Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00
With “Taste and Style” coming to Jericho Terrace in Mineola on Thursday, Nov. 14, Mineola Chamber of Commerce President Bill Greene and Vice President Tony Lubrano have one theme to stress: hometown business and organization enrichment.
These annual, massive events were done almost every year dating back to 2005. Originally, the chambers two nights focusing on taste and style with “Taste of Mineola” and “Mineola In Style.” Chamber reps at the time decided to split the two, holding each event every other year.
“It got hard to do both events, so we combined them into “Taste and Style.” We’ve been doing this every other year for a long time now,” Lubrano, owner of Piccola Bussola, said.
The big difference between “Taste and Style” and other chamber events like “Night on the Town” recently held in May, is that the former is exclusive to local restaurants and businesses while the latter is open to all merchants. While both events shine spotlights on Mineola, Lubrano recognizes that this Thursday’s event hits home in a different way.
“[Night on the Town] is a bigger event since it invites businesses from all over,” said Lubrano. “With “Taste and Style,” it’s the business owners of Mineola trying to help support the community they do business in. So all the money that is raised stays in Mineola.”
The proceeds of the event will benefit Mineola-based organizations including but not limited to the Friends of Mineola Library, Mineola Athletic Association, Mineola Auxiliary Police, Mineola Fire Department, MVAC, Mineola VFW, Mineola
American Legion, Harbor Child Care among others.
“Because it’s all in Mineola and it’s a Mineola Chamber of Commerce, we try to focus on local businesses,” Lubrano stated. “There are a handful outside of Mineola but they’ve been chamber members for the most part. “The fashion part of it is also all Mineola,” Lubrano stated.
Tsontos Furs Bill Greene said the fashion show will start at 7 p.m. with Designing Dreams and Robert’s Mens Store. At around 8:30 p.m., Tsontos Furs, Max’s Bridals and Bona Venture Tuxedos will showcase its clothing line.
Local resturants that will participate including Eric’s Italian Bistro, Polito Bakery, Sangria 71, Forvets Chocolates, Piccola Bussola, Cugini’s, Churrasqueira Bairrada, Heart of Portugal, Vinoco, Uncle Bacalas and Jonathans.
“Everyone looks for to this event because it is every other year, so it’s not played out,” Green said. “Eighteen restaurants will be featured, so we’ll see a large turnout there.”
Greene and Lubrano have coordinated the event since the beginning. Greene handled the style aspect with Lubrano focusing on food.
“I’ve been there since the inception as Tony has,” he said. “Special kudos to all those who helped on the committee.”
From the events inception to the most recent extravaganza in 2011, Lubrano feels it’s a “piece of the puzzle” in explaining the close-knit nature of Mineola.
“It’s a great community event,” he said. “But all of these events...the street fair, Movie Night in the Park and events the village does makes Mineola feel like a real hometown. Everyone knows each other.”
Tickets are $65, $55 for seniors and $75 at the door. To purchase tickets via PayPal, go to mineolachamber.com and click “events.”
“I’m hoping that everyone from Mineola comes out and takes advantage of a great night,” Greene said.