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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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.
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.