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Hartford Taste of the Nation

October 29, 2015

Individual Ticket: $150

Choice of Chef Table Buyout: $3,000

The Riverview

10 Winslow Place
Simsbury (Weatogue for GPS), Connecticut

Thank you for joining us at the Riverview!

Hartford's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry

Thursday, October 29, 2015
6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception with Beer Tent
7:30 p.m. - Seated Dinner
9 p.m. - Dessert Reception with the Chefs and Dancing

The Riverview
10 Winslow Place
Simsbury (Weatogue for GPS), CT 06089

Featuring a book signing with Jacques Pepin of his newest book, Heart & Soul in the Kitchen 

Buy your ticket to the hottest food and wine event and help fight childhood hunger.

Hartford's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry is the city's hottest and most trend-forward food and beverage event. This year, Taste of the Nation features the hottest gathering of award-winning chefs and mixologists from the region in an all-new format with cocktail and dessert receptions and a multi-course seated dinner prepared tableside by New England’s best chefs

In addition to delicious food, fine wines, local craft beers and premium spirits, guests also enjoy a silent auction and the opportunity to network with the region's professional elite. 

Space is limited; advance-ticket purchases are required.


2015 Participating Chefs and Restauarants
Artisan Restaurant - Frederic Kieffer - Southport, CT
Avert Brasserie - Dave Borselle - West Hartford, CT 
Bear's Smokehouse - Jamie McDonald - Hartford/Windsor, CT
Cafemantic - Jon Hudak - Willimantic, CT
Cavey's Restaurants - Steve Cavagnaro - Manchester, CT
Cure Restaurant - Greg Marcuson - Unionville, CT
Elm - Luke Venner - New Canaan, CT
Firebox - Ed Jones - Hartford, CT
Grants/Restaurant Bricco/Bricco Trattoria - Billy Grant - West Hartford/Glastonbury, CT
Heirloom - Carey Savona - New Haven, CT
Le Farm/The Whelk/Kawani - Bill Taibe - Westport, CT
Max Catering - Scott Miller - Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA
Max Oyster Bar - Hunter Morton - Hartford/West Hartford, CT
Mercado Food Truck - Roy Riedl - CT 
Millwright's Restaurant and 1680 Tavern - Tyler Anderson - Simsbury, CT
On20 - Jeff Lizotte - Hartford, CT
Oyster Club - James Wayman - Mystic, CT

Restaurant North - Eric Gabrynowicz - Armonk, NY
Stages At One Washington - Evan Hennesey - Dover, NH
Tallulah On Thames - Jake Rojas - Newport, RI

The Velveteen Habit - Chris Wilcox - Cape Neddich, ME
Toro/Coppa - Jamie Bissonnette - Boston, MA/New York, NY
Tremont 647 - Molly Dwyer - Boston, MA
Winvian - Chris Eddy - Morris, CT

Cocktail Reception
Lisa Cole Inspired Catering
FreshPoint & Farmer's Cow
Krust Pizza & Bourbon Bar
Plan B Burger Bar
Bear's Smokehouse BBQ

Dessert Reception
Popover Café & Bakery
NoRA Cupcake Company
Mozzicato De Pasquale Bakery and Pastry Shop
Simsbury Inn
Taste by Spellbound - Dessert Studio
Giv Coffee

Millwright’s Restaurant and 1680 Tavern


Book signing will take place during the cocktail reception starting at 6:30 p.m.

Books donated by:

ALL proceeds from the book signing go toward feeding hungry children in Connecticut


  • Overnight stay at The Study at Yale with dinner for two at Heirloom
  • Wine dinner for six at Max's Oyster Bar
  • Tapas tasting for two with wine at Toro Boston
  • Pasta tasting with two for wine at Coppa Boston
  • Atlantic City VIP Getaway
  • Two-night stay at Four Columns in Newfane, Vermont, and dinner for two at Artisan Restaurant, Tavern and Garden

Tyler Anderson
Owner/Executive Chef, Millwright's Restaurant & Tavern

Celebrating Tyler Anderson’s local, seasonally-inspired cuisine, a food writer once wrote that the chef cooked “from the ground up.” He respects and supports Connecticut’s farmers and artisan food producers, believing that locally – and lovingly – raised ingredients play an essential role in his kitchen. In his hands, the freshness factor elevates Millwright’s regional New England menu, rooted in tradition but updated for a modern audience.

