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Black-Owned BBQ Restaurants

I collaborated with Apollo Woods of OKC Black Eats on an episode about Black-Owned BBQ Restaurants for Juneteenth. We visited the traditional BBQ joint, George’s Happy Hog Bar-B-Q, in Oklahoma City then a more modern take with Big O’s Pork & Dreams in Edmond.

Apollo originally had three places planned for the video, however, one of the third choices the owner wasn’t feeling well that day and then another back-up had been vandalized. Still, with just the two places we did visit, the episode works well with the contrast of styles between the restaurants.

Shout out to Apollo for doing a great job! Be sure to check out his upcoming event, the 2nd Annual Black Foodie Summit.

Black Mesa Brewing

The Black Mesa Brewing Company in Norman focuses on brewing traditional beers with an advanced water filtration that allows them to mimic any kind of water style from around the world. Chris Sanders and Brandon Davis talk about what guests can expect when visiting their taproom to try their beer selection.

You can visit their taproom at 3901 North Flood Avenue in Norman. For more information, visit their website at blackmesabrewing.com

Burger Punk

Creative Burgers Volume 1

I visited four different burger joints with guest host Justin Coleman. In this Uncovering Oklahoma episode, we visit the food truck, Burger Punk, then Patty Wagon in Oklahoma City, MOB Grill in Bethany, and end at The Fixx in Edmond.

Justin and I filmed this episode on Monday. We made several pivots on this video from the original plan. A few days before filming, one of the locations we had planned to visit told me that they were going to be out of town that day, but I was able to replace them with MOB Grill. Justin was going to be joined by Undrell Maholmes as co-host, however, Undrell got surprised with a camping trip and ended up not making it back in time on Monday to film. There were some other minor pivots we made along the way, but we got it done!

If this video does well, I do have plans for a volume two. I had received a dozen suggestions of burger places to feature when I asked people on social media for creative burgers in the area. We’ll get Undrell to join us next time. Maybe for volume three, we’ll visit Tulsa?

This was a rather large episode, but I was able to trim out some of the time Justin spent eating the food to keep it on pace. I’m planning to do more collaborative themed videos and I’ve already reached out to some people to get the ball rolling.

That’s all for today! I’ve been hired to film deadCenter this year, so that will keep me busy this weekend. Jeff Provine and I are in pre-production for season two of Tales Unveiled, which we’re looking at recording the first episode next week if all goes well.

Foolish Things: Bar and Biscuit and Foolish Things Coffee Co

Yesterday for Uncovering Oklahoma, I first visited Foolish Things: Bar and Biscuit in Tulsa’s Brookside District where they’re exploring the depth and breadth of a bar program with coffee in the morning, cocktails in the evening, and floral bar all day with a food program. Then owner Justin Carpenter gave me a tour of his first business, Foolish Things Coffee Co, in the Cathedral District.

I went to Tulsa and edited the video back home on the same day. The last time I did a video about Tulsa was on Gathering Place and Shades of Brown. Along the way, I was brainstorming ideas for the second season of Tales Unveiled, which Jeff and I will start recording next month. June is already looking to be pretty busy for me, mainly because this year I’ll be filming for deadCenter.

Next week, I’m doing an episode on creative burgers in Oklahoma City. Art & Victory will be on Monday with the topic of writing stories at The Depot. deadCenter starts on Thursday through Sunday.

Dennis Spielman with Sydney McFerron of Whatcha Makin Podcast

Whatcha Makin Uncovering Oklahoma

Back on May 12, I was invited to The Spy FM studios to be a guest on the Whatcha Makin Podcast hosted by Sydney McFerron. Today, the episode has been released!

“On today’s episode, Dennis Spielman of Uncovering Oklahoma and I discuss how Oklahoma is no longer a fly over state. We talk about what cool things are here and what cool things are coming. Something that I think we forget sometimes is that we are responsible for the cool things in Oklahoma. Locals are the ones who have stepped up over and over with crazy ideas and a drive to make them happen. We’ve got a good thing here.”

Listen to the episode anywhere you get your podcasts! Be sure to check out previous episodes for more stories on creative people making cool things.

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