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Taste of the Nation Palm Beach

April 23, 2014

VIP: $150
6:30pm - 10:00pm

General Admission: $100
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Kravis Center, Cohen Pavilion

701 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida

One in Five Children in America Struggles with Hunger

Share Our Strength's

4th Annual Taste of the Nation Palm Beach

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center

701 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Taste of the Nation Palm Beach is the city's preeminent culinary benefit supporting the fight to end childhood hunger. Join Co-Chairs Chef Lindsay Autry, Chef Zach Bell, Chef Clay Conley and Chef Allen Susser for an elegant evening of gourmet food and wine. Taste of the Nation features chefs and gourmet cuisine from 35 of Palm Beach's top restaurants, and live entertainment along with live and silent auctions. Each restaurant will prepare small portions of their best dishes for guests to taste.

Taste of the Nation Palm Beach would not be possible without the support and leadership of our event chairs. Learn more about them here.
Chef Lindsay Autry
Lindsay Autry Taste of the Nation Palm Beach No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength Chef
It’s not every day you get to see and taste the talents of a chef like Lindsay Autry. Her reputation has garnered respect from some of the greatest chefs in America. Lindsay describes her cuisine as soulful, embracing Mediterranean flavors while blending in her southern roots. Lindsay has held various chef positions on the East Coast as well as three years in Mexico. 
She honed her skill under the James Beard Award winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, starting at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami and then on to open MB as Sous Chef in Cancun, Mexico. Lindsay served as Chef de Cuisine of Las Brisas at The Fairmont Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, and was the Executive Chef of Michelle Bernstein Restaurant & The Omphoy Ocean Resort. Most recently, Lindsay was the Executive Chef of the historic Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida as well as a finalist on Top Chef. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Lindsay is a native of North Carolina but currently resides in South Florida.
Chef Zach Bell
Addison Reserve Country Club
Chef Zach Bell, Taste of the Nation Palm Beach, Share Our Strength
An early fascination with the kitchen dates back to the fourth grade when his family’s relocation meant several months residing at a hotel.  He was captivated with the workings of the hotel kitchen, which became his after school playground. After a stint in one of the largest hotels in Orlando and culinary school, he fell into a French kitchen in Miami that would lead him to New York City and the heralded Le Cirque. Zach followed Andrew Carmellini to work with Daniel Boulud at the newly opened Café Boulud New York. In 2003, Daniel tapped Zach to open his first restaurant outside of New York City; Café Boulud Palm Beach. 
In July of 2011, after 13 years with Daniel Boulud, Zach felt ready for a fresh new challenge and became the Executive Chef of Addison Reserve Country Club; ranked 4th in the nation as a Platinum Club of America Residential Country Club. Zach had the opportunity to rebuild the kitchen team’s philosophy, focus and technique from the ground up during a $20 million clubhouse renovation.  
Zach perceives cooking as a craft melding technical skill with a love of food and a respect for process.  No short cuts! The wonderful bounty of Florida and the Southeast drive his cuisine, guided by years of practicing the best of French technique. Zach is thrilled to work with as many local farmers and fisherman as possible as well as being able to source the finest ingredients around the world. This philosophy, along with his team building skills and detail orientated work ethic have earned Zach four consecutive trips to New York as a finalist for Best Chef : South at the James Beard Awards. 
Zach has become a dedicated member of the Palm Beach County philanthropic community spearheading many culinary events for Feeding South Florida, The March of Dimes, The Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Quantum House. In 2010, Share our Strength recognized Zach with a National Community Leadership Award for his work with the No Kid hungry campaign. His work with No Kid Hungry has taken him to Capitol Hill lobbying for Child Nutrition and to the Republican National Convention introducing delegates to the problems America’s children face. Zach continues his work with Share our Strength as Chair of the Palm Beach Taste of the Nation event.
Chef Clay Conley
Chef Clay Conley, Taste of the Nation Palm Beach, Share Our Strength
Chef Clay Conley opened buccan in Palm Beach, Florida in 2011. He wanted to create a casually sophisticated space that offered small plates with big flavors, and replicate the camaraderie felt when dining at a friend’s house. The result?  Raving accolades, a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef: South - in both 2012 and 2013 - and an expansion. In February 2012, he opened Imoto (transl: little sister), an intimate, Asian-focused extension of buccan. 
His “progressive American” approach at buccan blends the classic comfort of his New England childhood, the rustic boldness of the Mediterranean, and the sensual influence of Latin America. Highlighting contrasting tastes, textures, and temperatures, Clay applies his flair and sense of balance to traditional flavor combinations and dishes.  
Chef Clay and his restaurants have been recognized in national and international publications including Travel + Leisure, Robb Report, Conde Nast Traveler, Miami Herald, Complot, USA Today, Fodors, Boston Globe, NY Post and Wall Street Journal. Buccan is listed as Forbes Travel Guide’s “hottest spot” in Palm Beach and as Esquire’s “Where to Eat in South FL Now,” and has received “Best Restaurant” honors from all area publications. Clay has also cooked on Emeril’s Florida, featured on both Food Network and Cooking Channel, and on The Today Show and Fox and Friends. 
Chef Allen Susser
Chef Allen Consulting
Chef Allen Susser Taste of the Nation Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry
Allen Susser is a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award. His personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening Chef Allen’s as chef/owner of his groundbreaking Miami restaurant. The New York Times called Allen the “Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking”. Chef Allen’s cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. Food & Wine magazine named Chef Allen "One of the Best 10 Chefs in America".
In 2000 Allen launched Chef Allen's Consulting a boutique restaurant and hospitality consulting firm - providing strategic initiative, culinary resources, and innovative direction for the industry.  Allen has consulted for American Airlines, Kitchen Aid, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, McCormick Spice, Kraft and Sunkist. In 2008 was named consulting chef for Jade Mountain Resort and this year added Anse Chastanet Resort also on St Lucia in the West Indies.  In 2011 he debuted a new casual direction of comfort food launching Burger Bar by Chef Allen at Fort Lauderdale  - Hollywood International Airport and is  currently developing a privately held QRS national brand concept. Current clients include Daily Melt, Slainte Irish Pub + Kitchen and Books & Books Cafe.
Susser is currently the spokesman for the National Mango Board and is a Culinary Ambassador for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its sustainable seafood watch. He received an honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. His Alma Marta- Florida International University award Allen the President's Award for community service. Allen was recognized as Chef of the Year for Share Our Strength and later was honored nationally as Humanitarian of the Year by Share Our Strength for his commitment to End Childhood Hunger. He is currently active on the Board of Feeding South Florida. Susser is an advisory member of the James Beard Foundation, The Florida Commissioner's Seafood and Aquaculture Committee, and has served on the National Board of Directors for the American Institute of Wine and Food. Susser served as president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. He is the original author of New World Cuisine and Cookery (Doubleday, 1995), The Great Citrus Book (Ten Speed Press, 1997) and The Great Mango Book, (Ten Speed Press, 2001).

