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Atlanta Taste of the Nation

May 07, 2015

VIP: $350
6:30pm - 10:00pm

General Admission: $250
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Georgia Aquarium

255 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta's Taste of the Nation
for No Kid Hungry

Celebrating 27 Years!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Georgia Aquarium
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 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!


Pano Karatassos Taste of the Nation Atlanta Share Our  Strength No Kid Hungry

Atlanta owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and its charismatic founder and CEO Pano Karatassos. The company raised Atlanta to a new level of dining, and earned it a spot on the country’s culinary map when it opened its flagship restaurant Pano’s and Paul’s in 1979. Today, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group owns nine of Atlanta’s top restaurants, has expanded into Boca Raton, Florida, and most recently Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with the opening of Lobster Bar Sea Grille. Pano spends a great deal of time working with local charities, particularly hunger-related causes. As the Atlanta chairperson for Share Our Strength, he has helped to raise more than $10 million. He also developed the country’s first freshly “prepared food program” for the hungry and was a founding member of Atlanta’s Table. As a result of his lifelong commitment to hunger relief and his contributions to the community, Pano was presented with the Cornerstone Humanitarian Award by the National Restaurant Association. A humble man, Pano has been known to say “My works is my hobby. I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

George McKerrow Taste of the Nation Atlanta Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry

George McKerrow Jr. is a 40-year veteran of the restaurant business with a history of success in both fine dining and casual concepts. He opened the first LongHorn Steakhouse as a neighborhood restaurant in 1981, a time when Atlanta had few choices in casual dining. He successfully evolved that single location into RARE Hospitality, which owns LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille and was sold to Darden Restaurants in 2007. McKerrow retired from RARE in 2000. He co-founded We’re Cookin’ Inc. (owners of restaurants Aria & Canoe) in 1996 with Atlanta chef Gerry Klaskala and Ron San Martin. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association (1997-2003) and the Culinary Institute of America (1996-2002), McKerrow received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association in 2007. In 2008, he was inducted into The Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Along with his partner, media entrepreneur, philanthropist and environmentalist Ted Turner, McKerrow founded Ted’s Montana Grill in January 2002 and serves as the company’s CEO. 


Chef/Owner of Alder restaurant in New York City



Georgia Aquarium/Wolfgang Puck Catering
Empire Distributors, Inc.
Georgia Crown Dist. Company
National Distributing Company
Prime Wine & Spirits
Quality Wine & Spirits
United Distributors, Inc.
Pulte Homes
Coca-Cola Foodservice
The Reynolds Group
Arby's Foundation
Atlanta Wholesale Wine
Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation 
Buckhead Life Restaurant Group
Blockbuster Linen
Marcus Foundation
A&D Linens
Cook's Warehouse
Delta Air Lines
Tommy & Chantal Bagwell]
Vino Venue


Full of impressive vacations, dinners and much more - grab your paddle at this year's live auction to raise money to end childhood hunger in Georgia and across the nation.


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