Eating & Dining

POTEAU, OK:  – Local restaurant Warehouse Willy’s will be hosting a visit from America’s Best Restaurants (ABR) in mid-June 2024. 

America’s Best Restaurants, a national media and marketing company focusing on bringing attention to local, independently-owned restaurants, will bring its ABR Roadshow to the restaurant on June 21st.  Popular dishes will be highlighted, along with an extensive on-camera interview with owner Terry Williamson and manager Jesse Fout about the restaurants’ special place in the community. The episodes will be aired extensively on social media channels at a later date.

Open since 1996, Warehouse Willy’s is a renowned steakhouse in the state and won the 2000 Golden Fork Award from the Gourmet Diners Society of North America for the best steaks in the country.

The restaurant was nominated to be on the Roadshow by Debbie Curran, who noted the great food, great staff and the atmosphere. 

The restaurant’s dimly lit interior sports vintage and historical ephemera as decor, filling the walls with photographs, dollar bills, and signage of all kinds. The menu offers a solid array of dinners, burgers, salads, starters and stuffed potatoes, as well as an extensive beer, wine and cocktail selection.

The top seller which is likely to be featured on the episode is the ribeye steak, followed by the bacon-wrapped filet mignon.

“Absolutely the best thing you’ve ever put in your mouth,” Terry says of the filet.

Terry also says that consistency and an excellent staff are what put Warehouse Willy’s on the map.

“I’ve always been able to find good people,” he says. “And there’s hardly a week goes by that someone doesn’t stop me and say: ‘We’ve been eating here twenty years. It’s the same as it was the first day we walked in the door.’ Consistent.” 

America’s Best Restaurants will be filming on location on Friday June 21st from 2 pm to 5 pm CST. The press is invited to attend. The restaurant’s finished episode premiere date will be announced on their Facebook page and will be featured on America’s Best Restaurants’ website.

Restaurants featured on the ABR Roadshow are selected based on their customer reviews, menu items, social media presence, and level of involvement with their community. They are found through customer nominations, internal vetting or by a restaurant applying to be featured at

About Warehouse Willy’s: Open Tuesday through Saturday, Warehouse Willy’s is located at 300 Dewey Ave, Poteau OK 74953. Telephone is (918) 649-3400.  For more information visit ‘Warehouse Willy’s’ on Facebook. 

About ABR: With offices in Florence, KY and Las Vegas, America’s Best Restaurants is a national media and restaurant marketing company that travels the country telling the stories and highlighting the unique food of locally owned independent restaurants as part of their ABR Roadshow. Restaurants are featured not only on ABR’s Restaurant Network of social media channels and website, but also each individual establishment’s Facebook page. With over 1300 episodes filmed, America’s Best Restaurants is the premier marketing agency for restaurant owners and operators to have their story broadcast coast-to-coast. Visit to learn more and to view the episodes and profiles of hundreds of America’s Best Restaurants! 

AUSTIN, Minn. (May 3, 2024) – Hormel Foods Sales, LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited number of two PLANTERS® products that were produced at one of its facilities in April. This recall only impacts two retailers in five states. These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The products were shipped to Publix distribution warehouses in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina and to Dollar Tree distribution warehouses in South Carolina and Georgia.

The recalled product is limited to 4 oz. packages of PLANTERS® Honey Roasted Peanuts and 8.75 oz. cans of PLANTERS® Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts. The “Best if Used By Date” is located on the bottom of the Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts can and the UPC code is located on the side of the can.


Product Description



PLANTERS® Honey Roasted Peanuts 2900002097 04 11 25
PLANTERS® Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts 2900001621 05APR26

No other sizes, varieties, or other packaging configurations of PLANTERS® brand products are included in this recall.

There have been no reports of illness related to this recall to date, and all retailers that received the affected product have been properly notified. This recall is being initiated with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

If a consumer has this product, they can discard the product or return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. If consumers have questions, they may contact Hormel Foods Customer Relations via email hereExternal Link Disclaimer, via chat at Link Disclaimer or at 1-800-523-4635, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Central Time, excluding holidays.

Our commitment to food safety remains our utmost priority. A full investigation is currently under way to determine the potential source of the contamination.


Company Contact Information

Hormel Foods Customer Relations
Saturday, 20 April 2024 12:31

EOMC Menu for 04/21/2024-04/27/2024

Sunday, April 21- Shepherd's Pie, Sweet Potato Casserole, Veggies.

Monday, April 22- Ribs, Cream Corn, Green Beans, Rolls, Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

Tuesday, April 23- Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, Rolls, Chicken & Wild Rice Soup.

Wednesday, April 24- Brisket, Pinto Beans, Coleslaw, Red Pepper Gouda Soup.

Thursday, April 25- Pork Carnitas, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, Broccoli & Cheese Soup.

Friday, April 26- Chicken or Pork Kabobs, Grilled Veggies, Baked Potato.

