Tickets are now on sale for the annual Solvang Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet set for Thursday, March 29, when some of the area’s best individuals, businesses and organizations will be honored.

Those who purchase their tickets before Saturday will save $25 per person.

Nominees for some of the awards to be presented that night have already been announced by the Chamber, and a spokeswoman said the organization is “thrilled with this year’s people’s choice.”

Last year, a total of 16 awards were handed out.

Some of this year’s nominees include:

Large Business of the Year — Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort and Buellflat Rock Co.

Small Business of the Year — Valley Hardware & Garden Center, C&D llp and Chicago Title

Winery of the Year — Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards and Kalyra Winery

Restaurant of the Year — Succulent Café, Cecco Ristorante and Paula's Pancake House

Retail of the Year — The Copenhagen House, ZFolio, The Home Connection and Parts Unknown

Non-Profit Organization of the Year — Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People and Solvang Senior Center

Most Philanthropic Foundation of the Year — Allan Hancock College Foundation, Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation

Aaron Petersen and Kim Jensen will be the masters of ceremony for the event from 5 to 10 p.m. at Hotel Corque Root 246.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $75 per person until March 10, when they will increase to $100 per person.

To make reservations and purchase tickets, call the Chamber office at 688-0701 or email

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at


News Editor

Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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