Judge - Michele Riggi
Judge - Ashley Dingeman
Saratoga Food Fanatic
Ashley Dingeman is the owner and writer of SaratogaFoodFanatic.com, a website dedicated to anything and everything food related in Saratoga Springs, NY and beyond. A Saratoga native, her passion for food spans way beyond just going out to eat and writing about restaurants. She also loves spending time recreating some of the best meals she’s eaten in the comfort of her own kitchen with a big glass of red wine by her side. Ashley is also the co-creator of the Saratoga International Flavorfeast, an international food festival that takes place on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend in downtown Saratoga Springs. This year, the event will take place on October 8, 2016.
Judge - Dave Tarella
In 1975 Dave graduated from Paul Smiths College in upstate NY with an A.A.S. in hotel management and culinary arts. He worked and studied summers at the Lake Placid Club Resort eventually being appointed Sous Chef for the World Games in 1979. He spent winters in various chefs’ positions at The Boca Raton Hotel and Club, The Breakers, The Galt Ocean Mile Hotel, The Mohonk Mountain House and The Greenbrier.
In 1980 he was appointed Executive Chef for the International Dignitaries of the 1980 Winter Olympics, as well as overseeing seven kitchens that served corporate clients. In 1981 he owned and operated the Copper Café in Rockport Ma. In 1982 he was Executive Chef of the Americana Hotel (now the Desmond), Albany, NY and then he became Executive Chef and Club Manager of Schuyler Meadows CC, Loudonville until 1989. From1996-2006 he opened and oversaw the Original Saratoga Springs Brewpub on Phila St.
President & CEO, Saratoga Hospital
Angelo Calbone has been president and CEO of Saratoga Hospital and its affiliates for the past decade. Under his leadership, Saratoga Hospital has expanded dramatically, investing in facilities, technology, and a top-notch medical team. Equally important, the hospital has earned a reputation for excellence, personal attention, and compassion. As a result, patient satisfaction scores are at an all-time high.
Among Calbone’s most visible accomplishments are the new, world-class Surgical Pavilion and intensive care unit on the Church Street campus. Downtown, Saratoga Community Health Center provides high- quality, affordable care for those in need. In addition, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group has grown to include over 160 providers representing more than 20 specialties. And the hospital has maintained Magnet® designation for nursing excellence since 2004—longer than any other Capital Region facility.
Calbone also has taken significant steps to secure Saratoga Hospital’s future and the Saratoga region’s continued access to quality healthcare. In 2015 Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center announced an agreement to affiliate. The partnership, approved by the New York State Department of Health in October of 2016, will position Saratoga Hospital to deliver an even higher level of care for years to come.
The decision to affiliate reflects Calbone’s long-term commitment to the community that has become his family’s home. He is quick to lend his time and talents to worthy causes, and has been honored for his service to nonprofit organizations and on civic boards. A graduate of West Liberty State College in West Virginia, Calbone also has a master’s in health services administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Angelo will be encouraging your vote for his friend, Chef Fabrizio Bazzani of Chiante Il Ristorante.
Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner
Carrie Woerner was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2014 while serving as vice president and general manager of MeetMax Conference Software, a division of The Wall Street Transcript. She established the software division in Saratoga Springs in 2008, creating new, quality jobs in Saratoga County. In the Assembly, Woerner advocates for responsible spending and is focused on improving the business climate for small businesses and farms, strengthening public schools and protecting the traditions, heritage and culture of Saratoga and Washington counties. Woerner is the chair of the Subcommittee on Agricultural Production & Technology and a member of the Assembly’s Agriculture, Local Governments, Racing and Wagering, Small Business and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committees, as well as a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.
During her first year in office, Woerner authored seven pieces of legislation that were passed by both the Senate and the Assembly, including five bills that were signed into law by the Governor. This year, she authored and passed 11 bills, eight of which were also passed by the Senate and await the Governor’s signature to become law. These bills addressed a range of local concerns, including supporting agricultural tourism businesses, increasing penalties for deer poaching, re-privatizing the New York Racing Association to ensure that racing at Saratoga is able to continue for many years to come, and honoring United States Submarine Veterans by creating a memorial highway in Saratoga County.
