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DC Taste of the Nation

April 13, 2015

VIP Plus: $225
6:00pm - 9:30pm

VIP: $170
6:00pm - 9:30pm

General Admission: $120
7:00pm - 9:30pm

National Building Museum

401 F Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia

Washington DC's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry will take place on April 13, 2015.  Buy your tickets today!


2015 Chef Council

Nicholas Stefanelli - Masseria
Victor Albisu - Taco Bamba | Del Campo 
Bryan Voltaggio - VOLT | Lunchbox | Family Meal | RANGE | AGGIO

2015 Mixology Council

Gina Chersevani - Buffalo & Bergen
Derek Brown - The Passenger | The Columbia Room | Mockingbird Hill | Southern Efficiency | Eat the Rich
Duane Sylvestre - Bourbon Steak

Sommelier Chair

Nadine Brown - Charlie Palmer Steak  

2015 Participating Restaurants

1789 * Art & Soul * Artisan Confections * Bar Civita * Bar Pilar * Belga Cafe/B Too * Beuchert's Saloon * Bidwell * Bistro Bis/Vidalia/Woodward Table * BLT Steak * Blue Duck Tavern * Cashion's Eat Place * Centrolina * Charm City Cakes * Circle Bistro * Co Co. Sala * Cork Wine Bar * Del Campo * Dino's Grotto * Dolcezza Gelato * El Centro DF Fare Well * Firefly * Food Wine & Co. * Founding Farmers/Farmers Fishers Bakers * Georgetown Cupcake * Graffiato by Mike Isabella * Hank's Oyster Bar * Jack Rose Dining Saloon * Kapnos * Le Diplomate * Mandu Mango Tree * Maple * Medium Rare * Mon Ami Gabi * NoPa Kitchen + Bar * Ocopa * Osteria Morini * Penn Commons * Pitango Gelato * Pop's SeaBar * Poste Moderne Brasserie * RareSweets * RIS * Room 11 * Rural Society * Shake Shack * Sona Creamery & Wine Bar * Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar * Taberna del Alabardero * Table * Thally * The Fainting Goat * The Hamilton * Trummer's On Main * Toro Toro

2015 Participating Liquor Sponsors

Courvoisier Cognac
Green Hat Gin
New Columbia Distillers
Remy Cointreau

Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey

We are happy to answer any questions regarding event details, media requests, restaurant participation, sponsorship, auction item donations and volunteer options. Thank you!

Share Our Strength Staff
Samantha DeNafo

Event Chairs
Alisa Cohen
Katie Corrigan

Restaurant Inquiries
Lisa Bornstein

Sponsorship Opportunities
Samantha DeNafo
Kate Sullivan

Auction Donations
Jen Amore

Operational Donations
Caryn Lustig

Social Media
Jackie Woodbury

Volunteer Opportunities
Alexandra Kong

Communications Contact
Julia Blumenthal

Tricia Barba

Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest, public nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Each year the CAFB distributes 45 million pounds of food, including 17 million pounds of fresh produce, to over 500 partner agencies. The Capital Area Food Bank was founded on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, January 15, 1980.

In addition to food distribution, the CAFB has several community-building initiatives including Kids Cafe, Food For Kids, Face Hunger, From the Ground Up, Sister Hook-Up, Produce for People, the Brown Bag Program among others.

DC Hunger Solutions
Every day in the District of Columbia, one out of 10 households experience food insecurity, meaning they have uncertain or limited access to, or ability to buy, nutritionally adequate and safe food. One out of 3 D.C. children live on the edge of hunger. The Food Research & Action Center established D.C. Hunger Solutions as a project to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families in the District of Columbia by:

  • Informing the public about hunger and food insecurity in DC.
  • Working to boost participation in DC child nutrition programs.
  • Working to ensure better food stamp access for more District residents.

Mary's Center
Established in 1988, with funding from the District of Columbia Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs(OLA) and the Department of Health (DOH), Mary's Center addressed the demand for bilingual services to pregnant women and their infants in predominantly Latino areas of Ward One. Today, it serves multicultural populations throughout the metro Washington, D.C. region, serving individuals and families who have limited or no access to health-related services.

We envision a day when everyone will receive the highest quality of health care, education and social services. By working together, we help members of all communities be their own advocates and produce generations of leaders ready to contribute to their community's growth and well-being.

Thank you to our Taste of the Nation 2015 sponsors! 


National Presenting Sponsors


National Sponsors

Food Network

Gaming Sponsor

Maryland Live!

Platinum Sponsor

Celebrity Cruises
Omega Protein

Local Gold Sponsors

Sir Speedy DC

Local Silver Sponsors


Thank you to our Taste of the Nation 2014 auction donors!

1789 Restaurant
Affina Hotel in NYC
Alaska Airlines
Art Jamz
Beauchert's Saloon
Big Bad Woof
Bolt Bus
Cashion's Eat Place
Charlie Palmer Steak
Chinchies Grooming Salon
Counter Culture Coffee
DC Knife Sharpening
The Daily Show
District Doughnut
Four Seasons Hotel - Atlanta
Four Seasons Hotel - Santa Barbara
Hotel del Coronado
The Hour
House of Steep
Jack Rose
Jet Blue
Joes' Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab
Keegan Theater
Le Creuset Collection 
Le Diplomate
The Liaison Capitol Hill (DC)
Mon Ami Gabi
Montelucia Scottsdale
Nasher Sculpture Garden 
D&P Food Group/Newton's Noodles
Portland Schooner Company 
Ritz-Carlton SF
Roswood Crescent Hotel (Dallas)
Sahara Dance
Food Network Cookbook Collection 
Sona Creamery and Wine Bar
SportRock Climbing Centers
Sticky Fingers Bakery
Tudor Place
Urban Evolution
Vamoose Bus
Viceroy Santa Monica
Waldorf San Juan

Melissa d’Arabian
Food Network star, best-selling author and mom of four

Celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, and nationally syndicated writer Melissa d’Arabian is a go-to expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. The mom of four is also a passionate advocate for No Kid Hungry and has supported Share Our Strength in myriad efforts throughout the last 5 years. With an MBA from Georgetown University, Melissa enjoyed a successful career in corporate finance and strategy before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Passionate about sharing her tried-and-true recipes and money-saving tactics, Melissa then competed on and won season five of “The Next Food Network Star.” She has since become well known for “Ten Dollar Dinners”her popular Food Network show and New York Times best-selling cookbook. Her newest projects include: serving as a regular judge on the hit Food Network primetime series “Guy's Grocery Games;” writing a weekly column for The Associated Press; and hosting acclaimed series, The Picky Eaters Project,” a strategic plan she developed for her family to achieve a long-term solution for this all-too-common problem. Melissa’s highly anticipated second cookbook "Supermarket Healthy" debuted on December 30. Stay in touch with Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and on her website

Get cookbooks signed by your favorite chef-authors at DC Taste of the Nation 2015!

Supermarket Healthy
Melissa d'Arabian

Tim Byres

Baking with Less Sugar
Flour, too

Joanne Chang

Wicked Good Burgers
Wicked Good Barbecue

Andy Husbands

Thank you to our pre-event partners!

Each year DC's Taste of the Nation engages the local community to raise awareness as well as additional funds to support Share Our Strenght's efforts to end childhood hunger in America.  We thank this year's pre-event partners who are helping us to raise thousands of dollars before April 13 to ensure no kid goes hungry.

Sip & Shop
February 5, 2015
Hill's Kitchen, Owner Leah Daniels

Sip & Shop
December 10, 2014
Salt & Sundry, Amanda McClements & Team

National Presenting Sponsors

Media Sponsor

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