News Release
For Immediate Release

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

(Hudson, Ohio) – Leadership Hudson, Class of 2013, is hosting Race to the Taste, a 5K and Family Fun Run on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013. The group is working in conjunction with the Taste of Hudson planning committee, and will raise funds to benefit community based beautification programs and health initiatives.

“We are excited to provide the community with an additional Labor Day event, at the Taste of Hudson this year. Our goal is to provide a family friendly run for all ages”, says Lisa Sabol, member of this year’s Leadership class. Race sponsors, to date, include Merrill Lynch, the Rotary Club of Hudson Clock Tower, Seton Catholic School and Ameriprise.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance attendee experience at Taste of Hudson and adding the race to our variety of offerings does that. Participants can start their day with some great aerobic exercise and follow that up with enjoying the great food, music and exhibitors at the The Taste”, says Taste of Hudson Executive Director, Andy Malitz.

Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the North End Wine & Beer Garden of the Taste of Hudson. The Family Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race starts at 9:00 a.m. and will take runners through neighborhoods adjacent to First and Main. Awards will be given to the top finishers in several categories. Runners can register at www.active.com (select Ohio and keywords: race to the taste). For questions, please email racetothetaste@gmail.com.

Race to the Taste is presented by Leadership Hudson Class of 2013 and is in partnership with the Taste of Hudson. Leadership Hudson is organized and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hudson Clock Tower.


Contact: Holly Lawrence, Public Relations Committee
Phone: 888-480-4274 ex. 6829
E-mail: racetothetaste@gmail.com
Date: June 6, 2013

OTANI SUSHI BAR & HIBACHI Shrimp and Creamcheese poppers +Smoked Salmon Roll + California Roll
TOMATO GRILL Artichoke D’Agnese + Smoked Salmon Wrapped Asparagus
ROSEWOOD GRILL Sushi Shots
NORTH END Short Ribs Asiago Cheese and Portobello Mushrooms with Broccoli and Fried Onions menu sent on 04/09/2013
HUDSON’s RESTAURANT & CATERING Shooters, skewers and mini appetizers – assorted catering appetizers – sent 04/08/2013
LAUREL LAKE Curried Peanut Chicken Satay
ALADDIN’s EATERY Jasmine’s Favorite with Chicken Mishwi
LUCHITA’s MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexican Crab Cakes – sent on 04/09/13
NOSH EATERY & CREATIVE CATERING Thai Dumplings (meat & vegetable) with Tamari and Lemongrass Sauce
ADAM’S RESERVE NEW YORK CHEDDAR CHEESE Cheese platter for appetizer –
LAKE FOREST COUNTRY CLUB Various plate of desserts

Gala Event Previews Taste of Hudson Chefs  

March 22, 2013 – Hudson, Ohio – The date has been set for Hail to the Chefs, Hudson’s premier gala to showcase many of the chefs and restaurants participating in this year’s 9th Annual Taste of Hudson.  The event, in its eighth year, will be held on Friday, May 10, at Lake Forest Country Club, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.   The area’s finest chefs will serve up preview samples of their selections for Taste of Hudson, the annual two-day food and entertainment festival to be held on Labor Day weekend, September 1 & 2, 2013.  The line-up of restaurants for the Hail to the Chefs event, at time of release, includes:

Aladdin’s Eatery

Hudson’s Restaurant & Catering

Laurel Lake Retirement Community

North End

Nosh Eatery & Creative Catering

Otani Sushi Bar & Hibachi

Rosewood Grill, Hospitality Restaurants

Tomato Grill

Luchitas Mexican Restaurant

Selections will also include appetizers by Adams Reserve, New York Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Lake Forest Country Club, which will also create magnificent desserts for guests that evening.

