1. Latest & Greatest July 2010

    July 8, 2010 by admin

  2. Raising the Bar: Blue Label Bartending

    by Garrett Blackwood

    It’s a bride’s worst nightmare. The bartender shows up late and leaves drunk, ruining what should have been a perfect day the bride can never recreate. No matter what type of special event a host plans, whether graduations, private parties, reunions or corporate events, no one should ever have to experience the embarrassment of an irresponsible and unprofessional bartender.

    Hi, my name is Garrett Blackwood and I started Blue Label Bartending because I saw a need for energetic, attractive and professional bartenders who would specialize in event bartending. With most events scheduled on weekends, professional bartenders are unable to leave their restaurant or bar to provide their services and event planners end up settling for unskilled, unprofessional and irresponsible bartenders. I should know because I heard horror stories during the years I bartended in Tulsa. I decided to use my experience to train professional bartenders to serve the special event industry at an affordable price.

    In addition to our private bartending services, we have a bartending school to ensure each bartender is well educated about liquor and licensing laws and well trained in superior customer service, special event bartending, and hundreds of drinks. They faithfully adhere to company policy which includes on time arrival and no drinking before or during serving hours or while closing down the bar.

    Knowing you have a well trained, professional bartender brings peace of mind. The last thing you want to worry about is a guest who drinks irresponsibly and puts you at legal risk for damages. Our bartenders monitor alcohol consumption and we are licensed and carry a $1 million dollar liability insurance policy so no matter where you host your party, you can savor your evening and enjoy your guests with peace of mind.

    Let us enhance your next event with a company who is raising the bar in our industry and yours. We bring the best service to your event no matter how small or large to locations all over the state. For more information, visit us at www.bluelabelbartending.com or contact our offices at 405.651.8373 in Oklahoma City or in Tulsa at 918.671.5222

    Blue Label Bartending
    Garrett Blackwood
    OKC (405)651-8373
    Tulsa (918)671-5222


  3. Try me!

    by Ned Shadid

    Sometimes people find themselves leaving their profession or a company that doesn’t hold their interest. Maybe that’s because it doesn’t challenge them or pay them enough to make them stay. I guess I can understand that because over twenty years ago I embarked on a new venture that led to a fulfilling and successful career in catering. The challenge? Serve the most difficult to prepare foods for the largest crowds anywhere.

    Hi, I’m Ned Shadid and I was a franchise sales director for Big Ed’s Hamburgers. I opened 42 locations in Oklahoma and Kansas, operating two of them here in Oklahoma. Soon I could see the flooded market in fast food hamburger restaurants and decided that the finer side of dining held more demand and piqued my interest in artistic cuisine.

    I started Ned’s Catering with one goal in mind: to provide a restaurant quality meal at any location for even the largest gathering with the most challenging menu selections. I knew it would be difficult to offer the kind of high quality food I wanted to serve to very large crowds but I decided to go for it.

    Today all our hard work and research has paid off, with over $2 million dollars in sales annually. We serve even the most challenging products including Chicken Marsala, Risotto, Bay Scallops, and U10 Jumbo Shrimp at events for more than 500 people. We regularly serve three to five thousand meals for Boone Pickens’ OSU stadium on the club level and we operated food services for Heritage Place, serving two to five thousand people.

    Brining portable equipment allows us to serve virtually anything a client wants to offer their guests. Among many popular menu items are our seasoned grilled beef tenderloin and dinner rolls. In fact, at the recently held National Conference of Mayors at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, they couldn’t get enough of our rolls so we sent some home with them.

    That’s the kind of service we give and those are the kind of large functions we excel at. Ned’s catering is also on the road, serving famous bands with our road crew for acts like ZZ Top, U2, Jason Aldine, Kelley Clarkson, the Gaithers and more.

    Think you have a menu that can’t be achieved with a large crowd? We get that a lot but what we also hear even more is ‘wow I didn’t know you could do that.’ Try me.

    Ned Shadid
    Owner, Ned’s Catering

    Ned’s Catering
    6444 NW Expressway Ste. 840A
    Oklahoma City, OK 73132
    Ph: 405.810.0208
    Fx: 405.810.0206


  4. Your Wish Is Our Command

    by Jess Barnes

    One of the most important vendors a couple will select for their wedding day is the DJ, a sometimes overlooked detail that can mean the difference between a great time and a disaster. The only thing worse than a bad wedding singer is a DJ who lacks the necessary tact and sensitivity to their client’s taste in music and candor to make a reception all it should be.

