Participants Reveal Menu Selections

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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.

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For more information, contact:
Shelly Kadilak, Education/Promotion Specialist, 330-374-0383

Taste of Hudson Has Appetite for Zero Waste

ReWorks will assist organizers of this year’s Taste of Hudson festival to work towards achieving zero waste.

“For years we have worked with AA Sanitation for recycling and rubbish. This year, we, along with Hudson Environmental Awareness Committee, Reworks, and students from Western Reserve Academy, are taking that initiative much further by expanding recycling opportunities and composting organic materials. This effort is a big step in helping our festival become a leader in creating awareness of Zero Waste in our community,” said Taste of Hudson executive director Andy Malitz. “Special thanks go out to Jim and Tracy Zuccaro at Summit Insurance for supporting this effort along with Taste of Hudson.”

With the intent of achieving zero waste, all Taste of Hudson chefs, vendors, and guests will be asked to practice two waste reduction options. First, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles, clean paper, and cardboard are to be placed in the designated recycling containers provided throughout the event. These materials will be collected by AA Sanitation and transported to a Material Recovery Facility in Akron, Ohio. Second, food scraps and organic paper products will be collected from guests and vendors and by the Western Reserve Academy student group and placed in collection containers located near the PNC Community Dining tent. The organic material will be collected by Rosby’s Resource Recycling Inc., who will compost the material at their facility in Brooklyn Heights.

Taste of Hudson will be held 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, according to event organizers.

ReWorks offers commercial single stream recycling and food scrap composting as a free service to Summit County businesses and schools.

ReWorks is Summit County’s Solid Waste Management Authority. ReWorks provides solutions and leadership to empower Summit County citizens, communities, institutions and businesses to develop and utilize environmentally sound, cost-effective recycling and waste management strategies.

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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

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

HUDSON, OH (March 12, 2014). Taste of Hudson, a culinary, lifestyle and entertainment festival, celebrates a delicious milestone this year. The 2014 Taste of Hudson, presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, will mark 10 successful years as one of the area’s largest festivals. Taste of Hudson will take place August 31-September 1 and will attract an anticipated 35,000 people to the city of Hudson over the Labor Day weekend. Festival hours are: Noon-8pm on Sunday, August 31, and 11am – 6pm on Monday, September 1.

“We’re so proud that the festival has grown to be one of Ohio’s premier Labor Day Weekend events,” said Executive Director Andy Malitz, who has been running the festival along with a dedicated board, numerous committee members, and hundreds of volunteers since its inception. “Our goal has always been to return every year with something new and exciting, while remaining true to the core elements of local food, art and music.”

The 2014 Taste of Hudson will feature more than 20 restaurants from Hudson and the local culinary community. Many of the restaurants have been part of the festival for its entire 10-year run. While admission to all Taste of Hudson attractions is free, attendees may purchase pre-loaded dining cards on site to enjoy delicious, unique taste-sized portions from restaurants throughout the festival.

More than just a food festival, Taste of Hudson is now established as one of the largest free music events in Ohio. This year, more than 60 bands will appear on six stages throughout the festival.

In addition, attendees of Taste of Hudson enjoy a fine art and crafts fair, an extensive children’s area presented by Little Tikes, the Jo-Ann Kids Craft Zone, and a luxury auto show, presented by Diamond Auto Lease and Sales. In all, Taste of Hudson offers more than 100 festival activities and exhibitors in the picturesque city of Hudson, from the Clocktower Green on historic Main Street to the modern, upscale First & Main shopping district.

The popular “Race to the Taste” 5K and Family Fun Run will kick off Labor Day Monday. The event, a new addition to the Taste of Hudson last year, was created by the 2013 class of Leadership Hudson and drew 300 participants. Race details will be available at www.tasteofhudson.com.

“We’ve created an event the entire family can enjoy all day long, that shows off our talented restaurateurs and diverse array of merchants and local businesses,” Malitz added. “It’s an event enjoyable for families with children of all ages, and also a happening spot into the night with plenty of live music and libations in the North End Wine & Beer Garden.”

The support of numerous civic-minded sponsors makes Taste of Hudson possible. The 10th Annual Taste of Hudson is presented by Akron Children’s Hospital and co-promoted with support from Windstream Communications. Taste of Hudson is produced in association with Little Tikes, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, North End and Pepsi.

