Thank you for visiting the TulsaFood.com authors page! With out the individuals below this website would NOT be possible.
Brian McCullough – Founder of Tulsa Food.com
Brian Schwartz: Author
Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society. www.theomegasociety.com
I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola.
“A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.
Jill Meredith – Author
Jill is a foodie and freelance writer who lives in Broken Arrow with her husband, their daughter and some furry family members. She loves spending time in the kitchen developing new recipes and reading cookbooks like novels. Besides writing for TulsaFood.com, Jill also writes monthly food related columns for Oklahoma Magazine and several weekly articles for Examiner.com. She loves sharing her knowledge and has even taught cooking classes.
Jeremiah Ramey: Author – www.thealeskitchen.blogspot.com
Lover of craft beer and great food. Eat local and drink local, my friends.
Chef Amanda Jane Simcoe: thecheesewench.blogspot.com: Contributor
Amanda Simcoe is a chef and food connoisseur. She absolutely loves good food and appreciates the art of cooking and trying new things. Also known as “The Cheese Wench,” she knows most everything there is to know about cheese. She loves using fresh ingredients and has a huge garden where she grows much of her own produce. Amanda also enjoys making beer at home and cooking elaborate meals.
Joe Price - joesburgersearch.com: Contributor
I’m just a not so average Joe that loves his burgers. This is my search for the perfect burger. My mission is to search and inform one burger at a time.
A burger consists of ground meat with a bun, condiments and toppings. From that the whole burger world is a journey.
I love all types of burgers, all thicknesses, different cheeses, prefer mayo on top to pair with the cheese and sometimes mustard on bottom to enhance the meat. I normally go with an american or cheddar cheese but will sometimes completely blow the whole taste experience and go with a blue cheese (which I love). I prefer grilled or broiled for thicker burgers while the griddle works best for thin. Must have a good sear. If the burger is medium or thick then juiciness is a must which is partially determined by the fat content (minimum 80/20 blend) and the degree the meat is cooked. If the meat or restaurant is of high quality I will go with either medium or medium rare doneness. The bun must be fresh and prefer toasted but any type of bun works for me. I love onions on my burger (grilled or fried) but normally skip the lettuce and tomato (if I wanted a fricking salad I’d order one).
Drop me an email or leave a comment on what you think about this blog, if you have any suggestions of locations that I should hit, or anything else on your mind.
John Bobb-Semple: Author
Having grown up a southern Louisiana boy, John got his love of food from his Momma.
“I learned my first important cooking lesson while assisting her with gumbo. She stressed the importance of the roux and how it required plenty of time and attention. She was cooking ‘Sunday gumbo’ for 30 plus people, and her dish was the main dish. She went to take a phone call and asked that I stir nonstop, otherwise the roux would burn. I did great until I started watching tv and forgot to continue stirring. Within thirty seconds I had burned the roux. At that moment, the dinner plan changed, and I forever learned the value of good cooking.”
The New Orleans native eventually moved to Oklahoma to attend Tulsa Community College and the University of Central Oklahoma, but he never forgot the lessons from his Momma about how food was as much about sharing as it is about eating. While he never made cooking his profession, John developed his passion for dining well while working in kitchens like the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills and home-style cooking at the now closed Kate’s on 41st. In Edmond, he worked with restaurateurs at Café 501 and Interurban.
Professionally, John is the Operations Manager for the Oklahoma Dental Association in Oklahoma City. He returns to Tulsa often to visit friends and family, providing the perfect opportunity to stay in tune with the Tulsa restaurant scene.
True to his roots, John is always looking for the next great food experience, without prejudice. He often quotes world-renowned Cajun Chef Paul Prudhomme’s classic words: “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”
Aubrae Filipiak: Author
I have always loved restaurants.
As a kid, I would beg to go out to eat almost every night. It was something about the spectacle of it all that got me hooked – the sequence of service unfolding like a plot, four meals hitting the table simultaneously, the servers moving lithely among tables packed with chattering guests. The food was almost an afterthought.
My first job was as a waitress in a small Mexican restaurant at age 16. I’d been bitten by the bug and I’ve never looked back. Fast forward more years than I’d like to admit and I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and have made a career out of working in restaurants around the country. The food’s much more important to me now, but the spectacle still has the power to captivate me.
Now, let’s eat!
Lauren Steinkuehler – http://insidemypresent.blogspot.com: Contributor
Better at reciting the periodic table of elements than doing a high kick, Lauren long ago abandoned her dream of Broadway stardom to follow her fascination with the human body and its inner workings. Fresh out of school and working as a registered nurse in the cardiac catheterization lab, she still longed for a creative outlet and a way to fit all the things she loved into her busy work schedule. Sharing the joys of eating, cooking, baking, books, the arts, travel, and cultural events, Lauren created InsideMyPresent.blogspot.com. Join her as she eats her way through Tulsa, challenges herself with creating new recipes and embarks on any other little adventures her heart desires. Life is truly what you make it.
Heidi Hughes – glutenfreeindie.blogspot.com: Contributor
I am a Tulsa born and bred blogger/gluten free foodie with a mission to find gluten free friendly establishments in the Tulsa area.
