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Giving back never tasted so good!

Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition is heating up Monday, November 7, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. More than 500 guests are expected to attend.

The work to fuel the cancer fight must continue. We hope you join us and consider new ways to raise awareness and funds to bring about a cancer free future.

Combining food, West Michigan, and the fight against cancer, Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition is the ultimate experience. 
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Restaurant Participation

It is with great honor that we invite you to participate in the first annual Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition, benefiting the American Cancer Society. We are honored to have Shawn Kohlhaas, owner of Culinary Cultivations and President of American Culinary Federation, join us as Culinary Chair.


Interested in becoming a Restaurant Participant for Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition?

For more information, please email Shawn Kohlhaas at

We recognize that this event wouldn’t happen without the talented Chefs, and that is why we have partnered with the American Culinary Federation to help support students seeking a career in the culinary arts.


Students who volunteer for the Taste of Hope event will earn funds for the next generation of up-and-coming chefs. These funds will help provide scholarships to future winners of Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition.  This year's goal is to provide $5,000 in funds.

Executive Committee

Ken Jansen - Lake Michigan Insurance - Event Chair
Shawn Kohlhaas - Culinary Cultivations - Culinary Chair
Andrea Pierret - Cartsyde
Annette Repasch - Meijer
Debbie Verbrugge - ACS Volunteer
Karen Oliver-Behee - ON-RIVER HR
Lexie Klunder - Fifth Wheel Freight
Lindsey Balcazar - ON-RIVER HR
Liz Bushong - MSU - College of Human Medicine
Liz Powell - ACS Volunteer
Nicole Rodammer - Meals on Wheels
Nicole Walters - Taste of Hope Volunteer
Ginger Feldman - American Cancer Society
Susan Brogger - American Cancer Society

Our event would not be possible without dedicated volunteers giving generously of their time and talent. We’re always in need of additional volunteers. To sign up as a volunteer or learn more about our opportunities, please send us an email.

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