Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Kicks Off the New Year at Citarella

 

Marcia O'Kane, President of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce with Joe Gurrera, owner of Citarella

Marcia O’Kane, President of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce with Joe Gurrera, owner of Citarella. Credit: Karen Sheer

On Thursday night, an “After-Six” event was a way for the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce members to mingle, reconnect and network.

Citarella graciously closed the market for the crowd of over 200, offering an epicurean wonderland for all to explore and taste. The mammoth space was dotted with delectable offerings at every turn.

“This is the largest networking event in the history of our chamber,” boasted Marcia O’Kane, President and Chief Executive officer of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.

“We are starting the new year with a bang, and I am thrilled people understand the importance and the value of the Chamber,” O’Kane said. “Citarella has been kind to us, and it gives them a chance for many to see their west side Greenwich location.”

Chamber of Commerce members enjoying their evening. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chamber of Commerce members enjoying their evening at Citarella. Credit: Karen Sheer

The guests were treated to an all-access tasting, “The Ultimate Gourmet Market,” as it is called, served an enormous array of their specialties. Fresh mozzarella was being freshly pulled, the juice bar (which is a new addition) was squeezing fresh concoctions, sushi was freshly crafted and beautifully presented, and turkey meatballs were a big hit in a classic, heady marinara.

Members received a gift bag at the end of their culinary journey. Credit: Karen Sheer

Members including Laura Delaflor and Lucy Langley, received a gift bag at the end of their culinary journey. Credit: Karen Sheer

Joe Gurrera, the owner of Citarella marveled in the huge crowd, enjoying his labor of love – the Greenwich store opened last spring, and is one of their largest stores.

Joe and his daughter Helen marvel at the huge crowd enjoying themselves in their newest store, Credit: Karen Sheer

Joe and his daughter Helen marvel at the huge crowd enjoying themselves in their newest store, Credit: Karen Sheer

“This is a unique experience for us, to open our doors to such an exuberant group,” said Jason Berman, director of Marketing for Citarella.

“This is so exciting to be a part of the Greenwich community, and to see such a crowd walk through our store for the first time,” said Helen, Joe’s daughter who is President of Citarella.

Jason Berman (left) Citarella's marketing director chats with the guests. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jason Berman (left) Citarella’s marketing director chats with the guests. Credit: Karen Sheer

Established in 1917, the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit business organization, has been instrumental in fostering the success of the town’s nearly 4,000 businesses. The Chamber is an advocate for the interests of the business community, as well as for maintaining the town’s quality of life and its residential integrity. Its informative and educational programs and networking opportunities are open to all businesses and residents.

Sushi, Citarella Style. Credit: Karen Sheer

Sushi, Citarella Style. Credit: Karen Sheer

Is there ever enough Sushi? Credit: Karen Sheer

Is there ever enough Sushi? Credit: Karen Sheer

Members are all smiles. Credit: Karen Sheer

Members are all smiles. Credit: Karen Sheer

An all access tasting at Citarella. Credit Karen Sheer

An all access tasting at Citarella. Credit Karen Sheer

Citarella has many devoted employees, here’s to them:

At the wine bar. Credit: Karen Sheer

At the wine bar. Credit: Karen Sheer

Tremendous cheese selection. Credit: Karen Sheer

Tremendous cheese selection. Credit: Karen Sheer

Serving at the Hot Foods Bar. Credit: Karen Sheer

Serving at the Hot Foods Bar. Credit: Karen Sheer

Warm Porchetta, hand sliced. Credit: Karen Sheer

Warm Porchetta, hand sliced. Credit: Karen Sheer

Team members pose for the camera. Credit: Karen Sheer

Team members pose for the camera. Credit: Karen Sheer

Citarella is located in Greenwich at 600 West Putnam Ave. Tel. (203) 861-6900

See also: Surprise! Citarella Opened at about Noon on Tuesday


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