Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00
Food and fashion strutted its stuff on Thursday, Nov. 14 with “Taste and Style in Mineola,” at Jericho Terrace. The biennial Mineola Chamber of Commerce event showcased local restaurant and clothing shops, benefiting local charities and organizations.
In 2001, the chamber dedicated two nights to taste and style with “Taste of Mineola” and “Mineola In Style.” Chamber reps decided to split the two in 2005, holding each event every other year.
“Considering it’s just a Mineola-based event, this is a great turnout,” Chamber Vice President Tony Lubrano said. “The restaurants and fashion show kind of sell themselves. All of the restaurants ask when it is. They want to be here.”
The 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. Though both
events shine spotlights on Mineola, Lubrano recognizes that this event hits home in a different way.
“You walk around here, you know everyone in the room,” he said. “Keep your money in your town because your town supports you.”
The fashion show started with Designing Dreams and Robert’s Mens Store. Tsontos Furs, Max’s Bridals and Bona Venture Tuxedos also unveiled parts of their clothing lines.
“Whatever money we raise here stays in Mineola. That’s what matters,” Willis Hobbies owner Steve Ford said. He held weekly planning meetings at his store on Willis Avenue leading up to the event.
The fashion show will started with Designing Dreams and Robert’s Mens Store. Tsontos Furs, Max’s Bridals and Bona Venture Tuxedos also showcased clothing lines.
“It’s a great evening and the turnout was better than expected,” Chamber President and Tsontos Furs owner Bill Greene said. “I think it shows what Mineola is all about. Restaurants were very supportive...all the local businesses.”
Mayor Scott Strauss served as one of the tuxedo models.
“This event was great...well attended,” he said. “Seeing Mineola come out and support the chamber of commerce is nice. It gets better every year.”
Local restaurants that participated included Eric’s Italian Bistro, Polito Bakery, Sangria 71, Forvets Chocolates, Piccola Bussola, Cugini’s, Churrasqueira Bairrada, Heart of Portugal, Vinoco, Uncle Bacalas, Jonathans, among others.
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 and Harbor Child Care.