A record crowd gathered on the parking lot of INTEGRIS Grove Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 23, as the annual Taste of Grand event brought together culinary artists from around the region.

The event, a fundraiser for the INTEGRIS Grove Hospital Foundation, featured more than two dozen restaurants, bakeries, and catering firms, in a tasting competition to see who would walk away with the coveted Supreme Cuisine and People's Choice awards.

Bruce Lawrence, president and CEO of the INTEGRIS Health System, introduced the INTEGRIS Grove Hospital newest president, Rob Rupp, during a brief program.

Rupp, and his wife Alieta, will officially move to Grove to assume the leadership of the hospital at the end of October.

Lawrence commended those taking part in the Taste of Grand, saying the event showed the "real strength behind community health."

The Winners

Supreme Cuisine

Arrowhead/Cherokee Yacht Club

People's Choice

First Place: Jim Sellers / The Artichoke Restaurant

Runner Up: The Summit/Doc's Grill/Eddy's Lakeside Bar

Culinary awards

River Bend Casino / Twin Bridges Restaurant

The Summit/Doc's Grill/Eddy's Lakeside Bar

Blind Swine

Downstream Casino - Red Oak Steakhouse


Mulligans at Patricia Island Country Club

Okie Smokie's BBQ

Indigo Sky Casino