Honorary Chairs for Hail to the Chefs are Mr & Mrs Shawn M. Lyden, Akron Children’s Hospital and Kathy Chadwick-Koke, Laurel Lake Retirement Community. The event co-chairs are Hudson resident and Taste of Hudson Wine & Beer Garden Coordinator Carrie Gynn and fellow Hudson resident and Taste of Hudson Restaurant Coordinator Stephanie Lallement.  “This year’s Hail to the Chefs promises to be a lot of fun offering great food and friendship and with Lake Forest Country Club as the host site the setting and ambiance is perfect”, says Gynn. Lallement adds “If you love a great selection of delicious food, fine wines and special beers, along with live dance music, a silent and live auction and fun, then Hail to the Chefs is the place to be”.  Joe Cronauer, from WKYC-TV3, will be joining us as our Special Host for the evening as well and will be assisting with the drawing of the Ultimate Raffle Experience winners.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers before followed by the unveiling of each restaurant’s display of delectable food.  Many of the fine wines and craft beers that are a part of the North End Wine & Beer Garden at Taste of Hudson will be showcased throughout the evening.  The live auction, will be conducted by Cronauer, while the popular Hail to the Chefs silent auction will feature unique items from local and regional businesses as well as many one-of-a-kind experiences.  Attendees will be treated to the sounds of The Fabulous VOICES Band throughout the evening.

As always, Hail to the Chefs, like Taste of Hudson, will benefit the Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County and other local charities.  Tickets are by reservation only, and information is available online at www.tasteofhudson.com.  Ticket prices are $90 per person prior to May 1 and $100 after and at the door. Groups of eight, or more, may purchase tickets for $80. Each ticket also includes an entry ticket for the Ultimate Raffle Experience and winners will be drawn at Hail to the Chefs. The Ultimate Raffle Experience is a joint effort, community-wide fundraising initiative of Taste of Hudson and Hudson Community First (http://tasteofhudson.com/hail-to-the-chefs/the-ultimate-raffle-experience/)

For additional Hail to the Chefs information, visit www.tasteofhudson.com/htc.html or contact Carrie Gynn at 330-528-0727 or Stephanie Lallement at 330-313-4183.

Taste of Hudson and Hail to the Chefs are events produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc. a non-profit corporation organized by volunteers within the community in order to promote the Hudson downtown restaurant and retail district and to showcase the Hudson community.  Funds from the event support The Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County and many Hudson-based agencies and programs.  For sponsor and exhibitor information contact Andy Malitz, Executive Director @ amalitz2@yahoo.com. Artists, entertainers, advertisers and volunteer information is available at www.tasteofhudson.com

Opportunity to win amazing prizes and support local non-profit groups

March 11, 2013 – Hudson, Ohio – Two of Hudson’s non-profit groups are combining efforts to raise funds to promote both Hudson and the future of Hudson via positive youth development.

“The Ultimate Raffle Experience” features 4 major raffle prizes valued at over $1,000 each.  Prizes range from the All about Hudson package which includes items such as a $750 shopping spree from The Little Tikes Company, several local restaurant gift certificates, golf at Ellsworth Bunkers and local merchant gift certificates. Additional prizes include the “Ultimate Entertainment” package filled with concert tickets, including Train at Blossom Music Center and Fun at Nautica Pavilion and Dr. Dre headphones.  Additional prizes include the “Ultimate Night on the Town” package with an overnight stay at the Ritz Carlton, Cleveland and tickets to a Playhouse Square “Broadway Series” performance. The fourth package is the “Ultimate Sports Fanatic” package including premium floor tickets to the Cavs, Field Box seats to the Indians with a batting practice experience, and tickets to a Browns game and golf for four and lunch at Lake Forest Country Club.

Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at The Learned Owl Book Shop, InStyle Accessories, or via any member of the Hudson Community First, the Hudson Community First Youth Advisory Board, the Taste of Hudson committee members, through the Hudson City Schools Foundation from now through Friday, May 3 , 2013. A ticket order form can be downloaded at www.tasteofhudson.com as well.

