The effort to renew the "after hours" get togethers for members of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce was uncorked this past Friday at Apex Wine Cellars, 111 E. Lincoln Avenue in Sunnyside.
"The purpose is to showcase businesses to other business people," said Chamber Director MaryAnn Bonny. "It is (meant) to enthuse people about what we have here."
Of the winery, she noted, "There may very well be chamber members in the Lower Valley who haven't been to Apex."
If so, Friday's event, held just as most people ended their work day, surely changed that.
About 50 chamber members RSVP'd for the event, but the turnout was at least double that, according to Melissa Gamache, tasting room manager for Apex.
"This is great," she enthused. "I'm really happy with the turnout."
Likewise, it seemed that those who turned out were happy with the event, enjoying not only wine samples from the Apex cellar, but food pairings from El Conquistador Restaurant, Stokes Burger Ranch, Siam Thai Cuisine, The Dairy Fair, Countryside Catering and Guerra's Produce.
Food selections ranged from fried asparagus provided by Burger Ranch, to chocolate cake from Countryside Catering.
Bonny said she is trying to get after hours events, such as the one at Apex, to become a regular part of the chamber schedule.
"Usually there are some sort of door prizes to encourage people to attend," she said of business after hours gatherings. "But at Apex they don't need door prizes, their wine and the hors d'oeuvres are door prizes enough."