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Pulled Pork still rules. The longest line at the Syracuse Chamber Business Show was at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que booth. Yet, downtown Syracuse's off the beaten path specialty grocer, C. L. Evers, was rockin' out some fierce chili.
"Way more than we expected, word is not really out, we are a little secret in downtown," said Cynthia Campbell of C. L. Evers, adding that their deli is great and everyone gets a free piece of fruit with each sandwich -- a healthy touch.
These eats and plenty more were centered at the Fairgrounds, serenaded by the sophisticated jazz of guitarist Mark Copani with Jimmy Johns on the vibes. When the cats were done, bluesman Joe Whiting blew some sweet sax.
The early days of a small show in the hollow sounding OnCenter was replaced by a full on trade show with businesses doing business with each other, and people shopping the room.
Syracuse Crate, a start up, was strutting their local stuff. This consisted of a crate of hometown products from the 'Cuse sent anywhere in the country. Ideal for college students, but also a neat business thank you, wedding favor or reminder of home for anyone who has ever spent time in central New York.
The offerings included the usual suspects including Hoffmann Hots and Hinderwild's salt potatoes. Liverpoolian Jessica Villanueva, a senior at Le Moyne, was working the booth and having a ball. She was also collecting names of other products that central New Yorkers are fond of, such as New Hope Mills Pancake Mix (Skaneateles) and McLusky Apples (LaFayette).
From pens and pencils to a cup of Joe
The Village Office Supply (VOS) was serving yummy individually brewed specialty coffees. This is part of their coffee program for businesses that includes an easy brew method. Each cup of coffee cost 50 cents compared to your basic $1.39 plus tax at Dunkin' Donuts.