THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! On Behalf of the entire volunteer committee of Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation New Haven I would like to thank everyone who participated this year. The event was a great success!
We are gearing up for Taste of the Nation® New Haven 2013 – Greater New Haven's premier tasting event dedicated to ending childhood hunger.
Join famed our Honorary Chef Chair Chef Jacques Pepin as the Taste of the NationNew Haven continues to set the bar on the culinary event scene by bringing over 40 of Greater New Haven's most notable chefs and bartenders together under one roof; providing an exclusive opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with the area's top toques while savoring their creative dishes and libations. This year, our goal is to raise even more funds to ensure that no child in CT grows up hungry.
We are delighted to have Michael Morand joining us this year as our Honorary Chair.
Michael is deputy chief communications officer of Yale University. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale Divinity School, he began work with the University in 1993 and served as associate vice president of Yale for New Haven & state affairs from 2000 to 2010, responsible for local government relations and partnerships for community development.
He has been active in the public and nonprofit sectors, serving as a New Haven alderman, on the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, and the national Urban Libraries Council. He recently was board chair of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and president of the board of the Elizabethan Club of Yale. He is vice president of the New Haven public library board and was a founding director and incorporator of the Elm City Market.
Support the fight against hunger with an elegant evening of fine wine, exquisite food and handcrafted cocktails at The Omni Hotel at Yale in the heart of downtown New Haven. VIP guests will enjoy private access to our VIP lounge with plush seating, specialty cocktails and opulent bites provided by Winvian and sparkling wine by Mionetto.
Funds raised through Taste of the Nation New Haven support No Kid Hungry®, Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America and these local beneficiaries:
|Christian Community Action|
Christian Community Action (CCA) is a not-for-profit ecumenical social service organization that expresses faithful witness through providing emergency food, housing and support to those who are poor in New Haven, encouraging their efforts to attain self-sufficiency and working to change systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice.
CCA seeks to encourage these families and individuals in their efforts to attain economic self sufficiency and financial independence and to work with them to change systems that perpetuate unemployment / underemployment, homelessness, hunger, poverty and injustice and to promote community building and social change. (www.ccahelping.org)
|Connecticut Food Bank|
Connecticut Food Bank, a private and nonprofit organization which was founded in 1982, works to alleviate hunger by supplying food and resources to 650 food-assistance programs in six of Connecticut's eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham. Connecticut Food Bank distributes food to programs, such as soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, and adult and child day care centers.
Connecticut Food Bank works with corporations, community organizations, and individuals to solicit, transport, warehouse and distribute donated food. By soliciting the food industry for products that will not sell -- items that are wholesome but might have some cosmetic flaw -- Connecticut Food Bank reduces waste and feeds people. (www.ctfoodbank.org)
|End Hunger Connecticut!|
End Hunger Connecticut! is a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization. By focusing on advocacy, outreach, education and research, EHC! serves as a comprehensive anti-hunger resource for policymakers, community organizations, and low-income families. The work of EHC! is vital to the visibility and coordination of various federal food assistance programs that are meant to lower the prevalence of food insecurity and hunger. The goal of EHC! is to improve the levels of food security and nutrition among Connecticut families while creating and supporting policies that move families toward self-sufficiency. (www.EndHungerCT.org)
|Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign|
Share Our Strength and End Hunger Connecticut! have partnered to end childhood hunger in Connecticut.
At the core of the Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign are three goals:
In addition to the specific program objective, the campaign's comprehensive five-year plan to end childhood hunger in Connecticut will also improve participation in other key programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC), School Breakfast Programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps). (nokidhungry.org/connecticut.html)
The recently released statistics on hunger in Connecticut bring to light the increasing importance of our mission to End Childhood Hunger in America. Show us your strength by purchasing a ticket or making a donation today, and together we'll show America's children our strong, unwavering commitment to end childhood hunger.
Hunger in our State Capital (Hartford)
18.1% of households with children have experienced food hardship between 2008-2009. -- FRAC (Food Research and Action Center), January 2010
Hunger in Connecticut
On average 105,806 (13%) children under 18 years of age are food insecure. -- Feeding America Report, May 2009
Hunger in New Haven:
24.2% of people live below the poverty line. (The national average household income of a family living below the poverty line is less than $21,834 per year.) -- U.S. Census Bureau, ACS, 2007
If your restaurant would like to take part in the Taste of the Nation, New Haven event, contact us.
Participants being added daily, so check back often!
