The 2nd Annual Taste Of Virginia (TOVA) On Saturday, July 1, 2017, Was A Success!


Thank You To All Who Helped Make Virginia’s Best Food, Beer & Wine Festival: Taste Of Virginia (TOVA) A Success! 

Location: 4901 Lake Brook Dr, Glen Allen, VA 23060

 

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TOVA: One Of Innsbrook’s Largest Family-Friendly Signature Events, Presented By Capital Ale House, Benefiting MS, with a Culinary Competition sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Complete With A Grand Finale Of Fireworks!

This year’s event was an even better one-of-a-kind food festival, showcasing delicious dishes from local restaurants, each competing for the honorary “Taste of Virginia” title.  The Innsbrook Foundation and the Rotary Club of Innsbrook worked hard to create an event that featured everything you love! The best food, wine, and craft beer was paired with fun KidsZone activities, live music from the best bands Virginia has to offer and a spectacular fireworks finale that wowed the crowd! Special thanks to our friends and neighbors who attended this year’s TOVA2017 and showed us your support.  Also, a huge THANK YOU to our sponsors and restaurant vendor-sponsors who participated in this year’s family-friendly event, celebrating all things Virginia with proceeds benefiting National Multiple Sclerosis Society.    

People’s Choice Competition 

The competition heated up (quite literally) at this year’s event as local restaurants went head-to-head for the title of “Taste Of Virginia,” as well as “Best Presentation,” “Virginia’s Sweetest,” and “Le Chic Suite.” We appreciate all who participated in the event and a special thank you to everyone who cast their vote on the Innsbrook Facebook page for their favorite restaurant! Drum roll please……and the winner of the “People’s Choice” award is the Richmond Marriott Short Pump, right here in Innsbrook! We would like to also congratulate TOVA newcomer, Elephant Thai, for coming in second place in this category.  Judging for the restaurants to be named the “Taste of Virginia” took place before the event – Judges included: Matt Simmons of Capital Ale House, Whole Foods Market Chef Adrian Chapman, Henry Salmo, Food and Beverage Director from the Hilton Garden Inn and Food Blogger, Nick Lattanzio.  The top prize was a $2,500 Advertising package from Summit Media.

Congratulations To This Year’s Winners:

– Taste of Virginia – Nacho Mama’s – Best Presentation – River City Chocolate – Virginia’s Sweetest – River City Chocolate – Le Chic Suite – Richmond Marriott Short Pump – People’s Choice – Richmond Marriott Short Pump Innsbrook’s Taste of Virginia is about more than just incredible food.  There was plenty to stick around for, including 20+ Virginia craft beers from some of the best local breweries, including Ardent, Hardywood, Bold Rock, COTU and much more! There was also a delicious wine selection.  In addition, new this year – “MamaRitas” by RVA’s margarita gurus from Nacho Mamas – included a signature “TOVArita” which was blue with a tropical flavor.

Family-Friendly Event Activities Included:

  • Live local bands: -Whiskey Rebellion -Soul Expressions -The Silver Bullets
  • Artisan market to explore the variety of craft vendors and local businesses
  • KidZone activities, moon bounces, and corn hole!

This year’s event gave the option to “be the VIP that you are at Taste of Virginia!” VIP tickets were available as we “catered” to you and your crew.  Options Included:

SkyBox: (10 foot rise, front and center – some seating available)

      -Skybox, sponsored by RTS Labs, LLC – fresh and delicious cuisine catered by TWO KINGS CONCESSIONS & CATERING plus, enjoy Virginia’s best craft beer and wine (included); private portable restroom

VIP Experience: (fenced in, elegantly appointed, grass underfoot – bring your chair or get there early for limited seating)

-VIP Experience, Sponsored by Highwoods Properties with VIP Hospitality, sponsored by Colliers International and Chesapeake Bank – fresh & delicious cuisine catered by WHOLE FOOD MARKET plus, enjoy Virginia’s best craft beer and wine (included); private portable restroom

Party Porch:

      -Party the night away in our Brown’s Distributing PARTY PORCH– buy your PARTY PORCH UPGRADE now or at the event – avoid long beverage lines and enjoy the private portable restroom; cash bar.

Chalet:

      -Right is the place to be as you relax in the CHALET sponsored by Richmond Marriott Short Pump – buy your CHALET UPGRADE now or at the event – avoid long beverage lines and enjoy the private portable restroom; cash bar.

 

VIP’s saw all the action from the very best seats!

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Your VIP table is waiting!

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TOVA Supports The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Not only does Innsbrook Taste of Virginia provide delectable food for you and your family, this event helps support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.  The National MS Society’s mission is: People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.  Bring your friends and family to support this important cause! In 2016, a total of $15,908.00 was raised at the event to donate to Feedmore which will provide approximately 79,540 meals for children, families, and seniors who are hungry.  We could not have done it without the generous support of over 6,000 people in attendance! We would also like to thank all of the sponsors who made this event possible! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Innsbrook’s first Taste of Virginia 2016. 

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Markel Corporation In Innsbrook Reaches Another Milestone!

