Taste of Brookside set for Tuesday with 17 neighborhood eateries
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
11/07/12 at 3:15 AM
Location can make or break a restaurant.
That's why Pauly Sorrentino, one of the partners of the R Bar and Grill, is glad that they chose Brookside.
"I love Brookside, and I especially love our spot on Brookside," Sorrentino said. "Right around 35th Street, with our big deck, is just a good action spot."
Brookside is one of the hot spots in Tulsa now for restaurants. And one of the goals of an upcoming event, Taste of Brookside, is showcasing what the restaurants there have to offer.
The Brookside Business Association launched the new event, and this year it will benefit Youth Services of Tulsa. Tickets are $50 per person and include a wine reception and tastings at the participating restaurants.
Taste of Brookside is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The wine reception and registration will start at 6 p.m. at 33forty, 3340 S. Peoria Ave., with the tasting kicking off at 7 p.m.
There will be trolleys available to transport attendees up and down Brookside.
The event includes a contest for the participating restaurants in three categories: appetizer, entrée and dessert. Ballots will be available at the wine reception/registration.
"Our vision for this event was to create an opportunity to provide Tulsans with a way to experience the Brookside community and the many excellent restaurants that we have to offer," said Jake Regier, event coordinator and general manager of Charleston's Restaurant.
About 20 restaurants are participating, Reiger said. Coordinators plan to create a menu with a map so guests can plan which locations they will go to.
Many Brookside restaurants are prospering, and Regier said that Charleston's is enjoying its best year on Peoria Avenue.
Part of the success of the Brookside eateries, as well as many others in Tulsa, is the effort put into making the ambiance unique, he said.
"When a restaurant moves into a space, they aren't just repainting anymore. When we moved into R Bar, we completely gutted it," Sorrentino said. "I think it is a good thing when you make it your own and people come in and say they don't even recognize it from before."
TASTE OF BROOKSIDE
Tickets: Tickets are $50 and are available at tulsaworld.com/yst.
Restaurants participating include:
Wolfgang Puck Bistro
Keo Asian Cuisine
Doc's Wine and Food
Cosmo Cafe and Bar
Blue Moon Cafe and Bakery
Whole Foods Market
Hibiscus Caribbean Grill
Old School Bagel Cafe
Sonoma Wine Bar and Bistro
Original Print Headline: Flavors of Brookside star of new event
Nicole Marshall Middleton 918-581-8459
Customers enjoy the weather on the patio at the R Bar & Grill on Brookside. The Brookside Business Association will put on the inaugural Taste of Brookside event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World file