Allied Arts to Host "ARTini," Largest Martini Tasting in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., April 29, 2010 − The Young Patrons – Allied Arts’ young professionals group – will shake up some fun (and funds) for the arts on May 15 at its annual ARTini fundraiser. With record attendance expected, the event will gather more than 500 guests for martini tastings and appetizers from 11 of Oklahoma City’s top restaurants.
Held at the Oklahoma City Public Farmers Market from 7 to 11 p.m., ARTini will also include live entertainment, dancing and a silent art auction featuring original work by local artists. All event proceeds benefit Allied Arts and the 20 local arts groups it supports.
“ARTini is the premier arts event for young professionals in the Oklahoma City area,” said Misty Garrett, 2010 ARTini co-chair. “As Young Patrons, we’re proud to host this event and play such an important role in raising awareness and critical funds for the arts in Central Oklahoma.”
ARTini will feature 11 Oklahoma City restaurants, including: 1492: New World Latin Cuisine, Bin 73, Deep Fork Grill, Iguana Mexican Grill, Museum Café, Paseo Grill, Picasso Cafe, Prohibition Room, Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine, Trattoria Il Centro and Western Concepts Restaurant Group.
True to the artistic nature of the event, participating restaurants will create and serve original martini recipes with the goal of winning the coveted “Best ARTini” award or “People’s Choice.” Local celebrity judges will crown the “Best ARTini,” while guests will select “People’s Choice.” Each restaurant will reflect this year’s theme “ARTini Time,” through descriptive drink names, creative staff dress and relevant table decorations.
“ARTini allows guests to get both a taste of the arts and a taste of Oklahoma City’s finest restaurants – all while raising support for our arts community.” said Darren Holland, 2010 ARTini co-chair.
ARTini tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door and dress is “urban chic.” To purchase tickets, visit www.alliedartini.com, call Allied Arts at (405) 278-8944 or stop by the organization’s office at 1015 N. Broadway, Suite 200 in Oklahoma City.
About Allied Arts
As Oklahoma’s only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts generates awareness of the importance of the arts, mobilizes support for arts and cultural organizations and funds arts education programs for Central Oklahoma school children. Founded in 1971, the organization has raised more than $40 million to advance the arts in Oklahoma City and its surrounding communities.
Allied Arts’ member agencies include:
• Ambassadors’ Concert Choir
• Arts Council of Oklahoma City
• Canterbury Choral Society
• Carpenter Square Theatre
• Cimarron Opera
• City Arts Center
• Guy Fraser Harrison Academy
• Individual Artists of Oklahoma
• Lyric Theatre and Thelma Gaylord Academy
• Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
• Metropolitan School of Dance
• Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
• Oklahoma City Ballet
• OK City Chorus
• Oklahoma City Museum of Art
• Oklahoma City Philharmonic
• Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
• Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
• Prairie Dance Theatre
• Science Museum Oklahoma
For more information, contact Allied Arts at 405-278-8944 or visit www.alliedartsokc.com.
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