The Pastry team at Marriott World Center resort

ORLANDO’S TASTE OF THE NATION FOR NO KID HUNGRY TURNS THE TABLE ON CHILDHOOD HUNGER WITH ANNUAL EVENT FEATURING AREA’S TOP CHEFS

Central Florida’s most celebrated chefs will gather on August 8, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott to cook up support for the 26th installment of Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry.

This is my favorite foodie event of the year – so many wonderful local chefs all cooking for a great cause.

Forty-four of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, to ensure that no child grows up hungry in our city and across America.


Video from 2014’s Taste of the Nation Orlando

Newcomers include Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, Black Fire Bull, MOOR and Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort, Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Itta Bena, Lafayette’s Music Room, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar, TR Fire Grill, The Whiskey, Urban Tide Hyatt Regency, and Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Along with appetizers, entrees, desserts and spirits, guests will enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The event’s popular Instant Wine Cellar game returns offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 250 chances to win this exquisite wine cellar. Each key is a $25 donation.

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New to this year’s event is The Giving Tree, a towering tree that will give participants an opportunity to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular restaurants. For a $50 donation, participants are invited to choose a hanging envelope from the tree; each hanging envelope contains a restaurant gift card ranging from $50 to $200 in value.

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is also serving up four tasty starter events to whet the community’s appetite for the main event while raising funds for national beneficiary Share Our Strength and local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

World of Beer invites guests to toast to Taste of the Nation with select craft brews. One dollar for each pint sold at its Dr. Phillips location (7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando) on July 23 from 4:00 p.m. to close and its downtown Orlando location (431 E. Central Blvd.) July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to close will directly benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Eola Wine Company welcomes guests to raise a glass to end childhood hunger with a series of weekly wine tasting events on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from July 1 to Aug. 5 for a $15 donation at the door.

Childhood Hunger is a solvable problem

All proceeds will benefit Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Eola Wine Company is located in downtown Orlando at 430 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.

The Ancient Olive is fighting childhood hunger with olive oil by donating $1 for each bottle of ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and flavor-infused olive oils sold between July 7 and August 8. The tasting bar for premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars is located at 324 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Spice & Tea Exchange, located at 309 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, will also donate $1 for each gourmet grinder blend sold. Proceeds from both events will support Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

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Orlando-based Hawkers Asian Street Fare is committed to helping end childhood hunger locally and across the country with their Roti for a Cause campaign. Throughout the month of July, guests can enjoy a free round of Hawkers’ signature Malaysian-style flatbread Roti Canai for donating a minimum of $2 to Share Our Strength’s childhood hunger relief programs. Those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation. Hawkers Asian Street Fare has two locations: 1103 N Mills Ave., Orlando and 1001 Park St., Jacksonville.

With a 26-year legacy of combating childhood hunger locally and across the nation, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation has raised millions in critical funds to support children’s nutrition programs provided by local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and national beneficiary Share Our Strength.

“Last year, the Coalition served more than 300,000 meals, and Taste of the Nation’s fundraising efforts helped make that possible,” said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. “Childhood hunger ends one meal at a time, and that responsibility must be a community effort. Taste of the Nation is a perfect example of our community coming together to help those in need, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is presented nationally by Citi and Sysco and sponsored nationally by media sponsor Food Network, and in select markets by Emmi Roth USA, OpenTable, and Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc. Special thanks to local sponsors AmeriFactors, Regions Bank, Darden Restaurants, Quality One Wireless, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Heron Lawn and Pest Control.

ORLANDO’S TASTE OF THE NATION FOR NO KID HUNGRY

WHEN:

Saturday, August 8, 2015 6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Dr., Orlando

TICKETS:

$150 each

ATTIRE:

Cocktail / Semi-Formal

Participating Restaurants

Cala Bella Restaurant at Rosen Shingle Creek
Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Capital Grille Orlando & Millenia
Cress Restaurant
Cuba Libre
Dragonfly Robata Sushi & Grill
Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties
Fresh Point
Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney
Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Itta Bena
JJ’s Grille
JW Marriott
K Restaurant and Wine Bar
Lafayette’s Music Room
Marlow’s Tavern
MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort
Opa Orlando
Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside
Orlando World Center Marriott
Red Wing Restaurant
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
SeaWorld Orlando
Second Harvest Food Bank – Culinary Training Program
Soco Thornton Park
Symphony Pastries
Tapa Toro Tapas Bar
Three2OH Ice Cream
TR Fire Grill
Universal Orlando Resort 42. Urban Tide Hyatt Regency 43. The Whiskey
Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

ABOUT ORLANDO’S TASTE OF THE NATION® FOR NO KID HUNGRY

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry brings together the area’s top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Here is a discount code for our readers – READER10 will provide 10% discount. Please note that it is case sensitive.

Visit http://ce.strength.org/orlando for more info and tickets!

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