Tulsa Food Advisory Council

THD created the Tulsa Food Advisory Council to act as a liaison among the Consumer Protection Division, food industry operators, and consumers.

Tulsa Food Advisory Council

In the early 1980’s The Tulsa Health Department created the Tulsa Food Advisory Council to act as a liaison among the Consumer Protection Division (now Food Protection Services), food industry operators and consumers.

Tulsa Food Advisory Council’s Mission

To serve as a liaison among Tulsa Health Department’s Food Protection Services, Food Industry, and Consumers to establish a cooperative relationship, to achieve a safe and effective food safety program, and to protect the citizens of Tulsa County and all transient guests.

  • Provide technical expertise to resolve compliance issues
  • Promote and assist in developing a partnership culture with food industry
  • Provide input in training and policy
  • Assist in the appeals process through compliance hearings 

The council is made up of 15 members representing three constituencies: food industry, health professionals and consumers.  The council meets a minimum of once per year to advise Food Protection Services Consumer Protection Division on its policies, procedures, food safety issues, and codes.  Impactful changes are forwarded to the Tulsa Board of Health and, if necessary, local city councils.

The council also plays a role in mediation and hearings concerning compliance with the food code, variances to the code, and suspension or revocation of food licenses.

The council has worked on many customer improvement surveys throughout the years and has participated in committees to incorporate improvements to the program.

If you have any concerns or suggestions you wish to be addressed by the council or Food Protection Services you may contact the council chairman, Andrew Arvay at 918-508-1925 or email profarvay@gmail.com.

Tulsa Food Advisory Council Members

Food Industry Representatives:  

David Chambers
Mazzio’s LLC 

Thomas Hunter
Ricardo's Mexican Restaurant

Eric Bartlett, Vice Chairman
Rib Crib Corporation 

Ruth Young
Queenie's Restaurant

Thomas "Evan" Kelamis
Savoy Restaurant 

Health Professionals Representatives:

Linda Gottschalk   
Tulsa Technology Center

Tim Tregoning, DC
Impact Chiropractic

Alisa Trout-Schurr, MPA, CDM, CFPP
Hillcrest Medical Center

Marilyn Been, P.T.
Concentra Urgent Care

Scott Nicholson, DMV
Nicholson Animal Hospital

General Consumer Representatives:

Joe M. Blasdel
Blasdel Associates, Inc.

Rocky Strum
Sturm Consulting, Inc.

Harry Lentz, JD
Works & Lentz, Inc.

Randy Norman

Andrew Arvay, Chairman
Independent Food Service Consultant

2018 Tulsa Food Advisory Council Meetings

Meetings take place at the Tulsa Health Department James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 S. 129 E. Ave. Tulsa, OK 74134 in room #231

2017 Tulsa Food Advisory Council Meetings

2016 Tulsa Food Advisory Council Meetings

2015 Tulsa Food Advisory Council Meetings

2014 Tulsa Food Advisory Council Meetings