Villa Ravenna sets La Festa di Natale dinner
Villa Ravenna, 6526 E. 51st St. in the Farm Shopping Center, has scheduled a La Festa di Natale dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
The 10-course dinner, each served with an appropriate wine, will include pear Gorgonzola, dates, shrimp alla Ravenna, capeletti porcini, bistecca alla Marsala, risotto di mare, tortelloni, duck stew with pancetta, rack of lamb and lemoncello cake.
The dinner will be capped by a serving of owner Sergio Orioli's house-made lemoncello.
Cost is $95 per person, not including tax and 18 percent gratuity. Reservations: 918-270-2666.
Bayou Blu offers Cajun, barbecue in Prattville
A mix of Cajun and barbecue heads the menu at Bayou Blu, 11290 W. 51st St. in Prattville.
Pat Bobbins owns the drive-through and carryout-only restaurant that sits just east of Oklahoma 97 on 51st Street. The restaurant opened in September.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The phone number is 918-245-4011.
Go Westival of Lights party bus tour Dec. 11
A few seats may still be left for the Go Westival of Lights party bus tour, sponsored by Go West Restaurant & Saloon, 6205 New Sapulpa Road.
The tour is Dec. 11 and costs $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Go West also has scheduled a Jim Beam bourbon tasting with appetizers Dec. 12 in the saloon. Cost is $25, plus tax and gratuity.
Reservations required for both events: 918-446-7546.
Also, throughout December, Go West is giving free gift bags to couples dining at the restaurant.
Veneto region wines to highlight dinner at Biga
Wines from the Veneto region of Italy will highlight a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Biga, 4329 S. Peoria Ave.
Dishes will include shrimp fra diavolo, duck and butternut squash risotto, roasted shoulder of lamb with smashed vegetables and greens, and Belgium-style waffle with Nutella, vanilla gelato and raspberry sauce.
Wines will include Corte Giara Chardonnay delle Venezia, Corte Giara Valpolicella and Corte Giara Amarone delle Valpolicella.
Cost is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 918-743-2442.
Also, Biga fans should not forget to make reservations for its annual "Big Night Dinner," scheduled Dec. 17, and the Feast of the Seven Fishes, scheduled Christmas Eve.
Details on those dinners will follow at a later date.
Local Table slates Gen 5 organic wine dinner
Wines from Gen 5 - a family-owned, certified sustainable California winery - will be featured at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Local Table, 4329 S. Peoria Ave.
Dishes will include oyster-Swiss chard gratin, spicy glazed eggplant, Moroccan beef meatball tagine and peanut butter-banana cream pie.
Wines will include Gen 5 chardonnay, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon.
Cost is $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 918-794-8013.
Sonic offering chocolate mint holiday shakes
For a limited time through December, Sonic Drive-In locations are adding chocolate mint holiday shakes to their beverage lineups.
The shake pairs vanilla ice cream with chocolate, mints and a whipped topping. Hominy eatery has 18-wheeler dining room
Tulsa World outdoor writer Kelly Bostian sent along a restaurant find during the opening weekend of deer gun season.
It is called Wild Country Meats, located on Oklahoma 20 as one enters the east side of Hominy.
Bostian said the butcher shop has a long history in Hominy, and a couple of months ago it added an 18-wheel stock trailer to the side of the existing building and turned it into a dining room.
"With the adjacent meat market and guys lining up outside to check and drop off their deer carcasses in the parking lot, it's a pretty unique dining experience. Drop off your dead deer outside, dine on steak inside - only in Oklahoma," Bostian said.
Bostian said diners may pick out a steak at the butcher counter and have it cooked, or order items off the menu, such as specialty burgers.
Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
McNellie's Group begins quarterly newsletter
Those who want to stay in the know about the McNellie's Group restaurants and bars will want to pick up one of the new quarterly printed newsletters available at each location.
The newsletters will include upcoming events, recipes, reviews, trivia and more.
Businesses in the McNellie's Group include McNellie's Pub, Yokozuna, El Guapo's Cantina, Fassler Hall, Dilly Deli, Dust Bowl, The Tavern and The Colony in Tulsa, and McNellie's Pub and The Abner Ale House in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma team captures barbecue title in Vegas
Butcher BBQ of Chandler was named the first-ever World Barbecue Champion in early November at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas hosted by Adam Richman ("Man vs. Food").
The team earned $10,000 for the win and one of seven seats at the final table, where the team took fourth and another $2,500. The seven categories included barbecue, chili, burger, side dish and an online recipe, and the event attracted more than 300 competitors.
A combination of beef brisket, pork shoulder, pork ribs and sauce positioned Butcher BBQ at the top of its category, and it took its ribs and brisket to the final table where they were judged by Richman, Robin Leach, Todd Pearson, Myron Mixon, Antonia Lofaso, Tim Love, Ben Vaughn and Colman Andrews.