August 21, 2017 – Hudson, Ohio – A Taste of Hudson, Inc. is excited to bring the NEW Taste of Hudson back to downtown Hudson this Labor Day weekend. Set to take place on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4, the Taste of Hudson will return after a year hiatus with a refreshed layout, non-stop family fun and many of the perennial favorites offering something for everyone.

Delicious sample sized tastes will be available on the culinary green at First & Main from area restaurants including: Aladdins, The Brew Kettle, Cilantro, Don Patron, Donato’s, FlipSide, Hudson’s Restaurant & Catering, Jaipur Junction, One Red Door, Peachtree Southern Kitchen & Cocktails, Rosewood Grill Hudson, the Rotary Clocktower Club and 3 Palms.

New for 2017 is the ability for guests step right up to each restaurant tent and pay for their purchases with cash or credit cards directly, replacing the previously used dining card system. Guests can enjoy their food in the PNC Community Dining Tents or dine alfresco at one of the many picnic or umbrella tables in the area.

It wouldn’t be the Taste of Hudson without the live music. More than 20 bands will be performing on 4 stages all weekend long and strolling musicians throughout the event. The Taste is a great place to catch your favorite local band.

The Akron Children’s Hospital Activities Green and Primrose School Stage will feature non-stop fun for all ages throughout the weekend. Courtesy of PPG, the Science Takes Flight Adventure Stations, Interactive Butterfly Exhibit and craft tent will be hot spots as well as the popular Little Tikes Land. Additional entertainment options sponsored by Merrill Lynch of Hudson includes face painting, balloon artists, and a special performance by Guinness Book of World Records holder, Dr. UR Awesome with his amazing bubble show. New this year will be a food booth courtesy of the Clocktower Rotary Club featuring kid friendly fare and the desirable ice cream treats!

Visit with more than 30 exhibitors and artists along the KeyBank Exhibitor Way and Artists Vineyard where you will find everything from household goods to clothing and spirit wear along with home improvement resources and service providers from around the community. Admire the beautifully hand-crafted items from local artists including jewelry, photography, wood working and more.

Cap it all off with the popular wine and beer garden presented by 3 Palms, featuring wine and beer tastings, additional options at the Day Ketterer full pour bars and the Bud Light Build A Bar. You won’t want to miss the Kaulig Capital Endless Happy Hour at the Stella Artois Airstream all weekend long! The wine and beer garden is open until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3 for a special concert series presented by the Miele Foundation with Jersey, the Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band and The Chozen Few performing on stage. Take a break from the action in the Suncrest Garden’s Relaxation Station or on the Goose Island Patio.

The Taste of Hudson is a benefit for Akron Children’s Hospital School Health Services and Hudson area non-profit organizations and has raised over $347,000 to date while being supported by more than 200 volunteers annually including a passionate organizing committee.

 

“We weren’t totally sure if taking a year off would affect the overall interest in the Taste of Hudson, but we have been delighted to receive tremendous support for the new event offerings and the new leadership from all our stakeholders including the City of Hudson and First & Main,” said Bob Liskiewicz, Taste of Hudson president.

Debra Sherman, executive director for the Taste of Hudson added, “The NEW Taste of Hudson will be a refreshed and refocused showcase of the best Hudson has to offer including some perennial favorites with a dash of new, fun exhibits for the entire family. It’s been an exciting journey and we can’t wait to share it with the community and celebrate over Labor Day weekend.”

Presented by Akron Children’s Hospital and the Mawaka Foundation with support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and PPG, the Taste of Hudson is also sponsored by 3 Palms, KeyBank, Little Tikes, PNC Bank, Primrose School of Hudson, Kaulig Capital, Velocity Broadband, First & Main, Merrill Lynch Hudson, the Miele Foundation, Day Ketter and Strachan Novak Insurance.

Established in 2005, A Taste of Hudson, Inc. is a not for profit organization which produces one of the area’s largest two-day festivals featuring food, live entertainment, exhibitors and children’s activities and draws over 20,000 visitors annually.

For more information on the NEW 2017 Taste of Hudson, please visit www.tasteofhudson.com or email thetasteofhudson@gmail.com.

 

A Taste of Hudson, Inc. is a non-profit organization which produces the annual Taste of Hudson event over Labor Day weekend and the Hail to the Chefs preview event in an effort to promote the Hudson area and raise funds to benefit other charitable organizations in Hudson and the surrounding area. A Taste of Hudson, Inc. operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Hail to the Chefs Gala Returns to Honor Dr. Richard Hertle and Raise Funds for Taste of Hudson Charities

The 11th annual Hail to the Chefs was held on Thursday, September 29 at Lake Forest Country Club as a benefit to Akron Children’s Hospital School Health Services. Hail to the Chefs is held annually and serves as a preview to the new Taste of Hudson which will be held September 3 and 4, 2017 in downtown Hudson.

