vote with your gut and your heart

The Taste of Lakewood supports local students

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarship program, funded in part with event sponsorship dollars and proceeds from The Taste of Lakewood, awards scholarships each year to four high school seniors from either Lakewood High School or St. Edward High School. Recipients are recognized on stage during the event.

Awards are given to those who best demonstrate exceptional dedication to their studies, extra-curricular activities, and, just as importantly, a commitment to working at a part-time or full-time job during their high school years.

Sixty college bounds seniors have received over $175,000 in Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarships over the past 15 years. The past two years, the Taste of Lakewood has been a finalist for Best Charitable Event in Cleveland Magazine’s Best of the West competition. 

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Brian Donahoe

I can’t wait to attend the University of Notre Dame this fall! I will be studying in the College of Engineering but I have not yet picked a specific engineering field. I want to make the world a better place with my knowledge and skills through building toward a better, more advanced future.

Matthew Elaban

I plan to attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall to study electrical engineering. When I’m not in school I work at Voodoo Tuna in Lakewood as a sushi chef. Someday I would like to work with a company like First Energy, and would also like to work in disaster relief at some point in my life.

Maya Costanzo

I will be studying health sciences at the University of Cincinnati and I hope to become either a physical therapist or an athletic trainer. Thank you for awarding me this scholarship and I hope to see you at the Taste of Lakewood!

Noah Militello

I would like to start off this email by thanking you for selecting me for this scholarship. I will be attending The Ohio State University this fall in the honors college. I am leaning towards majoring in environmental engineering and would like to focus my career on sustainability.

Invest in Lakewood’s future

Cast your vote

Decide who the BEST restaurant is at the 2018 Taste of Lakewood and then vote with one dollar. All proceeds from the event’s Dollars for Scholars activity (sponsored by Dollar Bank) will help fund the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program.

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to invest in Lakewood’s future through supporting our working youth. We realize that a student’s work ethic and the unique experiences that come from employment, are important indicators of their future success.

Patty Ryan

President & CEO, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund which rewards and assists college-bound high school seniors from St. Edward and Lakewood High Schools. The past two years, the Taste of Lakewood has been a finalist for “Best Charitable Event” in Cleveland Magazine’s Best of the West competition.

Treat yourself and help a student

A portion of VIP Ticket proceeds contribute to the future of young minds

VIP Experience at the Taste of Lakewood includes highly sought after amenities and provides a unique experience for event VIPs. The 2018 Taste of Lakewood VIP ticket ($50) includes:

  • VIP Parking (some say this alone is worth $50)
  • Seating in the Pier W VIP Tent from 1-4pm
  • Separate VIP Bar (beer & wine) and two drink tokens
  • Proximity to the First Federal Lakewood “Good Tunes” Stage
  • Two food items of your choice from participating restaurants, delivered to you at the VIP tent
  • Volunteer wait staff to retrieve your order
  • Special VIP-only dessert provided by Pier W
  • One free VIP-only Raffle ticket to win Pier W Complete Dinner for TEN (additional chances available for purchase at event)

VIP Tent sponsor Pier W has generously donated a ‘Complete Dinner for TEN at Pier W’ as a raffle prize only offered to Taste of Lakewood VIPs. The dinner includes a 4-5 course menu to be custom designed by Chef Regan Reik (based on chosen protein, seasonal ingredients & availability) with wine paired with each course. The ‘Complete Dinner for TEN at Pier W’ is valued at $2,000.


2017 waiters gather together under the VIP tent. As part of the VIP experience, seated customers order from their table and their waiter retrieves the order, then runs the food back to the table. Volunteer 2018 waiters will be from the LTA (Lakewood Teachers Association). Tips this year will be donated to the scholarship fund.

Event Details

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Cleveland Magazine


Sunday, June 10
1:00pm — 7:00pm
Madison Park, Lakewood, Ohio
General Admission is FREE


Includes reserved parking, seating, personal waiter, food and drink tokens, special dessert, and one raffle ticket to win dinner for 10

Taste of Lakewood is named one of Cleveland Magazine’s Best of the West 2018 Finalists!

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Please note: Bands have already been chosen for 2018 and will be announced soon. Please let us know if you are interested in 2019 or beyond.

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