Buy your tickets now! - 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!
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.
The 2014 event restaurant line-up gets tastier every day. Check back often!
- Cantina 1511
- Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
- Central Piedmont Community College
- Coastal Kitchen & Bar
- Dressler's Restaurant
- Electrolux Professional
- Gallery at Ballantyne Hotel
- Johnson & Wales University
- Mama Ricotta's
- Mimosa Grill
- QC Kitchen (Opening Sping '14)
- Saffron Indian Cuisine
- Savannah Red
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 basil||Gallery Restaurant (Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge) - Arnold Palmer tea cake|
Best Hot Dish:
|Savannah Red - Bacon lacquered cobia with collard greens, red mousseline and agar berry garnish||Cantina 1511 - Braised petite pork shank with zesty slaw and tomatillo avocado sauce|
Best Table Display:
|Harper's Restaurant||Johnson & Wales University|
National Presenting Sponsor:
- American Express
- Food Network
Taste of the Nation is Locally Sponsored By:
- Wells Fargo
- Two Wells Fargo Center Atrium
CHEF de CUISINE SPONSOR - $10,000 Level
- US Foods
FOOD ARTISAN SPONSOR - $2500 Level
- North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association
- Sysco Charlotte, LLC
- Johnson & Wales University
- Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)
RESTAURANT BOOTH SPONSOR - $1000 Level
- Marriott International
- Oliff PLC
- Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
HOME GROWN SPONSOR - $500 Level
- Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
- Windermere Insurance Group LLC
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!