Hail to the Chefs Gala Previews Taste of Hudson Culinary Excitement

As preparations get underway for the 2014 Taste of Hudson, the community is invited to preview a delicious summer season at Hail to the Chefs on Friday, May 30 at 7pm, at Lake Forest Country Club. The annual Hail to the Chefs gala pays homage to the culinary expertise behind the fabulous Taste of Hudson restaurants. WKYC personality Joe Cronauer will return as host and emcee for the 9th Annual Hail to the Chefs party, which is co-chaired by 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.

“Hail to the Chefs is an event built around our culinary talent, and we’re thrilled to showcase them at the social event of the year,” said Hail to the Chefs co-chair Stephanie Lallement. “With the support of our generous restaurant community, we’ve been able to have lots of fun and raise money for local charities at the same time,” added co-chair Carrie Gynn.

Immediately following cocktails and appetizers, each chef in attendance will present an exciting unveiling of their culinary offerings for the evening. Many of the fine wines and craft beers that are a part of the North End Wine & Beer Garden at Taste of Hudson will also be featured. Guests will enjoy a spirited live auction conducted by Cronauer and partake in a silent auction featuring unique items and many one-of-a-kind experiences. Musical entertainment will be provided by ContraBand, a Taste of Hudson favorite.

Tickets for Hail to the Chefs will go on sale April 14 at www.tasteofhudson.com.
Taste of Hudson is a two-day lifestyle festival produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc., a non-profit corporation. The event was created by the 2003-2004 class of Leadership Hudson, a program of the Hudson Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower. The festival is organized by volunteers to promote the Hudson community of restaurants, businesses, artists and entertainers and to provide funding for several charitable organizations. Over the past nine years, more than $267,000 has been donated to local civic organizations and deserving non-profit groups. Festival information is available at www.tasteofhudson.com.

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

Taste of Hudson Donates $29,100 to Hudson Area Organizations

Donations total $267,125 over The Taste’s first nine years

October 10, 2013 – Hudson, Ohio – Taste of Hudson, on the heels of its 9th Annual festival, continues its tradition of donating net festival proceeds to Hudson and Summit County area organizations for the ninth year in a row.  Grants from this year’s festival have been issued to thirteen different organizations bringing total donations over the nine years to $267,125.  Donation checks were distributed to the recipient organizations at a presentation on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

Celebrating its ninth festival on September 1 & 2, Taste of Hudson continued its reputation as northeast Ohio’s premier culinary, entertainment and lifestyle- based festivals. “Taste of Hudson has become one of the finest lifestyle festivals of its kind in the region. The support of all of our festival sponsors, restaurants, partners, entertainers and exhibitors is incredible and their enthusiasm is the primary reason we have been able to grow the festival each year. Their passion for engaging the ever- increasing number of attendees is what really makes the festival so special. Without their backing and support of Taste of Hudson, as a not-for-profit organization, we would not be in position to donate funds each and every year, in spite of increasing expenses.   Taste of Hudson is proud to be able to share our success through financially assisting many local organizations that help to make Hudson, and the Summit County region great and support many families and individuals of need as well,” said Executive Director Andy Malitz.

This year’s beneficiaries include primary beneficiary Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County, Hudson Community First, Destination Hudson, Merchants of Hudson, Hudson High School

Scholarship Program, Junior Leadership Hudson, Leadership Hudson, Hudson Library and Historical Society, Screen on the Green, Hudson Memorial Stadium, Hudson Athletic Booster Club, Pride of Place and the Hudson Food Pantry.

In addition, on behalf of Taste of Hudson Associate Sponsor The Little Tikes Company (Hudson, Ohio), the organization donated over $4,100 in Little Tikes product to Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. The donated product continued a tradition of Taste of Hudson providing the children’s toys and play structures enjoyed by thousands of attendee families in Little Tikes Land during Taste of Hudson. The donation went to numerous families chosen by Habitat for Humanity.

OPI and Cosmo Prof, both Friends of The Taste Sponsors, teamed up at Taste of Hudson, along with several Hudson and area salons, to provide manicure services for donations to the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital. A check for $2,200 was presented by OPI and CosmoProf to Akron Children’s Hospital at the October 10th presentation.

Also, at the October 10th presentation, Lisa Sabol, representing the inaugural “Race to the Taste” discussed how proceeds from the 5k and family fun run and walk during Taste of Hudson would be used in the future for the benefit of the Hudson community. “Race to the Taste” is a project of the Leadership Hudson Class of 2012/13.

The mission of the organizing committee of Taste of Hudson is to promote economic development in downtown Hudson, showcasing the community to the thousands of guests who visited the event.

The festival’s primary beneficiary, Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County, is a national organization, with local chapters, dedicated to keeping kids safe through a variety of education programs and donations of important child safety items like car seats, bike helmets and life vests to families of need living throughout Summit County.

