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

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.