2020 Taste of East Aurora brings a new twist to an annual foodie favorite

2020 Taste of East Aurora brings a new twist to an annual foodie favorite

Taste of EA Restaurant Week begins Sept. 21 

Once again, the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is thinking outside the box to reinvent its annual events in an effort to help local businesses survive the pandemic.

First, it was the 2020 Virtual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale.

Now the Chamber is putting its resources behind a new spin on its annual Taste of East Aurora foodie festival: Introducing the new Taste of East Aurora Restaurant Week, Sept. 21 – Sept. 26. 

The Chamber will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 on The Roycroft Campus, across from The Roycroft Inn, 40 South Grove Street in East Aurora, to discuss details on the Taste of East Aurora Restaurant Week. Attending will be local officials, chamber representatives, and some participating food vendors. There will also be a small sampling of some of the foods available.

“So many festivals and special events have been canceled this year and the effect on local communities is crushing. Our mission as a chamber is to support and promote our members – as well as all of the communities we serve,” said Sandy Grunzweig, Chamber Board of Directors President and owner of the Marilla Country Store. 

“Businesses are still hurting, most especially our local restaurants. Canceling our annual Taste of East Aurora was not an option we wanted to consider. So instead of throwing in the towel, we worked hard to reinvent it. Instead of a one-day festival along Main Street, we’re inviting people to come and experience our fantastic restaurants first hand for an entire week. We have more than 25 restaurants participating this year and they are ready to welcome you,” she said.

This new weeklong event will take place at participating area restaurants starting Monday, Sept. 21, and running through Saturday, Sept. 26.

“As we wade through these unprecedented times, it makes me so proud to live and work in East Aurora. The restaurant community here has taken extraordinary measures to not only guarantee the safety of our guests but to ensure that every person dining in our town has the

great hospitality experience for which we have become famous,” said Dan Garvey, Inn Manager of the Roycroft Inn. The Roycroft Inn is a sponsor of the Taste of East Aurora Restaurant Week.

“It will be so wonderful to have this new Taste of East Aurora for all of Western New York to enjoy. As Elbert Hubbard said, ‘East Aurora isn’t a place, it is a State of Mind’.”

Like typical restaurant week events, each participating restaurant is offering diners a special Taste of East Aurora Menu for those six days only. Menus cover a wide range of options and prices – choose from $10, $20, or $30 options.

Restaurant Week menus are available on our Participating Restaurants web page.

Also, visit the Taste of East Aurora’s Facebook page for daily updates from the Chamber and participating restaurants. Please note that some menus may change throughout the week of Sept. 21 to Sept. 26.

We are proud to have this event sponsored by several of our local businesses: Absolut Care Aurora Park – Title Sponsor; West Herr Buick GMC Cadillac of East Aurora and Bee Group Newspapers – Presenting Sponsors; and the following Supporting Sponsors – Fieldstone Private Wealth, Greater Erie Federal Credit Union, The Roycroft Inn, Tops Markets, and UPD Dental Associates.

For more information on this event or the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the chamber at 652-8444 or eachamber@eanycc.com.

 

River Spring Lodge completes industry-leading cleaning protocol through “Select Safe, Stay Select” initiative

New Heightened Cleaning & Safety Standards Guided by Industry Leaders, Public Health Officials in Response to COVID-19

River Spring Lodge in Darien Center has earned Select Safe, Stay Select branding from Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America. The industry-leading set of health and safety guidelines was designed to prepare the collection of our nation’s best inns to safely reopen for guests and employees alike.

Select Safe, Stay Select is a self-certification program based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Travel Association, American Hotel & Lodging Association, and other industry leaders. It is designed to aid inn owners and staff in communicating to travelers the various enhanced cleaning, sanitation, and operational procedures that are being undertaken to protect guests and staff in the era of COVID-19. Select Registry inns have been recognized as the most distinguished inns across North America for decades, with each having passed the industry’s leading inspection program, covering everything from cleanliness to hospitality and ensuring guests the comfort and professionalism they expect from a trusted brand.