Prizes will be awarded by random chance, during the annual 8th Annual Hail to the Chefs event on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Lake Forest Country Club.  Ticket holders need not be present to win a prize however, Taste of Hudson is offering an additional incentive of a $100 Taste of Hudson dining card to any winners that are present at the drawing.

“We are excited to partner with Hudson Community First on this endeavor and hope to raise much needed funds for these very worthwhile non-profit organizations that give back to the Hudson community in so many ways” said Andy Malitz, Taste of Hudson Executive Director. “Hudson Community First and Taste of Hudson have a very positive and unique partnership on this fundraising project which underscores how two community organizations can work together for the good of our children and our quality of life in Hudson”, Malitz added.

Laura Gasbarro, Co-Director of Hudson Community First said “Hudson Community First is excited to partner with the Taste of Hudson committee for the Ultimate Raffle.

Proceeds will benefit all kids in Hudson though Community First programming and activities.

Ed Sogan, President of the Hudson City Schools Foundation remarked that “The Hudson City School’s Foundation is proud of all the positive accomplishments of Community First and the outstanding annual festival put on by the Taste of Hudson. We are excited about the relationship we have with all the organizations in Hudson who collectively give so much back to this great community”.

Proceeds from The Ultimate Raffle Experience will be split between Hudson Community First and Taste of Hudson to benefit both Taste of Hudson charity donations, Hudson Community First initiatives and the Hudson City Schools Foundations Young Entrepreneurial program at Hudson High School.

To purchase raffle tickets and for more information, please visit www.tasteofhudson.com or www.hudsoncommunityfirst.com.

Taste of Hudson, a fund of the Hudson Community Foundation, is a Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower Class of 2003-4 Leadership Hudson project 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 visit www.tasteofhudson.com.

Hudson Community First is a local non-profit organization which seeks to unite individuals, organizations and schools in an effort to nurture competent, caring and responsible children and adolescents.

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For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

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

Laura Gasbarro, Co-Executive Director, 330-650-0752 / lauraagasbarro@gmail.com

Donations total $238,025 over The Taste’s first eight years

October 11, 2012 – Hudson, Ohio – Taste of Hudson continues its tradition of donating festival proceeds to Hudson and Summit County area organizations for the eighth year in a row.  Grants from this year’s festival have been issued to fifteen different organizations bringing total donations over seven years to $238,025.  Donation checks were distributed to the recipient organizations at a presentation on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

Celebrating its eighth festival on September 2 & 3, Taste of Hudson continued its reputation as one of northeast Ohio’s premier lifestyle culinary and entertainment based festivals. “We are very pleased that Taste of Hudson continues to grow and gain traction as 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 and been unbelievable. Their passion for engaging the attendees of The Taste 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.   This is what Taste of Hudson is all about – being able to share our success through financially assisting many local organizations that help to make Hudson, and the Summit County region great,” said Executive Director Andy Malitz.

This year’s beneficiaries include primary beneficiary Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County, Hudson Community First, Destination Hudson, Hudson High School Orchestra, Merchants of Hudson, Hudson High School Scholarship Program, Junior Leadership Hudson, Leadership Hudson, Leadership Hudson Safety Town Project, Hudson Library and Historical Society, Screen on the Green, Hudson Memorial Stadium, Hudson Athletic Booster Club, Seton Catholic School and Heart of Hudson.

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. Billie Henning, board president of Taste of Hudson, Inc. added.

“We are thrilled to continuously grant proceeds to so many Hudson organizations each year. We clearly strive to make a difference in the community by reaching out to so many local groups.”

The festival’s primary beneficiary, Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County, is an organization 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 2012 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 and 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.

The Taste of Hudson, a two-day culinary, lifestyle and entertainment festival held annually over Labor Day weekend, attracted over 30,000 people to Hudson’s historic downtown.  At the event, visitors sampled delicious foods from 21 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 9th Annual Taste of Hudson is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, September 1 & 2, 2013.

Taste of Hudson, a 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 2012 Taste of Hudson visit www.tasteofhudson.com.