    I’m Jess Barnes and that’s why I created Black Tie, The Wedding DJ’s, a branch of Shake Rattle & Roll designed to offer couples a DJ who specializes in weddings. I discovered this business over twenty years ago when I filled in as a DJ for a friend’s sorority party in college. As a long time music lover, I decided to DJ and eventually started my company.

    Today our DJ’s travel all over Oklahoma in varied venues from intimate parties in backyards and barns to large, uptown events in ultra-formal galas. With back up equipment and DJs on call, you never have to worry about a no show DJ or disastrous technical difficulties. Although we’re a large company, our DJs collaborate on each wedding to create an atmosphere that is unique to every reception. We hire DJs based on their ability to connect with clients so they always deliver exactly what our customer ordered.

    While couples often hire a wedding coordinator, many do not. That’s why we’re prepared to handle the announcements and juggle the reception events with grace and style, carefully keeping the focus on the bride and groom while engaging their guests. We work with the facility manager to help welcome their guests, with the caterer to announce dining and cutting of the cake and with the photographer to capture those moments they’ll treasure forever. We include lighting to liven up the dance floor and décor lighting such as monogrammed initials for the floor or wall and “up lighting” to accent reception décor.

    We listen carefully to our client’s request because we know couples want to play all the songs that celebrate the love and joy they share. No obnoxious jokes, no inappropriate music and no DJ’s “working the room” soliciting for that next event. We know the difference between enthusiastic, professional entertainment and bad taste.

    At Shake Rattle & Roll and Black Tie DJ’s we invest our time and emotions into your event so that you get the most intimate and gratifying experience possible. Your wish is our command.

    Jess Barnes
    Owner, Shake Rattle & Roll/Black Tie, the Wedding DJ’s

    Shake Rattle & Roll
    Black Tie DJ
    Jess Barnes
    Ph: 800.499.3529


  5. Endless Possibilities for Summer Fun!

    by Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock

    Are you parents tired of hearing your kids complain about being bored? Are you scrambling for ways to have family fun but can’t seem to get free of the media monster’s movies and video games? Looking for a way to mix up a boring exercise routine and get out of the gym? You might be surprised to find your answers with the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department.

    Hi, I’m Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock and I love my job as the Public Information and Marketing Manager for OKC Parks and Recreation. Everyday I’m reminded why I decided to stay in my home state because it’s my job to make sure people know about all that Oklahoma City has to offer.

    We manage 5,000 acres of land encompassing 144 parks and public space. We run golf courses, lakes, trails, swimming pools and “spraygrounds”, senior centers, nature parks, the Myriad Botanical Gardens and other municipal garden centers, plus two performing arts centers including the Civic Center Music Hall. We provide specific recreation activities and wide open spaces for fitness, play and recreation.

    What’s new this year? Plenty! Our new skate courts on Route 66 and South Lakes Park is the hang out for beginner and intermediate BMXers, boarders, and skaters. Fitness is more fun on the Cardio Course at Lincoln Park and for walking or jogging gurus, Bluff Creek’s new track is a must see in the heart of pristine woodlands. Don’t miss the newly renovated Eisenhower Plaza at Stars and Stripes Park where patriotism is at its best for park lovers everywhere!

    Families cool off and splish, splash and spray their way into summer fun at our free spraygrounds where kids enjoy water wheels, spray cannons, and water dump buckets! Be sure to visit our Aquatics Centers and don’t miss the Earlywine Aquatic Center, soon be home to Oklahoma’s first tunnel slide. The vortex-like structure will thrill sliders down a three story ride to the drain. Watch out below! Also take advantage of free fishing classes for your kids ages 5 to 15.

    Everything we do at the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department reflects our mission to provide opportunities that enhance the quality of life for our citizens. Young and old, there’s something for everyone right here in Oklahoma City!

    Discover all Oklahoma City has to offer at www.okc.gov/parks

    Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Dept.
    Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock
    Ph: (405)297.3909