Meridian News
Cooking Up Memories
June 2, 2023

Drue Brandenburg, Stillwater resident and adjunct instructor at Meridian, is cooking up memories about the iconic Ancestor restaurant. The business closed in 1990, but Brandenburg was recently inspired to host a class based on its simply delicious cuisine.

Brandenburg worked as a chef at the Ancestor for many years before he went on to become a corporate chef. Then, two years ago, he moved from Florida back to Stillwater.

“The Ancestor was a comfortable place, like going to your grandma’s house,” Brandenburg said. “Starting out we had a simple two-item menu that was recited by memory. In 1970 pan-fried chicken cost $2.95 and a top sirloin steak was $3.50.”

The class will teach participants how to make the Ancestor’s most popular items like pan-fried chicken, mini biscuits and mashed potatoes. Students will also learn how to make the restaurant’s signature salad dressing and other cooking tips.

Brandenburg is set to teach The Ancestor: A Stillwater Restaurant Experience on June 12 and 26 at 6 p.m. at Meridian’s Main Campus in Stillwater. Space is limited, so enroll today by calling 405-377-3333.

“Coming to these classes gives you the benefit of personalized instruction,” Brandenburg said. “You can learn things like how to use a knife and handle food in a safe and sanitary manner.”

Other Culinary Classes

This isn’t the only course Brandenburg is set to teach at Meridian’s Main Campus in Stillwater. His upcoming courses include Hollandaise for Days, Egg-cellent Breakfast and Cultural Experience: Cajun Cuisine.

Meridian offers a wide variety of hands-on courses at the Main Campus in Stillwater, South Campus in Guthrie, and various locations in Perry. Visit the Meridian catalog page for a full list of upcoming classes. To keep up to date on Meridian’s

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