People & Places: Taste of Tulsa on Jan. 26 to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
1/08/13 at 6:55 AM
Here comes Taste of Tulsa.
The 29th edition of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma's event is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Tulsa Convention Center.
This is the one that draws more than 900 people each year and features signature dishes from about 50 of Tulsa's finest restaurants, silent and live auctions, a wine pull, and live music and dancing with the band The Jumpshots.
During a recent kickoff party sponsored by McGill's at 61st and Yale, Taste of Tulsa co-chairwoman Molly Jarvis said, "A Taste of Tulsa is a wonderful, fun event that combines cocktail and black tie attire with Tulsa's best restaurants, silent and live auctions and music and dancing to raise money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma."
"Every dollar spent eating, dancing, and trying to outbid your neighbor on auction items creates a ripple effect of positivity among the youth in our community. I've yet to see a better steward of resources than Big Brothers Big Sisters," said co-chairman Josh Herlan.
A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Matt Burtelow Memorial Award to Jeff Reid from Bank of Oklahoma. The award honors an individual whose contributions of time, energy and/or resources have promoted the idea of child/adult mentoring in a significant way.
Presenting sponsor is McElroy Manufacturing; other sponsors include Ameristar Fence, Association of Oklahoma General Contractors, Bank of Oklahoma, Carlson Company, CBRE Oklahoma, Continental Wire Cloth, Cox Business, Darby Equipment, Espo Fire and Water Restoration, Helmerich & Payne, Manhattan Road and Bridge, Newfield Exploration, Pattison Precision Products, Price Waterhouse Coopers, RoseRock HealthCare, Sisk Charitable Trust, TD Williamson, Turner Roofing, The Trust Company of Oklahoma, Turner Roofing Unit Corp., and WPX.
Participating restaurants include Abuelo's, Baxter's Interurban Grill, Bodean Restaurant, Celebrity Restaurant, Charleston's, Charlie Mitchell's Modern Pub, Chimi's Mexican Food, Culinary Institute of Platt College, Daily Grill, Doc's Wine & Food, Elements Steakhouse and Grille, Freddie's BBQ and Steakhouse, Full Moon, Helen of Troy, Hibiscus, In The Raw, La Madeleine, Luger's Catering, Local Table, Los Cabos Grill & Cantina, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, McGill's, Mi Cocina, Mimi's Café, Oliveto Italian Bistro, Panera Bread, Polo Grill, Redrock Canyon Grill, Ricardos Mexican Restaurant, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Ridge Grill, SAVOR at the Tulsa Convention Center, Smoke On Cherry Street, Stonehorse Café, The Bistro at Seville, The Canebrake, The Chalkboard, The Cheesecake Factory, The Golf Club of Oklahoma, The Melting Pot, The Tavern, The Vault, TiAmo, Trimmins By Timmons, Warren Duck Club, Waterfront Grill, Whole Foods Market, Wolfgang Puck Bistro and Zio's.
"Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma is very thankful for the support of the restaurant community in our area" said Martha Jennings, a Taste of Tulsa coordinator. "Our guests will be able to taste a fabulous variety of signature dishes from the best restaurants in Tulsa."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma is a donor-supported volunteer organization that provides adult mentors to children facing adversity. In 2011, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma served 1,914 children.
The program is proven to improve children's odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently and avoiding drugs and alcohol. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, go to tulsaworld.com/bbbsok
Individual tickets to Taste of Tulsa are $250 per person. Company sponsorships are available. For more information and to preview some auction items, go to tulsaworld.com/atasteoftulsa or contact Jennings at email@example.com or at 918-728-7934.
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Josh Herlan (left), Donna and David Dutton, and Molly Jarvis prepare for the annual Taste of Tulsa benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. The event will be held Jan. 26 at the Tulsa Convention Center. Courtesy