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Orlando Taste of the Nation

August 08, 2015

VIP Admission : $150
6:45pm - 10:00pm

Orlando World Center Marriott

8701 World Center Dr.
Orlando, Florida

ORLANDO’S TASTE OF THE NATION FOR NO KID HUNGRY TURNS THE TABLE ON CHILDHOOD HUNGER WITH ANNUAL EVENT FEATURING AREA’S TOP CHEFS

ORLANDO, FLA. (June 22, 2015) – Central Florida’s most celebrated chefs will gather on August 8, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott to cook up support for the 26th installment of Orlando's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry.

Forty-four of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, to ensure that no child grows up hungry in our city and across America.

Newcomers include Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort, Black Fire Bull, MOOR and Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort, Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Itta Bena, Lafayette's Music Room, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar, TR Fire Grill, The Whiskey, Urban Tide Hyatt Regency, and Yak & Yeti at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Along with appetizers, entrees, desserts and spirits, guests will enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The event’s popular Instant Wine Cellar game returns offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 250 chances to win this exquisite wine cellar. Each key is a $25 donation.

New to this year’s event is The Giving Tree, a towering tree that will give participants an opportunity to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular restaurants. For a $50 donation, participants are invited to choose a hanging envelope from the tree; each hanging envelope contains a restaurant gift card ranging from $50 to $200 in value.

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is also serving up four tasty starter events to whet the community’s appetite for the main event while raising funds for national beneficiary Share Our Strength and local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

World of Beer invites guests to toast to Taste of the Nation with select craft brews. One dollar for each pint sold at its Dr. Phillips location (7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando) on July 23 from 4:00 p.m. to close and its downtown Orlando location (431 E. Central Blvd.) July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to close will directly benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Eola Wine Company welcomes guests to raise a glass to end childhood hunger with a series of weekly wine tasting events on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from July 1 to Aug. 5 for a $15 donation at the door. All proceeds will benefit Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Eola Wine Company is located in downtown Orlando at 430 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.

The Ancient Olive is fighting childhood hunger with olive oil by donating $1 for each bottle of ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and flavor-infused olive oils sold between July 7 and August 8.  The tasting bar for premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars is located at 324 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Spice & Tea Exchange, located at 309 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, will also donate $1 for each gourmet grinder blend sold. Proceeds from both events will support Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Orlando-based Hawkers Asian Street Fare is committed to helping end childhood hunger locally and across the country with their Roti for a Cause campaign. Throughout the month of July, guests can enjoy a free round of Hawkers’ signature Malaysian-style flatbread Roti Canai for donating a minimum of $2 on behalf of Share Our Strength’s childhood hunger relief programs. Those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation. Hawkers Asian Street Fare has two locations: 1103 N Mills Ave., Orlando and 1001 Park St., Jacksonville.

With a 26-year legacy of combating childhood hunger locally and across the nation, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation has raised millions in critical funds to support children’s nutrition programs provided by local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and national beneficiary Share Our Strength.

“Last year, the Coalition served more than 300,000 meals, and Taste of the Nation's fundraising efforts helped make that possible,” said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.  “Childhood hunger ends one meal at a time, and that responsibility must be a community effort. Taste of the Nation is a perfect example of our community coming together to help those in need, and we couldn't be more grateful."

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is presented nationally by Citi and Sysco and sponsored nationally by media sponsor Food Network, and in select markets by Emmi Roth USA, OpenTable, and Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc. Special thanks to local sponsors AmeriFactors, Regions Bank, Darden Restaurants, Quality One Wireless, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Heron Lawn and Pest Control.
 

