Atlanta's Taste of the Nation
for No Kid Hungry
Celebrating 27 Years!
Thursday, May 7, 2015
255 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Honorary Chair: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
Honorary Chef: Wylie Dufresne, Chef/Owner of Alder restaurant in New York City
Event Chairmen: Pano Karatassos & George McKerrow
Atlanta's Taste of the Nation is the city's preeminent culinary benefit supporting Share Our Strength’s work to end childhood hunger in the United States.
Eat dishes from more than 50 local restaurants and mingle with the city’s top culinary talent, including: Karatassos, Rathbun, Gillespie, Quatrano, Hopkins.
Drink award-winning wines from all over the world.
Collect rare wines in our much-anticipated Beverage Auction.
Listen to live music.
Bid on world-class trips, incomparable dining and luxury culinary experiences. (More info on the Live Auction Sneak Peek tab.)
It takes more than food to fight hunger...it takes you.
Atlanta's Taste of the Nation would not be possible without the continued leadership and support of our chairmen. Thank you, Pano and George!
Chef/Owner of Alder restaurant in New York City
THANK YOU TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS
2015 LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
L1: Arizona Awakenings
Get ready to relax on this trip to the land of sun and panoramic views! You and a friend will fly First Class via Delta Air Lines to Arizona to enjoy the 4-star CopperWynd Resort, Fountain Hill’s (Scottsdale) premier luxury destination overlooking the Four Peaks mountain range in Arizona. While enjoying your two night stay in one of only 32 beautiful guestrooms featuring a fireplace and balcony or patio, you both will enjoy being pampered at The CopperWynd Spa which offers a menu of massages, facials, body treatments, hair and nail care, as well as very special spa treatments signature to CopperWynd. But that is not all! Dining at CopperWynd, is an experience in itself! Their restaurant, Alchemy, is open air and overlooks the mountainous landscape. Enjoy it all as well as the numerous amenities (pools, tennis, health club and more!) on this relaxing and beautiful get away!
Compliments of Modern Luxury and Delta Air Lines
* Package includes 2 night hotel stay for two; $100 Food & Beverage Credit and two Spa Treatment Vouchers valued at $109 each. Resort stay expires 12/3/15. Delta Air Lines ticket vouchers valid through 5/7/16.
L2. First-Rate Fort Lauderdale
For a getaway that’s equal parts luxury beach destination and sophisticated cityscape, look no further. You and a lucky guest will be whisked away in style with round-trip, first class airfare on Delta Air Lines. Then, you’ll settle into your home base for three nights and four days, the modern, luxurious W Hotel, right on breathtaking Fort Lauderdale Beach. While you’re in town, you’ll be treated to a whirlwind of spectacular dining experiences at Lobster Bar Sea Grille (Zagat’s Best New Restaurant South Florida – where it’s always a party at this beautiful spot) on world-famous Las Olas Blvd., boutique steakhouse fare at Steak 954 at the W Hotel and coastal cuisine right on the beach at S3 Restaurant. Explore the beach and the city by day, enjoy memorable culinary experiences by night. It’s all waiting for you!
Compliments of Premier Beverage Company.
*Air/hotel accommodations subject to availability. Trip must be redeemed by April 30, 2016
L3. Tyler Williams Chef Event
A 12 course custom dinner at your home for 12 people cooked and designed by two time Eater Atlanta chef of the year and three time best "Chefs" America Tyler Williams. Formerly of Moto and Graham Elliot in Chicago, Bacchanalia and Abattoir here in Atlanta Tyler Williams has now partnered on a 26 acre organic farm and sustainable restaurant that is currently in the works near lake Burton. In addition to this custom dinner, each course will be pared by Christine Turley of Turley wine cellars in Napa Valley and Paso Robles. Turley Wine founded in 1993, prides itself on being certified organic and creates an array of wines specializing in Zinfandels. Chef Tyler will work with his designer to create a one of a kind experience like his brilliant design dinner which recreated fine art works by legendary artists such as Pollack and Mondrian.
