Thank you to our 2017 sponsors, attendees, volunteers, pre-event supporters on crowdrise.com, and staff for making the third annual Taste Sensation event a tremendous success.
More than 250 guests enjoyed food and beverages, an exciting selection of live auction items, and a live cooking competition by teams of local celebrity and VIP chefs. This year’s teams included; Team 1- Gyl Kasewurm, AuD, Professional Hearing Services and Chef Cheyenne Galbraith, Bistro on the Boulevard; Team 2-Tom Starks, Starks Family Funeral Home and Abel Martinez, The Mason Jar Cafe and Team 3- Dan and Michael McCrery, Tosi’s Restaurant. The event’s net donations soared to $151,459, which will support 601 days of benevolent hospice care at the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center.
Best VIP Chef was awarded to Gyl Kasewurm, AuD, and Chef Cheyenne Galbriath for their duck schnitzel entrée. Dan McCrery and Chef Michael McCrery received the Best Culinary Team award for top overall team scores and most donations raised.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center to provide exceptional loving care for children and adults nearing the end of life, and support for their families.
Mark your calendars for next year's event Friday, October 5, 2018!
Brian Maynard, Charley Racine, Chef JP & staff at LakeHouse Restaurant & Bar, Grand Mere Inn, Zick's Specialty Meats, Bud Distrusting, Inc., Fruitful Vine Tours, The Buck, Michiana Magazine, Photographers Ray Damaske and Rob Regovich, Caring Circle Staff & Volunteers and those who supported our pre-event campaign on CrowdRise.com or donated directly to the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center.