Students, Maya Zaborek and Sarah White, of Paul Smith’s Baking and Pastry Arts school bring desserts around for patrons at the Taste of the North Country event at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field house Nov. 7.
The Taste of the North Country was savored at the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser Nov. 7.
“It was bigger than ever, just great food, great people and a chance for people to learn about different area businesses and their services and products,” said Jody Parks, Executive Vice President of North Country Chamber of Commerce.
The festivities brought more than 800 people and about 24 vendors out for a night of food tasting combined with silent and live auctions at the 16th annual event.
“This is one of our biggest annual fundraisers,” Parks said. “The money we raise helps us provide services to local businesses and helps keep the cost of membership down.”
Between the roughly 800 tickets sold and the more than 350 live and silent auction items, Parks said the Chamber raised about $25,000.
The event featured food and drink from numerous chamber businesses and vendors. The auctions featured a variety of items including: gift cards, services such as oil changes and spa treatments, furniture, advertising packages, travel and stay at local resorts, gift baskets, clothing, and more.
Attendees were invited to take a tasting tour around the room to try desserts, entrees, drinks and more from area businesses.
Restaurants and food providers in attendance included: Adirondack Chocolates; Anthony’s Restaurant & Bistro; Butcher Block; Conroys Organics, Inc.; Culligan Water; Dame’s Discount Liquor and Wine Specialty Shop; Dickey’s Barbecue Pit; Elfs Farm Winery and Cider House; Latitude 44 Bistro; Liquor & Wine Warehouse; My Cup of Tea Cafe & Tea Room; Ninety-Nine Restaurant; Paul Smiths College - Baking & Pastry Arts; Pepsi- Cola Bottling Company; Perkins Restaurant; Plattsburgh Brewing Company; Rambach’s Bakery & Fudge; Sam’s Club; Samuel D’s; Sodexo at Clinton Community College; Texas Roadhouse; The Ground Round and Walmart Supercenter.
“The food is what people really come for, and the auction items,” Parks said. “How can you go wrong with the Candy Man and Anthony’s Restaurant all in the same room?”
Other area businesses like Party Effects set the tone of the evening with music and Overtime Photography offered guests a photo strip keepsake of the evening.
During the festivities people in the crowd browsed the many auction items, ate and danced to the music.
As the music played, two bidders, Josue Chanduvi owner of Grandma’s Candy Shop in Plattsburgh and his business advisor Diane Smith began to dance directly in the center of the gymnasium floor.
“I think it’s a great event, great people. I’ve met people and wanted to get out of the house,” Chanduvi said.
The pair said they didn’t care if they were dancing alone in the room, the event was a chance to not only make business connections but to also have fun.
“If you’re not having fun you’re not trying hard enough,” Smith said.
For business owners the event is a way to network with members of the community. Parks said businesses can show off their goods and services to a new group of people and learn about the needs of their customers at events like this.
“It’s a nice way of meeting people,” George Saris, a Water Quality Specialist with Culligan Water said.
For more information about the Chamber, visit their website at www.northcountrychamber.com.
Intern Camille Daniels contributed to this story.