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Orlando Taste of the Nation

August 27, 2016

Event Tickets : $150
6:45pm - 10:00pm

Orlando World Center Marriott

8701 World Center Dr.
Orlando, Florida


Orlando's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry brings together the area's top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Florida Impact. 

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Twitter: @OrlandoTaste

Instagram: #OrlTaste


Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. For more information, visit



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Participating Restaurants

2016 Participating Restaurants - More to be announced!

  • B Resort & Spa/American Kitchen
  • CFHLA Food & Beverage Council
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando
  • Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center/Old Hickory Steakhouse
  • Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center/MOOR
  • JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando, featuring Whisper Creek Farms: The Kitchen
  • Marlow's Tavern
  • Nova Scratch Kitchen
  • RA Sushi
  • The Rusty Spoon
  • Tapa Toro Tapas Bar and Paella Pit
  • Taverna Opa Orlando

Last Year's Restaurants:

Social Media Ambassadors:







Sign up instructions for bidding:

You will be able to bid anytime leading up to and during the event (Until 9pm)

1. Go to qtego's website for taste
2. Click “Register for Auction”
3. Follow registration instructions.
4. You will receive two text messages, a welcome text and a link to the mobile bidding site. The link to the mobile bidding site will also include your PIN that you can use to sign in on your computer.
(For example, if it is (Then 1234 would be your PIN to sign in.))
5. You are now ready to bid, Happy Bidding!


Take a look at what was on the block here.

Please contact us regarding event details, PR/media, restaurant participation, volunteering or donating an auction item. Thank you!


Ticket Information

Andrea Patenaude, 407-808-7508

Event Chair

Michele Byington 407-246-5504

Restaurant & Beverage Chair

Bill Sullivan 407-292-0299

PR/Marketing Chair

Krista Zilizi

Silent Auction Chair

Collen Herrick 407-679-5150

Website Maintenance

David Sikes 407.463.2925

Local Beneficiaries:

  • Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida - Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s mission is to transform the lives of homeless men, women, and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness. Every day, the Coalition helps an average of 650 homeless individuals, about 200 of whom are children with an average age of less than eight years old.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida - Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.

Statewide Beneficiaries:

  • Florida Impact - Florida Impact's mission is to inspire and enlist the people of Florida to secure justice for and with those whose economic rights have not been realized. We also work to increase access to food programs by conducting aggressive outreach strategies and public policy advocacy.



This year's event will again take place at Orlando World Center Marriott! We want to thank them for their generosity.

Discounted room rates coming soon!

Address and directions can be found at the top of this page.


Orlando's Taste of the Nation Orlando for No Kid Hungry is made possible through generous commitments from these local partners:

National Presenting Sponsors:

National Sponsors:
Food Network

Grand Toque:

Executive Chef:
Darden Foundation • Regions Bank • The Harris Rosen Foundation

Quality One Wireless • TransWorld

Sous Chef:
Hilton Grand Vacations • Noble • SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando • Walt Disney World

Chef de Partie:
Baker Hostetler • Bright House Networks • Dave Collis • Heron Lawn & Pest Control • Patriot National • Pioneers • Reed Nissan • Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell • Shawn Welch • Universal Orlando Resort • USF Darden Federal Credit Union

In-Kind Event Partners:
Progressive Communications • Orlando World Center Marriott • JetBlue • Monster Media • Day Entertainment & Events • Peyton Entertainment • Accent Entertainment & Photo Booth • Airstar Space Lighting • Eola Wine Co. • Hawkers Asian Street Fare • The Ancient Olive • World of Beer

Media Partners:
WFTV • CBS Radio • Mix 105.1 • 1059 Sunny FM • Clear Channel • Edible Orlando • Orange Appeal • Orlando Date Night Guide • Orlando Magazine • TravelHost • Turnstile Media • Scott Josephs Orlando Restaurant Guide • Orlando Sentinel

Giving Tree Donors:
Roccos Tacos & Tequila Bar • Deep Blu Seafood Grille • JJs Grille • The Whiskey • Tibbys New Orleans Kitchen • The Melting Pot • Hyatt • Cecils Texas Style BBQ • Seasons 52 • Citrus • Shari Sushi • Stardust Lounge • Enzos Restaurant on the Lake • Sonoma • Santiagos Bodega • NYPD Pizza • Sam Sneads Oak Grill & Tavern • Bistro Clo Clo • The Cheesecake Factory • Kings The Classy Bowling Joint • Ruth's Chris • Shakai • Cuba Libre • Yak & Yeti at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge • The Cheesecake Factory • Urban Tide • P is for Pie • Johnny's Fillin' Station


2015 Orlando's Taste of the Nation:

2014 Orlando's Taste of the Nation:

National Presenting Sponsors

National Sponsors

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