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Chicago Taste of the Nation

August 13, 2014

General Admission: $125
7:00pm - 10:00pm

VIP Admission : $200
6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry 2014 was on August 13th at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

Stay tuned for more information on the 2015 event!

In 2014 guests joined us at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom and lakeside plaza for a spectacular summer evening with the most incredible gathering of innovative, influential and talked-about chefs and mixologists in town, along with MC Bill Rancic, event chair R.J. Melman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises), and nearly 100 of Chicago's most renowned chefs and mixologists. Guests enjoyed live entertainment, delicious craft beer and wines, and a silent auction featuring many unique experiences and packages. 

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Please note that Taste of the Nation is a 21 and over event. 

General Admission - $125

Sample and savor the culinary creations and craft cocktails of Chicago's best restaurants, chefs and mixologists, all while enjoying stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Enjoy entertainment from Chicago's hottest DJ's and Rodd Tuffcurls and the Bench Press with MC Bill Rancic and bid on fabulous unique packages in the silent auction. 


VIP Admission - $200

All the benefits of General Admission plus early access to the event during the VIP Preview Hour (6pm-7pm) and access to VIP-only areas.


VIP Table Sponsor - $2,500 

Perfect for groups of family and friends, small groups and associations, team-building outings and more! Package includes:

- 10 VIP tickets to the event

- Reserved seating for 10 in the Lakeside VIP Lounge

- VIP access to full open bar

- Early access to the event during the VIP Preview Hour (6pm-7pm)


Corporate Table Sponsor - $5,000

Do well by doing good! Align your business with Chicago's premier culinary event. Taste of the Nation Chicago is the perfect opportunity to provide unique hospitality benefits to new and existing clients or employees while helping to end childhood hunger in America. Package includes:

- 10 VIP tickets

- Reserved table seating for 10 in the Elevated VIP Lounge, with table side service for you and your guests

- Stage level seating for speaking program hosted by Bill Rancic and live entertainment by Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press

- VIP access to full open bar

- Early access to the event during the VIP Preview Hour (6pm-7pm)

- Logo recognition as a Corporate Table Sponsor at the event through on-site signage and the evening's running A/V program 


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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