Some people get an adrenalin rush from skydiving out of plane or bungee jumping off a bridge but to me nothing is more thrilling than what I do. Catering labor intensive, high quality food takes creative instinct, seamless timing, and fantastic presentation. I’m Kris Abbey, owner of Abbey Road Catering in Norman and I can’t get enough of my work!
I first got a taste of the hospitality industry one summer when I worked by day as a concierge for the Hyatt and by night waiting tables for banquet dinners. I had been apart of DECA in high school but when I experienced the excitement of pulling off a spectacular event, I was hooked. I decided to get my college degree and find a job in paradise. It was too bad that OU didn’t offer a hospitality program so I graduated with my degree in communications and headed to Belize where I got a job running a restaurant.
When I returned to the U.S. It was a whirlwind of experiences. I got married and took a management position at Legends restaurant where I worked for four years until I gave birth to our first child. I knew I would need a more flexible schedule and left Legends to help a catering business for Hal Smith restaurant Group. From there I went on to managing Harold Powell’s restaurant, Cafe Plaid. When our second child came along, it was time to start out on my own.
Today we have three children and they’ve grown up much like our catering business. Abbey Road Catering is a full service, three time award winning team of culinary artists and experienced event professionals. We bring our inspiration and creativity to every event with carefully designed floral arrangements, table settings and linens, and a customized menu to suite our guests.
Whether your palate prefers rich and sophisticated cuisine or embellished originality and simplicity we serve a labor intensive, high quality product. Highlights from our plated and buffet dinners are the herb crusted tenderloin with amaretto infused sweet potatoes and for the hors d’ orderves that satisfy as a meal, guests rave over our Caribbean Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa and unique cheeses. Our mixed media presentations are exciting and alluring while we make sure our food is the perfect temperature from the first guest to the last.
Weddings are some of our favorite occasions but we serve all types of events from grand galas and corporate events to ladies luncheons and intimate birthday parties. We can help you plan and design your event from the venue to the menu. Come by for a tasting at either of our two locations or visit our website at www.abbeyroadcatering.com to view our menu selections.
Abbey Road CateringKris Abbey1138 N. RobinsonOklahoma City, OK 73103
Fewer things are more dear to our hearts than Thanksgiving traditions. While these savory dishes bring back the fondest memories, its normal to get a little bored with same fare year after year. So why not shake things up by adding in a few northern recipes for this year’s thanksgiving feast?
Yes the south is famous for their fabulous food but if you think northern cooking is bland or boring, think again. While our feasts here are laden with rich butter, broths, and “candied” casseroles, our yankee neighbors fuel their appetite with spice and pair up some unexpected flavors!
According to Yankeemagazine.com, dressing with sausage and white or wheat bread is just one dish that is very different from our own. Explore a whole new world of flavor with dishes like spiced rutabega pie, Indian meal dressing with shiitake mushrooms and celery root, baby carrots with cranberries, boneless turkey with sausage and fig filling, apple pie with a cider pecan crust. Imagine chestnut stuffing or curried apple squash soup in substitute for a casserole. They even serve a soup that packs the heat called Kurdish hot-and- spicy red lentil soup.
Changing up your menu doesn’t have to be a lot of work or even a big disappointment to guests who look forward to their favorite dishes all year. Mix up the menu but don’t toss out the favorites; just make another version available. If you have family or friends from way up yonder, free yourself up and flatter them when you ask them to bring their favorite thanksgiving dish that’s unique to their upbringing. If you don’t have the luxury of northern folk in your circles, have someone else tackle a couple of traditional dishes so you can create something new.
An exciting menu might also spark new conversations with your guests as you sit around the table and hear stories about the way their family used to “do thanksgiving.” Allowing them to bring a taste of their home to your table will open them up to tell tales. Play with your menu and you’ll broaden your taste buds and your experiences for this year’s bountiful feast!
Check out www.yankeemagazine.com’s food section or for some good old southern holiday dishes local to Oklahoma, check out the Oklahoma Centennial Cookbook.
Mindy WoodSEO’s Feature Writer
A convenient location means so much more than a nice facility that’s easy to find and large enough for your event. A venue should be versatile to your needs with customized options, luxury amenities, and all the conveniences you and your guests will need before and after the event.
