By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Special Interest | Issue: September 2011
Mary Waller, Jim Langdon, Dick Clark and Frances Bevel gather at The French Hen for Restaurant Week 2010. The French Hen is participating again in this year’s Restaurant Week to support the food bank’s Food for Kids backpack program.
“Step Up to the Plate” to help fight hunger in Oklahoma during Tulsa’s 5th annual Restaurant Week, Sept. 10-18. More than 30 restaurants will offer three-course, prix fixe meals and donate 10 percent of Restaurant Week menu proceeds to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. Restaurant Week proceeds will be matched by the George Kaiser Family Foundation up to $25,000.
This year, participating restaurants will offer a $12.95 per person three-course lunch menu (excluding tax, gratuity and beverage) and one of three tiers of dinner options. The three tiers are a three-course dinner at either $25 per person, $35 per person or $35 for two (excluding tax, gratuity and beverage). Each meal will feature an appetizer, entrée and dessert.
“With the addition of three dinner menu price points, more of our restaurants are able to participate in Restaurant Week,” said Muriel Hakim, marketing and communications manager for the McNellie’s Group. “We’re excited to see that translate into more patrons dining at great restaurants to support the food bank’s good work throughout eastern Oklahoma.”
The food bank’s Food for Kids program provides a backpack of food each week during the school year to 6,051 students at risk of going hungry during the weekend and holidays. In 2010, Restaurant Week raised more than $35,000 for the Food for Kids program.
“In addition to several returning restaurants, we’re incredibly pleased so many new restaurants are stepping up to the plate to help us fight hunger in our community this year,” said Frances Bevel, community events development manager at the food bank. “Because of the generosity of local restaurants, the Food for Kids program will be able to provide backpacks to every needy student in our community during the 2011-2012 school year.”
Returning again this year, the award-winning Restaurant Week iPhone application (RW2011) will be available to download beginning Sept. 1 from the Apple iTunes store and will allow Restaurant Week patrons to access information about participating restaurants, directions, contact information and specialty menus.
Presenting sponsors of Restaurant Week 2011 are TulsaPeople magazine and Omni Air International. Additional sponsors include Waller & Company Public Relations and Anyware Mobile Solutions.
For more information, visit www.TulsaPeople.com, the Tulsa Restaurant Week Facebook page or download the RW2011 iPhone application.
Baxter’s Interurban Grill - 717 S. Houston Ave.
Biga - 4329 S. Peoria Ave.
The Bistro at Seville- 10021 S. Yale Ave.
Bodean Seafood - 3376 E. 51st St.
Brady Tavern - 201 N. Main St.
The Brasserie - 3509 S. Peoria Ave.
The Canebrake - 33241 E. 732 Road, Wagoner
The Chalkboard - 1324 S. Main St.
Cyprus Grill at the Renaissance - 6808 S. 107th E. Ave.
Dilly Deli - 402 E. Second St.
Doc’s Wine & Food - 3509 S. Peoria Ave.
Duke’s Southern Kitchen - 10441 S. Regal Blvd.
Eloté - 514 S. Boston Ave.
El Guapo’s Mexican Cantina - 332 E. First St.
Frank & Lola’s - 200 Second St., Ste. 1, Bartlesville
The French Hen - 7143 S. Yale Ave.
Fusco’s Fine Dining - 9912 Riverside Parkway
Full Moon Café - 1525 E. 15th St.
Garlic Rose - 3509 S. Peoria Ave.
The Green Onion - 4532 E. 51st St.
James E. McNellie’s Public House - 409 E. First St.
KEO - 3524 S. Peoria Ave.
The Local Table - 4329 S. Peoria Ave.
Lucky’s - 1536 E. 15th St.
Lunabread - 3144 E. 15th St.
McGill’s - 1560 E. 21st St. & 6058 S. Yale Ave.
The Melting Pot - 300 RiverWalk Terrace, Ste. 190
Michael V’s - 8222 E. 103rd St.,Ste. 137
Palace Café - 1301 E. 15th St.
Polo Grill - 2038 Utica Square
Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar - 3523 S. Peoria Ave.
SMOKE. on Cherry Street - 1542 E. 15th St.
Wolfgang Puck Bistro - 3330 S. Peoria Ave.
Yokozuna - 309 E. Second St.
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.