WHEN:
Saturday, August 8, 2015
6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr., Orlando

TICKETS:
$150 each

ATTIRE:
Cocktail / Semi-Formal
 

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

  1. 4Rivers Smokehouse and The Coop
  2. A Land Remembered at Rosen Shingle Creek
  3. Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort
  4. B Resort and Spa and American Q
  5. B.B. King's Blues Club
  6. Black Fire Bull
  7. Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
  8. Cafe Tu Tu Tango
  9. Cala Bella Restaurant at Rosen Shingle Creek
  10. Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  11. The Capital Grille Orlando & Millenia
  12. Cress Restaurant
  13. Cuba Libre
  14. Dragonfly Robata Sushi & Grill
  15. Emeril's Tchoup Chop
  16. Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties
  17. Fresh Point
  18. Fulton's Crab House, Downtown Disney
  19. Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
  20. Itta Bena
  21. JJ's Grille
  22. JW Marriott
  23. K Restaurant and Wine Bar
  24. Lafayette's Music Room
  25. Marlow's Tavern
  26. MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
  27. Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort
  28. Opa Orlando
  29. Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside
  30. Orlando World Center Marriott
  31. Red Wing Restaurant
  32. Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
  33. Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
  34. SeaWorld Orlando
  35. Second Harvest Food Bank - Culinary Training Program
  36. Soco Thornton Park
  37. Symphony Pastries
  38. Tapa Toro Tapas Bar
  39. Three2OH Ice Cream
  40. TR Fire Grill
  41. Universal Orlando Resort
  42. Urban Tide Hyatt Regency
  43. The Whiskey
  44. Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom
     


ABOUT ORLANDO’S TASTE OF THE NATION® FOR NO KID HUNGRY

Orlando's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry brings together the area's top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
 

ABOUT SHARE OUR STRENGTH

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry.

One in Five Children in America Struggles with Hunger
 

ORLANDO'S TASTE OF THE NATION POSTS FUNDRAISING RECORD FOR 25th ANNIVERSARY 

ORLANDO, FLA. (AUGUST 15, 2014) – Orlando's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry raised $301,317 to support the feeding programs of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and statewide organization Florida Impact, setting a new fundraising record for the event’s 25-year history.
 
Thirty-eight of Central Florida’s finest chefs united for this premier gastronomic fundraising event at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Aug. 9 to dazzle more than 2,000 guests with their culinary delights and raise critical funds for childhood hunger relief in the community.
 
Along with appetizers, entrees, desserts and spirits, guest enjoyed live music by the Mud Rooster Band and an exciting silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways. An Instant Wine Cellar game awarded 170 bottles of wine valued at more than $3,500 to the person who purchased the winning key that opened the locked wine door. A Count the Corks drawing awarded the person who came closest to guessing the correct number of wine corks a stay at the Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection in Tampa. An all-expense paid trip for two to Oktoberfest in Munich was awarded to one lucky winner as well as 99 bottles of beer to three winners.
 
The highlight of the evening was the Creekstone Farms Chef Throwdown, a culinary cookoff that pitted Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant against Alexia Gawlak of Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Emceed by Food Network celebrity chef Melissa d’Arabian, the Creekstone Farms Chef Throwdown gave each chef 20 minutes to create a dish using Creekstone Farms sirloin flap steak and pantry staples donated by Whole Foods Market. A judging panel that included Scott Joseph from Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide, WFTV's Bob Opsahl, and Honorary Chair Helen Donegan determined Gawlak’s tostada topped with the grilled meat, cheese crumbles, chimichurri sauce, and a fried egg deserved the chef throwdown title. She was granted the honor of signing a $5,000 check from Creekstone Farms over to Taste of the Nation Orlando.
 
“We are so grateful to the chefs, sponsors, volunteers and guests who joined us this year to help combat hunger in Central Florida,” said Michele Byington, co-chair for Taste of the Nation Orlando. “We are proud to supports the efforts of Coalition for the Homeless and Second Harvest Food Bank who safeguard our most vulnerable neighbors against hunger.”
 
The funds from Taste of the Nation Orlando will help Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provide food, shelter and services to more than 150 children and their families each night in the coming year. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will direct the funds raised from Taste of the Nation Orlando to Benefits Connection, one of their primary feeding programs. Since 2008, Benefits Connection has secured more than $80 million in unused SNAP benefits for thousands of Central Florida families by helping qualified candidates overcome the challenges associated with accessing assistance.
 
