Danny Bowien announced last night that, to help his home state of Oklahoma recover after Monday’s devastating tornadoes, he and a group of local chefs are joining forces, pop-up style.
According to NewsOK, the Mission Chinese creator will join locals Jonathon Stranger, Kurt Fleischfresser, Chris Becker, and Marc Dunham for a two-night event called OK Chefs Relief starting next Sunday. While dozens of chefs around the nation have organized their own events (and, last we checked, Robicelli’s recently-expanded Team Rubicon page raised over $6,000 since yesterday), Bowien, this year’s recipient of the James Beard Rising Star Award, is one of the few nationally-renowned chefs on the ground.
And yes, in case you didn’t know, the creator of “weird Chinese food” really did grow up in Oklahoma City, and had spoken in the past about opening up a Mission Chinese outpost there. This is almost kind of sort of that restaurant.
The coolest thing about this dinner: 100% of proceeds will go to the Red Cross, and dinner is technically free. However, Fleischfresser asks that people make a $35 donation to attend, and really, no one wants to be that guy.
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