Compliments of Chef Tyler Williams and Turley Wine Cellars.
* Expires 5.7.16. Based on chef availability, Sunday-Thursday - minimum 30 days advance notice. Gratuity not included.
L4. Master Sommelier + Masters of Oysters = Delicious!
If you love oysters - this is the lot for you! Raw, grilled and much, much more -- our Masters of Oysters Chef John Schwenk (C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar) and Chef Bobby Holley (Atlanta Fish Market) will push their imaginations to bring your party of 20 multiple oyster preparations from around the world. For libations, Master Sommelier Michael McNeill from Quality Wine & Spirits will pair your feast with exquisite Champagnes making this a feast for the taste buds never to be duplicated. Don't let it go without your bid!
Compliments of Chefs Holley and Schwenk and their restaurants, and Quality Wine & Spirits.
*Expires 5.7.16. Based on chef availability, Sunday-Thursday - minimum 30 days advance notice. Gratuity not included.
L5. Gourmet Bite of New York City
Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure in New York City. The whirlwind tour of the city’s top restaurants will include two first class seats on Delta Air Lines and two night stay at the luxurious Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel. During your stay, enjoy an unforgettable VIP dining experience at our 2015 event Honorary Chef Chair Wylie Dufresene’s new acclaimed Alder restaurant and dinner for two at Chef and “Top Chef” Host Tom Collichio’s famous NYC Craft restaurant. Get ready to feast on some of the best NYC has to offer!
Compliments of Delta Air Lines and Wylie Dufresne/Alder restaurant and Craft restaurant.
*Expires 5.7.16. Hotel subject to availability and includes $2,500 gift card for your stay. Restaurant reservations based on availability. Does not include ground transportation, gratuity or any other incidentals.
L6. Your Private Plane to Georgia Florida Football
Your experience with biggest college football rivalry gets a stylish, first-class upgrade with this coveted package. You and a lucky guest will hop aboard your own private ImagineAir plane to make a day trip to view one of the hottest football rivalries around – the Georgia Bulldogs vs. the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Florida on October 31, 2015. Enjoy hassle-free check-in and boarding at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, where your private airplane will be stocked with snacks and beverages from Atlanta’s Star Provisions. You’ll toast your good fortune and pre-game in style as you enjoy the scenic flight, whetting your appetite for the greatest rivalry in the SEC. Once you arrive at the EverBank Field, you’ll cheer the action up close from two premier Club Level seats before being whisked back home in the capable hands of your ImagineAir pilot. Whether or not your favorite team comes out on top, the winner of this trip is a winner indeed.
Compliments of ImagineAir, Star Provisions and Georgia Crown.
L7. Exotic In-Home Dining
Get your paddle – and your tastebuds ready… what do “Italy, Greece and France” have in common? Some of the best food in the world – and with the winning bid, you will find it expertly presented in your home as Pricci’s chef Piero Premoli joins forces with Kyma’s chef Pano Karatassos and F&B’s chef Felipe Haddad for an unforgettable dinner for 12. Perfectly paired wines will be provided by National Distributing Company. No matter the language – your group will be sure to enjoy: Buon Appetito, Kali Orexi, Bon Appetit!
Compliments of Chefs Pano Karatassos, Piero Premoli, Felipe Haddad and their restaurants and National Distributors
*Expires 5.7.16. Based on chef availability, Sunday-Thursday - minimum 60 days advance notice, no exceptions. Gratuity not included.
L8: Greek Grapes, Island Escape
You and guest will be whisked away to Greece’s largest island - Crete - for not one, but two unique winery stays. You’ll start out at family owned Lyrarakis winery – known for their use of native varieties and incorporating a few foreign grape blends - for two nights and then move to Boutari winery for another two nights – both stays packed with VIP personalized winery tours, special dinners, etc. Learn the ancient origins of Greek wine making on your own modern day adventure! That’s not all – you’ll meet one of your Greek hosts – the dynamic Bart Lyrarakis - in Atlanta on May 14th during a special “Celebration of Greece” five-course dinner and wine-pairing event at Kyma.
