A new tastemaker

. September 25, 2012.

Tara Hughes has already lived a long life in the culinary world, and she's lived all over the area. But here in Findlay, she's taking it to the next level — and she couldn't be happier. The founder and owner of Taste by Tara, a full-service catering company that's gaining steam, Hughes has had a 25-year career in food service — in the healthcare industry, at Archbold's Sauder Village and at the University of Findlay. She's done her own catering on the side for a decade now, but has expanded Taste by Tara into a full-time job over the past year. She's equipped to handle large-scale events like weddings, graduations and corporate events, providing everything from appetizers to fully-decorated desserts in a variety of styles — and presented in style. But she's particularly proud of her in-home meal service, including her "Four Meals for $40" special. She'll prepare food right in customers' homes, for them to eat on the spot or save for later — a godsend for busy families. "One thing that's big to me," she says, "is to get families together and bring them back to the table to talk." That drive to help others was also apparent in her "Mittens to Mittens" program last winter — customers who donated mittens for the needy received cut-out cookies in the shape of mittens. She gave away some 500 pairs of mittens, and hopes to repeat that success next winter. "I'm really pleased with the way Findlay has accepted me," she says.

136 Midland Ave. 419-890-9699.