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, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Florida Impact.
Tasty Chomps’ Nhi Nguyen’s Top 5 Tastes at the Orlando Taste of the Nation 2016
The Capital Grille
Chef: Jason O’Neill, Matthew Price Kona Rubbed Sliced Filet with Horseradish Cream and Sam’s Mashed Potatoes. “Melt-in-Your-Mouth” with very simple seasonings and sides making the beef the star of the dish. It had us coming back for thirds.
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
Chef: James Messinger Fresh Summer Truffle Risotto with shaved Italian Black Truffle, Roasted Mushrooms, Corn, Chive Oil
Artist’s Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
Chef: Michael Gonsalves Local Hen Egg-Yuzu Custard with Hibiscus, Lingonberry, Matcha, Garden Sorrel, and Wild Blooms. Incredibly engaging dessert with a slight acidity from the Yuzu.
Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Chef: Nathan Hardin Braised Pork Belly from Palmetto Creek, Zellwood Corn, Favas, Fennel, and Mustard Frills.
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
Chef: Ray Leung
Sesame Soy Glazed Baby Octopus, Chilled and Skewered, Served Cold. I believe this caught everyone’s attention like an episode of “Bizarre Foods”. It gave me the familiar feeling of nightly street fares in Asia that’s fun and tasty.
This list was just a small compilation of the many participating restaurants in Orlando. Here some more memories from the night:
Through all the fun and excitement the event exuded the important message that brought everyone together is that no kid should go hungry.