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Update from Templeton Chamber of Commerce 

By Sarah Maggelet, executive director of the Templeton Chamber of Commerce

Join the Chamber at Earth Day Food and Wine Festival April 12

Sarah Maggelet

Sarah Maggelet

On the afternoon of Saturday, April 12, in the meadow at Castoro Cellars, Templeton Chamber of Commerce will be one of over 200 exhibitors at the Annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival. The Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend is a benefit event for the Vineyard Team. The Vineyard Team is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting valuable resources for our farms and communities. Proceeds from event support water conservation research and farm worker education.

The chamber booth will showcase the community and the products and services of our members, with a focus on food, plants, wine, olive oil, retail shopping, outdoor activities and tourist attractions. All chamber members are encouraged to drop off demonstration items or marketing materials at the chamber office anytime before April 9th, and they will be returned after the festival. We also love small give-a-way gifts for the attendees, if members would like to also drop off those types of items. We can’t guarantee everything will be used, but we promise to return any items to you by April 22nd. Help the chamber make our booth a wonderful representation of Templeton and attract visitors to our businesses that weekend or on subsequent visits to our area! For details or to volunteer at the festival, contact the chamber office staff at (805) 434-1789 or email Office hours are M-Th 9am-5pm and Fri 9am-1pm. For more information or to purchase tickets to this wonderful festival, visit

Taste of Templeton is coming Sat. May 3

Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber office and at select Central Coast Olive Growers Association (CCOG) locations for the Taste of Templeton wine tasting event. The 2nd Annual Taste of Templeton, celebrating our local olive oil and wine producers, occurs Sat. May 3 in the Templeton Community Park from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. The morning festival will consist of cooking demonstrations from local chefs, using produce from the Farmer’s Market and olive oil from CCOG member producers, and booths showcasing olive oil and olive-based products, with tasting of the oil as well. At Noon, the party will kick into high gear, with wine tasting from 10 local wineries, food booths and trucks, and live music. Jim Sweetwater will start the show with his acoustic guitar stylings, followed by the local favorite roots rock band, The JD Project! The festival is free and open to all ages. Wine tasting tickets are for adults 21 years of age and older and are $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door. Wine tasting tickets can be purchased at the chamber office or on our website. Visit and click on events, Taste of Templeton.

Meet the new staff at the chamber

Gail Kudlac

Gail Kudlac

On Tuesday, March 18th, Gail Kudlac joined the Chamber staff as our new part time administrative assistant, assuming the duties from Jennifer Tallent, who has resigned to focus more on her family’s olive oil farm and event center, Groves on 41. Gail has lived in Templeton for over seven years and previously worked as the office assistant and event manager for the Atascadero Main Street Association, Gail is still active in organizing many community projects, including Atascadero Winter Wonderland and the Atascadero Wine Festival. We can’t wait to tap into her expertise here at the Templeton Chamber! Gail and her husband Marty have three grown children and she is a proud grandma in her spare time. Gail works Monday through Thursday 11am-3pm here at the office, so stop by and introduce yourself. We also welcomed two interns from Templeton High School in March, Payal and Megan, who are assisting our staff after school on administrative and customer service projects. Gail and Sarah look forward to mentoring these two young women as they prepare for graduation and entering the work force.

Mixer at Umpqua Bank was a big hit

Our last After Five Mixer was held on Thursday March 13th with a St. Patrick’s Day theme and a record number of revelers attended! Green beer, green sparking wine, delicious food and mini-cupcakes were enjoyed by guests, all courtesy of the managers of our local Umpqua Bank on Main Street. Thanks go to Mark, Dee, Michaela, Sarah and all the Umpqua staff for putting on such a great party for our members and their guests. A representative from Tesla Motors brought the Model S electric sedan down from the Bay Area, parking it on the street for viewing and a mixer attendee even bought the car that evening!

Next Up- After Five April Mixer will be hosted by Central Coast Sports Agility, located at 86 Gibson Rd. #10 in Templeton. This gym opened less than a year ago and has expanded three times since, specializing in sports speed and agility, strength training, group and individual personal training, and “Bootcamp” classes for adults and high school youth. Our next mixer is Thursday, April 10th from 5:30PM-7:00PM and is open to members and non-members.Bring your business cards and be ready to meet some new customers and see some old friends!

Chamber seeks volunteers and sponsors for upcoming events

Are you looking for a way to maximize your chamber investment? Want to meet new friends, network with more potential customers or marketing your business in a unique way that connects directly to the community of Templeton? The chamber has several opportunities for you to do just these thing! Volunteers are currently needed in the following areas:

  • Ambassadors Committee members
  • Event Planning Subcommittee members for Business Expo, Founder’s Day and our new December Holiday event, planned for the afternoon of Dec. 6, 2014
  • “Street Crew” to distribute posters for Taste of Templeton, in exchange for complimentary tickets to the wine tasting portion of the event on May 3


Sponsors are currently needed for the following events:

  • Wine/Beer Glass sponsor for Taste of Templeton- includes your business logo etched on every glass given out at the event on May 3, logo/link on website and in program
  • Band Sponsor for Taste of Templeton (featuring Jim Sweetwater as opening act and JD Project as the headliner)- includes company banner hung on gazebo, logo/link on website & program and four complimentary tasting tickets
  • Installation Dinner Sponsors-includes a table for 4 for the dinner and dancing event on July 12, your logo on website and program as major sponsor of the evening and a verbal mention at the event


For details on all these opportunities, contact Sarah at the Chamber office at (805) 434-1789 or

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