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A Taste Sensation Event

taste sensation culinary cook-off to benefit the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center

2018 A Taste Sensation Culinary Cook-Off

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors, attendees, volunteers, pre-event supports on, and staff for making the fourth annual A Taste Sensation event a tremendous success.

The event raised $161,400 which will support over 640 days of benevolent hospice care at the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center.

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 battling it out in a cooking competition to raise money for the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center, to provide exceptional living care for children and adults nearing the end of life, and support for their families.

With the highest score from the three judges, Chef Abel Martinez of the Mason Jar took home the award of Best Chef 2018. With the largest combined overall score, the Champions of A Taste Sensation 2018 was awarded to Team Three, Todd Dockerty COO and Owner, Dockerty Health Care Services and Chef Abel Martinez of the Mason Jar.

All funds raised raised are designated funds to the Hanson Hospice Center and are allocated to the benevolent care funds for costs of room and board, which are not covered by Medicare and most private insurances. 

This year's teams included:
Team 1 Dan McCrery – Owner and General Manager, Tosi’s Restaurant, and Michael McCrery – Executive Chef, Tosi’s Restaurant
Team 2- Dr. Ken Edwards – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Southwest Michigan Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Cheyenne Galbraith – Private Chef and Owner, PotLuck Truck
Team 3 Todd Dockerty – COO and Owner, Dockerty Health Care Services and Abel Martinez – Owner and Executive Chef, The Mason Jar Cafe.

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors


Eagle Technologies logo

Lane Automotive

Additional 2018 sponsors:

Hanson Family Foundation

Steve & Hilda Banyon
Chemical Bank
Dr Kasewurm's Professional Hearing Services
Fairmount Santol
Hanson Logistics
Hanson Mold
Meryle Merrit
Starks Family Funeral Homes
Fred & Amey Upton
Woodland Terrace Senior Living Communities
Tom & Elanie Yeager

JC & Nancy Anderson
Coloma Frozen Foods & Nature Blessed
Drier’s Meat Market
Dr. Ken & Wendy Edwards
Patricia Forbes
InTouch Pharmaceuticals
Carol Johnson
Sam & Connie Monte
Taylor Rentals 
Alton & Millie Wendzel 

Tom Angelo
Chef Cheyenne Galbriath
Dan Hopp
Jack & Rita Kinney
Chef Abel Martinez, The Mason Jar Cafe
Chef Michael McCrey, Tosi's Restaurant

Randy Bettich, Stifel
Dennis & Kathy Descenzo
DPM Productions
James Duryee
Clark & Melinda Gruber
Anne & Micchael McCausland 
Sharon McFall
Silver Beach Pizza
Van's Medical Equipment 
Glenn & Kathy Zerler

Rosalie Capizzo
Dr. John & Barbara Carter
Larry & Linda Gunter
M&M Marketing 
Mark & Leslie Miller  


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