Western Reserve Racquet and Fitness Club
11013 Aurora Hudson Rd.
Streetsboro, OH  44241
330.653.3103   www.wrrfc.com

 

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Contact:
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 Racquet and Fitness Club Hosts Zumba® Event at Taste of Hudson

August 1, 2013 –Western Reserve Racquet & Fitness Club, in partnership with the Taste of Hudson, is hosting “Zumba® Fest at the Taste” on Monday, September 2, at 10 am at the Gazebo on Hudson’s historic green, at Routes 91 & 303. Taste of Hudson is scheduled for September 1 and 2, 2013 in downtown Hudson, Ohio.

No advance registration is required for Zumba® Fest at the Taste, a free, open to the public event.  Donations will be accepted at the event to benefit Taste of Hudson Charities.

Zumba® is a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system.  Zumba® certified instructors from Western Reserve Racquet & Fitness Club and other local fitness centers will lead the Zumba® Fest.

“We’re excited to coordinate this lively and fun event at the Taste of Hudson.  It’s a healthy way to kick off Labor Day,” says Western Reserve Racquet & Fitness Club Group Fitness Director Lynn Duffy.

Taste of Hudson Executive Director Andy Malitz adds, “We’re happy to have Zumba®Fest at the Taste return again this year and are confident it will attract even more participants in its new location on the Gazebo Green.”

Western Reserve Racquet & Fitness Club offers a full range of competitive, social and instructional tennis programs for junior and adult players.  The club also offers an extensive fitness facility, a variety of group fitness classes, and small group and personal training services.  For more information about Western Reserve Racquet & Fitness Club, visit www.wrrfc.com or call 330.653.3103.

Taste of Hudson is produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc. a non-profit corporation organized by volunteers within the community in order to promote the Hudson downtown restaurant and retail district and to showcase the Hudson community.  Funds from the event support The Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County and several Hudson-based agencies and programs. For sponsor and exhibitor information contact Andy Malitz, Executive Director at amalitz2@yahoo.com.  Festival information is available at www.tasteofhudson.com.

Taste of Hudson named as one of the stops on the USTA National Tour of SmashZone!!! 

The Taste of Hudson has been named as one of the official tour stops of Smash Zone, the United States Tennis Association’s kid-friendly interactive experience. The Taste is partnering with the Western Reserve Racquet and Fitness Club to bring this much sought after attraction to the 8th Annual Taste of Hudson this Labor Day Weekend, September 2 & 3.

SmashZone Mobile

The USTA SmashZone mobile tour is a 30-week nationwide tour that serves as a kid-friendly interactive experience to promote the game of tennis to kids ages 10 and under. SmashZone mobile, which features a 53-foot interactive trailer that anchors two kid-sized tennis courts for youth play, is a complement to the USTA’s ongoing youth participation initiative, 10 and Under Tennis. The interactive trailer, which is handicap accessible, offers activities for visitors including a Tennis Magazine green screen cover shoot, Nintendo 3DS gaming, and interactive touch screen kiosks. The kiosks will allow visitors to find a local facility in their area offering 10 and Under Tennis programming, afford the opportunity to design their own racquet (from an array of colors, frames, grips and strings), and to become a USTA member. In addition, SmashZone will allow participants to try their skills on two (2) 10 and Under sized courts.  All of the courts are made of Sport Court’s high-performance PowerGame™ modular playing surface.

10 & Under Tennis

10 and Under Tennis is part of an ongoing effort to encourage young people across the country to get active and start playing the sport. Similar to other youth sports where equipment and playing fields are scaled-to-size for kids, 10 and Under Tennis, utilizing a play format formerly known as QuickStart Tennis, gives children ages 10 and under the chance to achieve immediate success by playing tennis on smaller courts, using smaller and lighter racquets, and slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls. These monumental changes to the sport make tennis more fun for kids by allowing them to learn and develop their skills in an enjoyable way, increasing the likelihood that kids will continue to play and continue to improve.

