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

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-

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

Carrie Gynn
Event Chair