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The OKC Wings Episode with Apollo

Apollo Woods of OKC Black Eats guest stars as we travel to three Black-Owned restaurants in Oklahoma City. With the Super Bowl and March Madness coming soon, now is the time to sample some places before ordering big. Join us on this food journey while we show you some amazing food options featuring wings.

You can now enjoy new Uncovering Oklahoma episodes and select timeless stories ad-free, and algorithm-free over at The Show Starts Now Studios! Based in Oklahoma, The Show Starts Now Studios’ mission is to add adventure to your life by introducing you to new experiences. You’re sure to have an adventure from trying new foods to learning new skills to visiting fascinating places. Expand your horizons by starting your free trial today.

Chef Dee’s Creations

Chef Dee’s Creations is a unique restaurant in Oklahoma City that offers a mixture of Cajun and Creole cuisine. The restaurant’s owner, Dequayon Server, has a passion for cooking and started his journey in the culinary world after driving semi-trucks. He wanted to set himself apart from other restaurants and offer a creative menu that includes not just Cajun and Creole cuisine but also Greek, Mediterranean, Italian, vegan, and other types of food. Chef Dee’s most popular dish is the “sauced up everything” wings, which are crispy and spicy with a homemade ranch remoulade sauce and a sweet chili sauce. He also recommends trying the “sauced up loaded fries” for a complete flavor experience. With its creative menu and unique style, Chef Dee’s Creations is a must-visit destination for food lovers in Oklahoma City.

Wing Supreme

Wing Supreme specializes in serving bold flavored wings. The restaurant was established 34 years ago by Eric Johnson in 1989 when he was an undergrad in college at Howard University in D.C. Eric and his partner at the time wanted to bring something back to their campus and they thought a wing restaurant would be a great opportunity to give back to the Howard University community.

Over the years, Eric has perfected the art of making wings through trial and error. The result is a wide variety of wings, including honey love, southern fried, buffalo lemon pepper, and Parmesan garlic. He wants customers to be able to come to Wing Supreme every day for two weeks and three days and still be able to try another flavor.

What makes Wing Supreme special is its growth in the community and the diversity it brings, attracting customers from all over. The restaurant is focused on customer service, a lost art, and consistency in food quality. Eric wants Wing Supreme to be a place people can come to for generations. With its great customer service, diverse flavors, and focus on consistency, Wing Supreme is a restaurant that you don’t want to miss.

Carican Flavors

Carican Flavors is an authentic Caribbean restaurant located in Oklahoma City that serves a variety of food options, including the famous Hawaiian wings. Owner Sharon McMillan takes pride in the flavors and spices used in her dishes, which are a mix of Caribbean and other cultures. She sources her spices from Hispanic and Vietnamese communities, who carry similar spices used in the Caribbean. To prepare her wings, Sharon marinates the meat overnight to soak in the spices and then oven bakes and finishes them off on the stove with her own homemade barbecue sauce and fresh pineapples.

Sharon’s focus is not only on the flavors but also on providing healthy food options for her customers. She encourages eating greens with the Hawaiian wings, or a balanced meal with the other dishes on the menu. Sharon’s passion for food and making healthy choices shines through in every dish she prepares. Be sure to stop by Carican Flavors for a delicious and healthy meal!

Featured Non-Profit

In addition to highlighting these restaurants, we’re featuring the work of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma serves 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Just $1 provides 4 meals to Oklahomans living with hunger. Donate today at

Masa Ramen & Sushi and Rococo

Phi proves the landlocked state of Oklahoma has excellent seafood options as she visits Masa Ramen & Sushi and Rococo in Oklahoma City. I love how this episode of Take A Bite with Phi turned out with the behind-the-scenes stories at these restaurants.

A plate of lobster from Rococo's restaurant in Oklahoma City.