Hello, I’m Kim Parsons, Managing Director of the new SpiritBank Event Center. Hailed as the “jewel of Tulsa’s Southtown” we are known as the location of choice for elegant weddings and upscale business events. We’re owned by MacPott LLC and located in Regal Plaza, a growing part of Tulsa.
I bring a lot of experience from my years working for the Tulsa Convention Center where I worked my way up from technical coordinator to director of event services after I graduated with an MFA in theatrical lighting design. Though the hours can be grueling in this business, I love the ever changing atmosphere of something new every day!
SpiritBank Event Center is a very happening place. We host everything from concerts and shows with famous performing artists to business and social events. Our 35,000 square foot arena holds galas, concerts, conventions and banquets while our 5,000 square foot banquet rooms are a favorite for weddings, receptions and private affairs. We can host up 300 guests in our banquet rooms with the option to scale down for smaller gatherings.
As a new facility we offer state of the art audio visual amenities with wall mounted screens and internet lines for multimedia presentations. We have rooms to accommodate the bride and groom and suites that overlook the arena for concerts and conventions. We can offer you just about anything you can dream up!
Create the menu you want with sumptuous cuisine that will exceed your expectations. With a customized menu clients also appreciate a wide price point and versatile menu and dining options. Our in-house catering team will bring you professionalism and exceptional service!
Our location is ideal for any event, located in Regal Plaza where you’ll find what you need before and after your event. Especially for wedding receptions, your out of town guests will love the convenience of nearby quality restaurants, retail shopping, and stay in one of Regal Plaza’s first rate hotels! Tulsa residents find the finest services at SpiritBank Event Center and at Regal Plaza, making this a location that truly has it all.
At SpiritBank Event Center we have a great team of special event professionals who will exceed your expectations. We invite you to stop by our location for a tour or visit our website for more information at www.spiritbankeventcenter.com.
P.S. Don’t miss our upcoming concerts in November! Julio Iglesias, Jason Bonham’s Led Zepplin Experience, and in December Willie Nelson!
SpiritBank Event Center10441 S. Regal Blvd.Tulsa, OK918.369.9360
For centuries, flowers have been conveying people’s deepest emotions and setting the mood of holidays and special events. In Oklahoma City, no one’s been doing that better or longer than Howard Brothers Florist.
Howard Brothers took root in 1908 when my grandfather, Tom Howard, started cutting flowers and creating arrangements. In 1947, my father Roy and his brother Ray continued the family business in Capitol Hill before moving to our current location in 1987 on South Western just north of I-240 where the business truly bloomed.
I worked part-time for my family while I was in high school and later while attending business college. You might say the business “grew” on me and am proud to be the current Howard to own this fine company.
Howard Brothers has a long reputation for delivering more than our customers expect.They know they can count on us for a large variety of the freshest traditional and unique flowers and plants – some from exotic areas such as Costa Rica. Australia, Europe, Africa and Hawaii. We stay up-to-the-minute on latest flower, design and gift trendswhile our master designers incorporate their own uniquely creative touch of color, style and containers, including Mercury glass, LED lights, colored water pearls and acrylic ice.
Weddings and special events have always been an important part of our business. Few Oklahoma City florists have the resources that Howard Brothers has to accommodate larger weddings and events. However, we go out of our way to deliver a magical touch for any size event on any budget – even if it’s the perfect single flower for a romantic moment.
At Howard Brothers Florist, we always look forward to our busy holiday season and the opportunity to explore the latest trends in festive and elegant containers, color, foliage and ornaments. For those who prefer less trendy options, our award winner designers know how to transform traditional into spectacular. For that all-important Christmas tree, choose from 10 different species, including spruce pine and cedar from California.
If you prefer an organic, natural theme for your wreaths and other decorations, you’ll find a large selection of woody pine cones, vines, vine balls, berries, ornaments and herbs.
If you’ll be presenting or sending poinsettias and candled flower arrangements this year,Howard Brothers Florist always delivers fresh, on-time and with our own touch that lets your family, friends and business associates know just how special they are.
For your special event, large or small and on any budget, visit Howard Brothers Florist at 7101 South Western or visit us online at howardbrothersflorist.com. Howard Brothers… proud to be Oklahoma City’s first choice for more than a century.
Lester Howard, OwnerHoward Brothers Florist7101 South WesternOklahoma City, OK 73139405-632-4747