The 2013 CONFIRMED Restaurants:
Winvian (VIP only)
The Elizabeth Dellinger/Tony Dioguardi Duo will be entertaining all our guests in the Grand Ballroom.
Using live (nothing pre-recorded) multi-track playback techniques first pioneered by Les Paul and Mary Ford, Elizabeth Dellinger on vocals and Tony Dioguardi on guitar, bass and percussion perform unique interpretations of current and classic popular music. Half the proceeds of Liz's solo recordings (http://www.reverbnation.com/elizabethdellinger) supports the charity "Half the Sky Movement".
VIP Tickets holders will be experiencing an Evening Of Song with Tanya Leonard, accompanied by Derek Monahan on Guitar.
Singing during church services as a kindergartner in Waterbury, Connecticut, Tanya Leonard found sanctuary in music at a very early age. Fortunately, these days, that voice carries from behind church walls and out into the world in the form of Pop, Christian, Adult Contemporary, Rock, R&B and many other genres. Choosing only what truly moves her to perform, Tanya treats you to an escape into her world of simply arranged and meaningful music and artistry.
Tanya is also a painter and, on occasion, creates original works on canvas while singing. She donates her time and many of her pieces to raise money and/or awareness for different charities and organizations. Tanya is currently working on some independent recording projects, developing original works and performing in residency at Cafe Buono in Bristol, CT. http://www.facebook.com/TanyaLeonardArt
As partners in the fight against childhood hunger, the following businesses and individuals have generously donated items or services. The 2013 Taste of the Nation New Haven committee would like to thank the following:
- Live Auction: ESPN X Games Experience in Los Angeles (Valued at $1,500), TWO Zulu Nyala Safari Tours (Valued at $4,950 each) and a One of a Kind Experience only available at Taste of the Nation New Haven (Valued at $3,500)
- Special night of drawing to win a one week rental for a two bedroom condo on Siesta Key, FL (Valued at $1,000)
Linda Westgard Pottery
Current members of the 2013 Planning Committee.
Timothy Cipriano - Chair
Share Our Strength and being a Chef go hand in hand. This is my fifth year as Co-Chair of Taste of the Nation New Haven and I couldn't imagine donating my time for anything more important. My passion is feeding children and offering them access to delicious healthy meals with a local flavor. As Director of Food Services for Guilford Public Schools I see firsthand children who are affected by hunger related issues. While the current economy may make you think twice of participating; this is the economy when our children need us the most. Won't you consider sharing your strength with us and joining me at this year's Taste of the Nation New Haven?
2013 Committee Members
Adela Martinez- Auction Committee
Adrianne Del Sol- Restaurant Chair
Albert Agbayani- Operations Czar
Albert May- Committee Member
Alex Meier-Tomkins- Beverage Chair
Arlene Ghent- Committee Member
Bonita Grubbs- - Committee Member
Danielle Kravet- Committee Member
Dawn Crayco- Volunteer Chair
Doug Hausladen- Committee Member
Gabrielle Siegel- Graphic Designer
Jeanine Foran- Committee Member
Jennifer Frantiero- Committee Member
Jennifer Thomas- Auction Committee
Jessica Matejek- Committee Member
Kathy Smith- Committee Member
Margaret Longo- Committee Member
Nichole Theriault- Committee Member
Nicole Veno- Restaurant Committee
Patti Scussel- Auction Committee
Samantha Trupin- Committee Member
Sarah Maver- Committee Member
Tim Scott- Committee Member
Terry Young- Committee Member
Tucker Sweitzer- Ambiance Chair
Find out how you can make a difference.
Taste of the Nation is always looking for sponsors, restaurant participation, donations of auction items, or volunteers for the planning committee. Please contact us for more information.
2012 Taste of the Nation New Haven Photos & Video:
Video courtesy of Jimi Patterson:
New Haven Register: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2013/05/14/life/doc51928d49114db352861355.txt
New Haven Living Magazine: http://npaper-wehaa.com/nhliving/2013/04/?article=1871513 & http://npaper-wehaa.com/nhliving/2013/04/?article=1871520
Local Food Dude: Notes from Chef Tim: http://cheftimlocalfooddude.blogspot.com/2013/05/share-our-strengths-taste-of-nation-new_9.html
CT Office of Tourism: http://www.ctvisit.com/events/summary?eventid=5379
CT Beverage Journal: http://www.thebeveragejournal.com/tag/taste-of-the-nation-new-haven-2013/