And the Best of the Taste of East Aurora are……

And the Best of the Taste of East Aurora are……

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the 10th Annual Taste of East Aurora “Best of” Awards.

The winners are:

  • Best Bite – Holland Willows for its Banana Pepper Soup
  • Best Sweet Treat – Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream for its Peach Sundae
  • Best Healthy Option – East Aurora Cooperative Market for its Greek Orzo Salad
  • Best Vendor Booth Presentation – Giffon’s Gastropub

Voting this year was done online.

More than 10,000 people visited the village for the Taste of East Aurora this year and sampled food from 20 of our local restaurants. The Taste of East Aurora was held on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Congratulations to our Best of the Taste of East Aurora winners! From left to Right: Megan Kelley of Holland Willows; Joel Arcadipane, pastor of I-61 Church (Title Sponsor of the event); Sue Greis of the Griffon Gastropub; Cassandra and Deacon Tasker of Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream; Jessica Armbrust, General Manager, and Rachel Haas, Prepared Foods Manager, both of the East Aurora Cooperative Market; and Gary D. Grote, Executive Director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

10th Annual Taste of East Aurora

10th Annual Taste of East Aurora

Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce to hold Taste of East Aurora September 11

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce announces that its 10th Annual Taste of East Aurora will be held Saturday, September 11th, 11am – 5pm on Main Street between Olean Road and Elm Street.

The organizers plan on having 25 plus local Greater East Aurora area restaurants offering their best “Taste” menu items.

Restaurants will be selling a variety of food and drinks priced from $1.00 to $5.00. All transactions are cash. Food tickets are not sold for this event.

To recognize those lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the East Aurora American Legion Post #362 Color Guard will have a brief ceremony to lead off the Taste opening at 11 am.

The Old Hippies, who have performed at the Taste for many years, will be playing between 12 noon and 4pm with DJ Entertainment providing music throughout the day.

Attendees to the event will be able to vote for their favorite vendor for recognition for the Best Bite, Best Sweet Treat, Best Healthy Option and Best Vendor Booth presentation. Winners will receive plaques to hang in their restaurant.

Sponsorship support that enables this event to continue is provided by Sustaining Sponsor: Absolut Care of Aurora Park, Title Sponsor: I-61 Church, Presenting Sponsors: East Aurora Bee, Martyn Printing & Graphics, Tops Markets, West Herr Buick GMC Cadillac, Supporting Sponsors: University Pediatric Dentistry, Trinity Medical OB/GYN with Entertainment Sponsorship provided by member businesses of the GEA Chamber’s Networking Group.

Vendor registration is available online at www.eanycc.com but is only available to Chamber members.

A listing and locator map of vendors and menu items, will also be posted online at the Chamber website www.eanycc.com approximately a week prior to the event.

For questions and further information contact the Chamber at 652-8444.

New Catering Business Opening on Main Street

New catering business opening on Main Street brings a taste of the Pacific Northwest to WNY

Holding an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on June 18

A new catering business is bringing Western New Yorkers a flavorful taste of the Pacific Northwest!

Pacific Underground Catering is owned by Marleta Stansberry, who is on a mission to create beautiful and great-tasting food and memories while developing an atmosphere of hospitality.

To that end, Pacific Underground Catering, located at 700 Main Street, will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18. Reservations are appreciated by June 11. To RSVP, please email pacificundergroundcatering@gmail.com.

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Marleta has lived in WNY for the past 20 years and is a chef, mom, food enthusiast, artist, and educator.

Marleta is passionate about beautiful food. Her background is in art, education and culinary arts.  She has worked in the culinary field officially for nearly 10 years, has been a chef instructor, a catering chef, and a personal chef.

Pacific Underground Catering also provides a small event space and will be a place of education.  Cooking classes will begin in July.

If you are interested in attending the Open House and Ribbon Cutting on July 18 or would like more information on Pacific Underground Catering, please email pacificundergroundcatering@gmail.com.

2021 Chamber’s Choice Awards

2021 Chamber’s Choice Awards

Chamber Announces 24th Annual Chamber Choice Honorees

Program to be aired on WBBZ-TV

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is again proud to present the annual Chamber’s Choice Awards student recognition. The program is designed to acknowledge and honor students who have demonstrated significant development in a variety of aspects of their learning and growth, such as community service, entrepreneurship, citizenship, artistic excellence, and communications as well as many other diverse areas.

Ten seniors are selected from each of the 4 schools, East Aurora, Holland and Iroquois high schools, and the BOCES W.D. Ormsby Educational Center.

The program provides an opportunity for these students to be recognized for their positive contributions to their schools, communities, and peer groups.

In a non-Covid year the Chamber would typically recognize the students with a banquet dinner with over 200 guests attending including the students, their family members, teachers, school officials and business leaders, and sponsors but this year, with sponsorship support, the Chamber was able to give the students recognition across Western NY with the help of WBBZ-TV, Cable Channel 5, with a 30-minute television show with each student and school having an opportunity to do a brief presentation about themselves.

The program will air 3 times, Wednesday, May 19 – 9 pm and Sunday, May 23 – 10:30 am and 7:30 pm.

