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DC Taste of the Nation

April 04, 2016

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

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

VIP Plus: $275
6:00pm - 9:30pm

National Building Museum

401 F Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia


Check out photos from the 2015 event:

2015 Chef Council

Nicholas Stefanelli

Victor Albisu
Taco Bamba | Del Campo 

Bryan Voltaggio
VOLT | Lunchbox | Family Meal | RANGE | AGGIO

2015 Participating Restaurants

1789  America Eats Tavern  Ardeo + Bardeo  Art & Soul  Artisan Confections  Bar Civita  Bar Pilar  Bastille | Bistrot Royal  Belga Cafe | B Too  Best Buns Bread Company  Beuchert's Saloon  Bidwell  Bistro Bis | Vidalia | Woodward Table  BLT Steak  Blue Duck Tavern  The Bombay Club  BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier  Captain Cookie and the Milk Man  Carlyle  Carmine's  Cashion's Eat Place  Cava Mezze  Centrolina  Charlie Palmer Steak  Charm City Cakes   Circle Bistro  Co Co. Sala  Cork Wine Bar  Del Campo  Dino's Grotto  Dolcezza Gelato  Dolci Gelati  El Centro D.F.  Estadio | Proof | Doi Moi  Fare Well  Firefly  Fishnet Restaurant  Floriana Restaurant  Food Wine & Co.  Founding Farmers | Farmers Fishers Bakers  GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar g'eclair  Georgetown Cupcake  Graffiato by Mike Isabella  Hank's Oyster Bar  Jack Rose Dining Saloon  Juniper  Kapnos  Le Diplomate  Lupo Verde  Lyon Hall | Liberty Tavern | Northside Social  Mandu  Mango Tree  Maple  Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier  Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.  Masseria  Medium Rare  Mon Ami Gabi  New Heights Restaurant  Nicecream Factory  NoPa Kitchen + Bar  Ocopa  Osteria Morini  Penn Commons  Peregrine Espresso   Pinea  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  The Sweet Lobby  Taberna del Alabardero  Table  Thally  The Fainting Goat  The Hamilton  Tico  Toro Toro  Trummer's On Main Urbana • Vinoteca  VOLT Restaurant Group  Westend Bistro

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 Mixology Participants and Sponsors

Southern Efficiency
sponsored by Catoctin Creek

Eat the Rich
sponsored by Green Hat Gin

Buffalo & Bergen
sponsored by One Eight Distilling

Mockingbird Hill
sponsored by Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey

Courvoisier Cognac


Jim Beam

New Columbia Distillers

Team Spirits Imports Company

Stella Artois


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
Turkish Airlines

Local Gold Sponsors

Sir Speedy DC

Local Silver Sponsors

San Pellegrino

Thank you to our ambassadors!

Every Child Matters / Mandala Research
Steve Faigen & David Evans

Samuel Konigsberg
Kieran Watson

Pre-Register for the Silent Auction!

If you've already purchased your ticket, you can preview packages and register for the silent auction hereRegistering on the site OR by texting "DCNKH15" to 24700 also allows you to receive exclusive information during the event.

Thank you to our Taste of the Nation 2015 auction donors!

Affina Hotels
America Eats Tavern
Art and Soul
Artisan Confections
Bar Civita
Bar Pilar
Barrel Oak Winery
Bastille | Bistrot Royale
Belga | Btoo
Best Buns Company
Beucherts Saloon
Bistro Bis | Vidalia | Woodward Table
Blue Duck Tavern
BLT Steak
Boating in DC
The Bombay Company
Booze for Babes
Butterfly Mixtures
Caledonia Spirits
Capital SUP Team
Captain Cookie & the Milkman
Cashion's Restaurant
Catoctin Creek
Cava Mezze Group
Charlie Palmer Steak
Charm City Cakes
Chesapeake Maritime Museum
Circle Bistro
Co Co. Sala
Cork Wine Bar
Corolla Beach House
Cory Bryant Yoga
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
DC Metro Food Tours
Deer Valley Resort
Del Campo
Dimillo's on the Water
Dino's Grotto
Dolcezza Gelato
Eat the Rich
El Centro
The Fainting Goat
Fare Well
Fibre Space
Fishnet Restaurant
Food of New York Tours
Food Network
Food Wine and Co.
Founding Farmers
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Four Seasons Atlanta

Fox School of Wine
Gaylord National

Georgetown Cupcake

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards
The Hamilton
Hank's Oyster Bar

Hickory Farms
Hilton at BWI
Homemade Gin Kit
Hotel Coronado
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort
Inn at Perry Cabin
Istanbul Modern
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Jet Boat Miami

Just Simply Cuisine

King Arthur Flour
Kitchen at Blue Creek
L'Academie de Cuisine
Le Diplomate
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Liberty Tavern | Lyon Hall | Northside Social
Lupo Verde
Mama Rouge
Mango Tree

Marriott Marquis DC
Medium Rare
Michael Pollan
Mon Ami Gabi

Mockingbird Hill
Montage Beverly Hills
Montage Deer Valley
Montage Laguna Beach
National Country Club
New Heights Restaurant
Nicecream Factory
NoPa Kitchen and Bar

One Eight Distilling
Osteria Morini
Park City Food Tour
Penn Commons | Passion Food Hospitality
Pitango Gelato

Pop's Seabar
Portland Observatory
Poste Moderne Brasserie
Pure Barre
Rare Sweets
Restaurants by Robert Wiedmaier
Reyes Holding
Room 11
Rural Society

Salamandar Resort
Salon Bisoux
Shake Shack
Sofitel DC
Sona Creamery
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

Southern Efficiency
Spark Yoga
Sportrock Climbing Center
St. Michael's Winery
Taberna del Alabardero

Team Spirits Imports Company
Three Shepherds Cheese
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Toro Toro
Total Wine
Tranquil Space
Trummer's On Main
Turkish Airlines
Utah Wine Tours
Vamoose Bus
Vineyard Vines

Waldorf Conquistador San Juan
Washington Photo Safari
Washington Redskins
Westend Bistro

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!
Purchase books with your tickets and pick them up at the signing area during the event. All proceeds from the cookbook signing will benefit our No Kid Hungry campaign.

Available Books

Supermarket Healthy
Melissa d'Arabian

A New Turn in the South
Hugh Acheson

Tim Byres

Baking with Less Sugar
Flour, too

Joanne Chang

Taming the Feast
Ben Ford

Brown Sugar Kitchen
Tanya Holland

Classic Recipes for Modern People
Eli Sussman

Bryan Voltaggio

Signing Schedule

7:15 - 8 p.m. 

Hugh Acheson
Tim Byres
Tanya Holland
Eli Sussman

8 - 8:45 p.m.

Joanne Chang
Melissa d'Arabian
Ben Ford
Bryan Voltaggio










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

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
Julianne Gambert

Social Media
Jackie Woodbury

Volunteer Opportunities
Claire Rossin

PR and Communications
Julia Blumenthal

Tricia Barba

Thank you for joining us on April 13th for DC’s Taste of the Nation.
In an effort to make your experience as enjoyable as possible, please read the instructions about the information below.

  • Entrance is on the G street side of the building. Please plan on arriving at G street.
  • We have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking for DC Taste of the Nation.
  • For event updates and so that you are able to participate in the silent auction, please register here:
  • If you haven’t already, we encourage you to signup for Uber, our Official On-Demand Transportation Provider, with the code TASTEDC15 for two free rides up to $15 each, not valid on uberTAXI.

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