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Wagyu Japanese BBQ - photo by Dennis Spielman

Wagyu Japanese BBQ

Guest Host Heide Brandes returns for a chats and snacks segment with Jade Yushan Han of Wagyu Japanese BBQ in Oklahoma City. Heide and Jade discuss many of the food options as well as how to use the imported Japanese grill at the center of each table to cook your own food. Heide also tries several dishes including Mochi Ice Cream, Ahi Tuna Steak, and beef tongue.

Wagyu Japanese BBQ with Jade and Heide - photo by Dennis Spielman

For this video, I wanted to showcase the actual dining experience because this concept of cooking is new to people in Oklahoma. After the failed Kickstarter campaign for Colorful Escapes, one of the things Heide and I discussed in our new strategy was to make other videos together to build our team brand.

This video is about 20-minutes long as it does demonstrate the restaurant. You can also get the gist of things within the first half of it. Hope you enjoy!

Startup Grind Speakers - photo by Dennis Spielman

Startup Grind OKC with Daniel Maloney

Startup Grind Oklahoma City presents a fireside chat with Daniel Maloney, CEO and Founder of Tailwind.

Danny discusses the lessons learned from working at Google and YouTube, the origins of building Tailwind in a coffee shop, and how he and his cofounder balance having an office in Oklahoma City and an office in New York. He also shares his experience as coming into Oklahoma City as an initial outsider, as well as how he sees the startup community in OKC.

Startup Grind OKC - photo by Dennis Spielman

Startup Grind Local features incredible talks with entrepreneurs from Startup Grind’s worldwide network. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.

I was commissioned to film the premiere chat of the Oklahoma City chapter of Startup Grind.

Brewers Union

Brewers Union

Providing a workspace for aspiring commercial brewers, Brewers Union helps to turn Oklahoma brewers into breweries by helping them scale up. While for the consumer, it’s one taproom to come and taste multiple breweries under one roof. In this interview, Brad Stumph, John Elkins of Elk Valley Brewing, and Ross Harper of Angry Scotsman discuss how the union has helped them grow and what visitors can expect.

Downtown Norman during the Norman Music Festival - photo by Dennis Spielman

Festival Recaps

Two of the area’s biggest festival, the Festival of the Arts and the Norman Music Festival, have passed. Actually, last week was jammed packed with stuff. For the festivals, this year, the weather was amazing. The Festival of the Arts only got rained out on one day, while last year the weather was just awful. I even got a little sunburnt at the music festival.

I had a great time at both festivals. For the arts festival, I filmed several local artist shout-outs. I even volunteered for a few hours there on Sunday. Then for the Norman Music Festival, I filmed b-roll on Thursday and Saturday. Thursday was interesting because it was the first time they did an outdoor stage that day, so it was busier than past years. On Friday, we had a date night at the arts festival, but on Saturday I was back at the music festival from Noon to 11 pm doing my press thing. I filmed the entirety of Jarvix’s main stage set for him, which you can watch below.

Before I went to the festival on Saturday, I was taking a shower when I was like, “I should I film interviews where bands interview bands. I got the technology to do that now.” When I did my Deep Deuce Pub Crawl video, I had this sound setup that worked well in the noisy environments and it worked great at the festival, even with a stage playing in the background. Because it was a last minute idea and I was doing a man-on-the-street on the spot thing, there wasn’t as much diversity as I would’ve liked to showcase, but the interviews were still great. Watch that video on Uncovering Oklahoma. I’ve also released the uncut interviews here on Patreon.

Me (Dennis Spielman) selfie with Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond  at the Norman Music Festival

I want to wrap this story up by talking about My Brightest Diamond, who was one of the headliners at the Norman Music Festival. She was a major source of inspiration to my first fictional book I published a few years ago, The Crashing of Heaven and Hell. She was such an inspiration, I even dedicated the book to her. So of course, I wanted to give her a copy and personally thank her. I was lucky enough to meet her and talk to her for a bit. She was so nice and I’m so thankful she took the time to hang out with me. She said she would read it while on tour, so I hope she does like it.

On the subject of meeting your heroes, my friend, Jarvix, also got to meet Tune-Yards, who was was a major inspiration for him. You can read this article in the Oklahoma Gazette about his journey.

A final shoutout to my superstar supporter, Revolve Productions over on Patreon.

Jimmy's Round-Up Cafe - photo by Dennis Spielman

Jimmy’s Round Up Cafe

Jimmy’s Round-Up Cafe is everything good about how a cafe or a diner should be by making everything from scratch daily and serving breakfast all day. If you want frozen, pre-made food, Jimmy Collins will advise you to go somewhere else. Located in Oklahoma City, Jimmy’s specializes in chicken fried steak, fried catfish, chicken strips, fried pies, meatloaf, and their famous rolls.

Jimmy's Round-Up Cafe - photo by Dennis Spielman

Jimmy with their rolls - photo by Dennis Spielman

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