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August 31, 2010

A Taste of Norman moves to larger location

NORMAN — It’s a good problem for A Taste of Norman coordinator Sherry Isom to have. The annual event has outgrown its previous home at the University of Oklahoma McCasland Field House.

“We’ve seriously outgrown it,” Isom said, almost giddy at the situation.

This year’s event will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the larger OU Mosier indoor track facility.

A Taste of Norman 2010 will feature 43 Norman restaurants, all of which will have people doling out 600 samples each of their signature fare. New this year are Auntie Anne’s, Billy Sims BBQ, ChaCha’s, Iron Starr Urban BBQ, Misal Indian Bistro, The Pita Pit, New York Pizza and Pasta and Mandarin Chinese Restaurant.

“All the others are old timers,” Isom said.

Monica Rosani, manager of the New York Pizza and Pasta, said they decided to join in the event this year because they’ve seen the growth and outreach of the event over the years. Rosani said much of their clientele are high school pizza lovers.

The restaurant management wanted a chance to show their appreciation of their customers and saw the Taste of Norman as an avenue to do just that. New York Pizza and Pasta’s booth will have various pizza samples, along with grilled Italian sausage with green peppers and meatballs.

Isom expects about 2,000 people to attend this year’s A Taste of Norman. She said the doors are busiest at 5:30 p.m., although many people stay until the doors close.

“It’s a social event,” she noted.

Parking for this year will be available for free in a campus lot just north of the intersection of Jenkins Avenue and Brooks Street. A short walkway connects the parking lot to the Mosier indoor track facility.

Tickets for the event are $15. All proceeds will support the band, orchestra and choir programs at Norman North High School and Norman High School. Isom said the event generally is successful, pulling in about $25,000 overall for the arts programs.

Tickets can be purchased from students in the program at Republic Bank and Trust and at the door, or online from the Norman Public Schools Fine Arts website or at TicketStorm website. Cards will be accepted online, but only cash or checks from the door and other vendors.

For questions about the Taste of Norman, contact Isom at 659-4265.

Aaron Wright Gray 366-3533 pop@normantranscript.com

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