A Brief History of the Taste of Park Ridge
The Taste of Park Ridge was founded by the late Harry O’Brien (former Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce Executive Director), Dave Iglow, owner of Pine’s Menswear of Park Ridge (in his capacity as Chamber Retail Committee chairman), and noted Park Ridge restaurateur and businessman Dean Patras in 2000. It had evolved from the earlier “Taste of Uptown”, established by then Uptown Business Association president Barbara Scharringhausen and Dean Patras. The idea (in 2000), was to enhance the traditional Summer Sidewalk Sale. Three years later, the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Executive Director Richard Brayer, in partnership with the City of Park Ridge hired a professional event planner to coordinate the Taste. While popular with residents, the festival was unable to financially perpetuate itself, creating a risk that it would cease in the spring of 2005.
In May of 2005, newly elected Mayor Howard Frimark, responding to citizens’ desire to see the Taste continue to develop as a signature event, secured seed funding for the 2005 Taste. Mayor Frimark then asked one of the original founders, Dave Iglow to assemble a volunteer management committee to orchestrate the event. Within seven weeks, the volunteers planned and delivered a fantastic civic celebration. Succeeding years witnessed similar results. The current Taste committee is excited about the exceptional free entertainment, family activities, and food vendors for the upcoming Taste.
About the Taste of Park Ridge Committee and Board of Directors
The 2018 Taste of Park Ridge Committee Members: Mary Bart, John Bennett, Dave Iglow, Robin Iglow, Jim Lange, Mark Lundberg, Jackie Mathews, Mike McGrath, Tony Mirato, Andy Patras, Dean J. Patras, Franklin Ramirez, Fred Sanchez, Roger Shubert, Mel Thillens, Tony Tripp, and Steve Wegrecki.
The Taste of Park Ridge corporation is a not for profit, tax exempt organization. Its purpose is to plan and produce the Taste of Park Ridge each summer.
The corporation was formed to protect against catastrophic liabilities to the volunteer members of the management committee and its subcommittees as it performs its tasks.