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Taste of the Nation New Haven

May 22, 2013

VIP Admission: $150
5:00pm - 9:00pm

General Admission: $85
6:00pm - 9:00pm

New Haven Omni Hotel at Yale

155 Temple Street
New Haven, Connecticut

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! On Behalf of the entire volunteer committee of Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation New Haven I would like to thank everyone who participated this year. The event was a great success!
Tim Cipriano-Chair


We are gearing up for Taste of the Nation® New Haven 2013 – Greater New Haven's premier tasting event dedicated to ending childhood hunger. 


Join famed our Honorary Chef Chair Chef Jacques Pepin as the Taste of the Nation® New Haven continues to set the bar on the culinary event scene by bringing over 40 of Greater New Haven's most notable chefs and bartenders together under one roof; providing an exclusive opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with the area's top toques while savoring their creative dishes and libations. This year, our goal is to raise even more funds to ensure that no child in CT grows up hungry. 

We are delighted to have Michael Morand joining us this year as our Honorary Chair.

Michael is deputy chief communications officer of Yale University. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale Divinity School, he began work with the University in 1993 and served as associate vice president of Yale for New Haven & state affairs from 2000 to 2010, responsible for local government relations and partnerships for community development.

He has been active in the public and nonprofit sectors, serving as a New Haven alderman, on the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, and the national Urban Libraries Council.  He recently was board chair of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and president of the board of the Elizabethan Club of Yale. He is vice president of the New Haven public library board and was a founding director and incorporator of the Elm City Market.


Support the fight against hunger with an elegant evening of fine wine, exquisite food and handcrafted cocktails at The Omni Hotel at Yale in the heart of downtown New Haven. VIP guests will enjoy private access to our VIP lounge with plush seating, specialty cocktails and opulent bites provided by Winvian and sparkling wine by Mionetto.


Funds raised through Taste of the Nation New Haven support No Kid Hungry®, Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America and these local beneficiaries:



 Christian Community Action
Christian Community Action (CCA) is a not-for-profit ecumenical social service organization that expresses faithful witness through providing emergency food, housing and support to those who are poor in New Haven, encouraging their efforts to attain self-sufficiency and working to change systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice.

CCA seeks to encourage these families and individuals in their efforts to attain economic self sufficiency and financial independence and to work with them to change systems that perpetuate unemployment / underemployment, homelessness, hunger, poverty and injustice and to promote community building and social change. (
 Connecticut Food Bank
Connecticut Food Bank, a private and nonprofit organization which was founded in 1982, works to alleviate hunger by supplying food and resources to 650 food-assistance programs in six of Connecticut's eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham. Connecticut Food Bank distributes food to programs, such as soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, and adult and child day care centers.

Connecticut Food Bank works with corporations, community organizations, and individuals to solicit, transport, warehouse and distribute donated food. By soliciting the food industry for products that will not sell -- items that are wholesome but might have some cosmetic flaw -- Connecticut Food Bank reduces waste and feeds people. (
 End Hunger Connecticut!
End Hunger Connecticut! is a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization. By focusing on advocacy, outreach, education and research, EHC! serves as a comprehensive anti-hunger resource for policymakers, community organizations, and low-income families. The work of EHC! is vital to the visibility and coordination of various federal food assistance programs that are meant to lower the prevalence of food insecurity and hunger. The goal of EHC! is to improve the levels of food security and nutrition among Connecticut families while creating and supporting policies that move families toward self-sufficiency. (
 Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign
Share Our Strength and End Hunger Connecticut! have partnered to end childhood hunger in Connecticut.

At the core of the Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign are three goals:
  • Improve access to public and private programs that provide food to families and their children who need and are not receiving it.
  • Strengthen community infrastructure and systems for getting healthy food to children.
  • Improve families' knowledge about available programs, healthy food choices and how to get the most from limited resources

In addition to the specific program objective, the campaign's comprehensive five-year plan to end childhood hunger in Connecticut will also improve participation in other key programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC), School Breakfast Programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps). (


The recently released statistics on hunger in Connecticut bring to light the increasing importance of our mission to End Childhood Hunger in America. Show us your strength by purchasing a ticket or making a donation today, and together we'll show America's children our strong, unwavering commitment to end childhood hunger.

