By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013
Pictured inside the Tulsa Garden Center Mansion are, from left, Dixie Bohannon, wine chair; Rebecca McMaster, wine consultant, B&B Liquor Warehouse; and Debbie Kirkpatrick, event chair.
Memorable wines, romantic moonlight and the heady fragrance of roses all combine to create a magical experience at Tulsa Garden Center’s 19th annual An Evening of Wine & Roses. This year’s event will be held Friday, September 27 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., in the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden.
An Evening of Wine & Roses is one of the region’s largest wine tasting events. Guests will enjoy over 150 different wines from around the world complemented by elegant hors d’oeuvres and desserts from more than 35 of Tulsa’s top restaurants and caterers. The combination of delectable food and exquisite wine enjoyed under the stars, while strolling through a garden full of gorgeous fragrant roses, makes this an enchanting autumn evening. Tickets for An Evening of Wine & Roses are $65 for Tulsa Garden Center members and $80 for non-members.
Prior to the main event, a private Sponsor Tasting will be held in the Tulsa Garden Center Mansion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsors will savor exceptional wines from premium vintners and delicious fare from Tulsa’s top chefs. Individual sponsor level tickets are $130 or 10 tickets for $1,100. A private table for 10 guests can be reserved for $1,600.
Wine participants to date include: Dynamic Brands, Inc., E & J Gallo Winery, Glazer’s Oklahoma, Oak Hills Winery & Vineyard, Paragon Brands, Premium Brands Wine & Spirits, Putnam Wines, Republic National Distributing Company, Select Wines & Spirits, Stable Ridge Winery, Stone Bluff Cellars, Summerside Vineyards, Thirst Wine Merchants, Tulsa Deco Wines, Whispering Vines Vineyards & Winery, and Woods and Waters Winery. According to Wine Chair Dixie Bohannon, “We have expanded the past couple of years to include not only a huge variety of wine but also higher end spirits and craft beers, so there is truly something for everyone.”
Restaurants and caterers for this year’s event include: Bodean Restaurant, Charleston’s, Euro-Mart, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Hey Mambo Italiano Restaurant, James E. McNellie’s Public House, Just Catering by Orr, KEO Asian Cuisine, Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, McGill’s, P.F. Chang’s, Panera Bread, Redrock Canyon Grill, The Alley Gastro Pub, The Bistro at Seville, The French Hen, The Stock Pot, Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano and Waterfront Grill.
Guests may purchase a rose for $25 and will receive the chance to win a gift certificate to Moody’s Jewelry. A photo booth with a variety of props will be on hand so guests may take home a cute party favor, and there will be a wine pull. Attendees may also bid on a painting by resident artist Gil Adams that will be at auction. An Evening of Wine & Roses will culminate in a fireworks display at the close of the event.
Mike Blake, education and marketing manager for the Tulsa Garden Center, explains that this event is the economic engine that fuels the Tulsa Garden Center’s activities, including operation of the free Linnaeus Teaching Garden, which is completely maintained by volunteers; ongoing classes for adults and children; and the “Brown Bag” lecture series.
Sponsors of the event are B & B Liquor Warehouse, Tulsa People Magazine, Moody’s, MIX96, and TES Productions. Reservations are required for this popular event, and space is limited. Reservation deadline is September 20, so call soon! Attendees must be 21 years or older. Proof of age is required. For reservations, call (918) 746-5125.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.
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