A California native, Tyler was only 16 years old when began to learn his craft in restaurant kitchens. Each experience helped to develop his culinary skills, his palate and, eventually, a personal cooking style. Tyler has been mentored by some of the best Chef’s in the business and has worked all across the country.

His love of seasonal cooking eventually brought him to Connecticut where the farmers, food artisans and fisherman truly inspired him. While at the Copper Beech Inn in Essex, CT, Tyler received a perfect scoring five star review from Hartford Magazine and The Copper Beech was consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the state by Connecticut Magazine.

Now as the Chef and Owner of Millwright’s, Tyler and his talented culinary team continue to draw inspiration from locally-grown ingredients and artisan-produced foods. They also can and preserve summer’s harvest at the peak of its freshness for use during the winter months.

Tyler and his team received perfect reviews from The New York Times, Connecticut Magazine and Hartford Magazine. Tyler was also named Chef of the Year for 2014 by the CT Restaurant Association. In 2013, one of Millwright’s dishes was chosen by the James Beard Foundation as one of the 10 Best Things They Ate. Tyler has also twice been nominated for The James Beard Foundations Best Chef Northeast Award (2013, 2014).

Tyler is involved in many philanthropic works some of which are The American Liver Foundation, Ct. Farmland Trust, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Thank you to our sponsors!




The Mandell and Braunstein Families





Matthew and Shari Phillips

Kristin and JB Redenbaugh









For more information and to purchase, please contact Tyler Anderson at or Angela Pitrone at

SOMMELIER - $15,000
· Premiere position for event signage; opportunity to hang one banner
· Party bus for 24
· Opportunity to sit with esteemed guest Chef Jacques Pepin
· Sponsor recognition during opening remarks
· Company name listed in all press releases
· Your company’s logo on all printed pieces
· One full page ad in event program
· Logo and listing on event webpage
· Opportunity to incorporate your product or literature during cocktail hour and/or chef gift bags
· Two tables of 12 for a multi-course meal tableside with wine pairings prepared by Event Co-Chair Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern

HEAD CHEF - $5,000
· Sponsor recognition during opening remarks
· Your company’s logo on all printed pieces
· One half page ad in event program
· Logo and listing on event webpage
· Opportunity to incorporate your product or literature during cocktail hour and/or chef gift bags
· One table of 12 and your choice of chef (based on availability) to prepare multi-course meal tableside with wine pairings
SOUS CHEF - $3,000
· Your company’s logo on all select printed pieces
· One half-page ad in event program
· Logo and listing on event webpage
· Includes admission for 12 guests to enjoy a multi-course meal prepared tableside with wine pairings
MAITRE D' - $1,000
· Your company’s logo on select printed pieces
· Listing on event webpage
· Includes admission for four guests to enjoy a multi-course meal prepared tableside with wine pairings
· Listing on event webpage
· Includes admission for two guests to enjoy a multi-course meal prepared tableside with wine pairings


Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is a volunteer driven program.

Through the generous support, and hard work of volunteers the program has generated $86 million dollars to help ensure no kid grows up hungry.



  • Tyler Anderson
    Millwright's Restaurant & Tavern
  • Angela Pitrone
  • Billy Grant
    Restaurant Bricco & Grants 


  • Gladys Rivera
    CT Clean Energy Fund



  • AJ Aurrichio 
    Millwright's Restaurant & Tavern 



  • Heather Solomon
    Solomon & Associates Event Management 



  • Mary Clare Mooney
    Hartford Despatch Moving & Storage



  • Catherine Ematrudo 
  • Rose Swiatkiewicz



  • Gail Gillman Elansky
    Hartford Magazine



  • Karen Bowers
    The Hartford Club



  • Dawn Crayco
    End Hunger CT!



  • Ramon Alvero
    Solomon & Associate Event Management
  • Erin Anselmo
    BCD Travel onsite at Pfizer
  • Tina Fox Dugdale
    UCONN College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Lori Brandon
    Connecticut Multispecialty Group 
  • Jeanette Dardenne
  • Heather Partridge 
  • Kat Iacobucci
    CT Media & The Advocate
  • Brigitte Soucy
    Pair Design
  • Ashley Lodovice



  • Alexandra Kong


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