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Taste of the Nation Charlotte

April 16, 2014

Preview/VIP Admission : $100
6:00pm - 9:30pm

General Admission : $75
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Two Wells Fargo Center Atrium

301 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

See you there! - April 16, 2014

Taste of the Nation tickets make for the perfect night out with you and your friends! This is a don't want to miss event featuring tastings from the area's top chefs, restaurants and culinary schools all to raise funds to end childhood hunger in America and in Charlotte. You'll spend the evening enjoying top bites as well as samplings of fine wines, beers and premium spirits, including an opportunity to mix your own cocktail at the Mixologist bar! To top it all off, there will be a number of culinary experiences and other amazing auction items to bid on. Taste of the Nation Charlotte is a great and fun event that truly makes a difference!

Tickets are no longer available online. Tickets will be available at the door - VIP tickets for $100 and General Admission tickets for $75.00. Very few VIP tickets remain and will only be sold until sold out.

Check our our restaurant line-up and check back often as we continue to secure restaurants for 2014. In the meantime check out highlights from the 2013 event!




Check it out! WBTV's Christine Nelson and the Toms (Chef Tom Dyrness and Tom Sasser) chat up the 2013 Taste of the Nation event.

Click here to view more 2013 photos! Courtesy of Tonya Jameson from Darling Media Group

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check our 2014 packages.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Courtesy of Tonya Jameson from Darling Media Group

In the VIP Lounge, you can sit back and enjoy the plush seating and design by Sterling Events Group while you indulge in couture chocolates by Chef Geoffrey Blount, CPCC. and savory bites by La-tea-da's. There will also be a Martini and Champagne Bar for you to enjoy!


  • CPCC, Chef Geoffrey Blount
  • La-tea-da's
  • Sterling Events Group
  • Party Reflections
  • Carolyn Shepard Design Group
  • Paschal Promotions
  • Signature Events Studio


Martini Bar:

  • Finlandia Grapefruit Cosmo 
  • Bacardi Mango Fusion 
  • Skyy Georgia Peach 
  • Three Olives ‘Elvis’


Champagne & Wine Bar:

  • Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir 
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Napa Cellars Chardonnay


2013 Event Best of Charlotte sponsored by American Culinary Federation.

Best Cold Dish:

Mama Ricotta's - Parmesan crisp with fresh mozarella & speck (smoked prosciutto), extra virgin olive oil and micro basilGallery Restaurant (Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge) - Arnold Palmer tea cake

Best Hot Dish: 

Savannah Red - Bacon lacquered cobia with collard greens, red mousseline and agar berry garnishCantina 1511 - Braised petite pork shank with zesty slaw and tomatillo avocado sauce

Best Table Display: 

Harper's RestaurantJohnson & Wales University


2014 Sponsors

If you are interested in locally sponsoring Taste of the Nation Charlotte, please contact Cathy Baker or Allyson Colarco. Check our 2014 packages and get involved today!

National Presenting Sponsor:

  • Sysco

National Sponsors: 

  • American Express
  • Food Network

Taste of the Nation is Locally Sponsored By:


  • Wells Fargo
  • Two Wells Fargo Center Atrium


  • US Foods


  • EastCoast Entertainment - Featuring Sammy Sinatra and the Mad Men


  • Perry's Fine, Antique and Estate Jewelry - Featuring Mr. Ernest Perry, Auctioneer


  • Mutual Distributors

MAITRE D' SPONSOR - $5000 Level

  • Charlotte Center City Partners
  • Harper's Restaurant Group
  • Nestle' Waters
  • Republic National Distributing Co.


  • Adams Beverages
  • Bojangles'
  • Compass Group, North America
  • Custom Lettering & Design
  • North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, Charlotte Chapter
  • Sysco Charlotte, LLC
  • Snyder's Lance
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • HMS Host
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Party Reflections
  • Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)


  • Marriott International
  • Oliff PLC Attorneys at Law
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
  • ACN Global Reach Charities
  • Axis Marketing
  • Counter Culture Coffee
  • Mini Mac Storage Center
  • Paschal Promotions
  • ShutterBooth Charlotte
  • Show Pros
  • Signature Events Studio
  • YELP


  • Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
  • Windermere Insurance Group LLC
  • Gage Benefit Advisors
  • Zippy Ice


  • Stefan Huebner, Creative Cocktail Consultants

Radio & Host Sponsor

  • WKQC K104.7 FM/CBS Radio
  • Brenda Matthews, K104.7, Co Host
  • Francene Marie Morris, CBS Syndicated Radio, Co Host

"Best Of Awards" Sponsor

  • American Culinary Federation

Official Printer

  • Technocom, USA

Official Graphic Artist

  • Rachel Botting Design

Official Photographer & Videographer

  • Darling Media Group

Official Florist 

  • Carolyn Shepard Design Group


VIP Sponsors & Beverages:  

  • CPCC, Chef Geoffrey Blout
  • La-tea-da's
  • Sterling Events Group
  • Party Reflections
  • Carolyn Shepard Design Group
  • Paschal Promotions
  • Signature Events Studio


Martini Bar:

  • Finlandia Grapefruit
  • Bacardi Mango Fusion
  • Skyy Georgia Peach
  • Three Olives 'Elvis'


Champagne & Wine Bar:

  • Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Napa Cellars Chardonnay

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provides food annually through its network of partner agencies in 16 counties of North and South Carolina. Other programs provided include Kids Cafe, feeding children who come to school hungry every day and the Second Harvest BackPack Program, which provides backpacks full of food for children at risk of hunger on the weekends. Plus the Mobile Pantry Program to deliver truckloads of food directly to rural areas of our region.

Community Culinary School of Charlotte
The Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) provides training in the food service industry for the unemployed and underemployed who have experienced previous barriers to gainful employment. "We're fighting hunger while creating opportunity".

We are happy to answer any questions regarding event details, media requests, restaurant participation, sponsorship, auction item donations and volunteer options. Thank you!


Event Chairs

Cathy Baker

Tom Sasser

Sponsorship Chair

Allyson Colaco

PR/Marketing Chair

Larken Egleston

Silent & Live Auction Chair

Allison Stanley

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