More than 180 guests enjoyed a fall themed event with crisp wines, pumpkin and Oktoberfest themed beers and delicious appetizers and menu items from nine Hudson restaurants including: Downtown 140, Hudson’s Restaurant & Catering, Lake Forest Country Club, Laurel Lake, Nosh Creative Eatery, One Red Door, Peachtree Southern Kitchen & Cocktails, Rosewood Grill and Tomato Grill. Appetizers were also presented by Adams Reserves New York Extra Sharp Cheddar as well as Lake Forest Country Club, who also provided the delicious desserts and coffee service.

Guests enjoyed the sounds of the No Moss Band while bidding on silent auction items and took their chance at winning a dynamic three piece jewelry set including a diamond cluster ring donated by Cambridge Jewelers and silver earrings and a necklace donated by Katie O’Toole Smith and handcrafted by local Hudson artist, Jen Baskin.

Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs were Kathy Chadwick-Koke, vice president of marketing of Laurel Lake Retirement Community, and Shawn Lyden, executive vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital. Long time Akron Children’s Hospital and Hail to the Chefs / Taste of Hudson supporter, Joe Parisi, served as emcee of the event, while Mayor David Basil and Mr. Bill Considine both offered their support of the annual Taste of Hudson and the vibrancy it adds to the community each summer while helping so many local charities.

Chaired by Hudson resident, Carrie Gynn, alongside a team of volunteers, Hail to the Chefs is built around the culinary talents in the community and this year’s event was no exception. “We are appreciative of our Hudson area chefs for sharing their talents with us and their continued commitment to Hail as well as to our event sponsors, Akron Children’s Hospital, Scott & Julie Mawaka, Laurel Lake Retirement Community, Key Bank, Legacy Strategic Asset Management, Jaguar Land Rover of Solon and Oswald Companies,” said Gynn.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the new 2017 Taste of Hudson over Labor Day weekend and Hail to the Chefs was a major step towards the future for the event,” said Debra Sherman, Taste of Hudson executive director. “It was wonderful to see so many of our local chefs, community and event advocates and peers at the event and we truly are thankful for their continued support.”

A highlight of the event was the presentation of the Heart of Hudson Award which honors individuals who are exemplary Hudson residents working at Akron Children’s Hospital. This year’s award was presented to the much deserving Dr. Richard Hertle who serves as the Chief of Ophthalmology at Akron Children’s Hospital.

A Hudson resident for many years, Dr. Hertle is a renowned physician specializing in the care of pediatric patients with disorders of the visual system and adults with eye movement disorders.

“I am honored to have accepted the “Heart of Hudson” award on behalf of our work at Akron Children’s Hospital,” said Dr. Hertle. “I and all the staff at the Vision Center have been fortunate to have had tremendous support by, and investment of, the Hospital leadership in fulfilling our mission of providing timely, expert and comprehensive vision care to the children of northeast Ohio as well as a National and International patient population. This award represents to me the gratitude to and respect of Akron Children’s Hospital by the good people of Hudson, Ohio in general and all those particularly responsible for the annual “Taste of Hudson” celebration. I am thankful to be part of Akron Children’s Hospital and for a lifetime of continuous support from my family, including my wife Gloriann, our children, their spouses and our grandchildren.”

Taste of Hudson and Hail to the Chefs are produced by A Taste of Hudson, Inc., a non-profit corporation, organized by volunteers in an effort to promote the downtown Hudson restaurant and retail district and to provide funding for numerous charitable organizations, including Akron Children’s Hospital.

For more information on Hail to the Chefs or the new 2017 Taste of Hudson, please visit www.tasteofhudson.com or email thetasteofhudson@gmail.com.

 

A Taste of Hudson, Inc. is a non-profit organization which produces the annual Taste of Hudson event over Labor Day weekend and the Hail to the Chefs preview event in an effort to promote the Hudson area and raise funds to benefit other charitable organizations in Hudson and the surrounding area. A Taste of Hudson, Inc. operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

TASTE OF HUDSON DONATES $30,000 TO DESERVING ORGANIZATIONS

Donations total $347,215 over the history of Taste of Hudson.

October 25, 2016 – Hudson, Ohio – A Taste of Hudson, Inc. is honored to continue its tradition of presenting grants to Hudson and Summit County organizations for the twelfth year in a row through the generosity of the Murdough Foundation.

Twelve deserving organizations were chosen as recipients and presented donation checks on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. The funds were donated for grants by the Murdough Foundation in lieu of the festival being cancelled in 2016 due to construction and restructuring.

