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Orlando Taste of the Nation

August 27, 2016

Event Tickets : $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 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, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Florida Impact. 

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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


ORLANDO, FLA. (August 4, 2016) – Central Florida’s most distinguished chefs will join forces August 27, 2016 to help fight the nation’s childhood hunger epidemic at Orlando's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry. Forty-five of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails at the Orlando World Center Marriott to ensure children struggling with hunger in our city and across America are connected to the meals they need.

New to this year’s event are 10 of the area’s most popular and exciting restaurants including Benihana, Canvas Lake Nona, Eleven and Forte at Reunion Resort, Hemisphere Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, Nova Scratch Kitchen, The Osprey Tavern, Restaurant ASH, STK and The Rusty Spoon.

Several popular brewers, wine purveyors and spirit vendors have also been tapped for this year’s event, including Brew Bus USA, Cigar City Brewing, Crooked Can Brewery, Orlando Brewery, Red Light, Red Light Beer Parlour, Small Town Brewery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Lakeridge Winery, Nestle Waters | S. Pell & Acqua Panna, Onli Beverage Co., Funky Monkey, Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey and Tito's Vodka.

In its 27th year, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is the region’s longest-running and most trend-forward food and beverage event raising funds and awareness for children’s nutrition programs provided by national beneficiary Share Our Strength, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

In addition to appetizing food, fine wines, craft beers and premium spirits, guests also 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 Giving Tree raffle, sponsored by Edible Orlando, returns for the second year inviting guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select a Giving Tree envelope hanging from a towering tree containing a gift certificate ranging from $25 to $300 in value. The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game offers 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.

Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with the all-new Ring Toss for Wine fundraiser. Rings are available for purchase to toss onto wine bottles ─$5 for two tosses or $10 for six tosses. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home.

A handful of students from The Second Harvest Culinary Training Program will be at Orlando’s Taste of the Nation this year to lend the cooking skills they have mastered in Second Harvest’s 14-week program designed to provide qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.

“For our culinary students to be able to work alongside Orlando’s top chefs at Taste of the Nation is a one-of-a-kind experience and learning opportunity that we cannot teach in the classroom,” said Chef Israel Santiago, head training chef at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

For a limited time, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is offering a special promotion on tickets to this year’s event. Buy 1 ticket, get 50% off the 2nd ticket using the code LASTCHANCE. To purchase tickets, visit

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is offering several fundraising experiences to sip and nibble on before the main event.

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 now through Aug. 24. For a $15 donation at the door, guests will receive free tastings of select wines. Offering fine varietals by the glass, flight and bottle, plus light fare, 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 ultrapremium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and flavor-infused olive oils sold between now and August 31. 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 Ave., North, Winter Park, will donate $1 for each gourmet spice blend grinder sold.

Proceeds from these three events 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.

For the first time, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation introduces the Golden Ticket Giveaway, offering an exciting new way to win a pair of complimentary tickets to this year’s event. Guests who dine at select, participating establishments can ask their server for a Golden Ticket to receive a concealed envelope that may contain a pair of tickets to this year’s event. Chances of winning are 1 in 10. Follow hashtags #OrlTaste and #GoldenTicket for a list of participating restaurants and updates on remaining
Golden Tickets. The Golden Ticket Giveaway runs from Aug. 1 - 22.

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is presented nationally by Citi and Sysco and sponsored by OpenTable, San Pell/Acqua Panna and media sponsor Food Network. Special thanks to local sponsors Darden Restaurants, Regions Bank, Harris Rosen Foundation, Spotlight, Noble Marketing, Disney, FreshPoint, Hilton Grand Vacations, Bright House, Darden Federal Credit Union, Ernst & Young, Patriot National, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Universal Orlando Resort, Quality 1 and Amerifactors.


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Our Silent Auction is now open! CLICK HERE to start bidding on fabulous items and experiences.

Sign up instructions for bidding:

You will be able to bid anytime leading up to and during the event (Until 9pm)

1. Go to qtego's website for taste once it launches! 
2. Click “Register for Auction”
3. Follow registration instructions.
4. You will receive two text messages, a welcome text and a link to the mobile bidding site. The link to the mobile bidding site will also include your PIN that you can use to sign in on your computer.
(For example, if it is (Then 1234 would be your PIN to sign in.))
5. You are now ready to bid, Happy Bidding!


Please contact us regarding event details, PR/media, restaurant participation, volunteering or donating an auction item. Thank you!