We are happy to partner with the Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown for this year's event. Their accommodations are conveniently located within walking distance to the Kravis Center and the always-lively City Place.

Group rate includes: 
•         Breakfast buffet with a.m. kitchen skillet
•         WI-FI access throughout hotel
•         On-site garage parking 
•         Complimentary shuttle service within a two mile radius
Group name:  Taste of the Nation Palm Beach
Rate:  $149.00 plus tax per night
Dates of Group: April 23, 2014
Group Code: G- TAPM
Cutoff Date for Reservations: April 15, 2014
For Reservations, call toll free 1-888-HYATT-HP (492-8847), 561-655-1454, select option 3 and ask for Taste of the Nation Palm Beach rate.  You can also visit and enter in the Group Code (G-TAPM) and the dates you would like to stay.  

Hyatt Place West Palm Beach Downtown Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation


Silent Auction Sneak Peek

In addition to gift certificates from all of our participating restaurants, here's a sneak peek of what else will be available to bid on in the Silent Auction. And you don't want to miss our much-anticipated Live Auction including once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Provident Jewelers: $500 Gift Certificate, Jewelry Cleaner and Catalog
Sequin: Badgley Mischka Necklace
Aerial Trapeze Academy: $100 Gift Certificate
Eric Javits: Lil Lu Ivory & Tan Straw Purse
Glen Eagles Country Club: Golf Foursome
Sunfest: Two One-Day Tickets
Imperial Belly Dance: Private Belly Dancing Class for Five
Marcelle Burke, Make Up Artist: "Best Face Forward" Make Up Session
Ghosts of Palm Beach: Four Tickets to Ghosts of Palm Beach Walking Tour
Tastefully Simple: Assorted Gift Basket
Black Sparrow Pirate Adventures: Four Pirate Adventure Tickets
Palm Beach Ice Works: One Week of Summer Camp for One Person
Calamasi Italy: Pashmina
Rodeo Drive Transformation Anti-Aging Cream: Three Jars of Rodeo Drive Transformation Cream
Due South Brewing Company: VIP Tour & Gift Bag
Pioneer Linens: Beach Towels
Luka Cosmetics: "Girls Day Out". Two $20 Coupons and Two Set of Skin Products
Wines for Humanity: Two Hour Wine Tasting with Six Award-Winning Bottles for 16 Guests.
Armory Arts Center: Family Membership
Worth Avenue Tour: Two Packages of Two Tickets to Worth Avenue Walking Tour
Kravis Center: Private, Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour of the Kravis Center for Four
Cycle Party: Cycle Party Pub Crawl Tour for Group of 6-15 People
Incredible bottles of wine from Wine Watch
... and much more!

Sip on these amazing wines, courtesy of Wine Watch.


Constellation Brands
Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel 2010
Ruffino Romitorio di Santedame 2006 
Branco Wine Company
Niner Wine Estates Sauvignon Blanc Paso Robles 2012
Niner Wine Estates Sangiovese 2010 
Antigal Winery & Estates
Antigal Uno Malbec Mendoza 2010 
Antigal Classic Reserve 2008
Antigal Mediterraneo Reserve 2008
Antigal Winery & Estates
Estimulo Mendoza Sauvignon Blanc 2012 
Estimulo Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 
Constellation Brands
Ruffino Romitorio 
Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel
Pali Wine Co.
Pali  Alphabets Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011              
Tower 15 The Swell 2011               
Justin Vineyards & Winery
Justin Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Landmark Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County 2011
Bianchi Winery
Bianchi Chardonnay El Camino Vineyard Santa Barbara 2012   
Bianchi Petite Sirah Paso Robles 2009
TGIC Importers
Finca Perdriel Cabernet Sauvignon 2010                                
Norton Malbec Reserva 2010                     
Avignonesi Winery
Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011 
Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot Cortona 2010
St. Francis White Splash Blend California 2011
Wild Rock Pinot Noir 2009
Just Quality Importer
Muzic Collio Tocai Friulano 2008 
Muzic Fruili Isonzo Merlot 2010 
Organic Cellar Plus
Giol Pinot Grigio 
Quaderna Via Navarra DO Especial  
Vindegour Cava Cygnus Brut Natural
Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.
Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudon 2012 
Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune 2011
Cantina Wine & Spirits
Tenute Loacker Corte Pavone Rosso di Montalcino 2010
Wines in the VIP Lounge provided by:
Pali Wine Co.
BulletProof Wine & Spirits
Augustan Wine
Antigal Winery & Estates
Opici Wines
Foley Family Wines

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