Recipients of the 2016 Taste of Hudson Grants Include:

  • Akron Children’s Hospital – School Health Services
  • Hudson Library & Historical Society
  • Hudson High School Scholarship Fund
  • Hudson Boosters Athletic Club
  • Hudson EMS Outreach
  • Hudson Community First
  • Destination Hudson
  • Junior Leadership Hudson
  • Hudson Community Service Association – Lighting Committee
  • Hudson Screen on the Green
  • Leadership Hudson
  • Hudson Clocktower Rotary

“We’re honored to present grants to these fine organizations that make a difference in our community year round. While we were absent from the event landscape this past summer, Taste of Hudson will be back in 2017 with a renewed energy and another first class event. Our team has been working with our sponsors and community partners to ensure a seamless return and we are confident the new Taste of Hudson will be another successful event allowing us to continue the important work we do in the community and grant funds to such worthy organizations,” said Bob Liskiewicz, Taste of Hudson president.

The new 2017 Taste of Hudson will return next Labor Day weekend, September 3 & 4, 2017 in downtown Hudson with more than a dozen restaurants, children’s activities, the very popular wine and beer garden, live entertainment, and a showcase of our sponsors, exhibitors and community outreach partners.

“Taste of Hudson board members and the committee have spent the last few months doing our homework and talking to both the community and past festival attendees about what they would like to see in the new Taste of Hudson. Noticeable changes will include a slightly condensed format to allow for a reduced number of street closures and added safety; sample size portions from Hudson based restaurants and a reinvented children’s activities area with non-stop entertainment,” said Debra Sherman, Taste of Hudson executive director.

Established in 2005, A Taste of Hudson, Inc. is a not for profit organization which produces one of the area’s largest two-day festivals featuring food, live entertainment, exhibitors and children’s activities and draws over 30,000 visitors annually.

For more information on the new 2017 Taste of Hudson, please visit www.tasteofhudson.com or email thetasteofhudson@gmail.com.

A Taste of Hudson, Inc. is a non-profit organization which produces the annual Taste of Hudson event over Labor Day weekend and the Hail to the Chefs preview event in an effort to promote the Hudson area and raise funds to benefit other charitable organizations in Hudson and the surrounding area. A Taste of Hudson, Inc. operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

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Hudson, Ohio (July 29, 2016) – The Board of Directors of Taste of Hudson Inc. announced today they will hold the annual Hail to the Chefs preview event on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Lake Forest Country Club. Having taken a one-year hiatus from their annual Labor Day event, the Board of Directors are looking to the Hail to the Chefs preview event as the next step as they move towards a successful return of the Taste of Hudson on Labor Day weekend, 2017.

Bob Liskiewicz, President of the Board of Directors stated, “We made the decision early this year to cancel the 2016 event due to anticipated downtown road construction. It also provided an opportunity to review the festival’s objectives so we could determine the best way forward after a successful 11 year run.”

According to Hail to the Chefs event chair, Carrie Gynn, “The eleventh annual Hail to the Chefs fundraiser, set for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 at Lake Forest Country Club, will again feature top area restaurants who will provide samples of their cuisine.” Hail to the Chefs will showcase much of the culinary expertise behind the 2017 return of the “Taste of Hudson” event. Tickets and general information are available on the Taste of Hudson web site, www.tasteofhudson.com, and on the Taste of Hudson Facebook page.

In addition to the Hail to the Chefs preview event, the Race to the Taste sister event will be taking place on Saturday, September 3, 2016 prior to the Screen on the Green presentation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the First & Main green. This year’s theme is the Jedi Night Run and there will be both a 1 mile family fun run and a 5K run. Visit www.facebook.com/racetothetaste2016 for more information on the Race to the Taste.

Furthermore, the Taste of Hudson Board of Directors has announced that Debra Sherman, owner of Classic Event Services, LLC and Connecting for A Cause, has been appointed Executive Director for the 2017 Taste of Hudson. The Board previously announced that Andy Malitz retired as Taste of Hudson Executive Director effective February 15, 2016.

“I am excited to rejoin the Taste of Hudson team as the Executive Director for 2017. The Taste has always been a Hudson centric family event with great food, entertainment and children’s activities. I look forward to working with the board of directors to continue the tradition that has become a vital part of the event landscape in Hudson each summer,” said Debra Sherman

Liskiewicz added, “Our future plans include some important changes as we work to reduce the overall footprint of the festival and focus on the original event objectives. The City of Hudson, local restaurants and retailers and event sponsors all have been strong supporters of the 2017 event plans and we very much appreciate all the assistance we’ve received. We look forward to another successful event and continuing to provide grants to local charities.”

Taste of Hudson, one of Northeast Ohio’s premier events and a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has boasted annual attendance of over 30,000 people and has generated grants of over $300,000 to worthy local charitable endeavors.

As previously stated, Tom Murdough will generously provide a donation of $30,000 from the Murdough Foundation to benefit local charities during the hiatus from Taste of Hudson for 2016. Request for grants from Hudson organizations can be directed to Taste of Hudson, Attn: Ed Sogan, PO Box 312, Hudson OH 44236.

For more information on Hail to the Chefs or Taste of Hudson please visit www.tasteofhudson.com or email debra@debrasherman.com.

Taste of Hudson, Inc. is a non-profit organization which produces the annual Taste of Hudson event over Labor Day weekend and the Hail to the Chefs preview event in an effort to promote the Hudson area and raise funds to benefit other charitable organizations in Hudson and the surrounding area. Taste of Hudson, Inc. operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Participants Reveal Menu Selections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 15, 2015

HUDSON, OH (May, 14, 2015) Tickets are on sale for 10th Anniversary Hail to the Chefs, one of Hudson’s most delicious fund-raising parties. The fantastic food-focused event will benefit Akron Children’s Hospital’s School Health Services and will take place Friday, May 29, from 7p.m. – 11 p.m. at Lake Forest Country Club.

Hail to the Chefs co-chairs Carrie Gynn and Stephanie Lallement, and honorary co-chairs Shawn Lyden and Kathy Chadwick-Koke present an exciting event to showcase Hudson’s culinary scene and raise support for the work of Akron Children’s Hospital in our community. Delicious foods, fine wines and select beers, live music by the Aurora School of Music and dance music by Fabulous Voice Band, a silent and live auction along with a wine pull raffle are all part of the evening, which will be hosted by favorite local media personality Joe Cronauer. Sponsors for the gala include Akron Children’s Hospital, Laurel Lake Retirement Community, Henning Software, Akhia and Taste of Hudson.

The star attraction of Hail to the Chefs is always the food, artfully presented by chefs of Hudson restaurants. Many of the participating restaurants will present items to Hail to the Chefs guests that are not seen on their regular menus, or will add a unique twist or element of surprise. For the first time, a special “Best Taste” award will be presented to the best restaurant/chef as voted on by the attendees:

 

The luscious line up of menu items so far includes:

Shrimp and Cream Cheese Poppers, Smoked Salmon Roll and California Roll presented by Otani Restaurant and Pub (Hudson)

Artichoke D’Agnese and Veal and Chevre Stuffed Mushrooms, from Tomato Grill ( Hudson)

Sushi “shots,” by Rosewood Grill (Hudson)

Beef Lettuce Wrap, with Grilled Prime Rib Strip Loin, Bib Lettuce, Green Papaya Slaw, Peanuts, and Thai Basil Dipping Sauce, presented by One Red Door (Hudson)

Butterflied Shrimp over Chocolate Sauce by Taste of Laurel Lake (Hudson)

Jasmine’s Favorite with Chicken Mishwi, Hummus, Kale Quinoa Tabouli, by Aladdin’s Eatery (Hudson)

Select Hors d’oeuvres by Hudson’s Restaurant (Hudson)

NORTH END (Hudson) – Selection not available at release date

Morel Mushroom Éclair and Organic Smoked Salmon Canapé with Pickled Ramp, presented by Nosh Catering (Hudson)

Crisp Calamari Chiles, Ginger, Root Vegetables and Cashews presented by Downtown 140 (Hudson)

New York Sharp Cheddar and other assorted cheeses by Adams Reserve New York Sharp Cheddar

Decadent Desserts presented by host venue Lake Forest Country Club (Hudson)

Coffees presented by Caffe Gasperi (Hudson)

 

For the second year a very special award, the “Heart of Hudson” will be presented to Dr. Michael T. Bigham, an Akron Children’s Hospital physician who is also a resident of Hudson. The “Heart of Hudson” is awarded to an Akron Children’s Hospital physician who has made significant strides and impact in the health care of children. Dr. Bigham’s biography follows.

Hail to the Chefs ticket prices are $90 per person prior to May 28th and $100 after and at the door. Groups of eight or more may purchase individual tickets for $80.

 

 

Michael T. Bigham, MD, FAAP- Selected to receive “Heart of Hudson” award at Hail to the Chefs on May 29th at Lake Forest Country Club

Michael T. Bigham, MD, FAAPDr. Bigham has been a Pediatric Critical Care Physician at Akron Children’s Hospital for seven years. Dr. Bigham is originally from Salem, Ohio, where he lived until he left to earn his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He then moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he attended the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo and earned his Doctorate of Medicine. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and remained there for pediatric critical care fellowship training.

Dr. Bigham joined the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital in July of 2008. Dr. Bigham’s primary clinical duties include caring for critically ill and injured infants and children in Akron Children’s 23-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Beyond his clinical duties, Dr. Bigham remains busy with a number of local and national administrative/leadership roles, as well as an expanding portfolio of research and quality improvement activities. Administratively, Dr. Bigham serves as the Medical Director of Transport Services, where he oversees the transport of more than 3,000 ground and helicopter transports annually. Dr. Bigham is the Assistant Patient Safety Officer, assisting in the efforts to make Akron Children’s Hospital one of the safest children’s hospitals in the nation. Dr. Bigham is the Co-Chair of the medical staff’s Performance Improvement Committee, and he has spearheaded the hospital’s monitoring of provider performance and peer reviews.

Dr. Bigham has established a national reputation in the field of critical care transport and in the areas of clinical/quality improvement research. Dr. Bigham has been on local and national platforms presenting and publishing topics relating to sepsis in children, airway management, asthma, quality improvement, and neonatal/pediatric transport medicine, resulting in over 30 journal publications and 10 book chapters. Dr. Bigham is the Co-Founder of the Ground and Air Medical Quality Transport (GAMUT) Database, which is the largest international repository of quality performance metrics for neonatal/pediatric/adult critical care transport. Dr. Bigham’s professional memberships include: the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Pediatric Section, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Sections on Critical Care and Transport Medicine, and the Air Medical Physician Association. Dr. Bigham is the Pediatric Section Editor for Air Medical Journal.

Dr. Bigham currently resides in Hudson, Ohio with his wife, Lindsay, and their two children- Barrett, age 10 and Chloe, age 6. He enjoys watching, coaching and playing sports with his family; traveling and spending time with his friends. He is active at the First Congregational Church of Hudson, and he volunteers often in the Hudson City School District.

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Contacts:

Carrie Gynn, Co-chair: 216-470-6939
Stephanie Lallement, Co-chair: 330-313-4183
Andy Malitz, Exec. Director, Taste of Hudson: 330-808-1133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hail to the ChefsHUDSON, OH (April 17, 2015) Tickets are now on sale for the Hail to the Chefs charity gala which will take place at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 7pm to 11pm. The gala is celebrating its 10 year anniversary as one of Hudson’s most delicious fundraising parties. The food focused event will benefit Akron Children’s Hospital’s School Health Services and other local charities and is produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc.

“Hail to the Chefs is a unique event in the Cleveland/Akron area. During this evening, you will be able to taste the recipes of 10 of the best chefs of our community,” says Stephanie Lallement, Co-chair of the gala. “On top of having a fun evening listening to some great live music and shaking the dance floor with your friends, you will contribute to local charities close to our hearts.” To give you an example, last year, the Hail to the Chefs gala and Taste of Hudson were able to contribute monetarily to Akron Children’s Hospital’s School Health Services, Hudson Community First and a dozen other deserving organizations.

“We invite the community to experience Hail to the Chefs,” said the gala co-chair Carrie Gynn. “Lake Forest is a beautiful location for a summertime party. We look forward to this annual gathering of friends who want to have fun while supporting a valuable local institution like Akron Children’s Hospital.”

Honorary Co-chairs, Shawn Lyden and Kathy Chadwick-Koke, present an exciting event to showcase Hudson’s burgeoning culinary scene and raise support for the work of Akron Children’s Hospital in the Hudson community. Delicious foods, dancing, and live music by Fabulous Voices Band and auctions are all part of the evening, which will be hosted by favorite local media personality Joe Cronauer. Hail to the Chefs sponsors includes Akron Children’s Hospital, Laurel Lake Retirement Community, Henning Software and Akhia. More Than Gourmet, a Hudson-based company, will provide a special gift for each attendee.

The star attraction of Hail to the Chefs is always the food, artfully presented by chefs of Hudson area restaurants. Many of the participating restaurants will present items to Hail to the Chefs guests that are not seen on their regular menus, or will add a unique twist or element of surprise.

The restaurant line-up at Hail to the Chefs is complete and includes:

Aladdin’s Eatery
Downtown 140
Hudson’s Restaurant & Catering
Taste of Laurel Lake
North End
Nosh Creative Catering
One Red Door
Otani Restaurant & Pub
Rosewood Grill, Hospitality Restaurants
Tomato Grill

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and appetizers by Lake Forest Country Club and Adams Reserve, New York Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Cocktail hour music will be provided by the Aurora School of Music and Fabulous Voices Band. Lake Forest Country Club will also create magnificent desserts for guests that evening with coffees provided by Hudson’s newest coffee shop, Caffe Gasperi.

