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Bartenders Compete to Support Philbrook at MIX 2016

Several of Tulsa’s top bartenders compete August 27, 2016 at Cain’s Ballroom at MIX, a fundraising event to benefit Philbrook.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2016 (Tulsa, Okla.) – Several of Tulsa’s top bartenders compete August 27, 2016 at Cain’s Ballroom at MIX, a fundraising event to benefit Philbrook. From a pool of 30 applicants, the volunteer committee, led by MIX 2016 co-chairs Sarah and Craig Buchan, selected the following bartenders to compete in MIX 2016:

·      Chris Armstrong, Arnie’s Bar

·      Patrick Hayes, The Bramble

·      David Jeffries, The Chalkboard

·      Jack Wood, Chimera Café

·      Kate Sheckarski, East Village Bohemian Pizzeria

·      Jamie Jennings, Hodges Bend

·      Matthew Land, Mix Co Bar

·      Ryan Stack, Prairie Brewpub

·      Dustin Saied, PRHYME: Downtown Steakhouse

·      Lesley Nelson, Torero

·      Trevin Hoffman, The Summit Club

·      Steve Richardson, The Tavern

·      T Read Richards, Valkyrie

·      Blake Engleman, Vintage 1740

·      Jared Reeder Almeria, an unnamed establishment

Each bartender created an original craft cocktail for MIX. For a list of cocktail names, visit The contents and recipes of which will remain secret until the night of the event, where a panel of industry experts will name a “Critics’ Choice” winner and a “Peoples’ Choice” winner will be named as each ticketholder can cast one vote for their favorite. Each category winner receives $500 cash prize. For 2016 the critics include Paul Clarke, the executive editor of Imbibe magazine and author of The Cocktail Chronicles; Liz Blood, assistant editor with Langdon Publishing; and Andrew Saliga, cocktail and food enthusiast behind the Humble Garnish blog.

Each also collaborated with Tulsa-based photographers Jeremy Charles and Melissa Lukenbaugh on a signature portrait featuring the bartender and inspired by their cocktail and/or establishment. This is the fourth year, Charles and Lukenbaugh have donated their creative services to benefit the Museum.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for an exclusive Patron preview hour before general tickets holders can enter at 7:30 p.m. The evening includes tasting samples of each of the original craft cocktails and food from JTR Group and Antoinette Baking Company. Guests can also create an original screen print to take home or pay to play a game with a chance to win a variety of prizes. 

Philbrook projects MIX to raise over $125,000 with proceeds benefiting educational programming and Museum operations. MIX raises critical funds for Philbrook educational programming and Museum operations. Contributions at any level brings creativity to Tulsa. As a privately funded institution, Philbrook relies on fundraising events, Membership, donors and grants, as well as revenue earned from shop sales or admission.

Osage Casino is the Premium Sponsor of Philbrook MIX 2016. House sponsors ($5,000) include Nabholz Construction, Patriot Bank, Susan and Bill Thomas, and Valley National Private Bank.

Top Shelf Patrons ($2,500) include Sarah and Craig Buchan, Conner & Winters, LLP, Jillian & Will Ihloff, McAfee & Taft, Julie & Sanjay Meshri, Parkhill’s South Liquors & Wine, Stuart Family Foundation, and Visit Tulsa.

First Round Patrons ($1,500) include Argonaut Private Equity, LLC, BKD CPAs and Advisors, Megan & Ryan Buchan, Sarin & Brett Crump, Payton Fesperman & Jared Lyon, The First Ward, Leigh Ann & Nick Gustafson, Lisa & Josh Hairston, Lane & Chris Hartshorn, Sarah & Jared Jordan, Hayley & William Lee, MabreyBank, Alfredo Madrid, Stephanie & Michael Madsen, Logan Mercer, Jordan Neal, Nora O'Neill, The Orthopaedic Center, OwnTulsa, Dustin Thames & Christy Craig, Adam Paluka, Diana & Jim Pape, Brooke & Lindsay Smith, Whittney & Joey Stauffer, Jennie & Chris Wolek, and Megan & Don Zetik.

Mixer Patrons ($500) include Molly & Brian Aspan, Sara & Ryan Barry, Andrea & Deke Canada, Chase Bank, Laura & Keith Colgan, Cindy & Marty Cunningham, Karen Drulak & Neil Crowson, Beth Downing, Francis Renewable Energy, LLC, Sherri Hays, Shelley & Greg Heckenkemper, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Jo Lynn & David Jeter, Mike Keys & Ty Kaszubowski, Hayli & Adam Leavitt, Regina & Michael Lodes, Tracey & Jim Lyall, Libby & Justin McCoy, Old Village Wine & Spirits, Susanne & Millard C. Pickering, Chad Renfro, Shenloogian Chiropractic, Heather & Rob Sher, Emily & Mary Stewart - Ranch Acres Wine, and Steve Wright.

MIX 2016 Fast Facts

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:30 – 11 p.m.

Patron Hour 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main Street, Tulsa

Patron packages begin at $500 and include event tickets among other benefits.

Single tickets cost $100 for Philbrook Members and $125 for not-yet-Members. Both Patron packages and tickets can be purchased online at

About Philbrook MIX

MIX began in 2012 on a rooftop in Downtown Tulsa and continues as one of the hottest mixology contests in the region. In 2013, the event moved to the historic Cain's Ballroom. Last September, MIX 2015, under the leadership of Co-chairs Jillian and Will Ihloff, served a near sellout crowd of 450 and raised over $72,000 to benefit Philbrook educational programming and Museum operations. Guests crowned Ryan Stack, formerly of Mix Co Bar, the winning mixologist, with Libby Billings of Elote Café coming in a close second. Steve Richardson of The Tavern earned the Critics’ Choice award. To date MIX has brought over $250,000 to Philbrook, while introducing dozens to the Philbrook Young Masters Society, an active group of Members under the age of 40 interested in promoting arts and culture in Tulsa through Philbrook.

About Philbrook
Rooted in the beauty and architecture of an historic home gifted by the Phillips family in 1938, Philbrook Museum of Art has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums across the central United States. Highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection include Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Kress Foundation, one of the greatest surveys of Native American art anywhere, and growing modern and contemporary collections. The Philbrook main campus spans 25 acres of grounds and formal gardens, and features an historic home, as well as a modern museum complex. The satellite location in downtown Tulsa showcases the Philbrook modern, contemporary and Native American art collections, as well as the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and Study Center of Native American art.

Philbrook Museum of Art is open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST.  Philbrook Downtown is open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11 – 6 p.m. and Sundays, 12 – 5 p.m. Museum admission runs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Members and youth 17 and younger are always free.  For additional information, visit