Celebrating its 25th year, Taste of the Nation Orlando was locally presented by Quality One Wireless along with local sponsors AmeriFactors, Darden Restaurants, Regions Bank, Rosen Foundation and many more. For our complete list of sponsors, please visit http://ce.strength.org/orlando. Special thanks to Orlando World Center Marriott who donated the event space, Progressive Communications who donated printing services, Whole Foods Market who donated pantry staples for the Creekstone Farms Chef Throwdown, and Christopher Rank who contributed his talent as event photographer.
 
Eola Wine Company and The Ancient Olive returned to support Taste of the Nation Orlando’s fund-raising efforts for the second consecutive year. Eola Wine Company hosted a weekly wine series for six weeks leading up to the main event with all proceeds benefitting Taste of the Nation Orlando’s beneficiaries. The Ancient Olive donated $1 for each bottle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar it sold throughout the month of July at its four Florida locations while the Spice & Tea Exchange of Winter Park donated $1 for each gourmet salt grinder sold.
 
World of Beer - Dr. Phillips toasted Taste of the Nation Orlando with a craft beer tasting night with proceeds from sales benefitting Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. These same brews were also served inside Taste of the Nation’s European-style bier garden sponsored by World of Beer.
 
Taste of the Nation Orlando was organized by a volunteer steering committee representing a variety of local businesses and organizations and is led by committee co-chairs Michele Byington of Regions Bank and Bill Sullivan of I. Wanna Distributors, Inc.

ABOUT SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S TASTE OF THE NATION® ORLANDO 

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation Orlando event brings together the area's top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 
 
For more information: 
Website: tasteofthenation.org/orlando 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OrlandoTaste 
Twitter: @OrlandoTaste 
 
ABOUT SHARE OUR STRENGTH 
Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. For more information, visit http://www.nokidhungry.org/
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ticket Information

Andrea Patenaude, 407-808-7508
AndreaPatenaude@gmail.com

Event Chair

Michele Byington 407-246-5504
Michele.Byington@regions.com

Restaurant & Beverage Chair

Bill Sullivan 407-292-0299
sully32751@aol.com

PR/Marketing Chair

Krista Zilizi
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Silent & Live Auction Chair

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Local Beneficiaries:

  • Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida - Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s mission is to transform the lives of homeless men, women, and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness. Every day, the Coalition helps an average of 650 homeless individuals, about 200 of whom are children with an average age of less than eight years old.
     
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida - Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.
     

Statewide Beneficiaries:

  • Florida Impact - Florida Impact's mission is to inspire and enlist the people of Florida to secure justice for and with those whose economic rights have not been realized. We also work to increase access to food programs by conducting aggressive outreach strategies and public policy advocacy.

 

ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT

This year's event will again take place at Orlando World Center Marriott! We want to thank them for their generosity.

Interested in staying the night? Get a discounted room rate by clicking here!

Address and directions can be found at the top of this page.

 

Orlando's Taste of the Nation Orlando for No Kid Hungry is made possible through generous commitments from these local partners:


In-Kind Event Partners:

Progressive Communications • Orlando World Center Marriott • JetBlue • Monster Media • Day Entertainment & Events • Peyton Entertainment • Accent Entertainment & Photo Booth • Airstar Space Lighting • Eola Wine Co. • Hawkers Asian Street Fare • The Ancient Olive • World of Beer


Media Partners:

WFTV • CBS Radio • Mix 105.1 • 1059 Sunny FM • Clear Channel • Edible Orlando • Orange Appeal • Orlando Date Night Guide • Orlando Magazine • TravelHost • Turnstile Media • Scott Josephs Orlando Restaurant Guide • Orlando Sentinel


Giving Tree Donors:

Roccos Tacos & Tequila Bar • Deep Blu Seafood Grille • JJs Grille • The Whiskey • Tibbys New Orleans Kitchen • The Melting Pot • Hyatt • Cecils Texas Style BBQ • Seasons 52 • Citrus • Shari Sushi • Stardust Lounge • Enzos Restaurant on the Lake • Sonoma • Santiagos Bodega • NYPD Pizza • Sam Sneads Oak Grill & Tavern • Bistro Clo Clo • The Cheesecake Factory • Kings  The Classy Bowling Joint

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