The 6th Annual Taste of Milford and Holiday Auction kicks off at The Rookery tomorrow night, featuring 11 food vendors and more than 100 auction items.

It's been six years since the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford created its successful Holiday Auction and Tastes of Milford and every year it grows.

"Two years ago, we moved from the Milford Senior Center to the country club because it just made sense logistically," said CCGM Executive Director Jo Schmeiser. "The space allows us to accommodate more people, more vendors and we can just spread out more."

Here's what to know before you go.


1 Savory samples

Schmeiser said that one of the most exciting elements of this year's event is that the chamber has enlisted both new and retuning food vendors.
"We have 11 vendors that have confirmed," Schmeiser said. "Everyone who was on board last year signed on this year and we have new vendors, too.

Returning this year will be Abbott's Grill, Grotto's, Walmart, The Ladies Auxiliary of the Carlisle Fire Department, Delaware Hospice and Mr. Barbecue. New this year are Burgers and Beans, Dolce, Betty Lou's and Troop's Catering.

The Rookery's Chef Glenda will also be providing samples from the country club's menu and people are welcome to sidle up to the fully stocked cash bar that will also be open.

Worried that you'll be standing around with a plate in one hand and a drink in the other? Don't be. The Rookery is stocking the banquet room with charming bistro tables, giving guests the opportunity to linger over some of their favorite samples.

2 Shopping Galore

Event organizers have gone to great lengths to collect the best that local businesses have to offer in order to create an exciting auction.

Back for his sixth year, Auctioneer Dave Wilson will be bringing his usual energy and enthusiasm. But, this year there are more than 100 items, each one worth at least $25 or more.

"Just a few weeks ago we had about 70 items but now we have more than 100," Schmeiser said. "People have been so generous that some of the items may even have to be bundled together."

People can expect to see gift cards, gift baskets, artwork and home accessories. But there's also a Kate Space purse, a touchscreen internet tablet, several books, an opportunity to co-host one morning with local radio personality Dana McDonald or personalities Petch and Paula and lots of wine and food. Bid on one item or a handful and see what happens.

3 All for a good cause

While the event is expected to be a good time for both participants and attendees, it's also an opportunity to give back to the community because the money raised will stay local.

"We work with non-profit chamber members in a joint effort to raise money for both the chamber and the non-profit," Schmeiser said. "This year, our other beneficiary is the Milford School District."

Tickets for the event routinely sellout and people are encouraged to buy early rather than waiting to get tickets at the door. For tickets, Schmeiser said that the best thing to do is to call the chamber directly at (302) 422-3344. More information can also be found at the organization's website,


WHAT 6th Annual Holiday Auction and Tastes of Milford

WHERE The Rookery, 6162 S. Rehoboth Boulevard, Milford

WHEN 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15

COST $15 in advance, $20 at the door**