Hunger in our State Capital (Hartford)

18.1% of households with children have experienced food hardship between 2008-2009. -- FRAC (Food Research and Action Center), January 2010

Hunger in Connecticut

On average 105,806 (13%) children under 18 years of age are food insecure. -- Feeding America Report, May 2009

Hunger in New Haven:

24.2% of people live below the poverty line. (The national average household income of a family living below the poverty line is less than $21,834 per year.) -- U.S. Census Bureau, ACS, 2007


If your restaurant would like to take part in the Taste of the Nation, New Haven event, contact us.



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The Elizabeth Dellinger/Tony Dioguardi Duo will be entertaining all our guests in the Grand Ballroom. 

Using live (nothing pre-recorded) multi-track playback techniques first pioneered by Les Paul and Mary Ford, Elizabeth Dellinger on vocals and Tony Dioguardi on guitar, bass and percussion perform unique interpretations of current and classic popular music. Half the proceeds of Liz's solo recordings ( supports the charity "Half the Sky Movement". 



VIP Tickets holders will be experiencing an Evening Of Song with Tanya Leonard, accompanied by Derek Monahan on Guitar.

Singing during church services as a kindergartner in Waterbury, Connecticut, Tanya Leonard found sanctuary in music at a very early age.  Fortunately, these days, that voice carries from behind church walls and out into the world in the form of Pop, Christian, Adult Contemporary, Rock, R&B and many other genres. Choosing only what truly moves her to perform, Tanya treats you to an escape into her world of simply arranged and meaningful music and artistry.

Tanya is also a painter and, on occasion, creates original works on canvas while singing.  She donates her time and many of her pieces to raise money and/or awareness for different charities and organizations.  Tanya is currently working on some independent recording projects, developing original works and performing in residency at Cafe Buono in Bristol, CT.




As partners in the fight against childhood hunger, the following businesses and individuals have generously donated items or services. The 2013 Taste of the Nation New Haven committee would like to thank the following:

  • Live Auction: ESPN X Games Experience in Los Angeles (Valued at $1,500), TWO Zulu Nyala Safari Tours (Valued at $4,950 each) and a One of a Kind Experience only available at Taste of the Nation New Haven (Valued at $3,500)













Current members of the 2013 Planning Committee.

Timothy Cipriano - Chair

Share Our Strength and being a Chef go hand in hand. This is my fifth year as Co-Chair of Taste of the Nation New Haven and I couldn't imagine donating my time for anything more important. My passion is feeding children and offering them access to delicious healthy meals with a local flavor. As Director of Food Services for Guilford Public Schools I see firsthand children who are affected by hunger related issues. While the current economy may make you think twice of participating; this is the economy when our children need us the most. Won't you consider sharing your strength with us and joining me at this year's Taste of the Nation New Haven?


2013 Committee Members

Adela Martinez- Auction Committee

Adrianne Del Sol- Restaurant Chair

Albert Agbayani- Operations Czar

Albert May- Committee Member

Alex Meier-Tomkins- Beverage Chair

Arlene Ghent- Committee Member

Bonita Grubbs- - Committee Member

Danielle Kravet- Committee Member

Dawn Crayco- Volunteer Chair

Doug Hausladen- Committee Member

Gabrielle Siegel- Graphic Designer

Jeanine Foran- Committee Member

Jennifer Frantiero- Committee Member

Jennifer Thomas- Auction Committee

Jessica Matejek- Committee Member

Kathy Smith- Committee Member

Margaret Longo- Committee Member

Nichole Theriault- Committee Member

Nicole Veno- Restaurant Committee

Patti Scussel- Auction Committee

Samantha Trupin- Committee Member

Sarah Maver- Committee Member

Tim Scott- Committee Member

Terry Young- Committee Member

Tucker Sweitzer- Ambiance Chair

Find out how you can make a difference. 

Taste of the Nation is always looking for sponsors, restaurant participation, donations of auction items, or volunteers for the planning committee. Please contact us for more information.

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