The Twin Rivers Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor and co-sponsor several events throughout the year. Taste of the Town, Magical Mystery Tour, Educational Conference, Christmas Party, Recognition Dinner, Fall Classic Golf Outing and Rostraver Township Christmas Celebration provide networking, advertising, publicity and sponsorship opportunities for our members. In addition, these events give business and community members the opportunity to share common interest in fun, social settings.
Please contact us to sponsor or to be a part of these events – 724-929-3329.
6th Annual Taste of the Town – March 29, 2020
5th Annual Taste of the Town
Our 5th Annual Taste of the Town was held on Sunday, March 24th at Rostraver Central Fire Hall. Once again, our ticket holders were lined up in the parking well before the doors opened at 2pm. This year’s event had nearly 350 attendees, and 23 participating food and beverage establishments.
We had a nice mix of returners, who have been with us from the start, and quite a few “newcomer” establishments. Each of the establishments truly upped their game by offering their best and most unique menu items, offering larger than the suggested bite size sample, with most providing nearly full-sized portions, and many offering two or three different menu items. Joining us were: Bill’s Golfland, Keystone Bakery, Big Barn Country Store, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Rostraver Shop-n-Save Bakery, Brunswick Zone BV, Country Hammer Moonshine, The Tap Factory, Plum Run Winery, The Treehouse, Duke’s Lounge, Rock Run Inn, The Washington Winery, K-Vays, Alpine Club, By George, Woody’s Italian Restaurnat, Dale’s Place, Stoney’s Beer, Sweeeney’s Steakhouse, Vinoski Winery, Perked Up Cafe and Winslow Winery.
Attendees enjoyed appetizers, beverages, desserts, entrees, and snacks, in a fun and lively setting. The owners, chefs and staff were present at each of the tables, and personally talked with the attendees about menu offerings, ingredients and anything else that wanted to convey about their businesses. Coupons, menus, and marketing materials were also given as incentive to visit the establishments, long after the Taste of the Town concluded.
The attendees voted for their “one-favorite” establishment, the People’s Choice Award, and many folks had a hard time making their decision. In the end, The Tap Factory was named the People’s Choice Award winner for 2019.
Why Taste of the Town?
As with any event held by the GRC, there is always the “why” – why do we do it, or why was it created? Taste of the Town was designed as a way to showcase our LOCAL, independently owned and operated food and beverage establishments. I am an advocate for locally owned, (as you know), food and libations, as well! I hear far too often that the area needs this or that chain restaurant, and I am quick to point out our amazing and abundant locally owned restaurants.Taste of the Town included establishments from our entire service area, of all four counties. Any of the establishments are no more than 13 miles away from my office location. Sometimes you just need to look beyond your own front door, and experience what our communities have to offer. Until next year, happy eating (and drinking)!
Plans are in the works for the 6th Annual Taste of the Town so mark your calendar for March 29, 2020.
Recognition Dinner 2018
The Recognition Dinner is held each spring to honor and recognize outstanding individuals and businesses in our communities. In past years, the GRC has recognized small to mid-sized business, large corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals. All are important components of a strong and healthy Chamber of Commerce.
In 2018, we recognized Business of the Year Visionary – John LaCarte and Jon King – Stoney’s Brewing Company; Young Professional of the Year – Lindsay & Greg Winslow – Winslow Winery; Community Service – Captains Susan & Joel Thwaite – Monessen Salvation Army.
Chef Showdown is a fun, competitive event that is our version of the cooking show, Chopped and is held in May.
Our amateur chefs compete against each other in three rounds, appetizer, main course and dessert. In our show, no one is eliminated, a winner of each round is announced, with an overall winner at the end by our “celebrity” panel of judges.
The chefs are not privy to the items in their baskets before the event, unveiling the contents before our live audience. Of course each basket contains a mystery ingredient, or what we call our “Off the Wall” ingredient. The event is held at Off the Wall Arts and is a great collaboration of businesses working together. This year’s competitors were Jake Cuthbert GRC President (Waddell & Reed), Lisa Doria GRC Board Member (Lisa Doria State Farm) and Ron Pudlowski Member (Hot Shotz Photography). With Ron as our overall winner.
Tickets for the event go on sale a month before the event; watch the 2018 events calendar for details.
Save-the-Date MMT III – Nov. 9, 2019
Tickets on Sale NOW! $40/Person – includes round-trip transportation, with a day of shopping, sipping and fun, light breakfast before boarding, lunch, snacks and beverages at each stop, “swag bag” for each attendee, giveaways, 50/50 and raffle baskets, grand prize drawing of $250 Chamber Cash and more!
The Twin Rivers Chamber of Commerce strives to promote our business partners in every way possible and this event is just one of those ways. The “why” of this event can be summed up with this statistic: 1 day, 15 miles, 17 merchants, 80 attendees, $175/person on average spent, $14,000+ spent in the Mon Valley; let that sink in for a moment. Our success is only as good as the success of our member partners.
Ladies Night Out
Ladies Night Out, has been replaced with the Magical Mystery Tour, but held a 5 year run each November. The event was created to showcase locally owned businesses which typically did not have a storefront, yet offered a variety of products and services. The event included appetizers, cash bar, DJ, fashion show, games, prizes, shopping, pampering and a few surprises.
The last LNO was held in 2016, the year the Willow Room closed and included a Vegas theme, with a special special appearance by Elvis!
The Christmas Party, open to GRC members and their guests, involves a theme of choice selected by the committee. Last year’s theme Christmas PJ Party featured nearly 60 attendees in a variety of Christmas pajama attire, for an evening of fun, games, and prizes for all. The Christmas Party is the last of the calendar events and is a great way to celebrate a successful year with friends and colleagues.