Emeril Lagasse Visited Okeechobee Steakhouse For His Cooking Channel Show, And The Episode Will Air Feb. 11
An iconic West Palm Beach steakhouse will be showcased on national television this weekend.
Okeechobee Steakhouse, one of the oldest steakhouses in the state, is set to appear on "Emeril's Florida," a Cooking Channel series in which celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse travels around the Sunshine State to highlight notable dining spots. The episode airs Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m.
The spot, titled "Florida Family Fun," focuses on restaurants with a rich family history as well as those with family-friendly offerings. Okeechobee Steakhouse was selected as a family-run restaurant with ownership going three generations back.
According to co-owner Ralph Lewis, a third-generation owner who runs Okeechobee Steakhouse with his father, Curtis, viewers can expect to learn a little bit about the history of the restaurant as well as Lagasse's impressions of it.
"He raved about the bone-in rib steak," Lewis said. "In fact, he asked for the recipe for the Brussels sprouts and asked for a second helping."
Lagasse also noted Okeechobee reminded him of the old-school steakhouses of New York, Lewis added.
The historic restaurant's special touches include tableside presentation of all of its cuts of steak, which are butchered in-house, undergo a unique dry-aging process, and are then brought around on a silver tray to be selected by customers before they're prepared.
"Everything's still done the same way we did 70 years ago," Lewis said.
When the episode was filmed n June 2016, Lagasse and the crew were on-site at the restaurant all morning and afternoon, according to Lewis, and patrons dining at Okeechobee that day were able to interact with the chef.
"He was extremely approachable, very down-to-earth, really nice guy," Lewis said. "He was very accommodating and inviting to guests of ours who were huge fans."
Since Okeechobee Steakhouse is only open for dinner on weekends, there are no official watch parties planned, but Lewis says he'll be watching the episode live for the first time himself when it airs on Saturday.
"We're going to watch it at home for sure," he said. "All the staff is excited."