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Hartford Taste of the Nation

October 29, 2015

Individual Ticket: $150

Choice of Chef Table Buyout: $3,000

The Riverview

10 Winslow Place
Simsbury (Weatogue for GPS), Connecticut

Hartford's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry

Thursday, October 29, 2015
6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. - Seated Dinner
9 p.m. - Dessert Reception with the Chefs and Dancing

The Riverview
10 Winslow Place
Simsbury (Weatogue for GPS), CT 06089

Buy your ticket to the hottest food and wine event and help fight childhood hunger.

Hartford's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry is the city's hottest and most trend-forward food and beverage event. This year, Taste of the Nation features the hottest gathering of award-winning chefs and mixologists from the region in an all-new format with cocktail and dessert receptions and a multi-course seated dinner prepared tableside by New England’s best chefs

In addition to delicious food, fine wines, local craft beers and premium spirits, guests also enjoy a silent auction and the opportunity to network with the region's professional elite. 

Space is limited; advance-ticket purchases are required.

 

2015 Participating Chefs and Restauarants

Tyler Anderson, Millwright's Tavern, Simsbury, CT 
Jamie Bisonette, Toro | Coppa, Boston, MA / New York, NY 
Dave Borselle, Avert Brasserie, West Hartford, CT 
Steve Cavagnaro, Cavey's Restaurants, Manchester, CT 
Prasad Chirnomula, Thali, New Haven / New Canaan / Ridgefield, CT 
Marcel Davidson, Community Table, Washington, CT 
Chris Eddy, Winvian, Morris, CT 
Eric Gabrynowicz, Restaurant North, Armonk, NY 
Bernie Gorski, Majorica, Hartford, CT 
Billy Grant, Grants | Restaurant Bricco | Bricco Trattoria, West Hartford / Glastonbury, CT 
Evan Hennesey, Stages At One Washington, Dover, NH 
Jon Hudak, Cafemantic, Willimantic, CT 
Ed Jones, Firebox, Hartford, CT 
Frederic Kieffer, Artisan Restaurant, Southport, CT 
Jeff Lizotte, On20, Hartford, CT 
Greg Marcuson, Cure Restaurant, Unionville, CT 
Jamie McDonald, Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford / Windsor, CT 
Scott Miller, Max Catering, Hartford, CT / Springfield, MA 
Hunter Morton, Max Oyster Bar, Hartford / West Hartford, CT
Chris Prosperi, Metro Bis, Simsbury, CT 
Roy Riedl, Mercado Food Truck, CT 
Jake Rojas, Tallulah On Thames, Newport, RI
Carey Savona, Heirloom, New Haven, CT 
Bill Taibe, Le Farm | The Whelk | Kawani, Westport, CT 
Luke Venner, Elm, New Canaan, CT 
James Wayman, Oyster Club, Mystic, CT 
Chris Wilcox, The Velveteen Habit, Cape Neddich, ME 

 

2015 Auction Items

TBA


Tyler Anderson
Owner/Executive Chef, Millwright's Restaurant & Tavern

Celebrating Tyler Anderson’s local, seasonally-inspired cuisine, a food writer once wrote that the chef cooked “from the ground up.” He respects and supports Connecticut’s farmers and artisan food producers, believing that locally – and lovingly – raised ingredients play an essential role in his kitchen. In his hands, the freshness factor elevates Millwright’s regional New England menu, rooted in tradition but updated for a modern audience.

A California native, Tyler was only 16 years old when began to learn his craft in restaurant kitchens. Each experience helped to develop his culinary skills, his palate and, eventually, a personal cooking style. Tyler has been mentored by some of the best Chef’s in the business and has worked all across the country.

His love of seasonal cooking eventually brought him to Connecticut where the farmers, food artisans and fisherman truly inspired him. While at the Copper Beech Inn in Essex, CT, Tyler received a perfect scoring five star review from Hartford Magazine and The Copper Beech was consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the state by Connecticut Magazine.

Now as the Chef and Owner of Millwright’s, Tyler and his talented culinary team continue to draw inspiration from locally-grown ingredients and artisan-produced foods. They also can and preserve summer’s harvest at the peak of its freshness for use during the winter months.

Tyler and his team received perfect reviews from The New York Times, Connecticut Magazine and Hartford Magazine. Tyler was also named Chef of the Year for 2014 by the CT Restaurant Association. In 2013, one of Millwright’s dishes was chosen by the James Beard Foundation as one of the 10 Best Things They Ate. Tyler has also twice been nominated for The James Beard Foundations Best Chef Northeast Award (2013, 2014).

