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Boston Taste of the Nation

June 07, 2016

VIP Admission: $150
6:00pm - 9:30pm

General Admission: $95
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Cruiseport Boston

1 Black Falcon Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts


hosted by:

Taniya Nayak
Restaurant: Impossible, Food Network

June 7, 2016
Cruiseport Boston 

VIP Admission: 6:00 PM | $150

General Admission: 7:00Pm | $95

Come celebrate Boston’s hottest and most trend-forward food and beverage event Taste of the Nation. Set at Cruiseport, Boston's Taste of the Nation features the largest gathering of award winning chefs from the region.

Join Honorary Chefs Jody Adams, Joanne Chang, Gordon Hamersley, Andy Husbands and Tony Maws and over 60 of Boston’s top chefs as we dine on delicious tastings paired with the best beer, wine and spirits the city has to offer.

The 2015 event raised over $136,000 in the fight to end childhood hunger. In 2013 it was ranked #45 in Boston's Top 100 Events & #5 in the Food, Wine & Restaurant Industry Events by BizBash.

100% of ticket sales support No Kid Hungry's efforts to end childhood hunger!


Taniya Nayak
Restaurant : Impossible Food Network

Known for her sunny smile and sharp eye, Taniya Nayak’s approachable take on interior design has won over everyone from rock stars to first time homebuyers. Taniya’s knack for bringing rich textures and unexpected finishes together with practical, real-life functionality has made her a go-to expert for decorating programs on major networks including HGTV and Food Network.  She is currently a featured designer on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible and recently hosted HGTV’s Urban Oasis 2013 in Boston.  In 2012, Taniya launched her first collection of home products, Taniya Nayak Lighting, available exclusively via  In fall 2014, Taniya was selected personally by Ellen Degeneres as a brand spokesperson for her new home product line, “E.D. On Air,” featured on QVC.  
Taniya has served as host and designer for a variety of HGTV mainstays like Designed to Sell, Billion Dollar Block, House Hunters on Vacation, and throughout Taniya can also be seen on Robert Irvine’s Food Network series, Restaurant: Impossible, where she utilizes her design prowess and professional experience to rescue and transform suffering restaurants. Married to Brian O’Donnell, a successful restaurateur in Boston, Taniya’s personal life as both an interior designer and a restaurant industry insider is the perfect parallel to her multifaceted design role in the television realm. With knockout shows on both the Food Network and HGTV, Taniya has quickly become a respected and prominent figure in television’s interior design world.
In 2005, Taniya started her own design firm, Taniya Nayak Design LLC.  Having designed for a wide range of ages and spaces and budgets, she focuses on creating affordable yet inspirational spaces that capture her clients’ individual personalities while maintaining comfort and function. To this day, Taniya is at the forefront her design firm and has developed an impressive range of clientele, from television celebrities to famous musicians.  Taniya’s designs can be seen in several Boston hotspots including Back Bay Harry’s, Abby Lane, Petit Robert Central, 88 Wharf, Lola's Cantina, Whiskey Republic, Dublin Rose, and Bostonia Public House.  
Born in India and raised in Boston, Taniya’s design style is strongly influenced by her creative family, especially her father, a talented architect. Shortly after attending Boston Architectural College for her masters in Interior Design, Taniya’s design style and upbeat personality landed her first television gig on ABC Family’s Knock First. Taniya was one of four designers and co-hosts of the hit show, geared toward hip, ambitious teens. She then made the move to HGTV as a designer on Designed to Sell, where she helped homeowners add value and prepare their homes for market.  
Her signature approach of embracing vibrant colors and patterns made Taniya the perfect fit for the first show of her own, Destination Design, which premiered in March 2010. The show followed Taniya creating spaces based on couples' vacation inspirations from Turks & Caicos to Austin, Texas.  Taniya hosted a spin-off of House Hunters, HGTV's most successful series on-air, called House Hunters on Vacation. Placing the continued success of the House Hunters brand in Taniya’s hands, House Hunters on Vacation illuminates Taniya’s travel and design expertise as she helps individuals, couples and families find the perfect place to stay while on vacation from luxury condos to beautiful villas. 
Taniya’s helpful decorating tips have been featured in Architectural Digest India, HGTV Magazine, Design New England, People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Boston Globe, Family Circle, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and many more. Taniya has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC’s Good Morning America & The View, NBC's Today, CBS' The Early Show & The Talk, and Rachael Ray.  
In 2004, Taniya was ranked in the top 10 of INDIA New England’s Business Women of the Year, and in April 2011, Taniya was honored with an Excellence in Design award from ASID New England.   
List in formation 

80 Thoreau •  Abby Lane •  Alden & Harlow Artistry on the Green Bistro du Midi  Blackbird Doughnuts Bodir Restaurant  Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse • Flour Bakery + Cafe • Gracie's  Lucca  Michael's Deli  Myers + Chang • OAK Long Bar + Kitchen • The Back Room  The Smoke Shop  Tremont 647 Waypoint  


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2015 Boston Taste of the Nation

We are thrilled to announce Eye 2 Eye will be joining us AGAIN for Boston's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry! 

Eye 2 Eye is a national band, currently contracted for events up and down the East Coast. Their resume includes performances at the famous “Breakers” Hotel in Miami Beach FL, Symphony Hall In Boston for Hillary Clinton (where they opened for The Goo Goo Dolls) and an event at Gillette Stadium where they opened up for Elton John. They are one of the preferred vendors of celebrity event planner Bryan Rafanelli. They were also voted Best Band in Boston by The Improper Bostonian Magazine 2 years in a row in addition to Best R&B band by The Boston Music Awards a total of 3 times. You need only review Weddingwire or The Knot to see countless glowing testimonials from former Eye 2 Eye clients.


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