About Us

Taste of Style is produced by a committed group of volunteers who are dedicated to fighting hunger. The event benefits Oregon Food Bank in support of its mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes—advocating for change, strengthening local food systems, and educating our community.


The Taste of Style event has raised more than $16,500 for Oregon Food Bank and set the stage for a unique annual fundraising event that features the inspiring talent of hair, makeup, fashion and photography artists. We engage a diverse audience and raise awareness of the many among us who face food insecurity.


We always need help, please be generous with your volunteer hours, financial contributions and auction donations.  If you are interested in joining the committee email Chris Vandehey at tasteofstylepdx@gmail.com.



Chris Vandehey, Chairman

I attended Phagans Beauty School for Hairdressing in 1976, then started working at salons building my clientele. My advanced training includes Redken Academy, the Paul Mitchell Academy Class in San Diego, and the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica. I became an educator for Aquage Hair Care Products in March, 2001, and as one of the top platform artists, I travel around the United States teaching other hairdressers and have become internationally known. In 2012 I was awarded one of the top five hairdressers for NAHA (North American Hairdressing Awards) in the Avant Garde category. I have been featured in national industry magazines throughout my career. For 29 years I have been a successful salon owner, Style on 2nd, in Portland, Oregon. The most exciting and satisfying part of heading up Taste of Style is giving the cosmetologists, fashion designers, and photographers the chance to express themselves while giving to those less fortunate.


Diane Mitchell


I worked as a hairdresser for seven years at Appropo Hair Fashions. I then became a distributor sales consultant working for Berliners, Pacific Salon Systems and Beauty Systems Group (West Coast). I am currently semi retired, working very part time for Beauty Bros. I am also volunteering with the Oregon Food Bank and the Scholls Women’s Club.  I am so proud to be working with the food bank to bring in the amazing hairdressing/fashion industry to create a venue to display their talents for the benefit of feeding the hungry in Oregon and Southern Washington.

Maureen Bastin, Treasurer

My work with Oregon Food Bank and the Taste of Style developed through a friendship with my hairdresser of 10+ years, Chris Vandehey.  Retired from Intel Corporation after a 25+ year career as a Senior Project Manager in Corporate Finance and Human Resources, I was well aware of the needs and vision of Oregon Food Bank through corporate volunteer efforts.   My passion for all things artistic and creative, and being an avid crafter and art lover, I jumped at the chance to get involved in such a worthy and fun cause.  Being involved in last year’s inaugural Taste of Style Gala was just the beginning of a whimsical annual venue for artists in hairdressing, make-up, and fashion to strut their stuff, while raising vital funding for our Oregon Food Bank.  I’m proud to be a part of improving someone’s life while we address the insufficient food dilemma we have in this country and working towards ending hunger across our region.

Maryann Brunner

I have worked for Oregon Food Bank for 11 years and believe that each of us has the power to solve the problem of hunger and poverty in our lifetime. I also believe that through the outreach of events such as  Taste of Style and its committee, together we really CAN solve hunger and its root causes. I joined this group of hunger champions last year as a volunteer, outside of my daily work at the food bank, because I feel so strongly that this uniquely innovative benefit is just what we need in Portland to raise funds and more importantly, awareness to a new and diverse group of people and have FUN while doing it!

Carol Redwine


I graduated from Riverside City College, Cosmetology, in California in 1984. I have worked for salons and for myself for many years. I have also worked for several manufacturers as an educator and platform artist. Starting with FaroukSystems and going on to Joico/ISO.

I owned and operated my salon in the Salem area for twelve years until I decided to change career directions and share my many years of knowledge with others. I began teaching Cosmetology in 2008 at Mt. Hood Community College and haven’t looked back. I enjoy sharing and growing with our students. MHCC Cosmetology has had at least one team the last two years participate in Taste of Style. Our Students won The People’s Choice Award in 2016.

Tatiana Dennis


I Graduated from the Mt Hood Community College Cosmetology program in 2003. My passion for the industry was ignited the moment I began school and hasn't died down at all. I became the proud owner of Denev Hair Design in 2006. I continue to work behind the chair full time as well as share my love of the beauty industry as a National Educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems. I got introduced to the Taste of Style in its first year due to my friendship with Diane Mitchell. My stylists and I attended the first Taste of Syle and the need became so real for me. Hunger is an issue we don't commonly speak of but the need is so great. Anyone can fall on hard times and need help, it could be your best friend, neighbor or co-worker. My heart is full knowing I'm helping people who really need it by working with the Taste of Style and the Oregon Food Bank.  

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