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South Florida Taste of the Nation

July 16, 2015

VIP: $250
6:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Loews Miami Beach

1601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, Florida

South Florida's

Taste of the Nation® For No Kid Hungry


South Florida's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists — all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

Big names bring bold flavors to Taste of the Nation South Florida. Join the likes of legendary Chef Allen Susser, Chef Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grille for South Florida's premiere culinary affair.

An elegant evening of gourmet food and wine, Taste of the Nation features chefs and gourmet cuisine from over 50 restaurants and vendors catering to both Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The evening will also include live entertainment along with live, silent and wine auctions. Chef Allen Susser, chair of Taste of the Nation Miami for 27 years, will pull together an incredible line-up of local restaurants committed to Share Our Strength’s vision to end childhood hunger. 

Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has been delighting diners by bringing together the greatest culinary experts to donate their time and skill for a good cause. Produced by Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit fighting childhood hunger, the goal of each Taste of the Nation event is to raise much-needed funds to help end childhood hunger. You'll feast on a number of dishes from a bevy of chefs, take part in a silent auction, relax in a lounge area, enjoy cooking competitions, special wine and spirits, and gift bags. Doing good has never tasted better. 100 percent of ticket sales from this Taste of the Nation event benefit Share Our Strength's mission to fight and end childhood hunger.

Contact Andy Villabona at with any questions. 

For volunteer opportunities the day of the event, please email

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Hashtags: #NoKidHungry #TOTNSFla

Twitter and Instagram: @TOTNSFla



Founding Chair

Chef Allen Susser


Allen Susser is a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award. His personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening Chef Allen’s as chef/owner of his groundbreaking Miami restaurant. The New York Times called Allen the “Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking”. Chef Allen’s cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. Food & Wine magazine named Chef Allen "One of the Best 10 Chefs in America".
In 2000 Allen launched Chef Allen's Consulting a boutique restaurant and hospitality consulting firm - providing strategic initiative, culinary resources, and innovative direction for the industry.  Allen has consulted for American Airlines, Kitchen Aid, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, McCormick Spice, Kraft and Sunkist. In 2008 was named consulting chef for Jade Mountain Resort and this year added Anse Chastanet Resort also on St Lucia in the West Indies.  In 2011 he debuted a new casual direction of comfort food launching Burger Bar by Chef Allen at Fort Lauderdale  - Hollywood International Airport and is  currently developing a privately held QRS national brand concept. Current clients include Daily Melt, Slainte Irish Pub + Kitchen and Books & Books Cafe.
Susser is currently the spokesman for the National Mango Board and is a Culinary Ambassador for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its sustainable seafood watch. He received an honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. His Alma Marta- Florida International University award Allen the President's Award for community service. Allen was recognized as Chef of the Year for Share Our Strength and later was honored nationally as Humanitarian of the Year by Share Our Strength for his commitment to End Childhood Hunger. He is currently active on the Board of Feeding South Florida. Susser is an advisory member of the James Beard Foundation, The Florida Commissioner's Seafood and Aquaculture Committee, and has served on the National Board of Directors for the American Institute of Wine and Food. Susser served as president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. He is the original author of New World Cuisine and Cookery (Doubleday, 1995), The Great Citrus Book (Ten Speed Press, 1997) and The Great Mango Book, (Ten Speed Press, 2001).





South Florida's Taste of the Nation

2015 Honorary Host Committee


A special thank you to all the following members of Team No Kid Hungry who are sharing their strength at this year's Taste of the Nation.


Davin Joseph

2x NFL Pro Bowl selection, 1st Round NFL draft pick and Hallandale High School Alumnus

John Offerdahl

2x NFL All Pro selection, Miami Dolphins Honor Roll inductee, successful restauranteur

Jeff Reed

2x Super Bowl Champ as member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, host of Kickin' it with Jeff Reed on ESPN 730 Charlotte, NC

Laurie Jennings

3x Emmy Award-winning reporter and the evening co-anchor on the highest-rated news station in South Florida -- Local 10 News.

Calvin Hughes

Emmy Award-winning newscaster and co-anchor of Local 10 News at 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m

Nathalie Rodriguez

On-Air Personality at MY939 and Morning News Anchor on 610 WIOD

Evan Benn

Miami Herald Food Editor and Beer Columnist at

Diana Contreras

Celebrated Miami artists and a pioneer of the famed Wynwood Murals

Jenny Perez

A leader of today's Miami art millenial generation and acclaimed visual pop artist







2015 South Florida Taste of the Nation Committee


Founding Chair
Chef Allen Susser
Restaurant Co-Chairs
Chef Timon Balloo
Victoria Nodarse
Auction Co-Chairs 
Jaime Gazes
Linda Villafane
Beverage Chair 
Katie Leibick
Operations Chair 
Michelle Demars
PR Chair/After Party 
Larry Carrino
Social Media Chair 
Jennifer Kaminski
Sponsorship Chair 
Lena Sotnick
Volunteer Co -Chair 
Chef Mike Moran 
Restaurant Committee 
Chef Paula DaSilva
Chef Todd Erickson
Chef Frederic Delaire
PR Committee/After Party
Liz Rincon
Carolina Navarro
Social Media Committee 
Chef Jaime DeRosa
Chef Jessica Rothschild
Sponsorship Committee 
Legna Rodriguez
Madeline Thoemke
Operations Committee 
Michael Rosen
Chef Bret Pelaggi
Maria Fazzingo
Auction Committee 
Sharon Steele-Cardenal
Jeremy Boyd
Event Manager/Producer 
Andy Villabona
Event Coordinator 
Alison Eades


