1. Young Chef’s Academy

    February 1, 2009 by Lori Ritz

    Kids in the Kitchen!

    What’s a fun way to serve great food at your child’s party without having to prepare it yourself?  Let the kids do it!   Children, even young ones, can do amazing things in the kitchen while they’re having a great time.  

    Hi!  My name is Lori Ritz, the new owner of Young Chefs Academy in Edmond since September 2008. My husband, who is a general manager of a car dealership enjoys helping out whenever he can.  After being a stay-at-home mother to our three children for 10 years, I was looking for a way to get back into the “working” world. 

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  2. Dirty Water Coffee Company

    by Taggert Dertinger

    A Lotta Latte’!

    “Coffee to go” takes on a whole new meaning when your very own complete Espresso and Smoothie Bar makes a grand entrance at your next special event!

    Hello, my name is Tag Dertinger, the owner of Dirty Water Coffee Company.  I grew up in Oregon where I was used to seeing true drive-thru Espresso shops on nearly every corner.  When I moved to Oklahoma City in 2003, I looked into the possibility of setting up the same business concept here.  Due to regulations and capitol restrictions, I decided to go with another idea – bringing a complete coffee shop into special events.

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  3. Trochta’s Flowers

    by Jim Vallion

    Trochta's FlowersBusiness is Blooming!

    A successful business is like healthy plants and flowers – deep roots are often the key to    how well they flourish.  That’s certainly the case with Trochta’s Flowers, Oklahoma’s largest and most trusted retail florist and greenhouse for more than 50 years!

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  4. Latest & Greatest: February 2009

    by andrea

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  5. Tips & Ideas

    by andrea

    Special Events Oklahoma is here to bring you the latest trends in color, decor, themes, rentals and event ideas from the professionals. Take advantage of the articles when planning your next event.

    If you are an event expert and would like to submit an article, please email us today. We would love to share your thoughts!


    Tips & Ideas

    Go with a Pro

    In the excitement of planning an event, first time planners often become too optimistic about their expectations and underestimate the full scope of what it will take to meet their goals.  Their lack of experience can cause them to misjudge the expectations of their target group, as well as underestimate the costs and legalities involved.  Choosing an experienced Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) is often the wise choice.

    The “Theme” Advantage

    When planning a romantic getaway, consider that it really takes at least 48 hours to let go of the stress, usual distractions and concentrate just on each other.   Don’t assume that the right place has to include a trip out of town.  Driving time can add to the stress and rob you of precious alone time.  Look for local options with all the amenities and atmosphere you require.

    A Worthy Cause

    During these conservation minded times, consider venues for your wedding or corporate event that benefit the world, as well as you and your guests.  More than ever, today there are a number of non-traditional locations, such as a local zoo, museum, arboretum or historic facility where the proceeds of your event will help support a worthy cause.  Ask your tax advisor about a possible tax deduction, as well.

    Freeze it for Later

    Plan ahead to have nutritious meals on hand for yourself, family and friends.   Pick-up  your favorite dishes from your caterer or restaurant and freeze them ahead of time.  It’s an especially good idea when it’s too hot to cook in the summer, or when you want to be sure an elderly loved one or college student is eating right.

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