By: Value News | Category: Restaurants | Issue: June 2018
For those who want to experience a “True Dining Experience”, hop in your vehicle and head towards the beautiful Kiamichi Mountain Range. Nestled in a 1920 remodeled rock home in the middle of the Balzanna’s 280 acre spread, a dream of owning a restaurant was fulfilled by Sam and Tami Balzanna. Moving here from Pennsylvania, they chose this area as a fine place to raise their five children. They opened “The Rock House” in April of 2012. Initially, all members of the family had a hand in getting the business running. Serving carved to order Angus steaks, pasta and her grandmother’s crab cake recipe, they have pleased many diners. Folks come from not only Oklahoma, but Arkansas and Texas as well, to dine at this unique dining establishment. The fine dining and spectacular views of the Kiamichi Mountains, Potato Hills and Buffalo Mountain make this a one of a kind “true dining experience”.
The Made in Oklahoma Coalition, founded in the year 2000, is a group of 70+ Oklahoma food manufacturers, growers and producers dedicated to promoting brand awareness for Oklahoma made food and beverage products.
After over a decade of raising awareness for made in Oklahoma products, The MIO Coalition recognized that consumers in our state not only want to shop for local products at the grocery store, but they also want to support the Oklahoma restaurants that incorporate locally produced food and beverage items into their menu’s. Thus, in an effort to make this information more readily available to Oklahoma consumers the MIO Restaurant Program was born.
The Restaurant of the Month promotion was implemented to provide additional support and recognition to MIO restaurant members that go above and beyond the baseline requirements for membership by offering a robust selection of MIO products to their patrons. After each restaurant of the month is selected, a public voting process is implemented at the beginning of the next calendar year to determine who will be named MIO Restaurant of the Year. The winner of the MIO Restaurant of the Year campaign will receive a plaque of recognition, free advertising through MIO, a special feature on the MIO website and social media platforms as well as a $1,000 donation to the food bank of their choice.
Fill out your MIO Restaurant application today at www.miocoalition.com to join the Made in Oklahoma Coalition.
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