Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Los Angeles

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Calling all foodies and philanthropists: Tickets are now on sale for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the NationLos Angeles, the city’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger. This year’s event will be heldSunday, June 1, from1:00 to 4:00 p.m.at Culver City’s Media Park, hosted byCooking Channel’s Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark. The highly anticipated annual tasting event, which supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, will feature LA’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists united for a cause: making sure all children in this nation have the healthy food they need, every day.

Date:Sunday, June 1, 2014
Location: Media Park
9070 Venice Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90203
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.;12:30 to 4:00 p.m.for VIP
Admission: $110 for General Admission; $160 for VIP

Guests of Taste of the Nation Los Angeles will have the opportunity to mingle with more than 40 of the city’s most influential talent in the food and drink scene, and taste their signature fare and spirits. Culinary tastemakers participating in this year’s event includeMary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger(Border Grill Restaurants and food truck),Ray Garcia(FIG), andJoe Miller(Joe’s Restaurant/Bar Pintxo). Other participating restaurants include 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, Allumette, Bourbon Steak, Chaya/M Cafe, East Borough, Faith & Flower, Girasol, ICDC, Melisse, Mo-Chica, Mud Hen, Phorage, Plan Check, Sqirl, and Superba Food + Bread. The exquisite tasting dishes will be complemented by Angelenos’ favorite bars, wineries, and craft breweries, including The Bruery, El Segundo Brewing Co.,Soigne Group, Congenial Spirits, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Intelligentsia. Guests who purchase access to the special Princess Cruises VIP area will also enjoy delicacies from 15-year old Southern Californian ChefFlynn McGarryof EURKEA.

One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including nearly2.5 million kids in California. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day, by connecting them to nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and by teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger withmore than 107 million additional meals. In Los Angeles, No Kid Hungry is focused on expanding access to school breakfast and afterschool meals. The campaign has also empowered more than 5,600 California families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy, affordable meals through its signature Cooking Matters education courses.

In 2013, Taste of the Nation Los Angeles raisedover $283,000to help feed children in need up to 2.8millionhealthy meals.

Taste of the Nation Los Angeles is supported by National Presenting Sponsor Sysco and national sponsors American Express, Food Network, OpenTable, Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water, and Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc., and local sponsors City of Culver City, dineLA, LA & SF Specialty, Soigne Group, Congenial Spirits, DRY Soda Co., nutegrity, Pasta Chips, Duvel, iPic, and Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Local beneficiaries include Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates, and No Kid Hungry Los Angeles.

To purchase tickets for Taste of the Nation Los Angeles, visitNoKidHungry.org/LosAngeles.
Posted by Meghan Ogilvie
5/21/14