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Dancing with the Bronchos
On Friday, support University of Central Oklahoma athletes with a dinner, auction and plenty of reasons to dance from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at Hamilton Field House, 100 N. University Drive in Edmond.

The night will include a cash bar, ballroom dance lessons, as well as a dance contest among the UCO athletes beginning at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $50 a person or $500 for a table, complete with wine, that seats eight to 10. Still not in your budget, but you want to help? Tickets are $10 after 8:30 p.m, and all proceeds go to fund UCO athletes. Call 974-2500 to reserve your tickets.

Melt into me
Get in the mood
with some fondue and a book of redeemable romance coupons this
Valentine’s Day. The Melting Pot, 4 E. Sheridan, is helping out those
last-minute lovers with a little incentive with “10 Days of Romance,”
now through Feb. 19. Any couple that dines in will receive the
complimentary book of romance coupons like “exclusive use of the TV
remote” and “Take me back to The Melting Pot.”

Two packages designed
specifically for Tuesday include four-course specials ranging from loaded
baked potato Cheddar cheese fondue to Caribbean-style fondue broth. One
package even includes a carriage ride. Make your reservation at
235-1000.

Happy Together
For your sweetie
and you, there will be a banquet-style dinner this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at
Oklahoma City Community College. Dinner entertainment will be provided
by the Silver Strings of Putnam City High School.

On the menu will be chicken capri, London broil or eggplant stuffed with vegetables.

A
concert at 7:30 p.m. will feature American flamenco guitarist Ron
Radford in the Bruce Owen Theater. Dessert will be served in the lobby
of the theater prior to the concert.

Dinner
and the concert will be $40 per person; $35 for faculty and staff; and
$10 for OCCC students with identification. A concert-only option is also
available.

Get tickets by calling 682- 7579, or visit the Office of Cultural Programs (1G1-A Main Building).

I saw the sign
Actually, at Ranch House Cafe at 5000 N.W. 10th, you won’t.

After some bad sign
business, the establishment only has a banner to identify itself to its
patrons. Don’t be fooled; they’re open! And if you see someone running
around with a sign reading “Ranch House Cafe,” ask them if they’d kindly
return it.

Sage advice
Sage Cafe, 228 N.E.
Second, in the heart of the Deep Deuce historic jazz district, is
temporarily closed for a remodel. It’s known for its good truffle mac
and cheese and other tasty dishes. Let’s hope it re-opens soon.

Chow chat
Melanie
“Mel” Chesser is the sole owner/manager of Vin Dolce, a wine bar at 16
S. Broadway in Edmond that has been open for a mere 12 weeks. Chesser,
born in Oklahoma City, was a Realtor for 19 years.

Husband: “Charles Jacob.” Capacity: “We have 68 seats but can have private parties for up to 120.”

Best-sellers:
“The Cabernet Sauvignons are the best, and now we are offering wine
flights. We have 65 [wines] by the glass and 115 by the bottle.”

Trickiest
part of opening a business: “Pulling the kitchen together. We went to
time-consuming auctions, but you get things for pennies on the dollar.”

Head
chef: “Son Justin Berry, 22, who is self-taught and whose crab cakes
are best-sellers. Also son Ryan Berry, 19, the pastry chef who just
finished his apprenticeship at Breckenridge in Vail.”

Talent: “I paint abstracts.” Favorite food: “I tend to live on cheese.”

Best advice: “Don’t take yourself so seriously.”

Splurge on: “Comfort food such as Nomad’s pizza and a good mushroom and Swiss cheeseburger.”

Essential kitchen equipment: “A good, sharp knife.”

Been to the California wine valley: “Three times and Michael Keenan fixed us lunch.”

A
funny happening at the wine bar: “One lady took off her dirty socks and
left them on a table. Another night, two ladies came in, sat in the
lounge and ordered water all evening. Nothing else! And left no tips. It
was bizarre!”

—Carol Smaglinski

Carol Smaglinski

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