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TULSA, Okla. - Local food and drink are the focus at the Edible Tulsa Spring Issue Release Party at Grogg’s Green Barn, Saturday, March 7.  Edible Tulsa is a new culinary magazine that is dedicated to helping the local food market grow in Tulsa.

Editor Valarie Carter said, “Edible Tulsa will be grilling sliders all evening,” and “We’ll have samples from Prairie Artisan Ales and Prairie Wolf Distillery.” Pecan Creek Winery will have tastings of its offerings. In addition, food truck FourAys will be on site and serving up some delicious Eastern eats, prepared by a native Singaporean.

Locally-inspired and infused cocktails will be mixed by Liz Pounds, bartender and bar manager at Juniper, a popular restaurant focusing on organic and locally-grown food. Pounds’ specialty for the night will be a lavender-infused vodka and honey cocktail called the Bees Knees.

In the Edible Tulsa spring issue, Carter said, “We’ve fully embraced spring, offering recipes for pea asparagus soup in ‘In Season’ and we feature the amazing egg in our ‘Triple Take’ column which highlights recipes from a skilled home cook, a seasoned pro as well as the Edible Tulsa kitchen.”

Carter noted that the features “include a piece on Global Gardens by our creative director, Judy Allen and how Heather Oakley is changing the way schoolchildren view growing and eating food. We feature Susan Surchev of Zarrow Jewish Retirement Center and her triumphs and challenges of providing kosher meals in Tulsa. Lastly, we introduce readers to Clear Creek seeds and their family-run, mostly-online seed business, selling organic, non-GMP and heirloom seeds.”

One other highlight of the spring issue is, Carter said, “a fun pictorial piece entitled, Sblended, covering the delicious and healthy blends and other foods available at Nourish Drink Cafe.”

The party takes place at Grogg’s Green Barn, a garden center dedicated to sustainability. Grogg’s is Tulsa’s only organically-focused garden center, started by couple Kelly and Carla Grogg five years ago.

Kelly had a background in the lawn care business, but the major motivation behind beginning Grogg’s involved losing family members due to cancer. Carla researched ways that the risk of cancer could be reduced and settled on organic gardening.

Because it was expensive to ship organic gardening products to Tulsa, the couple decided to open Grogg’s. The business prides itself on providing Tulsa and the area with first-rate organic, non-GMO plants and eco-friendly gardening supplies.

Heather Berryhill, with Grogg’s, said, “This will be a fun event after all this cold weather to hold a Spring Kick-Off Party.” She added, that with the event, “We hope to raise money for Global Gardens Community Project.”

“So many people have a desire to grow their own fresh veggies and fruits and just don’t know where to start,” Berryhill said. Grogg’s offers Saturday classes that she said “help connect with people from Tulsa as well as surrounding communities and get our hands dirty. The best part of our business is watching the younger generations come in and be so intrigued and excited about our backyard chickens and ladybugs we sell.”

For Oklahoma City fans of local and organic foods and cooking, the Edible OKC magazine will release its inaugural issue in April.

The Edible Tulsa Spring Issue Release Party takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Grogg’s, which is located at 10105 E. 61st St. 

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