Select Safe, Stay Select was designed to allow Distinguished Inns of North America owners to further differentiate their brand on the basis of quality,” said Select Registry CEO Mark Jaronski. “While all of our inns are held to the highest standards of cleanliness and hospitality, this new initiative enables our small business owners to communicate an enhanced commitment to safety and cleanliness with confidence and clarity.”

“As innkeepers, our greatest concern is the safety of our guests, our employees, and of course each other,” said Inn owner Chef David Hamer. “We take the responsibility of the public’s trust to provide a safe, comfortable, and memorable stay very seriously. We prayerfully pondered keeping the inn closed until a vaccine was widely available. But as we read the guidelines of the CDC, discussed reopening with County and State health officials, and studied the enhanced safety protocols of the Stay Safe, Select Safe program we became convinced we could reopen safely. River Spring Lodge is now providing completely contactless overnight getaways with private, in-room, Five-Course Wine Dinners for a few couples each evening while serving a few local diners on socially distanced tables in our dining room without sacrificing the exceptional quality River Spring’s stellar Five-Star reputation is built upon.”

Reservations can be made online at https://riverspringlodge.com/couples-escapes-2/ or by calling the inn at 585.708.4212.

Select Safe Stay Select guidelines can be found at https://selectregistry.com/select-safe-stay-select/. Despite enhanced safety practices, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people gather.

Health Live – A Vision of You! Coming May 30th

“Health Live” Helping to Create Healthier Lifestyles!

 The Greater East Aurora Chamber, in an effort to help develop healthier life styles within the Greater East Aurora community and promote its health and wellness related member businesses, is proud to announce an exciting  health and wellness event.

“Health Live – The Vision of You”  will be a fun and interactive event to promote health & fitness to families!

The Chamber will be providing a “passport” for visitors to have stamped at participating locations. Completed passports will be eligible for prize drawings.

The goals are to encourage more physically active and healthy lifestyles and to support local businesses in the health and wellness industries!

The event will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 9am to 12pm rain or shine.

Activities will take place at participating wellness related businesses in the village and along Main St.

Participants can register starting at 8am at Absolut Care, 292 Main St. and to pick up their passports for the prize drawings.

Registrants can participate in various activities scheduled at 4 – 30 minute intervals through the morning.

A wrap up party and prize drawings will take place at 42 North from noon to 1pm.

Activities and educational sessions will include but will not be limited to:

  • Chiropractic Care   Exercise/Sports   Massage Therapists   Mental Health Care   Spas/Wellness                    Health Products   Community Services   Financial/Insurance   Healthy Eating   Physicians   Dental Care Seniors/Retirement   Health Services

For further information regarding vendor registration, sponsorships and questions contact the Chamber office at 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net.

Take Advantage of These Free Programs to Increase Your Business Sales!

This coming Thursday, February 20th, 8:30 am at the East Aurora Hampton Inn, in case you missed it last time or you would like to refresh your efforts in promoting your business, the Chamber will have presentations from Visit Buffalo Niagara and our Chamber webmaster, providing information on how to increase the awareness and outreach of your business to local and international consumers.

Cindy Kincaide from Visit Buffalo Niagara and Jeff Surdej from Surdej Web Solutions will discuss the opportunities available to promote your business to a larger audience at no cost.

Learn to take advantage of these free programs to increase sales for your business!

This is also a great opportunity to network and share with other business owners.

Please see the attached agenda.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Gary Grote, Executive Director

652-8444

Business Tourism Council Meeting

Thursday, February 20, 2020

8:30 – 9:30am

@ East Aurora Hampton Inn

Agenda

  1. Welcome/Self Introductions
  2. Visit Buffalo Niagara – Extra Net Presentation – Cindy Kincaide, VBN
  3. Chamber – Manage Your Membership Listing Presentation – Jeff Surdej, Surdej Web Solutions
  4. Oakwood Avenue/Tannery Brook Culvert Construction Update
  5. Heartland Travel Showcase – Target Cleveland 2021
  6. Upcoming Events
  7. New Business/Community Updates/Information Exchange – Bring flyers, posters, promotional pieces of your upcoming activities and events.

