The Solvang Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 3 will roll out the red carpet for businesses, honor outstanding community members, and recognize outgoing board members at its Annual Awards Gala at Solvang Veterans Hall, 1745 Mission Drive.

The chamber invites nonprofits, local business leaders, and the community at large to celebrate and support the individuals and groups that are making Solvang a better place for local residents.

The gala will pay tribute to individuals and businesses that embody the spirit and ethos of the Solvang business community.

The chamber believes that acknowledging the efforts and dedication of these individuals and businesses is key to fostering a strong sense of community and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

The Solvang Chamber will present the following awards:
Ambassador of the Year – Kristy Payne
John Martino Beautification Award – PARc Place
Linda Johansen Spirit of the Community Award – Heather Bedford
Non-Profit of the Year – Hidden Wings
Small Business of the Year – Solvang Spice Merchant
Large Business of the Year – El Rancho Market
Winery of the Year – Dana V. Wines
Restaurant of the Year – Clean Slate Wine Bar

The gala includes cocktail hour, 6-7 p.m., and awards ceremony, 7-9 p.m.

Ticket prices, which include admission to the gala, full bar and appetizers, are $75 for a chamber member ticket, and $100 for non-members. Tickets costs will increase by Oct. 23 to $100 for chamber members, $125 for non-member

Those interested in attending the event must RSVP by Oct 27 online at

Direct questions about the 2023 Annual Awards nominations to Tracy Beard, executive director of the chamber, by calling 805-688-0701, or emailing