“Taste of Hudson wishes to thank all of our participants and especially our sponsors, in particular our 2013 Presenting sponsor Akron Children’s Hospital and Co-promoting sponsor Windstream Communications with support from North End, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Little Tikes, Laurel Lake Retirement Community and all Taste of Hudson sponsors and partners, restaurants, exhibitors, artists, entertainers, our very dedicated Board of Directors and organizing committee in addition to our 300 volunteers,” said Malitz.  “The generosity of all of our participating organizations is paramount to our success and provides us the ability to produce a festival which raises money for so many deserving organizations,” Malitz added.

Darin Siley, Taste of Hudson Board of Directors President adds, “The ‘Taste’ is ultimately an event where the community supports and invests in itself. We should all be proud of the event’s success and the ongoing impact proceeds granted to local organizations continue to have.”

The 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.  At the event, 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.

The 10th Annual Taste of Hudson anniversary celebration is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, August 31st & September 1st, 2014.

Taste of Hudson, a component fund of the Hudson Community Foundation, 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 entrepreneurship of its restaurants, businesses, artists and entertainers, and to provide funding for several charities. For more information and photos from the 2013 Taste of Hudson visit www.tasteofhudson.com.

 

Taste of Hudson, salons of Hudson, OPI and CosmoProf team up to raise funds for the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital

July 30, 2013, Hudson, Ohio:  Taste of Hudson, salons of Hudson, OPI and CosmoProf  are teaming up for this year’s  9th Annual Taste of Hudson to raise donations for the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital. New to this year’s festival, a large salon-themed OPI tent will be located on the Akron Children’s Hospital Activity Green located at the intersection of Routes 91 and 303 in downtown Hudson.

The OPI tent will feature OPI gel manicures performed by Hudson area salons in exchange for donations to the cause. The tent will be open throughout the festival, which is scheduled to be held on September 1st from Noon to 8pm, and September 2nd from 11am to 6pm.

“The Taste of Hudson is an exciting community event.  In coordination with Hudson area salons and OPI, a leading manufacturer of professional nail polish, we hope that attendees experience the beauty of a professionally applied gel nail polish while raising money for Akron Children’s Hospital,” says Frank Fulco, Group-Vice President of CosmoProf. Taste of Hudson Executive Director Andy Malitz adds. “Every year we aspire to add new and exciting options for attendees of The Taste and this alliance with OPI, the salons and Akron Children’s Hospital helps us to achieve that goal. This fun option for attendees will give them the opportunity to get a high quality manicure for just a donation to a great cause”.

The OPI tent will feature eight manicurists from Hudson area salons, a soaking station to remove nail polish, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participating salons include Lucia’s…the Salon on Main, Salon Hudson, Salon 180 and Gavin Scott.  OPI is excited to launch the new San Francisco GelColor Collection at Taste of Hudson. San Francisco by OPI brings street chic style with West Coast flair to nails and toes for Fall/Winter 2013. This new collection features a palette ranging from sky and sea-colored hues of blues and gray to reds, burgundies and browns inspired by some of the city’s most iconic elements – Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Embarcadero. Go to www.opi.com for all the latest Nail Trends!

Akron Children’s Hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders offers clinical treatment, including stem cell/bone marrow transplantation, for children and teens with all types of cancer and bleeding or clotting disorders.

“The staff and patients at Akron Children’s Hospital are so grateful for the support we receive from the Hudson community,” said Jeffrey Hord, M.D., director of the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital. “The Taste of Hudson’s generosity will help us continue providing the best healthcare to the patients we serve.”

“OPI is the #1 global manufacturer of nail color and we pride ourselves on a longstanding history of philanthropy, and provide products for numerous salons in Hudson as well as worldwide. Hudson is a community that serves others and their well-being and OPI has always supported those who support others,” according to Michelle Myles from OPI.

Representatives from Taste of Hudson, OPI and Akron Children’s Hospital will appear on WKYC-TV3 “Live on Lakeside” show on Friday, August 9 to preview this special fundraising proram.

Taste of Hudson, is a two-day lifestyle festival produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc., a non-profit corporation. The festival is organized through volunteers to support and promote the Hudson community. Funds from the festival also support the Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County and numerous other organizations annually. During the last eight years Taste of Hudson, Inc. has donated $238,025 to deserving organizations. Festival information is available at www.tasteofhudson.com or on Facebook.

For additional information contact Andy Malitz at  amalitz2@yahoo.com or Nikki Plotts at nplotts@kent.edu

Akron Children's Hospital
Windstream
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
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