Co-chair Stephanie Lallement works closely with the restaurants for both Hail to the Chefs and Taste of Hudson and added “Have a taste of the best chefs in Hudson, have fun on the dance floor with your friends, and listen to an amazing dance band until 11p.m. On top of having the most memorable evening of the year, you will help contribute to our local charities.”

Joe Cronauer, as the event emcee, will present a live auction and dedicate the Annual Heart of Hudson Award to a deserving Akron Children’s Hospital physician who lives in Hudson. There will also be a silent auction with prizes such as sports packages, unique gift items, dining certificates and merchandise from the Hudson merchant community. Attendees of the 10th anniversary gala will vote on the “Best Taste of the Night” recognizing the chef and restaurant offering the most palate-pleasing food that evening. This award will be presented annually at future Hail to the Chefs events.

Tickets are on sale now at $90 per person prior to May 15 and $100 after and at the door. Groups of eight or more may purchase tickets for $80. For additional Hail to the Chefs information and to order tickets, click here or contact co-chairs Carrie Gynn at 216.470.6939 or Stephanie Lallement at 330-313-4183.

Taste of Hudson and Hail to the Chefs are produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc., a non-profit

501 (c ) 3, organized by volunteers to promote the downtown Hudson restaurant and retail district and to provide funding for numerous charity organizations. Information on Taste of Hudson, scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 6-7, as well as this year’s Hail to the Chefs event, is located at www.tasteofhudson.com

Contacts:

Carrie Gynn, Co-chair: 216-470-6939
Stephanie Lallement, Co-chair: 330-313-4183
Andy Malitz, Exec. Director, Taste of Hudson: 330-808-1133

Donations total $290,625 over The Taste’s ten year history

October 28, 2014 – Hudson, Ohio – Taste of Hudson is proud to donate $23,500 in net festival proceeds to Hudson and Summit County area organizations after this year’s 10th Anniversary event. Grants from this year’s festival have been issued to fourteen different organizations. Donation checks were distributed to the recipient organizations at a presentation on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

Established in 2005, Taste of Hudson is now northeast Ohio’s premier culinary, entertainment and lifestyle festival, bringing more than 35,000 visitors over the two-day event. The success of the festival has enabled Taste of Hudson to donate more than $290,625 to deserving organizations over the past ten years.

“The commitment of our festival sponsors, restaurants, partners, entertainers and exhibitors is incredible and has enabled us to evolve and present new attractions each year. Without their support of Taste of Hudson, a not-for-profit organization, we would not be in the position to donate funds each and every year. This year we experienced some adverse weather however we are still able to share our success by financially assisting numerous local organizations,” said Andy Malitz, executive director.

This year’s beneficiaries include:

  • Primary beneficiary Akron Children’s Hospital School Services
  • Hudson Community First
  • Destination Hudson
  • Merchants of Hudson
  • Junior Leadership Hudson
  • Leadership Hudson
  • Hudson Library and Historical Society
  • Screen on the Green
  • Hudson Memorial Stadium
  • Hudson Community Services Hudson Food Pantry
  • Hudson Community Services Holiday Lights
  • Friends of the Hudson Parks Ambassador Program
  • Hudson Middle School
  • Leadership Hudson Class of 2014.

Additionally, The Little Tikes Company donated over $4,000 in Little Tikes product to Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. Items went to numerous families chosen by Habitat for Humanity.

Annually, The Little Tikes Company provides the children’s toys and play structures enjoyed by thousands of families in Little Tikes Land during Taste of Hudson.

The mission of the organizing committee of Taste of Hudson is to promote economic development in downtown Hudson and to showcase the community to the thousands of guests who visit the event.

“Taste of Hudson wishes to thank all of our sponsors, and in particular our 2014 Presenting Sponsor Akron Children’s Hospital and Co-promoting Sponsor Windstream Communications, as well as North End, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Little Tikes, Laurel Lake Retirement Community, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation for their support,” said Malitz.

Malitz added, “We also express gratitude to all Taste of Hudson partners and sponsors, restaurants, exhibitors, artists, entertainers, our very dedicated Board of Directors and organizing committee, and more than 300 volunteers. The generosity of all of our participating organizations is paramount to our success and provides us the ability to produce a festival which can give back to our local community.”

Bob Liskiewicz, a long-time board member, has been named incoming president of the Taste of Hudson Board of Directors for 2015. “We are very proud to be associated with such a passionate team of people who work extremely hard to put on a first class event and at the same time give back to the community. I am excited to be part of the 2015 Taste of Hudson and to ensure our commitment to donate funds back into the community continues,” Liskiewicz added.

