Every Spring, Steepletown hosts Taste the West Side to honor the accomplishments of its participants. Featuring several of the West Sides’ restaurants and breweries, Taste is an amazing event bringing together the diverse culture and communities to celebrate these accomplishments and to support Steepletown’s ongoing efforts.
The event will be held at:
2023 Award Winners:Alumni Excellence AwardGabriella Chrapek was the first visually impaired student I’ve worked with in the kitchen. I have learned so much from her. During our time together we focused on Gabby’s goals and what skills I could teach Gabby along with creating & using adaptive equipment that makes it possible for her to work in a kitchen. Her determination to succeed is what I will remember most about our time together
2022 Award Winners:Alumni Excellence AwardMatthew Peterson is a past Kitchen Sage participant (2018) where they showed a strong dedication for culinary arts. Matthew went on to train at theBlythfield Country club, and after two years he had achieved the position of sauté/grill cook at The Green Well restaurant.
Alumni Excellence AwardNetty is a past participant of many Steepletown programs. Their efforts paid off, earning their GED, getting a job, and then another job, and completing a CNA training program.
Steepletown Neighborhood Recognition AwardMercedes Lopez-Duran/El Granjero Mexican Grill in 2007 Mercedes was working as a waitress in a restaurant, which was closing. Realizing the impact it would have on the workers and the community she decided to take on the challenge of keeping the doors open and renamed it El Granjero Mexican Grill. Since 2007 Mercedes, with her family have continued their services to their staff and the West Side community.
2021 Award Winners:Alumni Excellence AwardMIlan Rea is a past Kitchen Sage participant (2015) where they showed leadership skills quickly. They have continued to develop their culinary skills and network across the culinary community where they are respected by all they meet.
Steepletown Neighborhood Recognition AwardEngineered Protection Services EPS Security have long been strong supporters of Steepletown and Kitchen Sage. This support has provided instrumental resources for provide programing to the community. They truly share our mission of neighbor helping neighbor live with dignity and hope.
Click on one of Taste the West Side’s years to see who the sponsors and participants were for that year.
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