Saturday, April 27- Grill and Salad Bar Only.

Maple syrup, that staple of the American breakfast table, is not only a cherished product across North America, but also plays a significant role in the economies of Quebec and Vermont. This industry generates hundreds of millions of dollars yearly and supports thousands of livelihoods. But its very foundation is under threat from global warming. The disruption in the switch between cold nights and warm days of early spring, crucial for sap flow, poses a severe challenge to the industry's future.

The organization, Audubon Vermont tells how “a warming climate also presents challenges in shortening the length of the sugaring season”—a critical period for syrup production. This shift not only affects the timing but also threatens to make annual production levels unpredictable. For one, studies project that by the end of the century, the sugaring season could start up to a month earlier, with significant variability in production especially affecting regions at the southern and northern limits of maple tree ranges.

The warming climate is not just affecting the timing of sap flow, but also its quality. As maple trees undergo warmer temperatures and extended growing seasons, they consume more sugar for growth, potentially reducing the sap’s sugar content. This necessitates more sap to produce the same amount of syrup, thus increasing effort and resources needed for production​. Also, the changing climate may pave the way for invasive species that threaten maple trees, further complicating the challenges.

The impacts of climate change on maple syrup production are not uniform across North America. “Folks who retrieve sap from maple trees in the far Northeastern region will get a longer sap flow season while those in the Southeastern regions will see a reduction,” says David Cleaves, Climate Change Advisor for the U.S. Forest Service. This geographic shift underscores the need for flexible and adaptive management strategies to sustain the industry with the changing climate conditions.

Despite these prevalent challenges, there is hope through adaptation and innovation. Ensuring the health of maple forests and maintaining tree diversity are pivotal strategies. Innovations in sap collection technology, for example, are allowing for sap gathering at less-than-optimal temperatures, showcasing the industry's resilience and adaptability.

Beyond the challenges posed by climate change, the industry also faces threats from environmental degradation and economic factors that could further jeopardize its sustainability. Economically, the industry must contend with fluctuating market demands and the risk of cheaper, synthetic alternatives undermining traditional maple syrup. Additionally, the labor-intensive nature of sap collection and syrup production may face challenges in attracting and retaining the necessary workforce. These multifaceted threats require an innovative approach to safeguard the industry, emphasizing not only climate adaptation but also environmental conservation and economic resilience.

CONTACTS: The End of Maple? Maple Sugaring Amid a Changing Climate,

Changing climate may substantially alter maple syrup production,


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Monday, 15 April 2024 15:36

Farm to School New Contest

Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by enhancing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites. 

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau Women’s leadership team are excited to offer the 2024 School Garden Contest for our state. Applicants may be any public and private: PK-12 school, early childhood education facility, and alternative learning environment.

Contest Categories: 

  • Best Education Based School Garden
  • Best Community Collaboration School Garden
  • Best Start-up School Garden Proposal
  • Best Harvest School Garden
  • Best Pollinator Garden

You can find more information about the categories of the contest to see how your garden qualifies for the contest by following the link below.

School Garden Contest

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2024 - Salm Partners, LLC, a Denmark, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 35,430 pounds of Johnsonville turkey kielbasa sausage that may be contaminated with foreign materials, specifically pieces of rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The turkey kielbasa sausages were produced between Oct. 30-31, 2023. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages containing a single piece of "Johnsonville POLISH KIELBASA TURKEY" sausage and best by dates "05/17/24" and "05/18/24" printed on the side of the packaging.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number "P-32009" printed on the side of the packaging. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm received complaints from consumers reporting they found pieces of rubber in the ready-to-eat turkey kielbasa products.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injury due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Stephanie Schafer, Director of Global Corporate Communications for Johnsonville, at 888-556-2728 or

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or send a question via email to For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at


Heritage-Branded Beverages to be Distributed to Retailers and Consumers Statewide Through the MillerCoors Network

GIG HARBOR, Wash., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heritage Distilling Company, Inc. ("HDC" or "Heritage"), a renowned craft distillery of innovative premium brands, today announced its strategic expansion into the Oklahoma market in partnership with the leading wholesale beverage distributors who comprise the MillerCoors network. The distributors include LDF Companies, Capital Distributing, LLCFisher 59, Jett Distributing, Inc., and Pope Distributing, Inc. Heritage’s award-winning portfolio of craft spirits will be available to on- and off-premise retailers and consumers throughout the state beginning this month.

"This expansion is a significant step for Heritage Distilling Company as we continue our journey to share our passion for craft spirits with consumers across the country," said Justin Stiefel, Co-founder of HDC. "The partnership with distributors in the MillerCoors network offers Oklahomans a taste of the innovation and quality that have defined the Heritage brand. Through this established network, HDC products will be readily available to participating retailers and on-premise accounts in Oklahoma immediately, enhancing accessibility and convenience for consumers, and meeting the growing demand for premium craft spirits in the market.”

