Eat Local Event to Connect Growers, Consumers

Tulsa’s service industry is about to become even more attractive to coastal dwellers pouring in, thanks to the efforts of Sustainable Tulsa and its Eat Local: Bite of Tulsa event.
This third-annual showcase, the community-oriented incarnation of Sustainable Tulsa’s swanky local foods dinner, is meant to bring the farm closer to the Tulsa table via food purveyors that have hopped on the eat-local bandwagon.
“We want to demystify eating locally,” said Corey Wren Williams, executive director of Sustainable Tulsa.
The event, slated for the evening of July 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be at Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave.
Local purveyors of foods, whether they be farmers or restaurateurs, as well Tulsa’s own brewery and a few local wineries, will help to connect those who eat (read: just about everyone) to the freshest foods available in the 918.
Vendors participating include Elote Cafe & Catering, The Coffeehouse on Cherry Street, The Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy, Lava Noshery, Cosmo Cafe, Blue Dome Diner, Mershon Catering, Nuyaka Creek Winery, Sparks Vineyard & Winery, Local Table, Summerside Vineyards & Winery and Marshall Brewing Company.
New to this year’s festival will be local music, provided by Three Penny Upright and George and Linda Barton, as well as a group headed by Scott Aycock of the National Public Radio show Folk Salad.
Eat Local: Bite of Tulsa sold out its first and second years, with more than 350 attending. The venue is larger than ever before this year, and the list of vendors is beefier.
“We hope that by coming downtown, we bring an increased diversity to our crowd,” Williams said. “We’re proponents of investing in downtown, revitalizing the heart of the city. Our selection of this new site is symbolic of that.”
Also new to the program will be educational components emphasizing the importance of eating locally.
“We want people to come and enjoy the food and enjoy the wine, local beer and music. We also want them to step away with more of an understanding of what local food provides to a community. We want to share that local foods are about investing in local economy, our health and our environment,” she said.
“The challenge you have in other places is that the cost of living is so high, people who provide services – the restaurateur, the retailer, other people who serve groups who want to buy things – are becoming more difficult to attract,” said Sean Griffin, local entrepreneur and board president at Sustainable Tulsa.
“That’s our advantage. Our cost of living is small, so we have this great ability to support a service base in our community, and it’s an important segment of our employment base,” he said. “That attracts business. As people are paid more money, they go buy from these service people. High quality of life is tied to the growth of this segment of business and employment. The local food movement could be huge for the growth of these segments.”
The $20 admission fee goes to support the programs of Sustainable Tulsa, such its Greening the 918 series of seminars, which will return to the community calendar in the fall.
Six other local nonprofits will be helping out with this year’s event, including Global Gardens, Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture and North Tulsa Eats.
For more about the Eat Local: Bite of Tulsa vendors, pick up a copy of Sustainable Tulsa’s Green Directory, an annual guidebook to everything gone green in the city. Or, check it out online at sustainabletulsa.org.
BBI Adds One More
Tulsa-based Beautiful Brands International added Baltimore-based Kyro Pizza as its eighth concept in its portfolio of brands late last month.
David Rutkauskas, founder, president and CEO of BBI, plans to market and franchise the chain worldwide.
BBI’s support of the brand will include marketing, real estate, architecture, legal and franchise sales, as well as other aspects of franchise development. Kyro Pizza will be marketed as a fast-casual, brick-oven pizzeria with a footprint of 1,200-1,500 SF and an average ticket of $10 to $15.
With dishes like Tandoori Chicken Pizza, General Tso’s Pizza and its trademark creation, Falafel Pizza, Kyro’s menu features Mediterranean, Asian and American influences.



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