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Chicago Taste of the Nation

October 11, 2015

General Admission: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

VIP Admission : 5:00pm - 9:00pm

The Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry 2015 will be held on October 11, 2015 at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

Tickets on sale soon!

Taste of the Nation Chicago returns in 2015 with a new format – bringing all of Chicago together to celebrate community, family, friends and the work to end childhood hunger in Chicago, Illinois and America!  Chicago’s most sophisticated and acclaimed culinary event will once again feature over 50 of the city’s top chefs and restaurants, 25 of the city’s top bars, bartenders and mixologists, craft beers, wines and spirits.  The event will also feature hands-on family culinary activities, chef demos, entertainment and a dream auction with many once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences.  VIP guests will be treated to a variety of special activities, including early admission to the event, a special autumn picnic area with table service, and much more.  The whole community is welcome to join Chicago’s top chefs and culinary elite at this unique event. 


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National Sponsors 

Local Presenting Sponsors 


Local Platinum Sponsors 


Local Gold Sponsors 

Local Silver Sponsors 


Local Bronze Sponsors 



2014 Participating Mixologists

Debbi Peek, Southern Wine & Spirits - USBG National Charity Foundation - Midwest

Bridget Albert, Southern Wine & Spirits - USBG National Charity Foundation - President 

Charles Joly, The Aviary 

Adam Seger, The Art Institute of Chicago 

Rudy Matic, The Brixton

Paul Sauter, Mercadito & Double A

Andre Cunningham, Southern Wine & Spirits

Josh Davis, DrinkxXx on Me Bartending Service

Chris Neustadt, Cask & Courtesy

Tyler Lymer, Kinmont

Carlos E. Cuarta, USBG Member

Christopher Bloom, USBG Member

Bryson Ryan, Jimmy's at the James Hotel

Tony Potempa, Trump

Chris Cavarra, Sable Kitchen & Bar

Al Klopper, Nico Osteria and Slippery Slope

Thomas Mooneyham, Bar DeVille

Cristiana DeLucca, Bangers & Lace

Dante LoPrestiUSBG Member

Melissa Guadalupe, Hilton Chicago 

Sherri BradleySpirits Bartending Service LLC

Craig HiljusCask & Courtesy

Ken James & Chasity BeasleyBeam Mixology Bar

Chicago's 2014 Taste of the Nation Host Committee

Host Committee Chairs
Rob and Toni Klein, Klein and Partners
Sean O'Scannlain, Fortune Fish and Gourmet

Host Committee
Alicia Roman, NBC5
Candace Jordan, Candid Candace
Jerry Azumah, Former Chicago Bear
Matt Maloney, GrubHub Inc.
Gary Salvestrini, Sysco Chicago
Mike Masters, IL Department of Homeland Security
Nancy Reinsdorf, Chicago Bulls
Ramsey and Janet Lewis, Chicago Jazz Great and Radio Personality, and JL Designs
Kathleen Henson, Henson Consulting


2014 Event Chairs

R.J. Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises 

Elissa Narow, Vie and Perennial Virant 

Lauren Polkow, GrubHub Inc.

Ben Smock, Toque and Bottle Advisory 


2014 Event Organizing Committee

Jeannie BoutelleEdible Chicago - Hunger Messaging Co-Chair

Erica Carter WeilerNestle Waters North America - Operations

Kelsey KreilingRabbit Hole/Element Collective - Marketing/Social Media Chair

Kristy LaMontagnaOpenTable - Auction Co-Chair

Molly McFerranEdelman - Volunteer Chair (Operations)

Kyle McHughMasters of Whisky - Beverage Co-Chair 

Debbi PeekSouthern Wine and Spirits - Beverage Chair

Corey PolkowLa Colombe - Restaurant Chair

Angela RipinskiGrubHub Inc. - Hunger Messaging Co-Chair

Stefanie RossOpenTable - Auction Co-Chair

Nicole Schnoor RemijasWiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd. - Operations 

Dave Smith, Mission Press - Operations

Ashley ThornhillOpenTable - Auction Co-Chair

Anna TreiberHenson Consulting - PR Chair/Host Committee Chair

National Presenting Sponsors

Media Sponsor

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