Expand your horizons by starting your free trial at The Show Starts Now Studios. I’ve decided to add the Uncovering Oklahoma series to The Show Start Now Studios’ streaming platform. Now you can enjoy new episodes and select timeless stories ad-free and algorithm-free! As a welcome bonus, subscribers can enjoy The Wing Episode early before YouTube. Join Apollo Woods of OKC Black Eats as we travel to three different restaurants for a focus on wings. With the Super Bowl and March Madness coming soon, now is the time to sample some places before ordering big.

Gonzalo Lebrija: La casa que nos inventamos

From the La casa que nos inventamos exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary, this interview features artist Gonzalo Lebrija. Gonzalo Lebrija discusses the public art sculpture of an American muscle car standing vertically about to hit a pool of water. The work, Breve historia del tiempo, is display outside of the building. The exhibition runs through Jan. 9, 2023. Admission is always free. More info at

Watch the other videos I filmed for Oklahoma Contemporary, including interviews with more artists from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Anita Ly: Generating Success for Entrepreneurs

I wrote a profile on Anita Ly about Generating Success for Entrepreneurs for the Oklahoma Venture Forum.

As the Managing Director of gener8tor in Oklahoma City, Anita Ly is committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed with gener8tor’s national investment accelerator program. Ly started her professional career as a scientist in biotech pharma in California before moving to Oklahoma to attend graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she became involved with the Oklahoma Catalyst programs as they were looking for someone with a STEM background, who was all about women empowerment, and entrepreneurship. This led to her discovery of her passion for working with founders and telling their stories, leading to her decision to pivot her career to focus on helping founders. After finishing her schooling at OU and working in venture capital at Atento Capital in Tulsa, she joined gener8tor to help support and build a community around founders in Oklahoma City. The gener8tor platform includes more than 75 programs spanning startup accelerators, corporate programming, speaker series, conferences, skills accelerators, and fellowships.

“Most of our startups don’t just go there for funding,” said Anita Ly. “We’re known for the wide breadth network that we can provide to our founders through mentor swarms as well as investors swarms. Our goal is to set them up for success while having a white glove concierge approach.”

Applications for entrepreneurs are open until mid-January, and Ly has been actively recruiting and talking to founders to let people know that gener8tor is in town. Ly said the most rewarding part of working with gener8tor is seeing the successes of several types of founders.

“No founder comes into the program at the exact same stage of development or having the same types of issues, and it’s really exciting to help them pinpoint what they need to focus on in order to hit that next milestone,” said Ly. “Then seeing the excitement on their faces when they are able to finally raise that next round.”

Aside from the Investment Accelerator program, gener8tor offers other product lines that Ly will discuss. They’re not just focused on Oklahoma City but on supporting all of Oklahoma and companies that can give back to the local community. Ly would like to have all Oklahoma Venture Forum members come to learn about gener8tor’s different offerings.

“We are constantly looking for not just investors but mentors,” said Ly. “That could be anyone who works directly with founders, has been a founder, or has a unique set of experiences that might play a good hand with our potential cohort. Everyone can be a mentor, and we really want people to feel like they have something of value to give, and at the same time, there is so much they can learn from mentoring other founders as well.”

Anita Ly will speak to Oklahoma Venture Forum Power Lunch members on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. The event will be held at The Venue at Crew in Downtown Oklahoma City from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and will be open to members and guests both in-person and virtually via ZOOM. Ly believes the forum is an excellent place for those that want to be involved in the venture capital world.

“Those that have always been curious about getting involved, this is a great way to have those monthly power lunches and meet really incredible people to learn about what’s going on in the ecosystem and having a network where they can get together with other like-minded individuals,” said Ly.

Jorge Méndez Blake: La casa ques nos inventamos

From the La casa que nos inventamos exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary, this interview features artist Jorge Méndez Blake. The exhibition runs through Jan. 9, 2023. Admission is always free. More info at

Watch the other videos I filmed for Oklahoma Contemporary, including interviews with more artists from Guadalajara, Mexico.

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