Tyler is involved in many philanthropic works some of which are The American Liver Foundation, Ct. Farmland Trust, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Thank you to our sponsors!

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES
For more information and to purchase, please contact Tyler Anderson at tyler@millwrightsrestaurant.com or Angela Pitrone at apitrone@deloitte.com.

SOMMELIER - $15,000
· Premiere position for event signage; opportunity to hang one banner
· Party bus for 24
· Opportunity to sit with esteemed guest Chef Jacques Pepin
· Sponsor recognition during opening remarks
· Company name listed in all press releases
· Your company’s logo on all printed pieces
· One full page ad in event program
· Logo and listing on event webpage
· Opportunity to incorporate your product or literature during cocktail hour and/or chef gift bags
· Two tables of 12 for a multi-course meal tableside with wine pairings prepared by Event Co-Chair Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern

HEAD CHEF - $5,000
· Sponsor recognition during opening remarks
· Your company’s logo on all printed pieces
· One half page ad in event program
· Logo and listing on event webpage
· Opportunity to incorporate your product or literature during cocktail hour and/or chef gift bags
· One table of 12 and your choice of chef (based on availability) to prepare multi-course meal tableside with wine pairings
 
SOUS CHEF - $3,000
· Your company’s logo on all select printed pieces
· One half-page ad in event program
· Logo and listing on event webpage
· Includes admission for 12 guests to enjoy a multi-course meal prepared tableside with wine pairings
 
MAITRE D' - $1,000
· Your company’s logo on select printed pieces
· Listing on event webpage
· Includes admission for four guests to enjoy a multi-course meal prepared tableside with wine pairings
 
EPICUREAN - $500
· Listing on event webpage
· Includes admission for two guests to enjoy a multi-course meal prepared tableside with wine pairings

 

Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is a volunteer driven program.

Through the generous support, and hard work of volunteers the program has generated $86 million dollars to help ensure no kid grows up hungry.

PLEASE CONTACT US REGARDING EVENT DETAILS, PR/MEDIA, RESTAURANT PARTICIPATION, VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING AN AUCTION ITEM. THANK YOU!

EVENT CO-CHAIRS

  • Tyler Anderson
    Millwright's Restaurant & Tavern
    tyler@millwrightsrestaurant.com
  • Angela Pitrone
    Deloitte
    apitrone@deloitte.com
  • Billy Grant
    Restaurant Bricco & Grants 
    billy@billygrant.com 

MARKETING CHAIR

  • Gladys Rivera
    CT Clean Energy Fund
    gladys.rivera@ctcleanenergy.com

 

RESTAURANT CHAIR

  • AJ Aurrichio 
    Millwright's Restaurant & Tavern 
    aj@millwrightsrestaurant.com 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR

  • Heather Solomon
    Solomon & Associates Event Management
    hsolomon@saeventmgmt.com 

 

SPONSORSHIP CHAIR & PAST CO-CHAIR

  • Mary Clare Mooney
    Hartford Despatch Moving & Storage
    mary.mooney@comcast.net

 

AUCTION CO-CHAIRS

  • Catherine Ematrudo
    catherineematrudo@gmail.com 
  • Rose Swiatkiewicz
    CohnReznick
    rswiatkiewicz@jhcohn.com

 

TICKET CHAIR

  • Gail Gillman Elansky
    Hartford Magazine
    ggelansky@gmail.com

 

VIP CHAIR

  • Karen Bowers
    The Hartford Club
    kbowers@hartfordclub.com

 

VOLUNTEER CHAIR

  • Dawn Crayco
    End Hunger CT!
    dcrayco@endhungerct.org

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Ramon Alvero
    Solomon & Associate Event Management
    ralvero@saeventsonline.com
  • Erin Anselmo
    BCD Travel onsite at Pfizer
    erin.anselmo@pfizer.com
  • Tina Fox Dugdale
    UCONN College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
    tfdrn@aol.com
  • Lori Brandon
    Connecticut Multispecialty Group 
    lorilee824@hotmail.com 
  • Jeanette Dardenne
    jet4silk@yahoo.com
  • Heather Partridge
    hpartridge@sbcglobal.net 
  • Kat Iacobucci
    CT Media & The Advocate
    kiaobucci@newmassmedia.com
  • Brigitte Soucy
    Pair Design
    briesoucy@ymail.com

 

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  • Alexandra Kong
    akong@strength.org

 

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