Revamped Taste of Dublin event moves to September
The Taste of Dublin will have a different flavor this year.
An honorary chairman and VIP corporate packages have been added to the Sept. 17 event that will feature food from more than 30 area restaurants and caterers at the OCLC Conference Center.
Skip Prichard, OCLC's new CEO and president, has been named honorary chairman of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce's annual event.
Chamber Executive Director Margery Amorose said the honor gives Prichard a chance to meet the community.
"We thought it would be a good way to introduce him to the community," she said. "We were happy to be part of that."
New VIP Corporate Table packages also offer admission to a new VIP reception that will be held one hour before the Sept. 17 event begins.
"We wanted to shake it up a bit and make it bigger and better," Amorose said of the changes to Taste of Dublin.
The VIP Corporate Table package is $1,000 and offers a reserved table, eight tickets to the VIP reception, 10 additional general admission tickets, 36 drink tickets, logo inclusion into the newsletter and event program and the opportunity to contribute to the gift bags that will be given to the first 600 people at the Taste of Dublin.
The VIP Corporate Table and Business Exhibitor package is $1,200 and includes all the perks of the other VIP package as well as a table to exhibit a business at Taste of Dublin.
Business exhibitions are also new to Taste of Dublin this year and a Business Exhibitor package offers a table for business exhibition, eight general admission tickets and logo inclusion for $300.
"They can set up there and show who they are and what they do," Amorose said of the new business exhibitions. "It's a real benefit for our membership."
Taste buds could benefit too, with restaurants including BD's Mongolian Grill, Cinco, Der Dutchman, Jet's Pizza, The Bogey Bar and Grill, Winans of Dublin and Yaourt Frozen Yogurt set to serve up food of all kinds.
Offerings could include shepherd's pie, shellfish cakes, bacon-wrapped artichoke hearts, Asian tuna wraps, balsamic marinated strawberry crostini and blackened ahi tuna.
"New this year is Mitchell's Steakhouse Polaris, the Refectory, Nicola, Chili Verde and the Venue at Corazon," said Jennifer Jakse, chamber chief operating officer.
Other changes for this year's Taste of Dublin is a new date. The event has previously been held in the summer, but an autumn date was chosen to move it closer to the holidays.
"We moved it to September to be closer to the holidays for the restaurants," Amorose said, adding attendees might better remember the restaurants at the event when it comes to holiday celebrations.
"Our job is to promote businesses," Jakse added. "We moved it based on feedback from the members that provide food."
Entertainment including a disc jockey and the "Playing Through" public art piano that honors the Presidents Cup will be at Taste of Dublin.
Professional pianists will be tickling the ivories of the upright piano painted for the Presidents Cup throughout the evening.
Taste of Dublin supports Dublin Chamber of Commerce programming and is open to the public.
"It's not just a chamber event, it's a community event," Amorose said.
Taste of Dublin runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Place.
General admission tickets to the event are $25 until Sept. 6 and $35 Sept. 7 until they sell out.
To purchase tickets or a corporate package, look online at dublinchamber.org/tasteofdublin.