Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: January 12, 2011

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: January 12, 2011

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Sitting more than an hour in a long line of cars just to get to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to attend the inaugural dinner and ball did not put one in a jovial mood. The invitation said dinner at 7 p.m. Leaving the house at 6:40 would give us plenty of time, we thought. Evidently, so did most of the other 1,999-plus guests, including those who rented limos. We reached the front door about 7:50.

As we followed the line, moving very, very slowly, we saw others pulling to the sides of NW 63rd Street, parking and hiking the last block or so to the museum. Inside, one waited in line to check the coat. Then one waited in line at the cash bar for a minimal glass of wine ($5). Then one headed to the assigned dining table, only to find all chairs already filled.

Since the next table had three empty seats, one took a seat. On the table were a bottle of red and bottle of white wine. No second bottles were available.

The Petroleum Club was the catering service and wait staff was very nice. The food was wonderful: hot food on hot plates. The highlights: delicious salad of greens and veggies, delicious beef tender, fingerling potatoes, mixed veggies, and poached salmon under a green sauce. The delicious dessert offered a precious piece of chocolate in the shape of Oklahoma, bearing wording about Mary Fallin as 27th governor. It was tasty and appropriate.

Kudos also should go to Trochta's Flowers and Jim and Genea Vallion, who supervised the decor of the various party areas. A winter wonderland was created with lights on each table, among artistic branches of curly willow, cedar, pine and birch, adorned with silver-dusted pine cones. Vases of enormous white hydrangeas were interspersed with the other arrangements.

To handle that many diners, guests were seated in the Sam Noble Special Events Room, the Eldridge Gallery (behind the Lincoln statue), the board room and the restaurant. Our area was the restaurant, where three television screens were available to keep us included in the events going on in the big ballroom where the VIPs were seated. …

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