2017 Board of Directors

The Taste is a not-for-profit corporation and is run by an all-volunteer board of directors and an event coordinator. Planning for the Taste is year round and culminates at the largest two-day food festival in the nation. The purpose of the event is to showcase downtown Buffalo and the wonderful restaurants that call our region home.

Officers

Chair
Ralph Basile
KeyBank
1st Vice Chair
Richard McDermott
NFTA/Metro
2nd Vice Chair
Matthew Testa
KeyBank
Secretary
Erin Collins
Gelia
Treasurer
Luke Baecker
Arcara Zucarelli Lenda & Straka, CPAs PC
Assistant Treasurer
Amelia Hakes
Horizon Health Services, Inc.
Past Chair
Jen Mitri
Independent Health Foundation


Directors

Joseph J. Florczak
Ann Hackett
aHa! Designs
Amber Hartman
Rich Products Corporation
Chris Hitchcock  CLH Consulting
Darcy Hitchcock  Cognigen Corporation
Laura Jacobs
e3communications
Thomas Mahoney
SAHD
Elizabeth Mamot
AAA Western & Central New York
Tim Matthews
University at Buffalo
Thomas P. Muscarella Erie County Department of Health
Mark E. Reimann
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Matthew J. Reis
Tallinger Associates, Foodservice Design
Mark Zawodzinski
Five Star Bank
   
Ex-Officio

 

James K. Morrell
NFTA/Metro
W. Morgan Smith
Buffalo Place, Inc.


Advisory Committee

 

Mac Hartman
Freed Maxick
Frank Sardina
KeyBank


Sell-utions Inc.: Connie Wendling
Festival Coordinator




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