British to Invade
NORMAN — A night of far-out fashion statements, English pub grub, authentic British cocktails and tea, a nod to British royalty, and the summer Olympics will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma on Aug. 18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. The theme for this year's Big Taste is “A Night of British Royalty and Rock,” which begins at 7 p.m. and includes Brit-inspired samplings from local restaurants, including bread pudding from McNellie's, Scotch eggs and puddings from Local, savory Gorgonzola and bacon bread pudding and porter-braised lamb meatballs with whiskey pepper sauce from Blackbird, rosemary and honey marinated pork tenderloin with cream Dijon sauce from Blu, and Union Jack cupcakes from Sweets & Spurs, plus snacks from O Asian Fusion, Belmar Golf Club, Chuy's, Cafe Plaid, Legend's, Ray's BBQ and the Embassy Suites.
Shandies and “Pimm's Royal Cups” will be served and Teaoli will feature a proper English tea bar. Silent and live auctions will include autographed items from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Adele, and actors from the James Bond and Harry Potter series. Vacation packages also will be auctioned. Beatles tribute band British Invasion will provide live music. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.
Tickets are $75. Corporate tables of 8 are $600 and VIP lounges for 12 are $2,500. Guests are encouraged to dress in British rock or royal wedding attire. For more information, go online to bbbsok.org and click events or call Stephanie O'Hara at 590-2595. For ticket information, go online to thebigtaste2012.kintera.org.
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Tour de Palate is Planned
The fifth annual Tour de Palate is scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 18 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. The event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and includes wines selected to pair with the food provided by 15 of Oklahoma City's finest restaurants and desserts from three of Oklahoma City's premier bakeries and chocolate shops. A beer garden will also be on hand, featuring imported and local brews. The evening also includes live and silent auctions, a wine pull, live music, dancing and a live TV-style cake competition. Tickets are $65 each, or two for $120. Attendees must be 21 or older.