The 11th Annual Taste of Hudson is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, September 6-7, 2015.

Taste of Hudson, a two-day culinary, lifestyle and entertainment festival held annually over Labor Day weekend, attracted over 35,000 people to Hudson’s historic downtown. Visitors sampled delicious foods from 23 area restaurants while enjoying live entertainment, fine arts and crafts, children’s activities, a wine and beer garden and much more in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Taste of Hudson, a recognized 501c 3 organization, is a Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower Class of 2003-4 Leadership Hudson project event produced with the help of volunteers within the community in order to promote Hudson area restaurants, businesses, artists and entertainers and to provide funding for several charities. For more information and photos from the 2014 Taste of Hudson visit www.tasteofhudson.com.

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Andy Malitz, Executive Director
330-808-1133 / amalitz2@yahoo.com

Taste of Hudson Announces Line Up of Restaurants For Festival’s 10th Anniversary

Hudson, OH (July 20, 2014) — Preparations are underway for a spectacular 2014 Taste of Hudson presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, August 31 and September 1, 2014. The food, music and lifestyle festival is now a regional destination for Labor Day Weekend and draws nearly 35,000 people over two days.

“What started out as a project for the Leadership Hudson class of 2003/2004 has evolved into one of the largest festivals in Ohio,” said Executive Director Andy Malitz. “Food is core to the event, and we are grateful to have the support of a robust and diverse culinary community in and around Hudson.”

The 2014 Taste of Hudson restaurant partners are:

Adam’s Reserve New York Cheddar/Great Lakes Cheese
Aladdin’s Eatery
Cilantro Thai and Sushi Restaurant
Donato’s Pizza
Downtown 140
Flip Side
Hershey’s Ice Cream
Hudson’s Restaurant
Jaipur Junction- Hudson
Luchita’s Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar
Marcelita’s Mexican Restaurant
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
North End
Nosh Eatery & Creative Catering
One Red Door
Otani Japanese Restaurant & Hibachi
Peachtree Southern Kitchen & Cocktails
pizzaBOGO
Rosewood Grill
The Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower Ice Cream
Tomato Grill
Zeppe’s Italian Bistro
3 Palms Pizzeria & Bakery
Hudson’s Catering

Taste of Hudson offers a chance for attendees to sample an array of restaurants using a simple pre-loaded dining card available at several locations within the festival. Participating restaurants offer sample size tastes of items found on their standard menus or offer some creative spins on customer favorites.

In addition Taste of Hudson offers non-stop live music on six stages, the North End Wine and Beer Garden, where guests will enjoy libations and music in a comfortable, sophisticated atmosphere, a luxury car show presented by Diamond Auto Group, an arts and crafts fair, an extensive children’s area, sponsored by Primrose School of Hudson, and the much-loved Little Tikes Land, where the youngest guests can find plenty of diversions, including the Jo-Ann Stores Kids Craft Zone.

Taste of Hudson sponsors and media partners include Akron Children’s Hospital, Windstream Communications, Jo-Ann Stores, Henning Software, PNC Bank, Pepsi, North End, Kurtz & Company, Merrill Lynch, Mimi Vanderhaven, Summit Insurance, Little Tikes, Buford T. Hedgehog Productions, Stella Artois, Yuengling, Record Publishing, Northeast Ohio Parent, Hudson Life Magazine, Scene Magazine, WKYC, WDOK, 91.3 The Summit and First & Main.

Taste of Hudson is produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized by volunteers to promote the downtown Hudson restaurant and retail district and to provide funding for numerous charitable organizations, including Akron Children’s Hospital.

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Dr. Jeffrey Hord Honored with Heart of Hudson Award

More than 200 guests enjoyed a picture perfect evening at the 9th annual Hail to the Chefs gala at Lake Forest Country Club on Friday, May 30. Hudson restaurants and chefs participated in the fundraiser which benefitted Akron Children’s Hospital School Health Services. Nine Hudson restaurants artfully presented dishes from their restaurants in a relaxed, social setting. Guests danced to live music from local favorite ContraBand.

The annual event ignites community excitement for Taste of Hudson, presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, which will take place August 31 and September 1.
Co-Chairs Carrie Gynn and Stephanie Lallement presented an event built around Hudson’s exceptional culinary talent, with the help of a dedicated volunteer committee. Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs were Kathy Chadwick-Koke, vice president of marketing of Laurel Lake Retirement Community, and Shawn Lyden, executive vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital.

“We appreciate the support of the restaurant community for this event,” said Taste of Hudson Executive Director Andy Malitz. “We’re also getting ready to announce the full line-up of Taste of Hudson restaurants, so make sure you are following Taste of Hudson on Facebook and Twitter to stay current on all details on our 10th Anniversary year.”

