|3/1/2017 4:00:00 AM|
for the Taste
|The Times photo by Betsy Reason|
Ginger’s Café owner Mikki Perrine (as Ginger, from left) with Kelli Kimbrell, Monica Wilbur, Cedrick Smith, Lucas Munson, Gary Cain and Kelsey Mullins make up the S.S. Minnow’s crew at their island-style booth during the 2016 Noblesville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Business. The booth served melt-in-your-mouth thick-cut bacon with a thin coat of Asian Glaze.
|Photo provided by Noblesville Chamber|
“Wizard of Oz” was the theme for Farmers Bank, which earned the “Best of Noblesville” award during the 2016 Noblesville Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Business event. Zach Allen (Scarecrow, from left), Ashley Cowart (Dorothy), Pat Dorwin (Glinda the Good Witch) Lauren Essex (Wicked Witch) and bank manager Syd Loomis (Tin Man) ham it up during the event.
What's cool about the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Business?
First of all, it's sampling all of the delicious fare from the local restaurants. Secondly, it's seeing what Noblesville businesses and organizations have to offer, especially the great perks they give out to event guests.
The Taste showcases more than 80 local businesses, including more than a dozen restaurants, at least 10 community groups and three hours of entertainment, with more perks to be added as this newspaper column was being written. More than 700 people are expected to attend.
Plus, this year, the Taste of Business - which is 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds' Exhibition Center in Noblesville - expands with an Artisan and Craftsman Alley, thanks to a partnership with Nickel Plate Arts. Artists showing their wares include artist musician Geoff Davis, willow furniture maker Greg Adams, artist Lesley Haflich, printmaker Eric O'Dell, Caravan Classes' artists Erin Goodman and Deanna Leonard and photographer/artist Christine Merchent.
And something else new are Made in Noblesville exhibits showcasing Noblesville manufacturers and what they do. "We think it's kind of interesting for folks to see what's made (here). Often, we drive by those big buildings, but we often don't know what goes on behind those brick walls. So this is a chance to see some of the cool things that are made in Noblesville," Chamber president Bob DuBois said.
Helmer Scientific makes medical-grade refrigerators, freezers and blood-bank storage. Noble Industries does custom metal fabrication, including wire racks for 5-Hour Energy drinks. SMC Corp. of America is a leader in pneumatic technology. Metro Plastics Technologies builds products and parts for various industries that include consumer electronics, medical, household, automotive, food service and sports. There are more.
DuBois hopes to significantly grow the exhibit for 2018, showcasing not only the products but the careers at local companies.
DuBois said the overall event is a lot of fun. "It's a chance for the public to come in and experience a little bit about Noblesville. But it's also great team-building to get employees out of their day-to-day routine." Ginger's Café and Farmers Bank traditionally are highly competitive of how they decorate their booths and dress in costume. Bank manager Syd Loomis, for instance, in 2016 dressed as the Tin Man for the bank's "Wizard of Oz" theme.
Plus, Jim Wafford - owner of Logan Street Signs and Banners and who made a name for himself with his crazy antics on Sinisterly Bad Theater played on Hamilton County TV on the web - will broadcast live webcast interviews throughout the event. Also, Tenth Street Photography will photograph guests for a faux local magazine cover.
Eateries include: Houlihan's, Ginger's Café, Aspen Creek Grill, Greek's Pizza, Firehouse Subs, Zeck's Barbecue, Purgatory Golf Club, Nameless Catering, Perkins Bakeries and Marco's Pizza, with more players still joining the event.
Admission to the Taste is $7 at the door, $5 in advance at Farmers Bank, Ginger's Café, Perkins, Chamber office and at www.noblesvillechamber.com/. Or save $2 at the door by showing the Chamber's Taste of Business logo from Facebook or the Chamber site, or show the Taste advertisement in The Times or this newspaper column.
This time next year, the Taste could move to the new Embassy Suites Hotel, which is expecting to have its grand opening next March.
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