By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015
Attend Bixby’s premier public annual event, A Taste of Bixby.
The Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce is known for working hard to promote civic and commercial growth in their community. This summer, the Chamber turns up the heat with an evening filled with the best of Bixby’s food and beverage scene. On Thursday, June 11, Taste of Bixby presents special culinary offerings for the enjoyment of the public at SpiritBank Event Center.
Events like Taste of Bixby are one of the ways in which the Chamber has harnessed the forces that drive development to the outskirts of south Tulsa. Bixby has grown rapidly, yet retains a great deal of its quiet, agrarian heritage (its good taste, if you will).
In 2000, the community counted a little more than 13,000 residents. Since then, the city has nearly doubled in size. In 2009, the Tulsa metro collectively looked south in appreciation when CNN Money included Bixby on its list of 100 Best Places to Live (number 67). The additions of the Bentley Sports Complex and SpiritBank Event Center represent major investments in the city’s future. The transformation north of the Arkansas River is nothing short of remarkable, feeling as though a new business opens up every week, including many new restaurants.
The Chamber supports Bixby businesses by partnering with community stakeholders to create educational and promotional opportunities. Their efforts have earned recognition from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives as one of the nation’s top ten Chambers in categories of Number of New Members and New Member Dollars. Taste of Bixby is a prime example of how the Bixby Metro Chamber achieves success.
Now in its eighth year, Taste of Bixby attracts established favorites as well as new arrivals to the scene. Chamber President Krystal Crockett explains, “It is a chance for the Chamber to showcase our food vendors and restaurants from around our area to the public.” The night is not just about restaurants looking to woo foodies, though. Taste of Bixby brings together hotels, caterers and everyone else in the food and beverage industry. No matter their niche, though, every vendor and kitchen shares a passion for delivering their absolute best. The evening is an opportunity to show off a bit and maybe win an award.
There will be opportunities for bragging rights. Celebrity judges will select the best in each of four categories: Appetizers, Beverages, Entrees and Desserts. Additionally, attendees vote for a People’s Choice award. Past winners of the People’s Choice “Best of Taste of Bixby” award include Michael V’s, Doc’s Country Mart and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. While friendly competition motivates cooks to bring their “A” game, attendees at Taste of Bixby are the real winners.
The public eats up the effort to impress and enjoys all the night has to offer: good friends, live entertainment and, of course, the best food and beverage in Bixby. “It’s a great chance to try things you may not normally eat, and to learn more about some of your favorites,” says Crockett. “It is an event open to everyone in our community and so much fun!”
Taste of Bixby is, as Crockett puts it, “the Bixby Metro Chamber’s premier public annual event” and is sponsored by Doc’s Country Mart. VIP Sponsors include Goodscents Deli Fresh Subs, Michael V’s, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart.
The fun commences at the SpiritBank Event Center on Thursday, June 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person (children under 10 are free). Plan ahead – eat a light lunch! “We encourage everyone to come hungry,” smiles Crockett.
For the latest details on Taste of Bixby, visit The Bixby Metro Chamber on Facebook. For tickets to the event, as well as membership to the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce, visit their website at www.bixbychamber.com.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.