Greenwood and Perry Township invite community to learn about local businesses and organizations
Taste of Perry
Giving a sampling of local Perry Township food, learning about local business happenings and getting people engaged in the community – The Taste of Perry will take place on Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. at German Park, 8602 S. Meridian St. The membership drive for the Greater Southside Business Alliance will feature different restaurants and groups who are members of the organization.
“I’m excited because the presenters are information you might not typically get anywhere else – like the prosecutor’s office and RDC in Southport,” said Joan Miller, president of the GSBA. “The opportunity of having the greater Beech Grove Chamber there – it’s just a way to put out more information about what’s going on around you.”
The cost for the Taste of Perry is a requested $3 donation. GSBA members can get in free when bringing a prospective member. The donation will benefit the maintenance of Gray Park. There will also be a collection of canned food items for Hunger Inc.
Recently, the GSBA changed its name from the Greater Southport Business Alliance to the Greater Southside Business Alliance. Miller says this is the first big opportunity that they have had to explain to the community at large as to why the change. Along with information on the GSBA , there will be information presented by the Southport Redevelopment Commission, prosecutor’s office and the Beech Grove Chamber of Commerce and more.
“One of the things that we’ve been talking about for a couple of months now, and one reason we thought we should change our name as well, is all of the organizations on the Southside need to do a better job at communicating with each other and helping each other with resources and information,” Miller said. “If something comes down the pike that I can’t use, why can’t I pass it on so that there are resources out there for someone else? It shouldn’t be a competition. The bottom line, all of our missions should be that the entire Southside gets better.”
The Taste of Perry, originally called the Taste of Southport, has continued more than six years. It began in the Southport Community Center and eventually grew large enough it moved to German Park last year. The format has remained the same, with the overall goal of engaging more members to join the GSBA, getting people engaged and excited to get involved in their community. For more information, visit gsbaweb.org.
Taste of the Southside
Constantly aiming to add value to Taste of the Southside and to enhance the experience, Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce President Christian Maslowski said this year will be bigger and better than ever with the new additions to the entertainment during the event on Feb. 23, 4:30 – 7 p.m. at Valle Vista Golf & Conference Center, 755 E. Main St., Greenwood.
“We’ve added more new twists to the event than we have in past years,” Maslowski said. “This year we feel like we went over the top.”
Tickets cost $40 at the door and discounted advance tickets will be on sale online until Feb. 21, ending at noon. The money benefits chamber programs and operations. More than 40 food and beverage exhibiters will have booths at the Taste of the Southside, handing out product samples.
A Chef Challenge will feature four local chefs competing for the Best Chef title; using a plate of secret ingredients they’re given. The chefs include Greg Schiesser, winner of last year’s competition; Richard Goss of Richard’s Brick Oven Pizza; Adan Sandoval of Stone Creek Dining Company and Joe Thompson of Bistro 226. This year the format will change, introducing an elimination round. Two chefs will compete at a time, beginning at 3:40 p.m., with the winning two facing off in one final round. The panel of judges will name the winner at 6:45 p.m.
“Every year we think to ourselves how can we make this more fun and exciting?” Maslowski said. “We got to thinking – we make food but why not drink as well? This is a better way to highlight, instead of what we put on our plates but what can we put in our glass and how can we get creative with that?”
New this year is a Mixology Competition, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Southside bartenders will prepare an original cocktail, featuring a local brands and a mystery mixer. The MC of that competition will be the president of the United States Bartender Guild, Indiana chapter. Along with judges, about 20 people from the audience will get to sample the cocktails, voting for a People’s Choice award.
“To the chamber, it’s certainly a source of pride knowing that we have grown the event exponentially since we inherited it about 12 -15 years ago,” Maslowski said. “For the chamber to have their name associated with this event as a successful program to highlight our local food and beverage scene gives us great satisfaction. For the community, it’s become a staple. It’s something folks look forward to.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit GreenwoodChamber.com.
“About three years ago, we expanded the layout at the event to create more space at the taste,” Maslowski said. “There is still plenty of room to attend. It’s just a great time. If you’re a foodie or if you just like dining out then this is a great way to learn about so many local dining options in one place. One ticket gets you unlimited samples at the tables. It’s still a really great value.”