house,” she said. “The artwork shows the
history of this 100-plus-year-old restaurant.
You’ll see real cowboys come in and plenty
of out-of-towners looking for a good steak
and a chance to try lamb fries, which are a
Groups can reserve space upstairs or
next door at Cattlemen’s Special Event
Center, she added.
An eclectic restaurant scene spices up the
group experience in Tulsa, according to
Jessica Lowe-Betts, vice president of marketing and branding for Visit Tulsa.
“With mouthwatering barbecue at Burn
Co., puffy tacos at Elote, to fresh oysters
at the new Peacemaker Lobster & Crab
restaurant in the Blue Dome District, Tulsa
has something to satisfy every taste bud,”
Oklahoma’s first food hall, Mother Road
Market, opened in November 2018 on historic Route 66. Here, groups could explore
over 20 restaurant and retail concepts
under one roof, as well as entertainment
and educational programming.
Additionally, groups can rent the on-site
demonstration kitchen for private events
such as food and wine pairings, or a business meeting.
Tulsa is also home to a growing craft beer
scene that groups can check out, including
a Pearl Brewery Tour that will introduce
attendees to the city’s most popular micro-breweries.
Tour locations include Prairie Brew-pub, located in the heart of the Tulsa Arts
District, and Marshall Brewing Co., which
has a newly opened 3,000-square-foot
“Marshall’s community tables provide a
great atmosphere for beer tasting and networking,” Lowe-Betts said. “Marshall’s also
has innovative plans to develop additional
outdoor space for group activities and a
community garden in the near future.”
A favorite place for group dining in Norman is Legend’s Restaurant, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in September.
According to Stefanie Brickman, communications manager for Visit Norman,
the restaurant has a banquet room and
there is additional space located next door
that accommodates larger groups.
“It is increasingly rare for a locally owned
restaurant to stay open for 50 years, but
Legend’s has offered a high-quality menu
for decades,” Brickman said. “Normanites
know Legend’s for a fancy steak dinner and
their delicious desserts.”
At International Pantry, a locally owned
kitchenware store, groups can shop and
also participate in various cooking classes.
“Norman has been so fortunate to have
International Pantry leading the way for
unique culinary classes along with a selection of quality cookware, bakeware and so
much more,” Brickman said.
A fun shopping opportunity for foodies in
the group is available in Shawnee, too, at
Savvy Bites Gifts and Kitchen Specialties,
a locally owned store that sells kitchen
gadgets and specialty food items.
“Groups can sample over 50 different
flavor-infused extra virgin olive oils and
flavored gourmet balsamic vinegars,” said
Amanda Teape Johnson, director of marketing for Visit Shawnee.
Savvy Bites, which also sells kitchen
linens and dishes, bar accessories, candles
and bath products, grooming products
and more, has a small space for tasting or
Also located here is Van’s Pig Stands,
Oklahoma’s oldest barbecue restaurant,
which began in Shawnee in 1930 and
is well known for its delicious food and
“From pig sandwiches to ‘Van-ized’
potatoes, there is a mouthwatering treat
on the menu for everyone,” Teape Johnson
said. “There is a great space for groups to
dine together and enjoy this Oklahoma
VAN’S PIG STANDS, SHAWNEE
Latest + Greatest
➜ Oklahoma City broke ground on the all-new $288 million Oklahoma City Convention Center ( www.meetinokc.com),
which is scheduled to open in 2020
with 200,000 square feet of exhibit
space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom
and 45,000 square feet of additional
space. Groundbreaking took place on
June 15 and coincided with the launch
of MeetinOKC.com, the CVB’s meeting
➜ Groundbreaking on the 605-room Omni
Oklahoma City Hotel ( www.omnihotels.
will be the headquarters hotel for the
Oklahoma City Convention Center, took
place in October 2018. The hotel,
located directly north of the OKCCC and
scheduled to open in 2021, will feature
approximately 78,000 square feet of
meeting, event and prefunction space.
Other amenities include several eateries, full-service spa and fitness center.
➜ At press time, the Oklahoma City
Streetcar ( http://okcstreetcar.com) was
scheduled to begin operation in mid-De-cember. The six-mile line links major
attractions in the downtown area.
➜ Cox Business Center (http://coxcenter
tulsa.com), Tulsa’s convention center,
is undergoing a $55 million renovation
to accommodate a demand for larger
meeting and exhibit space. Completion
is expected in June 2020.
➜ The 93-room Hotel Indigo Tulsa
Downtown ( www.ihg.com) opened in
November 2018 in the city’s Blue Dome
District with a 1,500-square-foot function room on the top floor with views of
MOTHER ROAD MARKET, TULSA