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Charlotte Taste of the Nation

April 15, 2015

Preview/VIP Admission : $120
6:00pm - 9:30pm

General Admission : $85
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Two Wells Fargo Center Atrium

301 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina


Join us at Two Wells Fargo Center Atrium on Wednesday, April 15th for the 20th Anniversary of 
Charlotte's Taste of the Nation
®for No Kid Hungry!

Photos: Courtesy of Darling Media Group

Click here to view more 2014 photos! Courtesy of Tonya Jameson from Darling Media Group

Check out last year's 2014 Event Best of Charlotte sponsored by American Culinary Federation.

Best Cold Dish:

Ilios Noche - Watermelon Skewer with Greek Yogurt and Purple BasilCoastal Kitchen & Bar (Hilton Center City) - Tuna Crisp

Best Hot Dish: 

Ember Grille at The Westin Charlotte - Chipotle Mac & Cheese with Smoked PorkBaku Restaurant - Seared Foie Gras and Diver Scallop with Duck Pastrami

Best Table Display: 

Wolfgang Puck Pizza | BarMimosa Grill

Photos: Courtesy of Darling Media Group

Thank you to our 2015 local event sponsors!

Luxe Lounge Presenting Sponsor
Piedmont Natural Gas

Silver Platter Sponsor
US. Foods

Entertainment Sponsor
EastCoast Entertainment 

Auction Sponsor
Perry's Fine, Antique and Estate Jewelry 

Premier Sponsors
Mutual Distributors 
Republic National Distributing Co.

Maitre d' Sponsors
AFR Event Furnishings
Empire Distributers
Harper's Restaurant Group 

Food Artisan Sponsors
Adams Beverages
Charlotte Center City Partners
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
Compass Group, North America
Custom Lettering & Design
NCRLA - Charlotte Chapter
Nestle Waters
Show Pros
Snyder's Lance

Restaurant Sponsors
Axis Marketing
Eco Lab
Mini Mac Storage Center
Party Reflections
Paschal Promotions
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
ShutterBooth Charlotte
Signature Events Studio
Windermere Insurance Group LLC

Home Grown Sponsors
Greater Charlotte Ref, Inc.
Zippy Ice

Martin Olivos, Upstream 

Radio Sponsor & Event Host
WKQC K104.7 FM
Francene Marie Morris, Beasley Broadcasting Group, Host
Natalie Pasquarella, WSOC-TV, Co-Host

"Best of Awards" Sponsor
American Culinary Federation 

Official Printer
Technocom, USA

Official Photographer & Videographer
Darling Media Group 

Official Florist
Carolyn Shepard Design Group 

If you are interested in locally sponsoring Charlotte's Taste of the Nation, please contact Cathy Baker or Allyson Colarco


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".

For the second year in a row, Charlotte’s Taste of the Nation ® will feature a special Wine Grab.  Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a $20 raffle ticket which will correspond to one of 100 bottles of wine!  The Wine Grab table will be set-up in the Silent Auction Tent so come on by and take your chance at taking home a bottle of wine ranging in retail value from $20 to over $100!

Follow us online (#TONCLT and #WineGrab) for sneak peeks at the bottles you could wine!  Wine has been donated by individuals and area businesses and highlight many different vineyards and regions, including:

Cambria Estate Winery

Cristom "Jessie Vineyard"

Duckhorn Decoy


Moët & Chandon

Optima Knights Valey

Robert Craig Affinity

Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyards

This year, in honor of the 20th Anniversary Charlotte Taste of the Nation, Perry’s South Park is sponsoring a GEM GRAB!  Be one of 50 lucky attendees to buy a special anniversary bag for only $100.  They will sell quickly, so buy early!!


Each bag will contain:

  •         A real gemstone (carat or larger)
  •         $100 Perry’s Gift Card (you can use towards a setting for your new gem)
  •         A commemorative 20th Anniversary Drink Shaker that will hold your special gemstone 


Then, during the LIVE Auction, 3 lucky people who purchased a Gem Bag will win one of three jewelry prizes – in addition to the Gem Bag!


Don't miss this wonderful chance to take home some extra sparkle to commemorate the 20th Anniversary!!


Click here to find out more! 

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

Tom Sasser

Sponsorship Chair

Allyson Colaco

PR/Marketing Chair

Larken Egleston

Silent & Live Auction Chair

Allison Stanley

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Erica Austin

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