Society Column: Taste of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce – 2014


Despite blizzard-like conditions, the Taste of the Chamber, the Carmel Chamber of Commerce’s most popular annual event, set record highs. It was held Jan. 16 at Ritz Charles in Carmel. According to Chamber President Mo Merhoff, the event boasted 134 booths and a record-high attendance of more than 800 people.

After wading through snow and fighting wind gusts, we received a warm welcome at the door from Leigh Ann Clayton and Celest Higgins of the Carmel Chamber membership committee. We then proceeded to the City of Carmel booth, tended by Megan McVicker.

Across the aisle from McVicker, Brian Barrett, reference librarian for the Carmel Clay public library, educated visitors about the many services the public library offers. My favorite booth for several reasons was Carmel High School’s Baking for a Difference. First, the homemade truffles were some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Second, it’s the brainchild of student Molly Frank, and the student organization donates all proceeds to charity.

Nick Wahl, superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools and Nancy Spencer, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America advisor, helped supervise the students’ booth. Students Gabby Price, Maddie Troy, Katie Ingersoll, Taylor Farmer, Justin Burnett, Molly Frank and Abby Frank helped tend the booth. Also, among many other notable people, we met Ranj Puthran, who received the Most Valuable Volunteer Award from the Carmel Chamber of Commerce for 2013.

If you would like “Current in Carmel” to attend your party, gala or social function, please call Tonya Burton at 432-2451 to schedule your event. We would be happy to photograph guests and let our readers know about upcoming society events.

Tonya Burton is the Current’s social scene columnist. You may contact her at


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