Greater Greenwood News


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2/3/2010 Chamber Programs/Events
Taste of the Southside Announces Award Winners

The Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar and Grille for winning the “Best Booth Décor” award and Smoke Eater’s BBQ for winning the “Best of the Taste” award at the January 31 2010 Taste of the Southside, presented by Community Health Network. The Chamber would also like to congratulate Chef Aaron O’Mara from Augustino’s Italian Restaurant for winning “Best of Show” at the inaugural Iron Chef competition held during the Taste.

Taste guests voted for their favorite vendors; the awards went to the top vote-getters. Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar and Grille ( or 317-888-3427) played on their restaurant’s Vegas theme with Vegas-style memorabilia and fun. They also won the Best Booth Décor award in 2009. Smoke Eaters BBQ ( or 317-339-8406) won the crowd over with their Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork, Hash Brown Cheesy Casserole and Arnold Palmer drink. This was only the second year Smoke Eaters BBQ has participated in the Taste of the Southside.

The Iron Chef competition was determined by a panel of judges who evaluated each dish on plate presentation, flavor, portion size, and how creatively they incorporated the secret ingredients. Participating chefs had only 30 minutes to prepare a dish that incorporated a basket of secret ingredients revealed to them just before their time began. Chef O’Mara’s basket included beef tenderloin, fennel, smoked Gouda cheese, pistachios and a cantaloupe. Chef O’Mara created Beef Tenderloin Roulades stuffed with caramelized fennel, crushed pistachios and smoked Gouda, set on a bed of fresh cantaloupe pasta ( or 317-865-1099).

About the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, incorporated in 1954, is a 501(c) 6 not-for-profit business membership organization. Its growing membership represents small organizations, big corporations, and self-employed individuals located in Greenwood, southern Indianapolis, and the surrounding communities. The Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce provides members with networking, education, and promotional opportunities. The Chamber’s website,, offers the general public with money-saving coupons, local employment opportunities, a calendar of events, and relocation information.

About Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation’s highest-performing health systems and most integrated health care networks, Community Health Network has more than 90 sites of care throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, part of Community Heart and Vascular; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck walk-in care centers and MEDPOINT express convenience clinics; employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. Community Health Network is committed to getting you well and back to your life. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit