The squawk of the peacock that was heard ‘round town called to action the attendees of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast (August 18). In anticipation of the upcoming Taste of Arcadia, to be held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Chamber Vice President Andrew Cooper smirked as the promotional video for the signature event streamed behind him. Over 60 slightly startled business professionals relished in a round of laughter and buffet favorites of French toast, scrambled eggs, and fresh melon served at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Monrovia. With a community-building event of over 40 years in the making happening just around the iconic corner, Andrew provided insight about what to expect for this historical September 26, 2016.
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Rod Salazar of Stubbies Promotions, the well-acquainted Breakfast host and Chamber Ambassador, conducted over the crowd of Chamber attendees by commencing the morning with the favorited 30-second introductions and ended with another awaited jingle rendition. Mentioned were the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fortanasce Physical Therapy to happen the same afternoon, the final Movies in the Park screening of E.T. on Saturday, and the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s participated in by the Kensington Sierra Madre on October 15.
Guest Speakers: Andrew Cooper and Sylvia Rosenberger
In order to understand how Taste of Arcadia has developed throughout the span of Chamber saga, Andrew Cooper Vice President of the Chamber and CEO of the Arcadia Association of Realtors provided background as well as included this year’s advances.
The Taste was originally named the “wine shed mixer” and situated within the infield of Santa Anita Park in the 1970s through the 1990s. It was renamed in the 2000s to the “Festival of Food at Santa Anita Park” before it was moved to the present Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Since its incorporation with the Arboretum, the event has since hosted over 40 vendors, valet services, Airstream trailer, live music, and Massage Envy services. This year the Taste will include a Breeders’ Cup sponsored Monday Night Football lounge, VIP exclusive wine bar, t-shirts for volunteers, Arcadia Fire Department vintage engine, and members can add promotional items to the giveaways bags by September 5.
With over 47 food vendors this year, it would be opportune to secure a VIP table experience which seats 10 guests with the before mentioned wine bar, early admission to the event, giveaway bags provided at the table, usher service, and lanyard identification.
Volunteers who work a 2-4 hour shift will receive a free ticket to the event; with opportunities available before and after the event, proving how easy it is to give your time towards making this year’s Taste the greatest yet.
Sylvia Rosenberger, Chief Development Officer of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, oversees the planning for the Taste as the coordinator for special projects. Notifying the attendees about all of the programming that the Arboretum provides such as cooking, horticulture, and yoga classes as well as engaging with schools by offering free admission for children, all were able to realize how far reaching are their services. Chamber members who are All Access Pass holders are able to purchase at half price a family membership for one year; an offer not extended to any other organization.
Vicki Knight, Chamber President and owner of Century Rooter Service & Plumbing made sure to highlight all food vendor and Business Showcase participants in attendance that morning by asking them to stand and declare why Taste attendees should visit their locations.
- Regency Park Senior Living: “We have the best executive chefs.”
- Stubbies Promotions: “Receive a promo item.”
- DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Monrovia: “We won last year.”
- Dance Syndicate Entertainment: “It will be so much fun.”
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia: “Last year we won for People’s Choice.”
- The Four Seasons Tea Room: “Try our hibiscus tea.”
- Massage Envy: “We are all about the people.”
- Blend It Healthy: “No artificial sugar is added to our drinks.”
- SERVPRO and Small Business Networking Group: “Stop by for freebies and for networking.”
- Chef Carmen’s 3 C’s: “I’ll be giving away a glitter bottle brut.”
- Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries: “Get help with estate planning.”
- Santa Anita Family YMCA: “Come see about membership.”
- Arcadia Par 3: “Free rounds of golf and classes will be given away.”
- Century Rooter Service & Plumbing: “My son will be there so give him a hard time.”
Sponsor Presentation: Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries
Bruce Lazenby, the Executive Director of Business Development for Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries, stood at the podium with his usual zest for morning humor and confessed to attendees that he would not be able to assist any choking guests with the Heimlich maneuver. After all, that is a conflict of interest. What is never a conflict of interest, however, is Rose Hills’ enthusiasm as a Business Showcase sponsor for Taste of Arcadia. After four years of supporting the Chamber’s signature event, he expressed how excited he is to see it at it’s best yet.