Congratulations to Markel Corporation on being named “The Third Stock to Reach $1,000 This Year” by the Wall Street Journal on July 3, 2017.

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Markel Corporation is one of Innsbrook’s initial startup companies, around since 1986 that helped shape Innsbrook’s future, to become named one of Richmond’s Fortune 500 companies in 2016.  Today, Markel can seem like a complex organization, but their main operation is insurance with 60 offices in 20 countries, and to think it all started right here in Innsbrook.  We would like to recognize Markel on reaching another milestone as a part of the Innsbrook Community.

 

Three Ways To Make Social Media Pay, June 15 Executives’ Breakfast

This Month’s Speaker, Patrick McFadden, President of Indispensable Marketing.

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Join us for June’s Executive’s Breakfast with speaker, Patrick McFadden, President of Indispensable Marketing, as he explores “Three Ways To Make Social Media Pay.”

Patrick McFadden, President and Marketing Consultant at Indispensable Marketing, believes that any business, regardless of industry, can benefit from this “marketing as a process” view and that marketing plans can be stripped down to the effective implementation of 7 components.

“We help service based businesses generate more leads and close more sales” – Patrick McFadden

He has been featured in media outlets and publications like American Express OPEN, INC., (SBDC) Virginia Small Business Development Center, Group Association magazines, Yahoo Small Business, and Business2Community.

The Executives’ Breakfast is open to everyone.  No need to be an executive or work in Innsbrook to wake up and hear from inspiring speakers while engaging with Richmond professionals.  The breakfast series meets every third Thursday of the month. Stay tuned as our 2017 calendar fills up with business-savvy speakers who will give advice and insights sure to motivate you on your pathway to success.

Wake up with Innsbrook Executives’ Breakfast to take advantage of terrific networking opportunities and great conversations with peers and colleagues, as well as gain valuable business tips.

REGISTER HERE

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A big thank you to MLH Asset Management LP for helping us put on a wonderful breakfast this month!

Click HERE To See The Full Schedule

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Innsbrook’s Golf Classic Is In Full Swing For 2017 With A Record Number, 34 Teams, All Benefiting St. Joseph’s Villa

 

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The Innsbrook Classic has become the tournament of choice and one of Innsbrook’s most popular sporting events.  This year, on Monday, June 12th, we will be teeing off at an exciting new course, The Federal Club in Glen Allen, VA.  We are looking for hole sponsors, as well as a variety of other sponsorship opportunities.  It’s going to be an exciting tournament with a record number of teams signed-up.  The Federal Club’s course features bent grass and fairways with Bluegrass/fescue roughs.  The course plays to 7,073 yards at its longest, with a rating of 74.1 and a slope of 145.  It is a par 72 with eight par 4’s, five par 5’s and five par 3’s.

Tee it up for a day of fun and to support a great charity

Click here for The 2017 Golf Classic Tournament information and Entry Form

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Read More about the Federal Club: http://www.thefederalclub.com

Sign up your foursome today to meet on the green and swing your club to score a hole-in-one for St.  Joseph’s Villa, our charity partner, at the Innsbrook Golf Classic.  This year, we will play host to thirty-four teams.  Showcase your company logo and brand at one of Innsbrook’s signature events! Trade in a workday for a golf day with coworkers.  Make Monday, June 12th a day of golf to support a great charity.  It is a great day of fun featuring 18 holes of golf, snacks and beverages on the course, and an awards dinner.

-Shot gun start format to kick off the golf day.
-Take your best swing at your chance for a hole in one! Make the hole and drive away in an exotic car.
-This year’s celebratory golfer is newscaster, Greg McQuade, from CBS 6 Virginia This Morning.  McQuade will be stepping up to hit a bonus drive for your team.
-Innsbrook’s very own former news anchor and Innsbrook Foundation Director, Yvonne Nelson, will be there in support, offering a bonus putt for your team.
-Prizes will be given to the golfer closest to the hole and the longest drive.

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Read more about our charity partner: http://www.neverstopbelieving.org/about/

Time to get your team together for an after hours 5k!

The Anthem Corporate Run Is Coming To Innsbrook June 8!

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We all love a work happy hour…so why not be a part of the biggest one in RVA? Talk some smack, and challenge your coworkers or that evil industry rival from across town to an after hours 5k, then take part in a huge office party complete with beer, wine, a live DJ and more! It’s the perfect way to celebrate Thirsty Thursday, and get ready for the weekend! Run, walk, unwind, network, and have fun at the Anthem Corporate Run! Taking place in the beautifully scenic Innsbrook Office Park.

Click HERE for more information

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If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at info@sportsbackers.org

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Innsbrook Supports The Richmond Performing Arts Alliance In Announcing…

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE at the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center

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Innsbrook, with its thirty-two years of concert success, is proud to cross promote and show support for the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA).

Yvonne Nelson, Director of the Innsbrook Foundation, stated, “Innsbrook is about partnering to support the Richmond area arts as a whole.”

Join us for a special concert benefiting the artistic and educational programs of Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA) – formerly Richmond CenterStage Foundation.

New Orleans native Trombone Shorty is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a dynamic funk fusion band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition.

