The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce’s will hold its Annual Wine, Chocolate and Food Tasting Benefit and New Member Drive Thurs., Feb. 11 at the award-winning Shore Antique Center at 413 Allen Avenue in neighboring Allenhurst. The event that will begin at 5:30 pm, will once again be sponsored by Wegmans Market of Ocean.
“This year, the event has a fun new twist – we will have beer tastings for those who prefer ale to grape,” said Chamber Executive Director Kim Horn Blanda.
She added “Every year we seem to takes on a new dimension, it is truly a fun evening and a great value.”
Anyone over 21 years of age is welcome to attend and enjoy sampling homemade chocolates, a variety of wines and craft beers, culinary cuisine provided by several area restaurants and caterers, Wegmans international cheeses and specialty coffees at the social event. There are also great door prizes.
Event Co-Chair/GOTCC Trustee Dr. Stuart Chavis is promoting the New Member Drive portion of the event.
“This event has grown every year and is not only a great social, but a wonderful networking opportunity at the nostalgic Shore Antique Center,” he said. “Anyone who has never been a GOTCC member and wishes to join will receive a one-time 25 percent membership discount and one free admission to the event if they join prior to or at the door.” Those interested in this offer should contact the GOTCC at 732.660.1888 or arrive prepared to join at the door. The GOTCC offers many valuable benefits for their member, with more to come in 2016. They can be viewed at www.GOTCC.org.
“This year, we welcome new participants Asbury Park’s award-winning Confections of a Rock Star, Red Banks’ Chocolate Works, Wall’s Pierre Chocolat, Belmar’s Beach Haus Brewery, Mark’s Place & Restaurant of Asbury and Sweet Carol Ann’s of Allenhurst, in addition to past participants Wegmans Ocean, Asbury’s Kim Marie’s Eat n’ Drink Away, Allenhurst’s Buy-Rite Liquors, Ocean’s Buona Sera Palazzo, Lindt Chocolates of the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Deal’s Bar Room & Kitchen, Gallo Wine Sales of NJ and Eatontown’s Eagle Specialty Coffee.”
Wegmans Market of Ocean has been the premier event sponsor and a participant sampling their World Cheeses since the event’s inception. Other sponsors include GOTCC Corporate Sponsors Ansell Grimm and Aaron, PC, Lester Glenn Ford of Ocean, Monmouth Medical Center, Seaview Orthopaedic & Medical Associates and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls; and event sponsors The Asbury Park Press/Gannett NJ, Shore Antique Center, The Coaster, Trinity Worldwide Technologies, The Link News, Robert Hazelrigg – The Graphics Guy and Migman Media.
The event is also a benefit for The Community Hope Fund, a 501c(3) under the auspices of the Township of Ocean, that helps local families in need and the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce.
For additional information call the chamber at 732.660.1888.