Food Briefs: Rococo annual clambake, Seafood Nutrition Partnership and more

Rococo owner Bruce Rinehart is excited for the eatery’s annual, reservations-only traditional clambake Saturday. (Garett Fisbeck)

Rococo owner Bruce Rinehart is excited for the eatery’s annual, reservations-only traditional clambake Saturday. (Garett Fisbeck)

Clam up

Every day is a holiday for Rococo owner Bruce Rinehart, but Saturday is one of his favorites as the restaurant does another annual clambake.

From noon to 2 p.m., Rococo, 2824 N. Pennsylvania Ave., offers a traditional East Coast clam bake with a menu of lobster, clams, mussels, sausage, corn, potatoes, dirty chowder and salad for $65 per person, not including tax and tip.

Those who want to loosen up with a beverage are invited to arrive a little early at 11:30 a.m. The clambake starts promptly at noon.

This year, Rococo teamed up with Anthem Brewing Company and made it the official beer partner of the event. There will be beer specials to go along with the food.

Reservations are required, Rinehart said. Those who reserve but don’t attend will be charged, due to the cost of flying in live lobsters from Maine. Learn more at rococo-restaurant.com. Reserve seats at 405-528-2824.

Seafood sweeps

Nonprofit group Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) challenges Oklahomans to use more seafood in their diets with the 2016 Seafood Recipe Sweepstakes.

Through Oct. 21, people can share a photo of a seafood dish prepared using five ingredients or less — not counting spices or garnishes — on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #HealthyHeartPledge and #SNPSweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 gift card. Ten winners will be randomly selected and announced on SNPSweepstakes.com and SNP’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

One main goal of SNP’s mission is to encourage Americans to use the 2015-2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines, which recommend eating seafood at least twice a week and taking in at least 250 mg of omega-3s daily. Currently, only one in 10 Americans follows this guideline.

More information about the group is available at seafoodnutrition.org.

Crowds line up for food trucks, from left, Backdoor BBQ, Big Truck Tacos and Andolini’s Pizzeria at H&8th Night Market. (Gazette / file)

Crowds line up for food trucks, from left, Backdoor BBQ, Big Truck Tacos and Andolini’s Pizzeria at H&8th Night Market. (Gazette / file)

Rolling coverage

Farmers Insurance has watched the trends and now offers food truck insurance policies in Oklahoma, marking the company’s first official foray into the growing food truck insurance marketplace.

Through the service, the company offers licensed food truck owners a single policy that combines commercial automobile coverage for their truck with a restaurant business owner policy.

Oklahoma is one of the first 16 states where the policy is available. Farmers will introduce similar food truck package policies in a total of 28 states through this year.

“At Farmers, we understand that consumer preferences and the needs of business owners are constantly evolving, and we are continuously looking for new ways to meet these changing demands for our customers,” said Jake Rothfuss, Farmers head of business insurance for commercial auto. “The increased popularity of food trucks is an example of the impact of shifting consumer preferences, and it’s important for Farmers to be able to provide our business owner customers with the insurance they want to continue to be successful in this constantly changing economy.”

Rothfuss said the policy addresses a growing need for a single food truck policy that combines the elements of a restaurant, business owner and commercial auto policy into one.

Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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