For more information, visit http://www.10andundertennis.com

 

Gala Event Previews Taste of Hudson Chefs during Strolling Dinner Party

April 20, 2012 – Hudson, Ohio – The date has been set for Hail to the Chefs, Hudson’s premier gala to showcase many of the chefs and restaurants participating in this year’s Taste of Hudson. The event, in its seventh year, will be held on Friday, June 1, at Lake Forest Country Club, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. The area’s finest chefs will serve up preview samples of their selections for Taste of Hudson, the annual two-day food and entertainment festival to be held on Labor Day weekend, September 2 & 3, 2012. The line-up of chefs and restaurants for the Hail to the Chefs event includes:

  • Chefs John, Kevin, and JJ Altomare, Hudson’s Restaurant & Catering
  • Chef Andrew Jackson, Laurel Lake Retirement Community
  • Chef Christopher Shydlowski, North End
  • Chefs Don and DJ Bitter, Old Whedon Grill
  • Chef Shawn Monday, One Red Door / Flip Side
  • Chef Chris Kochi, Otani Sushi Bar & Hibachi
  • Chef Roger Thomas, Piatto Novo Restaurant & Lounge
  • Corporate Chef Scott Bambic, Rosewood Grill, Hospitality Restaurants
  • Chef Dave Zeleznik, Tomato Grill

Selections will also include appetizers by Adams Reserve, New York Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and
Chef Ray Slagle of Lake Forest Country Club, who will also create magnificent desserts for guests that
evening.

Honorary Chairs for Hail to the Chefs are Mr & Mrs Shawn M. Lyden, Akron Children’s Hospital and Kathy Chadwick-Koke, Laurel Lake Retirement Community. The event chair is Hudson resident and Taste of Hudson Wine & Beer Garden Coordinator Carrie Gynn. “This year’s event is going to be our largest yet and we are excited to be utilizing the new lakefront terrace at Lake Forest County Club, in Hudson. The event will also feature spectacular entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a complimentary gift to each attendee,” said Gynn. “Joe Cronauer from WKYC-TV3 will be joining us as our Special Host for
the evening as well and will be assisting with the drawing of the Ultimate Raffle Experience winners.”

The event will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers before followed by the unveiling of each restaurant’s display of delectable food. Many of the fine wines and craft beers that are a part of the North End Wine & Beer Garden at Taste of Hudson will be showcased throughout the evening. The live auction will feature exciting prizes including a ride on the Goodyear Blimp, while the popular Hail to the Chefs silent auction will feature unique items from local and regional businesses as well as many one-ofa-kind experiences. Attendees will be treated to the sounds of The Fabulous VOICES Band throughout the evening.

As always, Hail to the Chefs, like Taste of Hudson, will benefit the Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County and other local charities. Tickets are by reservation only, and information is available online at www.tasteofhudson.com. Ticket prices are $90 per person prior to May 25 and $100 after and at the door. Groups of eight, or more, may purchase tickets for $80. Each ticket also includes an entry ticket for the Ultimate Raffle Experience and winners will be drawn at Hail to the Chefs.

For additional event information, visit www.tasteofhudson.com/htc.html or contact Carrie Gynn at 330-
528-0727.

Taste of Hudson and Hail to the Chefs are events produced by Taste of Hudson, Inc. a non-profit  corporation organized by volunteers within the community in order to promote the Hudson downtown restaurant and retail district and to showcase the Hudson community. Funds from the event support TheSafe Kids Coalition of Summit County and many Hudson-based agencies and programs. For sponsor and exhibitor information contact Andy Malitz, Executive Director @ amalitz2@yahoo.com or Debra Sherman, Associate Director @ debra@debrasherman.com. Artists, entertainers, advertisers and volunteer information is available at www.tasteofhudson.com.

Contact Information

Andy Malitz
Executive Director
330-808-1133
amalitz2@yahoo.com

Carrie Gynn
Event Chair
330-528-0727
viaosu@roadrunner.com

Akron Children's Hospital
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation