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Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Fortuna's favorite products and services were on display with many available for sampling at a fundraiser for the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce last week at the River Lodge. The event raised more than $1,500.

Patterned after a traditional “taste of” event, each person who paid the $20 admission price was given 10 tickets, two for drink and eight for food samples. There were a variety of tasty treats to choose from, including samples from the Eel River Brewery, Scotia Inn (Dorris & Daughter Catering), Humboldt Grassfed Beef, and Rosina Vineyards.

”The first-time event provided a wonderful opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to the people that attended,” said Fortuna Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Erin Dunn.

Not only could the public get samples of the Brewery's chili and barbecue ribs, they could spin a prize wheel and win a logo shirt or pint glass. A visit to the Scotia Inn table provided a sample of a roll stuffed with barbecued beef and potato chips with gorgonzola cheese dip. Humboldt Grassfed Beef was giving samples of tri-tip, and those attending could compliment food samples with wines from Rosina Vineyard, produced from grapes grown in Redcrest.

Other businesses displaying their products included Bartow's Jewelers, Bulletproof Graphics, Carol Niles Photography, Dakota's Designs, Kidlicious, Kiwanis Club of Fortuna, Life's A Hoot - Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, Glamorous Boutique, Loleta Cheese Factory, Long Board Subs, KJ Hanz Fitness & Kettle Bell, North Coast Event Rentals, Precision Intermedia, Redwood Capital Bank, and Visiting Angels. The Fortuna Business Improvement District and the Fortuna Chamber also shared a table and provided a variety of information.

The plan is to have this as an annual fundraising event for the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce. “I was extremely happy with how things turned out and only hope that it will continue to grow bigger and better,” said Fortuna's Favorites Committee Chair and Chamber Board Member Tiara Brown. “There was a lot of good energy (at the event) and I owe that to our awesome vendors.”

”Fortuna's Favorites was a very ambitious undertaking and I am proud of the (Fortuna Chamber) committee for having the vision and energy to create it,” Dunn said. “I am looking forward to seeing what the committee has in store for Fortuna's Favorites II.”

Photos by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

1. Lisa Barrote and daughter Danielle (behind the table) show some of their jewelry to interested attendees at the Fortuna's Favorites event.

2. Eel River Brewery employee Stephanie Gurley serves a sample of chili to one of the attendees at the Fortuna's Favorites event.