e have been staying busy here at the Tulare Chamber of Commerce, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be out in the community doing what we do best! 

The annual Crush Party event presented by the Chamber and the College of the Sequoias (COS) Foundation was a night filled with fun, delicious food and great wine, beer and cocktails. We were excited to welcome new and returning guests to this event after having to cancel in 2020 due to the pandemic. Crush Party made for a beautiful evening at the COS Tulare Campus Center, and we thank our sponsors, vendors and guests for supporting both the Tulare Chamber of Commerce and the COS Foundation.  Mark your calendar now for Crush Party 2022 to be held Oct. 7.

There are some new and exciting businesses in Tulare, including the highly anticipated Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. The restaurant is known for its specialty chicken fingers and delicious Cane Sauce. Raising Cane’s has recently expanded into the Central Valley, including Visalia and Hanford, along with its new Tulare location. The local store features a two-kitchen concept, allowing for shorter wait times and fresher food. Visit the Tulare location at 1579 E. Prosperity Ave., open 9 a.m.-3:30 a.m. 

EI Café moved to a new location in Tulare, and it is excited to welcome guests to this beautiful restaurant. El Café offers healthy options for dine-in, delivery and “grab & go.” It is known locally for its meal plans, where you can order your fit and healthy meals for the week. Drop by the restaurant or call  for meal plan options, 1295 N. Cherry Ave. in Tulare or (559) 901-3066.

Members of the Leadership Tulare Class of 2021-22 have begun their journey to becoming community leaders. The participants took part in a two-day retreat, which dove into the core of leadership including styles, team building, Norms of Collaboration and the 4 Cs of Leadership. The class was able to utilize this time to build their team rapport and bond with fellow classmates. This year’s Leadership Tulare class is a group of diverse and driven individuals working together to learn about their community as they define their roles as emerging leaders in the greater Tulare area:

  • Erica Cubas, Altura Centers for Health
  • Julia Fracker, St. Anthony Retreat Center
  • Blake Garcia, Change Home Mortgage
  • Jason Hooyer, City of Tulare
  • Dixie Lobmeyer, Innovating Ag Services
  • Jessica Lopez, Pro Citrus Network
  • Lisa McCrea, International Agri-Center
  • Greg Merrill, Tulare Police Department
  • Kevin Nunes, Lane Engineers
  • Whitney Scarbrough, Rusty Roots Show
  • Sara Souza, California Dairies Inc. 
  • Brandon West, Tulare Fire Department
  • Ashlee Winslow, City of Tulare