Special thanks to the program sponsors – Tops Markets, University Pediatric Dentistry, and Astronics, Inc., and congratulations to our honorees.

The 2021 Honorees:

 

East Aurora High School

 

Ethan Frey
Elizabeth Gottstine
Katherine Kalinski
Kiera Kavcic
Joseph Meyer
Caroline Ruffner
Annika Safford
Annika Spencer
Brennan Weppner
Thomas Zagrobelny

Holland High School

 

Ryan Grisewood
Lindsey Massara
Kelly Murray
Sebastian Pitkin
Cassidy Ralph
Donald Schmidt
Emma Suplicki
Brianna Tullar
Noah Wiltsie
Emily Zehnder

Iroquois High School

Jacob Cantie
Nicholas Capozzi
Ryan Current
Chloe Dye
Birch Herring-Jackson
Kaleigh Lauck
Madelyn MacLean
Tori Raymond
Tyler Stanley
Samuel Weber

Ormsby Educational Center – Erie 2-Chaut-Catt BOCES

James Bonnar (Iroquois/CADD)
Jacob Fontaine (East Aurora/Conservation)
Alyssa Ignatowski (East Aurora/Small Animal Care)
Brandon Neischel (Holland/Auto Tech)
Kathryn Roberts (East Aurora/Health Careers)
Shelby Rogers (Iroquois/Welding)
Mario Serra (Holland/Power Equipment)
Tyler Stanley (Iroquois/Power Equipment)
Hailey Tullar (Holland/Small & Large Animal Science)
Brooke Urmson (Iroquois/Culinary Arts)

Special thank you to our sponsors:

Chamber Newsletter – April 2021 – Updates on Events, Member Benefits, & COVID

See all the wonderful things the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is doing for its members and the community! From events to new benefits to strategic planning, the Chamber is constantly working to bring broaden its scope and offerings in order to help our community and local businesses grow!

Click below to view our latest newsletter. It contains information on upcoming events, new member benefits, COVID updates, new PPE offerings, and a message from Gary Grote, our Executive Director.

Chamber Newsletter April 26 2021

Local Businesses join with Chamber for unique Pay It Forward event & ITAC Fundraiser

Local Businesses join with Chamber for unique Pay It Forward event & ITAC Fundraiser

Local Businesses join with Chamber for unique Pay It Forward event & ITAC Fundraiser

Gift Card Raffle to help support struggling area businesses

 Several local businesses are joining forces with the Greater East Auror Chamber of Commerce to host a new and unique “pay it forward” event focused on helping fellow business owners who have struggled during the pandemic while also supporting ITAC – It Takes A Community Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition.

The Chamber’s new 2021 Snowflake Gift Card Raffle is going on now through Friday, Feb. 12.

According to Victoria Sturman, Associate Director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber wanted to create an event that would directly help the businesses that are struggling most – specifically those in the restaurant, retail, and health & wellness industries.

“Some of our members have been asking us what they can do to help their fellow business owners, who they see fighting to keep their doors open,” Sturman said. “After lots of discussion and brainstorming, we decided to create a new event where business owners who weren’t as badly affected by the pandemic could reach out – through the Chamber – and support those who are facing challenges.”

How does it work?

Businesses sign-on to be a sponsor of the event – there are five levels. As a sponsor, that business gets to choose a business or businesses (depending on the sponsorship level) to support through the purchase of a $50 gift card(s). Part of their sponsorship investment goes toward the purchase of those gift cards.

“The response from sponsors has been fantastic. It really shows how close-knit a community the Greater East Aurora region is and that, when it comes down to it, we’re all in this fight together. It’s so great to see businesses who normally compete coming together to help each other out, “ she said.

The gift cards are bundled into “virtual baskets” worth $100 or more. These “virtual baskets” will then be raffled off LIVE on the Chamber’s Facebook page (@EastAuroraChamber) at noon on Friday, Feb. 12. ITAC will receive a percentage of the net profits from this event.

Raffle tickets are on sale now through the Chamber’s website or at the Chamber office, 652-8444. The “virtual baskets” can also be viewed online.

There are still sponsorships available for any business wishing to offer support. Please contact the Chamber at 652-8444 or visit its website for more information.

The drawing will work similar to a door prize drawing – all tickets go into one basket and the winners are chosen randomly. But rest assured, Sturman says, there is someone thing for everyone!

The winners will be drawn LIVE on the Chamber’s Facebook page at Noon on Friday, Feb. 12. Winners will be notified via email.

The Chamber wants to thank all of the businesses who have stepped up to this point sponsors this event and their fellow business owners: 

Blizzard Sponsor
West Herr Buick BMC Cadillac

Snow Storm Sponsor
General Physician

Snow Day Sponsor
Bartsch’s Auto Service
Great Erie Federal Credit Union
Metamorphosis Pilates & Bodyworks
Philipps and Brooks, CPAs
Vision Development of WNY

 

Snowflake Sponsor

FMV Tax Professionals
Hartloff Benefit Solutions LLC
Holland Hardware
Independent Nursing Care
Loptr, LLC

 

Donations

Bartsch’s Auto Service
Hampton Inn
ITAC
Marilla Country Store
Mary Karlis
The Bank
Tom Petrie