Click to purchase your tickets!  Tickets can also be purchased at the Dominion Arts Center or Altria Theater box offices, at etix.com, or by calling (800) 514-3849 (ETIX).

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Interested in Your Family’s Health and Wellness? Stop By Innsbrook’s Wellness Fair June 1

wellnessfairpicforwebJoin us on June 1, 2017 for Innsbrook’s Annual Health & Wellness Fair.  This is a fun and educational event promoting healthy lifestyles in the Innsbrook community.  The fair features vendors, exhibits and learning centers as well as refreshments and gifts, free health and wellness magazines, computerized health and wellness evaluations, chair massages, raffles, door prizes and much more.

Use your lunch break and take the opportunity to learn something new about your health.  The fair covers a wide range of topics including: nutrition and diet tips, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, heart health, and vision.

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The Innsbrook Health Fair is free and all are welcome to attend!

Where: Salons A & B, 4521 Highwoods Parkway, Glen Allen, VA

When: Thursday, June 1- 11:00am- 1:30pm

For more information and to volunteer, contact jacci.whitaker@capitalone.com

Innsbrook Welcomes Author, Norman Cohen, May 18 Executives’ Breakfast Speaker

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Norman will focus on the differences in doing business in distinctive cultures, discuss the dynamic changes in the world economy, and the importance of leadership, emphasizing his relationships with Lady Margaret Thatcher, the Clinton/Gore administration, and President Trump.

Norman Cohen is an icon – a man of principle and a man of steel.  During his service on the North Carolina Board of Science & Technology, he advised five Governors on leading-edge technology issues and also worked tirelessly to improve science, mathematics and technology education in North Carolina.  While he served on the Board of Trustees for the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, enrollment grew from 18,000 to 28,000 and the campus added 12 buildings, including the Charlotte Research Center.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Goulston Technologies he spent 30 + years working to preserve the integrity of the synthetic fiber industry while negotiating with international companies for growth and expansion.

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 11.11.03 AMNorman is a published author.  He has advised Presidents, brokered international deals, spent 25 years as a dear friend to Lady Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and spent most of his adult life being a loving husband to his wife, Natalie.

Innsbrook Invites You To Join Us For This Special Executives’ Breakfast

Norman will have several copies of his book, “Don’t Cry Foul – Just Strike Them Out,” available for attendees at the Innsbrook Executives’ breakfast meeting.

REGISTER NOW!

Thank You To Our Sponsor:

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Innsbrook Welcomes Charlene Eshleman, May 11 Wellness Forum Speaker

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Charlene Eshleman has been to over 50 countries, but she always enjoys coming home to Richmond.  Charlene retired after working for a non-profit for over 30 years teaching leadership in many of those countries.  Now, she is able to combine her training experience with her passion for wellness, and loves educating folks about an area of wellness that is seldom talked about and often ignored.  She is known in Richmond as “The Wellness Lady.” Charlene has an undergraduate degree in Communications and a masters in Adult Education–both from VCU.  She is married to the love of her life, David, and together they led an exchange program with Germany for 22 years.  She was recently one of the featured speakers at the 2017 Wellness Symposium.  You will learn something today and may even leave motivated to make some changes.

Charlene Eshleman of MakeGreenGoGreen will be speaking about the toxicity and safety of household products at Innsbrook’s May 11 Wellness Forum.  Charlene’s organization, MakeGreenGoGreen, “was originally created by three good friends on a mission together who have collectively well over 50 years of experience developing large, successful organizations.  They wanted to create a system to leverage that experience and knowledge.”

Join us for the Innsbrook Wellness Forum. Gain valuable information right in Innsbrook from local health professionals. Every second Thursday of the month during the lunch hour, the Innsbrook Wellness Committee organizes a forum for local workers and residents to learn helpful information about staying healthy. Meet other workers in the area or come with co-workers and friends to enjoy an educational experience while having a light lunch provided by Innsbrook!

To sign up, contact Sandy Kuhn at skuhn@innsbrook.com.
(Free light lunch will be provided to all who RSVP)

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Join us for the Innsbrook Wellness Forum.  Gain valuable information right in Innsbrook from local health professionals.  Every second Thursday of the month during the lunch hour the Innsbrook Wellness Committee organizes a forum for local workers and residents to learn helpful information about staying healthy.  Meet other workers in the area or come with co-workers and friends to enjoy an educational experience while having a light lunch provided by Innsbrook!

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Speaker: Charlene Eshleman, Make Green Go Green

 Charlene Eshleman has been to over 50 countries, but she always enjoys coming home to Richmond.  Charlene retired after working for a non-profit for over 30 years teaching leadership in many of those countries.  Now, she is able to combine her training experience with her passion for wellness, and loves educating folks about an area of wellness that is seldom talked about and often ignored.  She is known in Richmond as “The Wellness Lady.” Charlene has an undergraduate degree in Communications and a masters in Adult Education–both from VCU.  She is married to the love of her life, David, and together they led an exchange program with Germany for 22 years.  She was recently one of the featured speakers at the 2017 Wellness Symposium.  You will learn something today and may even leave motivated to make some changes.