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Host with the Most

The Bond Event Center awaits to wow your attendees. If its sleek and sophisticated interior doesn't grab your attention, the culinary prowess that this space offers undoubtedly will.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
April 28, 2019

Looking for a downtown spot to host a wedding, anniversary party, corporate event, or fundraiser? Thinking big, or maybe you want something more intimate? Check out the attractive Bond Center in downtown Tulsa’s trendy East Village neighborhood. You’ll love the options that The Bond makes available to you, as well as the superb catering and event planning services they offer.

The art deco style building that currently houses The Bond has a storied history. In the 1920s, it was home to Bond Baking Company. When the McNellie’s Group bought it, there was some renovating and repurposing to do. The current design of the revamped space allows for large events, while also keeping to the historic nature and feel of the architecture.

“We have tried to preserve the history of the space,” explains Tiffany Turner-Coats, a partner of the McNellie’s Group and director of catering and events.

In terms of catering, The Bond has you covered, drawing on the 10-plus years of catering experience of the entire McNellie’s Group to make your event a foodie’s dream. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
In terms of catering, The Bond has you covered, drawing on the 10-plus years of catering experience of the entire McNellie’s Group to make your event a foodie’s dream. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Guests at The Bond will enjoy a charming, refreshingly open atmosphere. The original tin ceilings, tiles, wood floor, and brick walls have all been preserved and restored. The large, sunny windows bring in ample light. The 16-foot ceilings create a sense of elegance. It all adds up to a lovely space for any activity.

The Bond features two event spaces — the sizable Main Space that lends itself nicely to large events; and the more intimate Annex, ideal for cozy parties. Both are beautiful, and both can be transformed to meet the needs of any event you may want to host.

“The Bond is unique,” says Turner-Coats. “In the Main Space, it’s completely open, with 12,000 square feet to work with. It’s incredible how transformative it can be once it has been set up for different events.” The Main Space seats 300 and can accommodate 405 people standing.

The Main Space has an incredibly open floor plan, which allows for significant creativity in designing the room. “There are so many options,” says Turner-Coats. “We’ve done everything in the space.” And when she says “everything,” she means it. The Bond has hosted events as varied as an art show, weddings, corporate events, chefs’ competitions, a runway, and even a trapeze.

The art deco style building that currently houses The Bond has a storied history. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
The art deco style building that currently houses The Bond has a storied history. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

The Bond features a custom curtain system in the Main Space too, allowing them to create beautiful sections for the room and offering even more flexibility. It also gives staff the ability to flip a space privately between a wedding ceremony and reception, for example. Guests enjoy a comfortable, seamless experience.

The intimate Annex space is much cozier, seating up to 50 in its brightly lit, brick interior. The ceiling is wood and whitewashed, the brick exposed and rustic. “I love the Annex,” says Turner-Coats. “It’s gorgeous, with very large windows so you can see downtown.”

In terms of catering, The Bond has you covered, drawing on the 10-plus years of catering experience of the entire McNellie’s Group to make your event a foodie’s dream. Menus reminiscent of the Group’s restaurants — McNellie’s Pub, Fassler Hall, Dilly Diner, The Dust Bowl, Elgin Park, The Tavern, El Guapo’s, and Yokozuna — all can be provided for an event hosted at The Bond.

“Catering is a huge piece for us because we have some restaurant concepts in the downtown area,” says Turner-Coats. “Because we have the commissary kitchen at The Bond, and such a talented team of chefs, we can offer everything. And we’re not limited to what our regular offerings are. We do custom menus too.” Simply ask Turner-Coats and her staff for ideas to fit your budget and food preferences, and they’ll assist you in developing a great customized menu.

The Bond also offers many options in terms of wine, beer, and mixed drinks. The Event Center has three custom bars that are mobile, match the aesthetics of the space, and can be positioned anywhere.

The Bond also hosts public events from time to time — pop-up restaurants with local chefs, special wine tasting events, wine dinners, beer dinners, and more.

On May 19, from noon to 4 p.m., The Bond will host the Indie Bride bridal show and market. “It’s something we’re super excited about,” says Turner-Coats. “There will be a lot of cool vendors, all Oklahoma-based vendors. There will be food samples. We’ll set up a bar. It’ll be an intimate, personal experience for those who attend.”

For those who hold an event at The Bond, Turner-Coats and her staff can help you plan everything. “We’ll coordinate all rentals and vendors,” she says. “It’s nice because we’re a one-stop shop. You don’t have to go outside of The Bond unless you want to. To see these events come to fruition in our space and be successful is probably one of my favorite things.”

The whole team at The Bond loves seeing an event go well. “Our staff is tremendous,” says Turner-Coats. “When people book with us, we’re going to take care of them. We want every event to be special and successful. It’s important to us because it’s always something special to someone.”  

LOCATOR
The Bond Event Center
608 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
918-442-2993
bondtulsa.com

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