The decision to enter the Oklahoma market aligns with the impressive growth reported by the American Craft Spirits Association in the U.S. craft spirits sector. With a 6.1% annual increase in volume and a 5.3% rise in value, craft spirits have outpaced the broader liquor industry, selling over 14 million cases and generating $7.9 billion in revenue last year.

"LDF Companies of Oklahoma is proud to partner with the most award-winning craft distillery in the U.S., Heritage Distilling. Their attention to detail and spot-on flavor profiles add a new dimension to our spirits portfolio. We appreciate their trust in us for their distribution and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship,” said Ken Brown, Director of LDF Companies of Oklahoma.

“We are very excited to have Heritage Distilling as a new addition to our wine and spirits portfolio. Capital Distributing is committed to building an extensive portfolio of spirits in our efforts to become a total beverage distributor to our retailers. Spirits have been transformational for our business and our team has embraced the opportunity. We are excited to see what the Heritage Distilling brands will not only offer Capital, but the whole state of Oklahoma, now and in the future,” said Todd Robichaux, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Capital Distributing.

Signature offerings coming to Oklahoma include: Cocoa Bomb Chocolate Whiskey, a premium chocolate whiskey perfect to light up the night as shots or in cocktails; Florescence Vodka, a crisp and floral collaboration with celebrity chef Danielle Kartes; and Stiefel's Select Whiskey, Heritage's flagship Double Gold premium whiskey aged to perfection in unique charred oak barrels. Another HDC portfolio highlight is the Special Operations Salute series, a super-premium whiskey collection launched to support U.S. military and first responder communities in collaboration with several nonprofit organizations.

Founded in 2011, Heritage Distilling has earned a sterling reputation over the past decade, consistently garnering accolades from the American Distilling Institute, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the Ascot Awards, the World Whiskey Awards and other prestigious competitions. Bolstered by the new footprint with the Oklahoma network, Oklahomans will now get a taste of Heritage's diverse lineup of whiskeys, vodkas, gins, rums and ready-to-drink cocktails.

For more information on Heritage Distilling Company, products and wholesale inquiries, please visit

About Heritage Distilling Company, Inc.
Heritage Distilling Company, Inc.®, currently a subsidiary of Heritage Distilling Holding Company, Inc., was founded in 2011 by Justin and Jennifer Stiefel and Drew and Sara Kellerman. Heritage is among the premier independent craft spirits distilleries in the United States offering a variety of whiskeys, vodkas, gins and rums produced mainly from local, sustainably sourced ingredients. Heritage is the most awarded craft distillery in North America by the American Distilling Institute for the past ten years out of more than 2,600 craft distilleries. To accelerate its national wholesale distribution growth strategy, Heritage founded the Tribal Beverage Network (TBN) to collaborate with Native American tribes and develop Heritage-branded distilleries, brands, and tasting rooms and to develop brands unique to the tribes, to serve patrons of tribal casinos and entertainment venues, creating compelling social and economic benefits for participating tribal communities while allowing the tribes another channel through which to exercise tribal sovereignty.

Saturday, 24 February 2024 10:03

EOMC Menu for 02/25/2024-03/02/2024


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Centers Cafeteria Menu 

Sunday, February 25- Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Veggies, Rolls.

Monday, February 26- Homemade Lasagna, Mixed Veggies, Garlic Bread, Tomato Basil Soup.

Tuesday, February 27- Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Rolls, Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Wednesday, February 28- Brisket, Pinto Beans, Coleslaw, Hushpuppies.

Thursday, February 29- Chicken Fajitas, Rice Refried Beans, Loaded Potato Soup.

Friday, March 1- Chili Dogs, Burritos, Fries, Nacho Cheese, Red Pepper Gouda Soup.

Saturday, March 2- Grill and Salad Bar Only.

For all of the coffee, tea and energy drink lovers in town, we want to share an exclusive invite to the must-go birthday party of the year.

7 Brew, the drive-thru coffee company with over 20,000 drink combinations, is celebrating the 7th anniversary of its founding in Rogers, AR, and they want every customer in on the fun! All open 7 Brew stands will offer promotions and complimentary ‘swag’ Wednesday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 17. More details about each activation are below:


●      Feb. 14 - 7 Brew’s Birthday

o   Enjoy a free, limited-edition Valentine’s-themed sticker with purchase

o   Enjoy free small drinks during Community Hour, 7-8 p.m. local time

▪       One per guest

●       Feb. 17 - National Random Acts of Kindness Day

o   Enjoy a free Cultivate Kindness sticker with a purchase

o   A few lucky customers might be gifted a free drink when they visit as part of Random Acts of Kindness Day

●      Feb. 14-17

o   Add a Valentine’s sprinkle topping to any drink

With nearly 200 open locations, the brand is thankful for all communities’ support thus far and is excited to return the love on and in the days following Valentine’s Day.

The Poteau 7 Brew stand is at 3004 N Broadway.

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