Hail to the Chefs Gala Shines Spotlight on Local Culinary Talent

Participants Reveal Menu Selections


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.



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