Almost 2 years ago I was told that I was intolerant to gluten. Instead of letting it restrict my life, I let it open up new possibilities both in the kitchen and in the community. I was eager to explore, research and share all that I learned, so naturally I started a blog. I wanted to help people. I wanted to show people that living gluten free is not scary, even when your first few batches of cookies waterfall off your baking sheet! I wanted to take everyone with me on this wild and crazy journey through chocolate lava explosions in the oven (first g-free brownie attempt), gluten free product experiments (sandwich breads that don’t taste like sand), and restaurant hunting (gluten free pizza anyone?).
I look forward to finding a way to help you or someone you know enjoy Tulsa’s restaurants gluten free.
Hungry for more? Stop by and check out my blog for weekly homemade and gluten free recipes at: glutenfreeindie.blogspot.com
Sasha Martin - GlobalTableAdventure.com: Contributor
Do you love International Cuisine? So does Sasha Martin. After all, she lived in Europe for six years and traveled to 11 countries before her 18th birthday. Then, while earning her B.A. at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), she wrote an honors thesis entitled “The History of Artisan Bread Baking in France.” After college, Sasha attended the Culinary Institue of America for a year (Hyde Park, NY). In 2005, her CIA internship brought her to Bama Pie’s R&D kitchens, right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Not long after she got here, Sasha met the love of her life and decided to stick around. There was just one problem: she missed the foreign foods she grew up with. A lightbult went off when she realized “Hey, I can make international foods right here in Tulsa!” and that’s just exactly what she’s doing.
Today Sasha is on a mission to cook one meal for every country in the world. That’s 195 meals! And, guess what? She’s doing it in 195 weeks. You can can follow her journey at the Global Table or by checking out her weekly update on Wednesday’s here at TulsaFood.com
Molly is co-owner of Antoinette Baking Co. a locally-based company specializing in macarons, delectable cakes, madeleines and many other tasty treats. She is currently at work on a project which consists of creating and perfecting 52 macarons, one per week over the course of a year. The progress of this “52 Macarons” project is chronicled on her blog,”The Velvet Macaron”. Her goal, if not yet attained, is to become the “Macaron Queen” of Tulsa (if not the world). When not baking or blogging, Molly designs and sells aprons at Dwelling Space and Sage Culinary Studio. She also spends a lot of her time working at Stonehorse Market. Some have suggested that Molly may have an unhealthy cake stand addiction.
Mark Stenner – The Tulsa Wine Club: Contributor
Mark Stenner is the founder and organizer of the Tulsa Wine Club, a local tasting group that meets once a month to sample wines. The tastings take place in private homes in the Tulsa metro area, and are casual and fun events. Participants of all age ranges enjoy 10-12 wines per event, served alongside the food each member contributes to the evening. They welcome anyone with an interest in wine, whether novice or expert. Mark believes in learning through osmosis, drinking wine and forming your own evaluation of your experience.
The aim of the club is to introduce people to excellent wines in an informal and fun setting. We’re not out to be boastful or impress you with wine knowledge. We simply provide the background information – something no other tasting group in the state provides – and the wines for you to make your own judgements for your purchasing needs. We have taken white drinkers and turned them into advocates for red wines, and taken only red drinkers and shown them the wonderful world of white wines. Truly, no other wine tasting in the state, that we know of, offers the variety of tastings we do, and at the same time provide the depth of background knowledge, wines served at appropriate temperatures, and recommended the correct wine glasses and food items to work with the wines on show.
Elliot Nelson: Contributor
Elliot Nelson is a Tulsa restaurateur responsible for bringing Tulsa four great establishments: McNellies,Dilly Deli, El Guapo and Yokozuna. Elliot has traveled the world to find the best food and cultures to create a unique experience for all of his guests. As a frequent contributor to Tulsa Food, Elliot will bring articles about food and culture from around the world, great beers and wines, and how to incorporate them into your lifestyle. All of Elliot’s Tulsa restaurants are located in the Blue Dome District in Downtown Tulsa, OK. He has also opened a McNellies location in Midtown Oklahoma City, OK and is planning to open a location in Norman, OK this year.
Stay tuned for more articles from Elliot Nelson…For more information or to visit one of Elliot’s restaurants visit the links below:
Jeff C. – ambientchatter.blogspot.com: Contributor
As a professional audio engineer (soundman) based out of Tulsa for over 20 years, He has had the opportunity to visit over 20 countries throughout Africa, Europe, and the Americas plus 45 states inside the USA. One the most enjoyable experiences while traveling is to experience the culture through local grub. His motto in eating is “Try a bite of anything as long as it isn’t biting back”. This has proven successful except for a few times like the “fish jello” in the former Soviet Union and the “extremely bone filled fish soup” in Nigeria.
Natasha Ball – TashaDoesTulsa.com: Sweet local Website & Contributor
Natasha Ball is the blogger behind TashaDoesTulsa.com, a hub for Tulsans who turn to the Internet to plan their nights and weekends and to learn about the city they love. She brings T-Towners the rundown of the most exciting weekend events every Friday morning on the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley and can be seen writing about food and other exciting Tulsa stuff in Oklahoma Magazine, Tulsa Kids Magazine and Tulsa Business Journal. She lives in Oklahoma City. Ha! Just kidding.