 Next Meeting Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 8:30am @ Auctions International, 11167 Big Tree Rd., EA – Hosted by Russ Scherrer, Auctions International & Pam Forge, Explore NY/Forge Ahead Productions

 Continental Breakfast Provided

Increase Sales for Your Business!

Get Your Business Recognized!

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a presentation with Cindy Kincaide, Director of Industry Sales for Visit Buffalo Niagara and Jeff Surdej of Surdej Web Solutions representing the Chamber, offering presentations on how to improve your on-line presence to increase traffic to your business at their monthly Business Tourism Council meeting Thursday, February 20, 8:30-9:30am at the East Aurora Hampton Inn, 49 Olean Rd.

Businesses are invited to take advantage of these opportunities, increasing leads for their business, at no cost.

For further information contact the Chamber office at 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net

Women in Business Luncheon February 25th

 

Chamber Women in Business Luncheon Feb. 25

 

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Women in Business Luncheon on Tuesday, February 25th, 12 Noon at The Globe Restaurant, 711 Main St., East Aurora.

The event offers participants an opportunity to network and discuss topics unique to women in business.

The focus on women in business issues addresses concerns that might not be addressed in other venues.

The luncheon is open to members at $30 per person and non-members at $40 per person.

Registration can be made on line at www.eanycc.com or by calling 652-8444.

Sponsors for this event are The Globe, the East Aurora Advertiser and Northwest Mutual/Hart & Keenan & Co.

Chamber Business After Hours January 21 Members & Non-Members Invited

Chamber Business After Hours

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be presenting a Business After Hours event Tuesday, January 21, 5:30 – 7pm hosted by The Globe, 711 Main St. for members and non-members.

The event is free with The Globe providing complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Guests can also enjoy the cash bar.

Guests can participate in networking with other business owners, meet Chamber staff and board members and learn more about member benefit opportunities during a fun evening.

Please RSVP at 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training January 22

GREATER EAST AURORA CHAMBER PRESENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING

The Chamber will be presenting its 3rd Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Certification Seminar to meet the New York State Department of Labor Law mandate that every employer is required to provide for employees.

Employees are required to take this training on an annual basis. The initial period to complete the training for current employees was October 2019.

The Chamber is providing these seminars to help local employers meet this obligation and will enable employers to keep current employees and new hires compliant with the mandate.

Each employee will receive a certificate upon satisfactory completion of the course.

Each session must have a minimum enrollment of 10 employees which can be comprised of multiple employers.

The cost is $20 per Chamber member employee and $40 for each non-member employee.

Currently scheduled date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 8am at the Southside Commerce Center Auditorium, 300 Gleed Avenue, East Aurora.

Advanced registration is required.

For further information contact the Chamber office at 652-8444.

Member Sponsorship Opportunity Business After Hours Meet & Greet

Member Sponsorship

Marketing Opportunities Available

  Upcoming Business After Hours Meet & Greet Event

Welcoming New and Current Members

     Tuesday, January 21, 2020

5:30pm – 7:00pm

The Globe Restaurant

711 Main Street, East Aurora NY

Sponsorship Marketing Opportunities to Include:

  • Table Top Display
  • Sponsor Briefly Addresses Attendees
  • Receive a List of Those who Attended Event (Contact & Business Name, Phone, Address, Email, Website Address)
  • Your Business Name & Logo on All Promotional Material
  • Opportunity to Network with All in Attendance

Value: $100

Please contact Gary Grote, 652-8444 or gdgrote@verizon.net for more information or to confirm your participation as a sponsor by January 8, 2020