Join us for Botanical! A Weekend of Culinary Wonder - April 26-28, 2019

Our second annual Botanical! A Weekend of Culinary plans for three epicurean events starting Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019, with proceeds benefiting the Botanic Garden.  This year’s gastronomical fête will celebrate the rich, exotic flavors of Spain and Portugal with culinary talent from near and far.

James Beard award-winning Chef Jamie Bissonnette will make his first visit to Oklahoma as culinary director for the event.  Bissonnette is chef and partner of Boston favorites, Toro, a Barcelona-styled tapas bar and sister restaurants Coppa and Little Donkey.  In 2013, Bissonnette with co-chef and partner Ken Oringer opened Toro-NYC which received rave reviews from The New York Times and New York Magazine.

The weekend begins with the signature Passport Dinner on Friday, April 26. Chef Bissonnette will create a 6-course menu highlighting spices and cuisines in different regions of Spain and Portugal. Diners will be able to watch as Bissonnette and other culinary talent, including faculty and students of the OSUIT School of Culinary Arts create and serve each course.  Sommeliers and artisan food experts from Boston, Portugal and Canada will share their knowledge of the history and cuisine of the region as they act as dining room hosts.

Viva La Vida on Saturday night, April 27 invites guests to “live the life”as the event recreates the nightlife of Spain with tapas and cocktails, sherries and natural wines. Guests will stroll, sip and nibble among bars set inside the Garden’s Mabee Grange with lively music adding to the festivity. Chef Jamie Bissonnette will create an evolving menu of small plates.  Sommeliers, sherry experts and mixologists from The Red Frog, a Lisbon speakeasy just named 13th on the list of Best Bars in Europe. 

Sunday afternoon’s The Tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. offers short talks connecting the food and drink of the Iberian Peninsula with the history, cultures and landscape from which they are borne. Interwoven within the afternoon is a tasting led by David Robinson, Head Cheese Buyer at Formaggio Kitchen, one of the country’s leading artisanal food sources with shops in Boston and New York City.  Robinson will guide attendees through tasting of Spanish and Portuguese cheeses, cured meats, oils and more. 

Proceeds from all the Botanical! A Weekend of Culinary Wonder events benefit the Botanic Garden. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call Jane Dunbar, Senior Director of Development at 918-289-0330.