Media personality Joe Cronauer, along with Taste of Hudson Executive Director Andy Malitz, presented the Heart of Hudson Award to Dr. Jeffrey Hord, director of childhood cancers and blood disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital. This newly-established award honors individuals who are exemplary Hudson residents who work at Akron Children’s Hospital. The annual award will be part of future Hail to the Chefs events.

A Hudson resident for many years, Dr. Hord is active in the community and is proud to call Hudson his home, along with his wife Patricia and their three children.

“I’ve been blessed in so many ways,” said Dr. Hord. “I enjoy good health and have a loving, supportive family. I work in a profession where I feel like I make a difference in the lives of the children and families for whom I care. I work for Akron Children’s Hospital and the great staff there, with whom I share many values, including treating others as we would want to be treated. And I live in the wonderful community of Hudson, which is a great place to raise a family with excellent public and private schools, an active church at St. Mary’s, wonderful parks and so many family-oriented activities. Because of all the benefits my family and I have received, I feel compelled to give back to the community and to those in need.”

Taste of Hudson and Hail to the Chefs are produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized by volunteers to promote the downtown Hudson restaurant and retail district and to provide funding for numerous charitable organizations, including Akron Children’s Hospital.

Contacts:
Carrie Gynn, Co-chair: 330-528-0727
Stephanie Lallement, Co-chair: 330-313-4183
Andy Malitz, Exec. Director, Taste of Hudson: 330-808-1133

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hudson’s “Hail to the Chefs” Gala set for Friday, May 30
The 9th Annual Event Will Celebrate Taste of Hudson Chefs

HUDSON, OH (April 10, 2014) Hail to the Chefs will be held on Friday, May 30, from 7pm to 11pm at Lake Forest Country Club. The annual event celebrates Hudson’s exciting culinary scene and raises the anticipation for the Taste of Hudson festival, which will take place August 31 and September 1.

Chefs representing many of Hudson’s best restaurants and establishments will serve preview samples of their selections for Taste of Hudson, which will celebrate a 10th anniversary milestone this year. Hail to the Chefs is also a fundraiser for Akron Children’s Hospital.

Serving as honorary co-chairs of Hail to the Chefs are Shawn Lyden, executive vice president at Akron Children’s Hospital, and Kathy Chadwick-Koke, vice president of marketing at Laurel Lake Retirement Community. Both organizations are long-time sponsors of Hail to the Chefs and Taste of Hudson. Henning Software of Hudson is also recognized as a valued Hail to the Chefs sponsor. Returning Event co-chairs are Carrie Gynn and Stephanie Lallement, who will ensure a lively and delicious evening from start to finish.

The line-up of restaurants for the Hail to the Chefs event, at time of release, includes:

Aladdin’s Eatery  •  Rosewood Grill
Hudson’s Restaurant & Catering  •  One Red Door
Otani Restaurant and Pub  •  Taste of Laurel Lake
Luchita’s Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar  •  Nosh Eatery & Creative Catering

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and appetizers by Lake Forest Country Club and Adams Reserve, New York Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Lake Forest Country Club will also create magnificent desserts for guests that evening.

“We invite the community to experience Hail to the Chefs,” said co-chair Carrie Gynn. “Lake Forest is a beautiful location for a summertime party. We look forward to this annual gathering of friends who want to have fun while supporting a valuable local institution like Akron Children’s Hospital.”

Co-chair Stephanie Lallement works closely with the restaurants for both Hail to the Chefs and Taste of Hudson and added “It’s fun to get up close and personal with Hudson’s best culinary talent, but Hail to the Chefs offers so much more too.”

Cleveland media personality Joe Cronauer will serve as the event emcee and guests will enjoy music from ContraBand, a Taste of Hudson favorite. The live auction will be conducted by Cronauer, and there will also be a silent auction with prizes such as sports packages, dining certificates and merchandise from the Hudson merchant community.

Tickets go on sale April 14. Ticket prices are $90 per person prior to May 15 and $100 after and at the door. Groups of eight or more may purchase tickets for $80. For additional Hail to the Chefs information, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.tasteofhudson.com” www.tasteofhudson.com or contact co-chairs Carrie Gynn at 330-528-0727 or Stephanie Lallement at 330-313-4183.

Taste of Hudson and Hail to the Chefs are produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized by volunteers to promote the downtown Hudson restaurant and retail district and to provide funding for numerous charitable organizations. Information on Taste of Hudson, celebrating 10 years in 2014, and this year’s Hail to the Chefs event, is located at www.tasteofhudson.com.

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