By ROB W. ANDERSON
A sort of costume tailgate party will be held in the Northeastern State University Center Ballroom later this month, and folks don’t need a football to join in the fun.
Twenty area restaurants and caterers will don a look of Halloween and join the Tahlequah Main Street Association to present the 11th annual Taste of Tahlequah Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. As this year’s theme is “Terrorific,” patrons attending the culinary extravaganza are invited to come in disguise, as prizes for best-dressed will be awarded, said TMSA Executive Director Drew Haley.
“There will also be a [$250] vendor award for best overall presentation. The people attending will drop a ticket and [vote on] which one they liked best,” Haley said. “The food will go from 6 to 8:30, and then from 8:30 to 10, there will be a disc jockey and dancing. And there’s an after-party at The Branch.”
Among the confirmed vendors for this year’s event are Go Ye Village, Charlie’s Chicken, Sweet Creations by Melissa, Organo Gold Coffee/Glenda Niblett, Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant, The Branch, NSU Sodexo Food Service, Iguana Cafée, Rib Crib, Tastefully Simple and Little Ceasar’s.
Iguana Cafée owner/operator Christina Zabik said her North End District coffee house and eatery participates in the TMSA fundraiser every year.
“Coffee and cookies – that’s been my little niche since day one,” she said. “We’ve been every year. We’ll have a selection of our coffee, our house blend and a decaf blend. We have eight different blends, so I’ll choose something different to bring. We’ll also have the mini cookies. We’ll do a mix of chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin – just a little something sweet for after dinner.”
Individual tickets for the event, which will feature a cash bar, can be purchased for $35 at the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce or from any TMSA board member. A VIP or sponsored table that sits eight is available for $400, said Haley.
“They get to sit together as a group, and they get recognized as being a sponsored table or a VIP table,” he said. “There’s also a little swag and gifts and things that we put on their tables for them.”
Proceeds help support TMSA in fulfilling its mission of preservation, protection and promotion of Tahlequah’s historic north end district. Other TMSA events include Movies in the Park, Wines on the Avenue and the Snowflake ice skating rink in Norris Park. In June, the 24th annual Oklahoma Preservation Conference was hosted by TMSA, the city of Tahlequah, the Oklahoma Historical Society, Preservation Oklahoma Inc., U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service and several others.
Haley said donations are still being collected for the money bag or silent auction portion of the event.
“There have been 300-something letters sent out,” Haley said. “We’ll either do the money bags, or we’ll do a silent auction, depending on how much stuff we get in.”
For more information, contact TMSA at (918) 431-1655 or visit the website at www. TahlequahMainStreet.com.