The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Mikki Perrine (right), owner of Ginger's Cafe, and her staff, Monica Wilbur (left) and Christine Nilde, dress as Romans and serve chicken gyros during the 2018 Noblesville Chamber of Commerce Taste of Business. This year’s event is 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville-Indianapolis Conference Center in Noblesville.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Mikki Perrine (right), owner of Ginger's Cafe, and her staff, Monica Wilbur (left) and Christine Nilde, dress as Romans and serve chicken gyros during the 2018 Noblesville Chamber of Commerce Taste of Business. This year’s event is 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville-Indianapolis Conference Center in Noblesville.

Folks can reset their busy day when they visit Noblesville Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Business on Thursday.

Guests can tempt the senses with the rich, satisfying aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans from Noble Coffee & Tea, a new limited edition coffee called Upward Nobility.

Guests can visit the new Artisan Alley to watch five artists from Nickel Plate Arts create a large community art project.

And guests 21 and older can sample a rhubarb-based mixed drink, an “official Hamilton County cocktail,” created by Hamilton County Tourism, in partnership with 1205 Distillery. 

“It’s delicious,” said Noblesville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Bob DuBois, who invites the community to visit the Chamber’s Taste event, in its 19th year.

“If bigger is better, then it’s definitely going to be better than any previous year,” DuBois said. “This year’s Taste of Business will break all kinds of records.” There are more businesses participating, including more restaurants serving up samples, than ever before.

More than 120 businesses will participate in the event that’s open to the public, for $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

Among those businesses are 20 food and restaurant booths serving up samples of chefs’ specialties in cuisine and beverages.

Participating eateries include: Asian Grill, BRU Burger, Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant, Cloud Nine Cuisine, Ginger’s Cafe, Houlihan’s Restaurant, Koto Japanese Steakhouse, Marco’s Pizza, Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano,  Moonshot Games/d8 Pizza, Nameless BBQ, Noble Coffee & Tea, Pebble Brook Grill & Golf Club, Perkins Restaurant, Pinheads, Purgatory Golf Club, The Odyssey, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Which Wich/Hoosiers WW LLC, and Zeck’s BBQ & More.

The event is double billed as Taste of Business/Made in Noblesville, this year showcasing seven businesses that make products in Noblesville, including a new booth featuring Metal Powder Products Co.

There are 25 businesses new to the Taste of Business, and “most of them are brand-new businesses,” DuBois said.

Among the new businesses in the Taste are downtown’s new Moonshot Games and its partner restaurant, d8 Pizza, which offer patrons an opportunity to play games and eat at the same time, either bringing in their own games to play or borrowing from the Moonshot collection.

The Odyssey, a new Asian fusion restaurant on Tegler Drive near Hamilton Town Center, a new Chamber member, offers sushi and “new takes on classic Asian cuisine,” DuBois said. “Our team ate lunch there after their ribbon-cutting last week, and we all left full and happy.”

Cloud Nine Cuisine is “an innovative new business” by Mary Piggott and Amy Huffman, who specialize in preparing and catering homestyle weeknight meals for busy families, along with corporate catering to area businesses, Easter brunch and special events. Customers can either pre-order meals to assure they’ll get what they want, or just stop by the store on Hague Road to pick up meals on a first-come, first-served basis. DuBois said, “They plan a menu of family favorite recipes for the month, post it on their website and circulate it via social media networks and word of mouth.”

There are also more businesses (30 this year versus eight in 2018) that took advantage of the Chamber’s “premium” enhanced marketing package, which includes premium booth space, social media and email promotions, expanded listing in the program guide and 10 extra tickets to the event.

DuBois always says the event is a lot of fun. In the past, he has told me, “It’s a chance for the public to come and experience a little bit of Noblesville. But it’s also great team-building to get employees out of their day-to-day routine.”

DuBois said, “If you’re looking to sample items from area restaurants, you’ll leave with a few new places to try. Taste of Business offers just that, a great opportunity for Noblesville restaurants to sample the best of Noblesville’s businesses in one place. It’s a great way to celebrate our city.”

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com