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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.
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


Bruce Kalman, Union, Pasadena


Ludo Lefebvre,  Petit Trois, Trois Mec, Ludo Bird, Los Angeles


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


 Bruce Kalman

Chef/Owner ,Union, Pasadena and Knead & Co Pasta Bar + Market, Los Angeles

Ludo Lefebvre

Petit Trois, Trois Mec, Ludo Bird, Los Angeles

 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's hungry during the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression. In 2012, the Food Bank became an independent 501c3 corporation. Since its founding, the Food Bank has provided more than 272 million pounds of donated and surplus food to local charities.


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