Uncovering Oklahoma visited Osteria, an Italian restaurant from Chefs Fabio Viviani and Jonathon Stranger in the Nichols Hills Plaza for this week’s featured video. In essence, Jonathon Stranger describes Osteria as being a simple, casual experience that’s enhanced with great service and fresh, in-house pasta.
From the backyard to a food truck and now brick-and-mortar, Uncovering Oklahoma visited Chris and Nicole Cornish, the owners of Cornish Smokehouse, an Oklahoma City restaurant that does more than just BBQ. They specialize in jerk cuisine and delicious wood-smoked meats worth trying.
The Vanessa House Beer Company began when five friends were looking for a way to continue to hang out after college. What started as a simple homebrewing session has grown into a full-time business in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley district.
In this Uncovering Oklahoma story, we hear from all five co-owners as well as their first hire.
Uncovering Oklahoma’s Thanksgiving Special is an interview with Theresa Zaizar, Mel Roberts, and Carl Victor Moore of the upbeat Jazz band, Amante. The band members share their musical history, what people can expect when attending or booking one of their shows, and then they perform their original song, ‘Til Your Tears Are Gone. Joining them on the song is Maurice Johnson on Guitar and James Keys on drums.
OSO in the Paseo Arts District is a taco shop with different tacos and cocktails than you’re going to find anywhere else in Oklahoma City. It’s nice enough to enjoy for a casual date night or drop by for lunch in your yoga outfit.
Reviving the golden era of arcade games, EightyThree in Moore is a museum-style nostalgic-trip arcade. With games like Tron, Frogger, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Sinistar, and more, EightyThree operates on a flat admission fee for unlimited play of the arcade games, with only the pinball machines being coin-operated. In this Uncovering Oklahoma interview, Dean Wenzel shares the story of why he started the business and what visitors can expect.
Café Cuvée is an approachable French-style bistro in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Midtown District. They serve French classics in a comfortable atmosphere that’s fitting for meeting with friends, business, bunch, and date nights. A special trait of Café Cuvée is their table-side service where they prepare dishes like their Dover Sole in front of you.
In this Uncovering Oklahoma interview, we hear from Kurt Fleischfresser, the Culinary Director of Coury Hospitality; Shawn Rogers, General Manager of Ambassador Hotel; and Taylor Desjarlais, Executive Chef, Café Cuvée.
Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District has been struck by terrestrial gamma-rays, transforming RIVERSPORT into RIVERSCREAM. Help contain the zombies before they escape and terrorize the city by maneuvering the challenges on the six-story Sky Trail to find explosive transformers proven to reverse the effects of the gamma-rays.
Mike Knopp, OKC Boathouse Foundation Executive Director; and John Riggs, Senior Director, Operations and Events share what courageous citizens can do at the family-friendly RIVERSCREAM on Fridays and Saturdays in October.
For more Halloween attractions and events, be sure to check out Uncovering Oklahoma’s Halloween Guide.
Whiteout is an installation by artist Erwin Redl (born in Austria, based out of Ohio and New York) that uses a grid of 550 suspended LED bulbs to animate Campbell Art Park next to Oklahoma Contemporary. The bulbs turn off and on according to a computer program, creating a series of moving patterns that work in tandem with the surrounding environment.
Originally commissioned for Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City in 2017, Whiteout has been modified by the artist specifically for Oklahoma City. In response to the larger location, Redl built a more intricate layout and to create more complex sequences of animation.
Redl became well known for light installations that played across the facades of buildings. In this incarnation of Whiteout, the lights in the middle of the park interact with nature, reflecting off the grass and trees, swaying as the Oklahoma wind blows. In New York, Whiteout was surrounded by skyscrapers and honking cars. In Oklahoma City, the installation has a more serene environment, and at night, access to the stars.