Arcadia Business Icon: Arcadia Par 3
Karen Mac Nair, Arcadia Chamber of Commerce CEO, introduced Arcadia Par 3 as the Arcadia Business Icon for the month of August since being established in this community for over 50 years. Together with Carol Libby and Karen Hou of the Arcadia Historical Society, Arcadia Par 3 general manager Jesse Sanford was honored with a plaque. Jesse confessed that he considers Arcadia Par 3 as the hidden gem of Arcadia since there are always 2-3 residents who step on their greens for the first time each year without prior knowledge. The reigning world cup champion foot golfer in the country gives lessons at Arcadia Par 3 for those new to and already enthusiastic about the modern sport. The classic game of golf continues to be taught to those 9 to 89 years old every week and the $40 a month membership remains a hole in one deal as the course continues to grow in posterity and community participation.
- John Sun of Budget Blinds San Gabriel thanked Megan Oppelt of Togo’s Sandwiches for help with planning and providing catering to his event.
- Arolyn Burns of The A Treatment Center commended Carmen Richardson of Chef Carmen’s 3 C’s for her superb catering and for being a great hostess.
- Karen Hou of the Arcadia Historical Society appreciated Jennifer Stone of Imprintability for producing their Taste of Arcadia promotional items.
- Jeanette Beraha of Vintage Treasures Arcadia praised Kaitlyn Adams of Massage Envy for being a sponsor of their successful fashion show the prior weekend.
Raffle Prize Doors and Winners
- Brooke Perez of Longo Toyota donated a picnic blanket that was won by Stephanie Quinteros of the DoubleTree by Hilton.
- Naomi Briones of Embassy Suites by Hilton in Arcadia contributed a $25 gift certificate for the Peacock Grill to Connie Aguilar of Options for Learning.
- Jeffrey Zhu of Kiwanis Club of Arcadia Young Professionals gifted a ticket to their Annual Installation Charity Gala to Joseph Concialdi of Right at Home.
- Vicki Knight of Century Rooter Service and Plumbing donated a $25 gift card for Target to Jesse Sanford of Arcadia Par 3.
- Chantel Blevens of the Arcadia Educational Foundation contributed program book advertisement of $250, which was won by Kaitlyn Adams of Massage Envy.
- Emily Li of Blend It Healthy donated two coolers, which were won by Arolyn Burns of The A Treatment Center and Hattie Mao of Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries
- Steve Sciurba of the Kensington Sierra Madre gifted a bag of local grocery goods Jennifer Stone of Imprintability.
- Elvia Patterson of the DoubleTree by Hilton in Monrovia donated two tins of chocolate chip cookies to Dan Hanley of CASA of Los Angeles and Lindsay Cunningham of Fortanesce & Associates Physical Therapy.
- Jesse Sanford of Arcadia Par 3 donated a round of golf to both Eric Boyd of the Santa Anita Family YMCA and Mitchell Salem of EH Financial Group.
- Jeanette Beraha of Vintage Treasures Arcadia gifted a vintage bag to Alma de Hoyos of Premier Dental Esthetics.
- Kaitlyn Adams of Massage Envy contributed a massage/facial gift card to Sabyne Francis of Regnecy Park Senior Living.
- Annette Ousterhout of Jan’s Towing donated a promotional bag, which was won by John Sun of Budget Blinds San Gabriel.
- Rod Salazar of Stubbies Promotions donated 500 business cards to Julie McElart of Foothill Work Force Development Board.
The next Networking Breakfast will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia on September 15, 2016 and will feature guest speaker Brandy Stoeckinger of Breeders’ Cup. Tickets to the breakfast, which runs from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and discounted to $15 for Chamber members who pay by the previous Friday ($20 at the door for Chamber members). No charge for those holding an All Access Pass. Tickets (626) 447-2159 or in the “Shop” area at www.arcadiacachamber.org or at the Chamber office, 388 W. Huntington Dr. during normal business hours.