Food Network come Dec.12. Kevin follows in the esteemed footsteps of chefs Beth Lyon, and Shelby Sieg who appeared on the show earlier this year. 

Thanksgiving Options

Bellini's Underground, 6305 Waterford Blvd No. 100, Thanksgiving menu, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., reservations required, call 848-1065.

Bricktown Brewery, Remington Park location only, all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., must be 18 or older, call 419-4449.

Cafe Cuvee, 1200 N Walker Ave. (Ambassador Hotel); special Thanksgiving options available, 600-6200.

Chequers, 1009 S Air Depot, Midwest City; 10:30 to 3 p.m., serving regular menu plus traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie; 736-6944.

E.S. Founders, 741 N Phillips Ave (Embassy Suites Hotel), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thanksgiving buffet including turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, green-bean casserole and dessert, 239-3900.

Flint, 15 N Robinson Ave. (Colcord Hotel), open regular hours with regular a la carte menu, plus special Thanksgiving menu including turkey, ham and prime rib, 605-0657.

Grand House, 2701 N Classen Blvd., special Dim Sum service, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 524-7333.

Ingrid's Kitchen, 3701 N Youngs Blvd.; Thanksgiving buffet seatings at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.; 946-8444.

Kwan's Kitchen, 3031 W Memorial Rd.; Dim sum 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 11 a.m., to 8 p.m. full menu; 607-8838..

Legend's, 1313 W Lindsey St. in Norman, traditional Thanksgiving meal with multiple seatings. Call for availability, 329-8888.

Mary Eddy's Kitchen and Lounge in 21c, 900 W Main St., noon to 8 p.m., special Thanksgiving menu, 982-6960.

McClintock Saloon and Chop House, 2227 Exchange Ave.; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traditional Thanksgiving with options. 232-0151.

Nic's Place Diner and Lounge, 1116 N Robinson Ave., traditional Thanksgiving dinner with options, multiple seatings, call 601-9234 for details.

The Pump Bar, 2425 N Walker Ave., 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., serving turkey dinner and craft cocktails, 702-8898.

R&J Supper Club, 320 NW 10, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Regular menu, plus Thanksgiving specials, 602-5066.

Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine (Northpark location only), 12252 Northpark Mall, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 212-4577.

Saltgrass Steakhouse, locations in Norman and Oklahoma City, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Springs at The Artesian, 1001 W 1 St. in Sulphur; Regular menu 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with special Thanksgiving meal for $25, including orange-glazed turkey or thyme-honey ham, plus sides and pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream and pecan praline for dessert.

Skirvin Hilton Hotel Park Avenue Grill, 1 Park Ave.; breakfast buffet 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; 11 to 2 p.m. prix fixe menu; 5 to 9 p.m., complete meal at a fixed price and regular menu. Grand Ballroom: buffet, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 702-8444.

Sooner Bowling Center, 550 24th Ave. NW, Norman; 6 p.m. to midnight; burgers, pizza and regular snack bar menu. Bowling reservations recommended.

Szechuan Bistro, 1010 W Memorial Road, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., dinner menu all day, 752-8889.

Vast, 333 W Sheridan Ave. (Devon Tower); 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thanksgiving buffet, 702-7262.

Western Sizzlin'/Mackie's Steakhouse, locations in Oklahoma City, Moore and Chickasha; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Serving regular menu plus traditional Thanksgiving fare: turkey, dressing, ham, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, cranberry salad, pumpkin pie and pecan pie.

This is not a comprehensive list, but a running one. If you own a restaurant that will be open Thanksgiving and would like it added to the list, email dcathey@oklahoman.com.

News on tap

On Thursday, Bricktown Brewery will host an autumn tapping party to unveil its newest original brew, Harvest Ale.

“We used dark caramel malts to create the unusual flavor,” said Bricktown Masterbrewer,
Mike Noonan. “We’ve brewed an autumn ale that incorporates many flavors, including
pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon and clove.”

Bricktown Brewery offers shareable plates, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads, and desserts in five locations, including Bricktown, Midwest City, Shawnee, Remington Park and Edmond.

The COOP Ale Works taproom, 4745 Council Heights Rd., will extend hours  those more interested in hops and suds than sales and lines.

The COOP Taproom will be open from noon. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 23, serving a variety of beers, from COOP’s lineup of core favorites, featured seasonal beers and brewery-only releases. 

Check out the taproom menu here.  



Related Photos
Contestant Lan McCabe during the first round, The Decorating Challenge, "Christmas Nightmare", as seen on Christmas Cookie Challenge, Season 2.

Contestant Lan McCabe during the first round, The Decorating Challenge, "Christmas Nightmare", as seen on Christmas Cookie Challenge, Season 2.

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Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene. Read more ›

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