Ralph Basile named Chair of 34th Annual Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS
Officers also announced
January 17, 2017, BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ralph Basile, director of sales at Premium Mortgage, has been elected 2017 chair of the Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS. The 34th annual Taste, the nation's largest two-day food festival, will take place on July 8 and 9 along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.
Basile has provided nearly $1 billion in home loans to Western New York families over the past 30 years. He has been a Taste of Buffalo board member since 2007, leading the entertainment committee and working on the security committee, and served as a volunteer for many years prior to that. A graduate of Lackawanna High School and Erie Community College, he currently resides in Orchard Park with his wife Sharie. He also enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren, eleven-year old Jacob and seven-year old Megan.
"I am honored to be the 2017 Taste of Buffalo chair, serving alongside the hardest-working, volunteer board that puts this event together. I look forward to the challenges, along with the new and exciting things that we have planned," said Basile. "It is so much fun to show off the great culinary experiences that our region offers, and to meet all of the people that attend each year - both locally as well as visitors from all over the country.
In addition to Basile, the following were named 2017 officers: First Vice Chair: Richard McDermott; Second Vice Chair: Matthew Testa, KeyBank; Secretary: Erin Collins, Gelia; Treasurer: Luke Baecker, Arcara Zucivell Lenda & Associates CPAs PC; Assistant Treasurer: Amelia Wright, Horizon Health Services; and Past Chair: Jen Mitri, Independent Health Foundation.
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation's largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 visitors each year. The 34th annual Taste will take place on July 8 and 9, 2017 along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. For more information, visit tasteofbuffalo.com and check out the Taste on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.