Ticket Information

Andrea Patenaude, 407-808-7508

Event Chair

Michele Byington 407-246-5504

Restaurant & Beverage Chair

Bill Sullivan 407-292-0299

PR/Marketing Chair

Krista Zilizi

Silent Auction Chair

Ed Nasser 



Local Beneficiaries:


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
 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
'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.



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

To reserve your room at the discounted rate, click here.

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



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Summary: Leading up to the 27th Annual Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, we will be holding a Golden Ticket raffle. If you find the Golden Ticket at any participating restaurant, you will win two tickets to this year’s Taste of the Nation.

How do I win? Visit any one of our participating restaurants or beverage partners, and ask your server if any Orlando Taste Golden Ticket envelopes are available. Open up the provided envelope - you could win the Golden Ticket - two FREE tickets to Orlando's Taste of the Nation! 

What are the rules? There is only one concrete rule: In order to participate, you must be dining at that establishment. Please note that some restaurants may limit the number of envelopes per table, per day. We just ask that you play fairly, have fun, and be sure to share on social!

I found a Golden Ticket! What now? Now is the fun part! In your envelope, you will also find two tickets to the event on the 27th. Celebrate! Inform your server. Pull out your phones/cameras, snap a shot, and share via your favorite social media channels with hashtag #OrlTaste. Be sure to tag us!

And that’s it! Have fun with it, and thank you again for participating in our first ever Golden Ticket Game! If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Melissa Kear at

Twitter: @OrlandoTaste
Instagram: @OrlandoTaste

  1. Red Wing Restaurant
    12500 State Road 33
    Groveland, FL 34736
    Twitter: @RedWingRestaura
    Instagram: @red_wing_restaurant
  2. Benihana
    1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  3. Benihana
    12690 International Drive
    Orlando, FL

    Twitter: @Benihana
    Instagram: @benihana
  4. Tapa Toro
    8441 International Dr #260
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Twitter: @tapatoroorlando
    Instagram: @tapatoroorlando
  5. Taverna Opa
    Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr #2240
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Twitter: @TavernaOpaOrl
    Instagram: @tavernaopaorl
  6. Dragonfly Robata
    7972 Via Dellagio Way
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Twitter: @DflyOrlando
  7. Canvas Restaurant & Market
    13615 Sachs Avenue
    Orlando, FL
    Instagram: @canvaslakenona
  8. The Whiskey
    7563 Sand Lake Rd
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Twitter: @whiskeyorlando
    Instagram: @whiskeyorlando
  9. Yak & Yeti
    Disney's Animal Kingdom
    Twitter: @WaltDisneyWorld
    Instagram: @WaltDisneyWorld
  10. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
    Pointe Orlando
    9101 International Drive Suite #1004
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Twitter: @CubaLibreOrl
    Instagram: @cubalibrerestaurant
  11. JWMarriott, Grande Lakes: Whisper Creek Farm
    4040 Central Florida Parkway,
    Orlando, FL 32837
  12. Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine – Winter Park
    108 S Park Avenue
    Winter Park, FL 32751
  13. Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine – Dr. Phillips
    7600 Dr Phillips Blvd, Suite 108
    Orlando, FL 32819

  14. RA Sushi
    Pointe Orlando
    9101 International Drive Suite 1008
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Twitter: @RAsushi
    Instagram: @rasushi
  15. Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour & Brewery
    2810 Corrine Dr
    Orlando, FL
    Twitter: @redlightx2
  16. Marlow’s Tavern – Winter Park
    1008 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92)
    Winter Park, FL 32789
  17. Marlow’s Tavern – International Drive
    9101 International Dr
    Orlando, FL 32819
  18. Marlow’s Tavern – Waterford Lakes
    547 N. Alafaya Trail Building J1
    Orlando, FL 32828

    Twitter: @MarlowsTavern
    Instagram: @marlowstavern
  19. Rusty Spoon
    Church Street Market
    55 W Church St
    Orlando, FL 32801
    Twitter: @The_Rusty_Spoon
  20. The Osprey Tavern
    4899 New Broad St
    Orlando, FL
    Instagram: @the_osprey_tavern
  21. Café Tu Tu Tango
    8625 International Dr
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Twitter: @CafeTuTuTangoFL
    Instagram: @cafe_tu_tu_tango
  22. Orlando Brewing
    Twitter: @orlandobrewing
    Instagram: @orlando_brewing
  23. The Capital Grille – Millenia
    4200 Conroy Road STE 146A
    Orlando, FL 32839


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