All in Good Taste

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January 2017

Writer / Janelle Morrison

OneZone Chamber of commerceAttendees will be invited to mingle with 145 area businesses and organizations, enjoy tastings from the myriad of delicious menu items from the area’s top restaurants, and sample libations from local breweries and wineries.

This year marks the 13th year for the annual business expo, which is popular with OneZone members and the public alike. It offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere where businesses and organizations can interface with prospective customers, existing clients, and their fellow members. It is a highly- anticipated reunion of sorts for colleagues and friends whose support of the event remains unyielding.
This year’s Taste of the Chamber has received a record number of vendor table reservations and expects more than 1,000 attendees to come through the Ritz Charles in Carmel.

“The Taste of the Chamber is truly a 13-year phenomenon,” Mo Merhoff, OneZone President, expressed. “Years ago, like many chamber organizations, we had a very successful all-day business fair that included lunch sometime in the middle and an after-hours at the end. Like almost all events, sooner or later, it got tired. Businesses couldn’t take an entire day out of their offices to participate, and neither could attendees.”

Merhoff explained how they rethought the business fair concept, defined parameters for success and created a modified progressive dinner. “You can eat your way around the Ritz and connect with businesses, friends and potential clients all at the same time. We picked January pretty much because it was opposite our other major fundraiser – the golf outing – and because that was when we used to do the Business Fair. But it’s proven to be the perfect pick,” she said.

“Fans of the event will tell you there’s been more bad weather than good over the years – snow, sleet and even below-zero temperatures. But what’s better in the midst of a gray Indiana winter than a warm room full of people and enticing food? “

$5 for Chamber members and $10 for guests. Date: 1/19/2017
Time: 4:30 PM TO 7:30 PM
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit