Thursday, March 10, 2011

Taste of the Nation on April 14

Kevin Gillespie at last year's event
Last year I was lucky enough to attend Taste of the Nation, and it was definitely one of the year's best foodie events. So don't miss your chance to don your fancy duds, stuff your face with some of Atlanta's finest food, and most importantly help a good cause.

And one tip from last year, the auction has amazing values so come ready to bid!

Here's the scoop:

More than 50 top chefs from the Atlanta area will participate in Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Atlanta on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at the Georgia Aquarium. Celebrating its 23rd anniversary, this gourmet food and wine event will feature specialty food samplings; live, silent and beverage auctions; wine tastings and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 770.436.5151.

This year, Share Our Strength will honor Atlanta’s Five-Star Taste of the Nation Chefs, those who have supported and participated in the Atlanta event for more than 10 years. These chefs include Jamie Adams, Gary Donlick, Robert Holley, Pano I. Karatassos, Gerry Klaskala, Gary Mennie, Nan Niyomkul, Kevin Rathbun, Joey Riley, Scott Serpas, Jay Swift, Hilary White and Ian Winslade.

Additionally, Danny Meyer, CEO of New York City-based Union Square Hospitality Group will join event co-chairs Pano Karatassos, founder of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and George McKerrow, co-founder and CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill as the event’s honorary chairperson. Meyer’s restaurants and their chefs have earned an unprecedented 21 James Beard Awards and perennially rank among New York City's favorite restaurants in the Zagat survey. He serves on the boards of Share Our Strength, Madison Square Park Conservancy and NYC & Company. He, along with Karatassos and McKerrow is a long-time supporter of Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation.

The Chefs:
Current participating chefs and restaurants include:

  • Jamie Adams, Veni Vidi Vici
  • Gregg Brickman, Wolfgang Puck Catering at the Georgia Aquarium
  • Ryan Delesandro, Nava
  • Gary Donlick, Bistro Niko
  • Ron Eyester, Rosebud
  • Scott Gambone, The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation
  • Daryl Gassmann, Chops Lobster Bar
  • Kevin Gillespie, Woodfire Grill
  • Carvel Grant Gould, Canoe
  • David Gross, MARKET
  • Bennett Hollberg, Davio's
  • Robert Holley, Atlanta Fish Market
  • Pano I. Karatassos, Kyma
  • Gerry Klaskala, Aria
  • Gary Mennie, Table 1280
  • John Metz, Marlow’s Tavern
  • Jeremy Miller, Bluepointe
  • DeeDee Niyomkul, Nan Thai Fine Dining, Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft, Tamarind Seed
  • Piero Premoli, Pricci
  • Matt Rainey, 103 West
  • Kevin Rathbun, Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Krog Bar
  • Chris Raucci, Ted's Montana Grill
  • Joey Riley, Kaleidoscope
  • Kien Sam, Aqua Blue Restaurant & Bar
  • Charles Schwab, Buckhead Diner
  • Jon Schwenk, C&Seafood
  • Scott Serpas, Serpas
  • Zeb Stevenson, Livingston
  • Jay Swift, 4th & Swift
  • Bill Toro, Alluvia at the Cheetah
  • Shane Tuohy, Dogwood
  • Hilary White, The Hil
  • Ian Winslade, Buckhead Bottle Bar

Not Just Great Food:
In addition to sampling elegant food and wine, guests also will enjoy live entertainment. A live auction will feature a variety of items, including chef dinners, travel packages and other unique experiences. An extensive silent auction will feature unique wines, spa packages and other luxurious items.

The Cause:
Hunger is widespread in Georgia, with 19.7 percent of Georgians living in poverty. In Fulton County alone, the poverty rate rose to 25 percent. One hundred percent of net proceeds from Taste of the Nation Atlanta will help fund Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end chidhood hunger in America and, as part of that campaign, continue supporting local organizations such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Genesis, A New Life and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ Georgia (formerly Operation Frontline Georgia).

“Having the opportunity to help end childhood hunger, especially for children and working families in our community is a responsibility and an honor,” said Karatassos. “The Atlanta community has shown tremendous support for the cause. I credit our generous sponsors, chefs and event guests with helping us set fundraising records while enjoying an extremely fun and powerful night.”

Tickets & Times:
General Admission: $250 per person
VIP Admission: $350 per person.
Doors open for General Admission at 7:30 p.m.
The VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 770.436.5151.

Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Brown-Forman Corporation.



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