Winery stays based on availability. Expires 5.7.16. Includes airfare!
L9. Taste of the World for 50
Your world culinary adventure awaits you – all without leaving town! Join Top Chef Ron Eyester and Joe Ahn (Rosebud, Family Dog, Diner and Top Chef), Linda Harrell (Cibo E Beve) and Cidney Wilcox (Vino Venue) at Vino Venue for an evening of scrumptious tastes from around the world with wines paired to perfection from around the world by Certified Sommelier and Managing Partner, Michael Bryan. European, American, Asian - you'll have it all! Whether it’s a party with friends or a corporate event, this event for up to 50 guests will have you swooning for adventures abroad!
Compliments of Vino Venue, participating chefs and their restaurants
*Expires 5.7.16. Blackout dates may apply; based on availability of chef scheduling, offered Sunday – Thursday. Gratuity not included.
L10. Grilling Party and More for 100 of Your Friends
You'll have it all with this fire and alcohol extravaganza! Chef Jay Swift (4th & Swift/ Noble Fin) will provide the best outdoor party in the city - at your home! For FIRE: Tender falling-off-the-bone meat, encased in a salty, herby, crispy skin beer can chicken - grilled shellfish and more! For ALCOHOL: An amazing mixture of craft beers and for something a bit harder, bourbon! We’ll add a $1,000 rental credit from Peachtree Tents & Events for party supplies. Provide the yard and the date and we'll do the rest!
Compliments of Chef Jay Swift, United Distributors and Peachtree Tents & Events
*Expires 5.7.16. Based on chef availability, Sunday-Thursday - minimum 60 days advance notice, no exceptions. Rentals to be provided include tables, chairs, linens and plateware. Gratuity not included.
L11. Belize. Small Country, Big Adventure for Four – Five Nights!
Belize, the only English-speaking country in Central America, offers a unique combination of richly rewarding experiences that make it unlike any destination on the planet. Whether you want to swim with exotic sea life along the Western Hemisphere's largest barrier reef, explore the fascinating mysteries of the largest concentration of Maya sites in the region or hike thousands of acres of unspoiled forest, including one of the only jaguar preserves in the world, Belize has it! This amazing 5-night trip for four includes: round trip airfare from Atlanta to Belize City and then onto Placencia; a 5-night stay in fabulous a Seafront Villa at the amazing Turtle Inn; a welcome reception with General Manager, Martin Krediet of the Turtle Inn; dinner for four at the resort as well as $1,000 resort credit to be used on various excursions that are offered. This is a trip not soon to be forgotten!
Compliments of Frances Ford Coppola Winery
* Blackout dates may apply.
L12. Priceless In-Home Chef Dinner by Six Ultra Star Chefs
Always one of the most highly anticipated lots of the night, you won’t want to miss this priceless in-home chef dinner. Some of Atlanta’s best chefs will converge on your own kitchen to create a one-of-a-kind meal for your group of 12 guests. When else can you host a meal prepared by Chefs Gerry Klaskala (Aria), Linton Hopkins (Holeman+Finch/Restaurant Eugene), Kevin Rathbun (Kevin Rathbun Steak/Krog Bar/KR Steakbar/Rathbun’s), Ford Fry (JCT/King + Duke/No. 246/St. Cecilia/The Optimist), Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia/Little Bacch/Star Provisions/Floataway Café) and Gary Donlick (Bistro Niko), all at one time? The expert wine curators at National Distributing will thoughtfully select wine pairings for each stunning course. Five chef-created courses, five spectacular wines and five BIG culinary personalities all in your own kitchen... get your paddles ready and prepare to be the talk of your friends for years to come!
Compliments of our participating chefs, their restaurants and National Distributing Company.
Expires 5.7.16. In home dinner based on availability of chef scheduling, offered Sunday – Thursday. Gratuity not included.
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