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Expo kicks off with sugar and spice

Taste of Expo introduces community to local restaurants

Posted: October 9, 2009 10:47 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Roza Hamzehei, owner of Bella Cucina Ristorante Italiano, refils a display platter at the Taste of Expo at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Friday.

 
The Taste of Expo, the kickoff event for The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Home and Business Expo, united locals with some local eateries and restaurants.

Held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, dozens of patrons paid to sample local food, such as T-Bo’s House of BBQ. Canyon Country resident Nick Regilo came to the event to support the local culinary scene.

“The barbecue is fantastic,” he said. “Very tender, very tasty.”

T-Bo’s managing partner Robert Hancock was serving ribs and pulled pork and said he hopes the expo will expose his business to more customers.

“It’s a fantastic way to get recognition from people,” he said. “They actually get to taste what you can do and it lets a lot of people know what you’re about.”

Lisa Jurado, manager of Kupcake Kitchen, hopes to get local confectionary enthusiasts talking.

“It’s all word of mouth,” she said. “Word of mouth is the best advertising of all.”

Sean and Kara Packer attended the expo with their two sons, Ben and Josh.

Sean Packer sampled some Mediterranean chicken and hummus.

“The chicken is really moist and the hummus has a really good flavor to it. It has a little bit of a kick to it,” Sean Packer said.

He noted that events such as are good for the community.

“It’s a real tough economy right now,” he said. “So I think this brings people together, gives them a nice place to socialize and exchange business cards and share ideas.”

Regilo agreed.

“Unfortunately, too many people don’t come and look and see what we have in our community,” he said.

Sean Packer, a Canyon Country resident, noted that the tough times may urge small business owners to pull together.

“I think that’s what’s going to really help this economy: the entrepreneurial spirit of different businesses getting together and networking trying to find ways to work through things,” he said.

The Business Expo runs through Sunday. General admission tickets are $1. For more information call (661) 702-6977.

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