Guest Column

October & Taste of Laguna 

By J.J. Ballesteros

President, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and KX 93.5 FM held its first joint event last week. The Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival was a huge success. We could not be more pleased with the turnout and positive feedback we have received. We had over 1,200 people in attendance, 34 restaurants serving amazing food, and four bands playing to keep people dancing. We had a total of 82 Silent Auction items and are honored to have had 19 sponsors supporting the event.

From the start, both the Chamber and KX 93.5 wanted to keep the price of admission the same as last year while we strived to provide more value in the lineup of music and auction items. We also wanted this to be a true community event where everyone came together and celebrated our great restaurants, each other, and town. 

October & Tommy Bahama

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Tasty fare from Tommy Bahama 

We are proud of the dedicated team, including Tyler and Monica McCusker, Ashley von Gremp, and Chamber Executive Director Paula Arnold. There was also a team of Chamber Ambassadors and the staff from KX 93.5 who worked together and made this a night to remember. 

I would like to personally thank everyone who attended, purchased auction items, and supported our event by bringing friends and having a great time! Additional thanks go to the Festival of Arts and Terra Laguna Beach for use of their facilities and working with us to provide such an enjoyable night for our residents. We look forward to an even bigger and better event next year!

October & Sega Genecide

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Photo by Scott Brashier

Sega Genecide plays at Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival

In other Chamber news, we are continuing to work with the City and the Urban Economist firm hired in April to provide the City new data and analysis on our downtown businesses and to suggest ways the downtown experience can be enhanced for both residents and business owners. Our goal is to have the results by the end of November, and we are looking forward to what the analyses and suggestions are.

Our next event is Small Business Saturday, scheduled for Saturday, Nov 30. The Chamber has already created a committee comprised of business owners and store managers. We are creating a campaign to bring maximum awareness for our residents to shop local and support our local businesses this holiday season. More details to follow next month. 

Other events to note: 

A Sexual Harassment Training Seminar will be held on October 22 from 7:30 - 10 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in the Canyon. The presenter is Chamber Board Member Dawn Knepper of Buchalter Law Firm. Dawn is certified in Labor and Law. 

Also, on October 22 is a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Harley Laguna Beach from 4:30 - 7:30 p m. Chef Greg Daniels will be offering small appetizers and discounted cocktails. 

On October 23, the Ballesteros Real Estate Group will have their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at 801 Glenneyre, Suite E. Appetizers, wine, and beer will be offered. 

For any questions on events or any other items please contact Ashley von Gremp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (949) 494-1018.

Thank you, Laguna for a fantastic September and memorable Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival. We hope to see you soon!