Culinary Events > Taste of the Nation

Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

May 15, 2016

VIP Admission: $275
3:00pm - 8:00pm

General Admission: $200
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Montage Laguna Beach

30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California

Tickets for Laguna Beach's Taste of the Nation are available now! 

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry. In Laguna Beach, Taste of the Nation brings together the finest chefs and mixologists and corporate and individual supporters to raise the funds needed to end childhood hunger.

Poverty is complex; feeding a child is not.

With this year's Host Mark Alan Dacascos! 


We are proud to annouce our 2016 Chefs!


Craig Strong, Studio, Montage Laguna Beach


David Coleman, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach


Ray Garcia, Broken Spanish, Los Angeles


Ben Ford, Ford's Filling Station, Los Angeles


Flynn McGarry, Dining with Flynn, New York


Walter Manzke, République, Los Angeles


Kris Morningstar, Terrine, Los Angeles


Lee Smith, Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach


Nathan Beriau, Executive Chef, Montage Palmetto Bluff



Host Chefs



Craig Strong

Executive Chef, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach


Lee Smith

Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach





2016 Guest Chefs



Ben Ford

Ford's Filling Staion, Los Angeles



Flynn McGarry

Dining with Flynn, New York


 Ray Garcia

Executive Chef, Broken Spanish, Los Angeles



Kris Mornigstar

Executive Chef, Terrine, Los Angeles

Walter Manzke

Executive Chef, République, Los Angeles



David Coleman 

Executive Chef, Michael's Restaurant Group, Long Beach



Nathan Beriau

Executive Chef, Montage Palmetto Bluff


















Beneficiaries 2016

  • Community Action Partnership of Orange County: CAPOC changes peoples lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live.The agency cares about the entire community, and is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
  • Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank: Founded by the Council of Orange, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Food Bank began providing food for the hungry in October 1983 in Orange, under the leadership of Dan Harney. In 2007, the Food Bank moved to a new facility in Irvine on the old El Toro Marine Base, more than doubling its capacity to meet the needs of Orange County.




Enjoy the Ultimate Montage Laguna Beach Experience With This Exclusive Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation® For No Kid Hungry


The best part: Your payment is a donation and it all goes to the charity


Montage Laguna Beach and Share Our Strength have partnered to create a one-time exclusive package to support their Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation event. Complete with the ultimate VIP experience to the event, a two-night stay in an ocean view suite, spa treatments, daily breakfast, and signature resort dining, this package won’t be available for long. 


Ultimate Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation® Package includes:

·         Two nights, May 14-16, 2016, in a premiere ocean view suite at Montage Laguna Beach, including overnight valet parking and welcome amenity placed in your suite upon arrival

·         Car service to/from Montage Laguna Beach

o   Four VIP Tickets to the Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach event which includes an exclusive private reserved table for four adjacent to chef of your choice: Chef Ben Ford or Chef Flynn McGarry

o   Event Concierge to walk you and your party to your reserved table and introduce your choice of Chef

o   “Butler” assigned to your table for the evening to take care of your every whim

o   Reserved table for you and your guests during the VIP Meet the Chefs Reception

o   Professional photo with your choice of Chef

o   Signed cookbook for you and your guests

o   No Kid Hungry Apron signed by all participating chefs

·         Daily breakfast for four at The Loft, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant with views of the Pacific Ocean 

·         Signature spa treatments for two
at Spa Montage

·         Dinner for four at Studio, the resort’s signature fine dining restaurant

Total Cost: $15,000

To book, please contact Judy Walker at

*There is only ONE package available. Valid for stay May 14-16, 2016. 100% of the package cost to benefit Share Our Strength and is tax deductible.

Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach is being held on May 15, 2016 at the oceanfront resort. Nine celebrity chefs are coming together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach.


2016 Celebrity Chef Line-up:


Chef Nathan Beriau, Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC

Chef David Coleman, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach, CA

Chef Ben Ford, Ford’s Filling Station, Los Angeles, CA

Chef Ray Garcia, Broken Spanish, Los Angeles, CA

Chef Walter Manzke, République, Los Angeles, CA

Chef Flynn McGarry, EUREKA, New York, NY

Chef Kris Morningstar, Terrine, Los Angeles, CA

Chef Lee Smith, Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach, CA

Chef Craig Strong, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA


About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Campaign

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at

About Montage Laguna Beach

Montage, set on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. The 248-room craftsman-style resort features beachfront accommodations; a 20,000-square-foot spa; destination dining at Studio; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports; a fine art collection; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. For information and reservations, please contact Montage, toll-free, at 1-888-715-6700; or visit the Web site at 

Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach is Proud to Annouce Mark Alan Dacascos as this years' Host!
     Hawaiian native Mark Dacascos is an actor, director, martial artist, and television personality. Dacascos was born
      into entertainment, from parents with a background in song and the art of martial ancestry. Dacascos has made his
way to a successful acting career that landed him in Cradle 2 The Grave in which he squared off against star Jet
Li. His background and expertise in martial ancestry opened doors for him in being in numerous video games as
voice and live acting, as well as in the video game-turned-film Double Dragon co-starring Scott Wolf. Dacascos is
known for his Best Supporting role in Brotherhood of the Wolf, a box office success. He is always on the lookout
for difficult roles and colorful characters. “You have two ways to look at life. You can see difficulty in
opportunity or see opportunity in difficulty.”
Besides being the chairman of the Food Network’s hit show, The Next Iron Chef, and turning his karate moves
into dancing beauty on ABC’s hit show, Dancing With the Stars, Mark has continued to flex his notable acting
muscles playing the iconic Wo Fat on the hit CBS series Hawaii 5 O. Mark has also appeared on such hit shows
as Chicago P.D and millions have also enjoyed watching Mark in the hugely popular and uber successful web
series Mortal Kombat Legacy. Besides starring in television and films Mark just achieved a career milestone by
directing his first feature film in the Phillipines titled Showdown in Manilla starring Casper Van Diem and Tia
**Mark and his family currently reside in Los Angeles, California.

National Presenting Sponsors

National Sponsors

Event Sponsored By

Join Us on Facebook Share our strength

© 2014 Share Our Strength

1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 1100 W
Washington DC 20005

Educational Content