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					Arts Council of
Oklahoma City

...bringing the arts                                                           For Immediate Release
and the community                                                                            Feb. 2, 2010
together
                                            Contact: Emily Reagan, Communications Director, 405-270-4848
Board of Directors
Gary Marrs,
   President             Festival of the Arts Food Jury Selects 2010 Vendors
Daniel Adams
Kati Christ                                          Festival of the Arts
Dennis Clowers                          April 20-25, 2010, Downtown Oklahoma City
Chuck Cohn
W. David Cottrell
John F. Covington      OKLAHOMA CITY – The Festival of the Arts Food Committee has selected 28
Allen Evans
Chip Fudge
                       food vendors to offer delectable culinary arts during the Arts Council of
Ernest W. Gomez        Oklahoma City’s six-day community celebration of the arts.
Mary Ellen Gumerson
Sue Hale
Nancy K. Hall          The 11-member committee held a three-day blind taste-testing jury Jan. 14 to
Larry Hawkins
Joe Hodges
                       16 to determine which food items and food vendors will be offered at the 44th
Dudley Hyde            annual Festival of the Arts, held April 20 to 25.
Diane Joy-Sisemore
Jesse Mashburn
Michael D. Palmer      The committee’s goal is to provide a wide variety of high-quality, multi-cultural,
James A. Pickel
Cynthia Reid
                       gourmet and affordable foods that are generally not available to the public.
Lynn Robberson
Renee G. Shaffer
Deby Snodgrass
                       "We had an outstanding group of restaurants apply for Festival this year and we
Kym Koch Thompson      now have one of the best food line-ups I have seen in some time,” said Stephen
Gena Timberman
Dan Wallace
                       Kovash, Festival of the Arts Food Committee co-chair and volunteer.
Executive Director
Peter Dolese
                       With up to 750,000 people expected to attend Festival of the Arts this spring,
                       the committee has a tremendous responsibility of sampling and agreeing upon
Festival Director
Angela Cozby
                       the menu. Committee members evaluate the food items based on taste,
                       presentation, cost, portion size and previous sales, while keeping in mind the
                       need for unique, diverse dining options.

                       In 2010, the International Food Row will feature old favorites like Indian Tacos,
April 20-25, 2010
                       Craig and Carter’s Fish Tacos, and Bodacious Burritos. The signature dessert
                       Strawberries Newport also returns but will introduce two new food items:
Event Co-Chairs        chocolate covered strawberries and shaved ice with strawberry purée.
John Robberson
Sandra Cassimus
                       New this year, the committee selected several new vendors with original food
                       items such as Sammy Pizza’s calzone and chocolate chip pizza, Deep Fork
                       Grill’s prime rib slider and drunken fries, Café do Brasil’s chicken stroganoff and
                       vegetarian rice and black beans, Helmut Strudel’s Beef Wellington and
                       Bavarian Strudel.

                       “I'm so excited about the selection. We wanted to provide festival-goers a
                       diverse and exciting selection and we certainly have,” said Kovash. “During
                       Festival of the Arts, I'm going to have to ride my bicycle to the event to work off
                       all the wonderful food I’ll be eating."
All food items are priced at $8 or less to keep meals affordable for families. In
addition, each food vendor is paired with a local non-profit agency, so each
bites supports the arts in central Oklahoma.

Since 1967, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s annual Festival of the Arts has
been the city’s “rite of spring.” The 44th annual Festival of the Arts, April 20-25,
promises to continue the tradition. Event co-chairs for the 2010 Festival of the
Arts are Sandra Cassimus and John Robberson. The Arts Council of Oklahoma
City is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the
community together. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services
reach nearly one million residents and visitors to our community. For more
information, visit www.ArtsCouncilOKC.com or call 405-270-4848.

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                  A complete list of the food vendors is below:

                     2010 Festival of the Arts Food Vendors
                               Bella Crema Gelato
                               Bodacious Burritos
                              Brewer Entertainment
                                  Café do Brasil
                                    Coco Flow
                     Craig and Carter’s Famous Fish Tacos
                                   Dippin Dots
                                 Deep Fork Grill
                               Goode Kettle Korn
                           Gopuram – Taste of India
                     Harry Bear’s All American Grill and Bar
                                Helmut’s Strudel
                      I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt/Plaza Deli
                              Iguana Mexican Grill
                                   Indian Taco
                                    Interurban
                                     Just Nuts
                                    Maui Wowi
                                  Nuts and More
                                 Orient Express
                              PaPa’s Greek Foods
                                S&S Concessions
 Sage Gourmet Café
   Sammy’s Pizza
 Silver Dollar Bakery
 Sno-Biz Shave Ice
Strawberries Newport
Sweet Corn Express