2015 Participating Restaurants

RestaurantParticipating Chef
3030 OceanPaula DaSiva
American SocialChris Palmer
Beaker & GrayBrian Nasajon
Blackbrick Chinese & Dim SumRichard Hales
BLT PrimeDustin Ward
Blue CollarDanny Serfer
Cafe at Books & BooksAllen Susser
Chef Adrienne's Vineyard Adrienne Calvo
Cibo Wine BarRichard Hutton
EDGE Steak & BarAaron Brooks
FinkaEileen Andrade
Glass & Vine Giorgio Rapicavoli
HaVenTodd Erickson
Izzy's Fish & OysterJamie DeRosa
Joe's Stone CrabAndre Bienvenu
KUROAlexander Q. Becker
La Mar by Gaston AcurioDiego Oka
Little Palm IslandRoly Cruz-Taura
Lure FishbarJosh Capon
MakotoMakoto Okuwa
MC KitchenDena Marino
Meat MarketSean Brasel
MignonetteDanny Serfer
My CevicheSam Gorenstein
Naked TacoRalph Pagano
Naked LunchRalph Pagano
Norman Love ConfectionsNorman Love
Palate PartyRobyn Almodovar
Palme D'or Gregory Pugin
PB StationJose Mendin
Phuc Yea!Cesar Zapata
Quality MeatsCraig Koketsu/Patrick Rebholz
Red GingerHerb Wilson
RED the SteakhousePeter A Vauthy
Rock Star PastriesJessica Rothschild
Seagrape at Thompson Miami BeachSteven Rojas
SeaspiceAngel Leon/Benjamin Goldman
Shake ShackMark Rosati
SUGARCANE Raw Bar GrillTimon Balloo
StripSteakDerrick Roberts
Susie's Scrumptious SweetsSusie Stallingsz
SuVicheJaime Pesaque
Talde Miami BeachDale Talde
Temple Street EateryAlex Kuk & Diego Ng
The Dutch MiamiConor Hanlon
The ForgeChristopher Lee
The Loews Miami BeachFrederic Delaire/Rene Contee
The Oceanaire Seafood RoomKareem Anguin
The Redlander RestaurantDewey LoSasso
Tongue and CheekJamie DeRosa
Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab HouseMichael Cerny
WHISK Gourmet Food + CateringBrendan Conner 
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille Toby Joseph
Wynwood Kitchen and BarMiguel Aguilar
Yardbird Southern Table & BarZachary Dworsky


2015 Confirmed Wineries, Spirits & Breweries

Crimson Wine Group, Don & Sons, E&J Gallo, Fetzer, Folio, Hess, Hiro Sake, Jackson Family Winery, Michael David, O'Neill Wines, Orvino/Flora, Precept Brands, Premium Ports, Rutherford Wine Co, Vineyard Brands, Wilson Daniels

More coming soon...

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Host Hotel



Located in the heart of South Beach, the iconic Loews Miami Beach Hotel boasts 790 luxury guestrooms, situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean.  The hotel features a palm tree lined promenade, oceanfront sparkling pool, the St-Tropez inspired, state-of-the-art SOAK Cabana Deck with private rooftop terraces, the new exhale South Beach spa and 65,000 square feet of meeting and function space. Guests can indulge in seven restaurants and bars including Nautilus, Preston’s and Scoops, in addition to the hotel’s newest dining concept - the first outpost of New York City's beloved Lure Fishbar - located in the hotel’s historic St. Moritz building. Additional amenities include SoBe Kids’ Camp, a fitness center and premium shopping at Splash and Splish retail boutiques.   

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Who We Help

Florida Impact Since 1979, Florida Impact has been dedicated to reducing hunger and poverty in Florida. Our mission is to inspire and enlist the people of Florida to secure justice for and with those whose economic rights have not been realized. We also work to increase access to food programs by conducting aggressive outreach strategies and public policy advocacy. 

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of our food. Our programs and activities are so varied and extensive, they touch the life of just about every Floridian. 

   Flipany Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)'s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community.

Dairy Council of Florida Florida Dairy Farmers (FDF) is Florida’s milk promotion organization, representing more than 130 Florida dairy farmers who work every day to provide a steady supply of fresh milk. The farmer-funded organization works to enhance the industry’s image with a goal of increasing milk and dairy product sales statewide via consumer marketing and education. The Dairy Council of Florida is a component of FDF and serves Florida educators and health professionals.

 Florida Department of Health The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

Boys & Girls Club The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 


Chefs on the Half Shell - Official Taste of the Nation After Party (10pm - Midnight)

Hosted by

Lure Fishbar


The Dutch Miami

Devon Seafood

Chef Aaron Dreilinger

Entertainment by

DJ Korka

more details coming...



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