The date has been set for Hail to the Chefs, Hudson's premier gala to showcase many of the chefs and restaurants participating in the ninth annual Taste of Hudson.

The event is May 10 at Lake Forest Country Club from 7 until 11 p.m. The area's chefs will serve up preview samples of their selections for Taste of Hudson, the annual two-day food and entertainment festival scheduled on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2.

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

Luchita's Mexican Restaurant

North End

Nosh Eatery & Creative Catering

Otani Sushi Bar & Hibachi

Rosewood Grill, Hospitality Restaurants

Tomato Grill

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

Honorary Chairs for Hail to the Chefs are Mr. and 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.

Joe Cronauer, from WKYC-TV3, will be the special host for the evening as well and will be assisting with the drawing of the Ultimate Raffle Experience winners. For details on the raffle, visit online.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers before followed by the unveiling of each restaurant's display of food. Many of the 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 and the popular Hail to the Chefs silent auction will feature items from local and regional businesses. The Fabulous VOICES Band will provide musical entertainment.

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 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 (

For additional Hail to the Chefs information, visit 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, at Artists, entertainers, advertisers and volunteer information is available at