Carrie will be encouraging your vote for her friend, Chef Scott Ringwood of Lake Ridge Restaurant.
James Nicholas Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) was first elected to the Assembly in 1982 and served as Minority Leader from 2005 to 2009. Throughout his tenure, Tedisco has been a leader and outspoken advocate for reforming state government and the budget process. He has authored numerous bills designed to make government more accountable to the people and bring about an on-time, fiscally responsible budget.
He is a member of the Sons of Italy, Schenectady Lodge 321; Principessa Elena Society in Saratoga Springs; Ballston Spa Elks Lodge No. 2619; Schenectady Rotary Club; Union College Alumni Association; Friends of the Schenectady Museum; the Center for HOPE in Ballston Spa; and serves as Honorary Chairman of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation.
In addition to receiving numerous community and civic awards and honors, including being named the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winner, and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 25th Anniversary Award, Tedisco was elected in 2002 as one of the first members of the Union College Athletic Hall of Fame. Tedisco is a resident of Glenville where he lives with his wife Mary, son Andrew, and dogs Gracie and Guitta and cats Glinda and Elphaba.
Mayor Joanne Dittes Yepsen
City of Saratoga Springs
Joanne Dittes Yepsen was re-elected Mayor of Saratoga Springs, New York on November 3, 2015. She is serving her second term as Mayor after four consecutive terms as County Supervsior for Saratoga Springs. Her priorities include open transparent government, sustainable comprehensive growth, racing industry and jobs, building public-private partnerships, economic development initiatives, and constituency service to all residents.
Mayor Yepsen be encouraging your vote for her friend, Chef Danny Petrosino of Osteria Danny.
The Jockey 101.3
Heidi originally hails from the Capital Region and is a proud graduate of The New School of Radio and Television. Her reporting career began at PYX106 in 1997. She has overseen many radio station news departments as News Director for Metro Networks in Latham, where she also reported traffic and wrote for the company’s national news wire service. In addition, Heidi was News Director with the former local news/talk radio station WROW. Some of her favorite interviews include Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and author Dean Koontz. Heidi has a passion for reading, writing, and art. She is also an accomplished musician and an avid gardener.
Marcie Fraser has dedicated her career to health and medical stories. As a 20 year veteran journalist, Marcie currently is the Health and Fitness reporter at Time Warner Cable News. Her published book, Where’d My Butt Go? is a self-help nutrition book that contains the knowledge and experience gained from her practical work as a Behavioral Eating Specialist. Marcie’s knowledge is backed by a Master’s in Public Health and soon she will hold a PhD. from the University of Albany. An avid ballroom dancer, tri-athlete and retired bodybuilding champion, Marcie has motivated and counseled thousands of individuals. She has shown them how to maximize their performance and reach their full potential through nutrition, she is considered by some, the Food Therapist.
Marcie will be encouraging your vote for her friend, Chef Jeffrey Rayno of Fish at 30 Lake.
WNYT News Channel 13
As Saratoga-North Country news chief, Mark Mulholland leads our news coverage in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. A long-time resident of Warren County, Mark is a native of Whitehall in Washington County, and has lived in Saratoga County for more than a decade. Mark is always receptive to an interesting story idea in his area.
He first joined NewsChannel 13 in 1993. Prior to that, he was sports director at TV-8 in Glens Falls, and studio host for Boston Celtics games on Fox 23 WXXA in Albany. Mark was also a feature reporter for Pro-Am Sports TV in Detroit, Mich. Before he ventured into television, Mark was a radio news reporter for WWSC and WYLR radio in Glens Falls. A father of two young children, Mark coaches youth soccer in Saratoga Springs.
Co-Owner, Sperry's Restaurant
Scott will be encouraging your vote for his friend, Chef Brian Bowden of Sperry's Restaurant.
Tom Durkin is a retired American sportscaster and public address announcer specializing in Thoroughbred horse racing. He was the race caller for NBC Sports from 1984 through 2010, and served as the announcer for the New York Racing Association from 1990 until his retirement in 2014. For his career-long dedication, he was awarded the Eclipse Award of Merit in January 2015.