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Palm Beach Taste of the Nation

April 14, 2016

VIP Admission : $200
6:00pm - 10:00pm

General Admission : $125
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Kravis Center, Cohen Pavilion

701 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry will take place on April 14, 2016.  

     Tickets available now! 

Taste of the Nation Palm Beach 2014 No Kid Hungry Clay Conley Zach Bell Lindsay Autry Allen Susser

Every year, the country’s best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists join together with one goal in mind: ending childhood hunger in America. These dedicated culinary professionals lend their time and talents to Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry events in more than 30 cities across the nation to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign work to connect kids in need with the healthy food they need, every day. One hundred percent of proceeds from Taste of the Nation events benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign, thanks to generous support from National Presenting Sponsors Citi and Sysc and National Sponsors Food Network and OpenTable. 
Since 1988, Taste of the Nation events have raised more than $85 million to help make No Kid Hungry a reality.
To volunteer your time, to donate or to learn more about Share Our Strength and our strategy to end childhood hunger, please visit, or contact Andy Villabona
We look forward to hosting you again in 2016! In the meantime, we would love for you to stay involved with Share Our Strength and our No Kid Hungry campaign through our various other platforms: Cooking Matters, Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry and our other Culinary Events.
Palm Beach's Taste of the Nation would not be possible without the support and leadership of our event chairs. Learn more about them here.
Chef Lindsay Autry
Lindsay Autry Taste of the Nation Palm Beach No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength Chef
It’s not every day you get to see and taste the talents of a chef like Lindsay Autry. Her reputation has garnered respect from some of the greatest chefs in America. Lindsay describes her cuisine as soulful, embracing Mediterranean flavors while blending in her southern roots. Lindsay has held various chef positions on the East Coast as well as three years in Mexico. 
She honed her skill under the James Beard Award winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, starting at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami and then on to open MB as Sous Chef in Cancun, Mexico. Lindsay served as Chef de Cuisine of Las Brisas at The Fairmont Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, and was the Executive Chef of Michelle Bernstein Restaurant & The Omphoy Ocean Resort. Most recently, Lindsay was the Executive Chef of the historic Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida as well as a finalist on Top Chef. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Lindsay is a native of North Carolina but currently resides in South Florida.
Chef Zach Bell
Addison Reserve Country Club
Chef Zach Bell, Taste of the Nation Palm Beach, Share Our Strength
An early fascination with the kitchen dates back to the fourth grade when his family’s relocation meant several months residing at a hotel.  He was captivated with the workings of the hotel kitchen, which became his after school playground. After a stint in one of the largest hotels in Orlando and culinary school, he fell into a French kitchen in Miami that would lead him to New York City and the heralded Le Cirque. Zach followed Andrew Carmellini to work with Daniel Boulud at the newly opened Café Boulud New York. In 2003, Daniel tapped Zach to open his first restaurant outside of New York City; Café Boulud Palm Beach. 
In July of 2011, after 13 years with Daniel Boulud, Zach felt ready for a fresh new challenge and became the Executive Chef of Addison Reserve Country Club; ranked 4th in the nation as a Platinum Club of America Residential Country Club. Zach had the opportunity to rebuild the kitchen team’s philosophy, focus and technique from the ground up during a $20 million clubhouse renovation.  
Zach perceives cooking as a craft melding technical skill with a love of food and a respect for process.  No short cuts! The wonderful bounty of Florida and the Southeast drive his cuisine, guided by years of practicing the best of French technique. Zach is thrilled to work with as many local farmers and fisherman as possible as well as being able to source the finest ingredients around the world. This philosophy, along with his team building skills and detail orientated work ethic have earned Zach four consecutive trips to New York as a finalist for Best Chef : South at the James Beard Awards. 
Zach has become a dedicated member of the Palm Beach County philanthropic community spearheading many culinary events for Feeding South Florida, The March of Dimes, The Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Quantum House. In 2010, Share our Strength recognized Zach with a National Community Leadership Award for his work with the No Kid hungry campaign. His work with No Kid Hungry has taken him to Capitol Hill lobbying for Child Nutrition and to the Republican National Convention introducing delegates to the problems America’s children face. Zach continues his work with Share our Strength as Chair of Palm Beach's Taste of the Nation event.
Chef Clay Conley
Chef Clay Conley, Taste of the Nation Palm Beach, Share Our Strength
Chef Clay Conley opened buccan in Palm Beach, Florida in 2011. He wanted to create a casually sophisticated space that offered small plates with big flavors, and replicate the camaraderie felt when dining at a friend’s house. The result?  Raving accolades, a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef: South - in both 2012 and 2013 - and an expansion. In February 2012, he opened Imoto (transl: little sister), an intimate, Asian-focused extension of buccan. 
His “progressive American” approach at buccan blends the classic comfort of his New England childhood, the rustic boldness of the Mediterranean, and the sensual influence of Latin America. Highlighting contrasting tastes, textures, and temperatures, Clay applies his flair and sense of balance to traditional flavor combinations and dishes.  
Chef Clay and his restaurants have been recognized in national and international publications including Travel + Leisure, Robb Report, Conde Nast Traveler, Miami Herald, Complot, USA Today, Fodors, Boston Globe, NY Post and Wall Street Journal. Buccan is listed as Forbes Travel Guide’s “hottest spot” in Palm Beach and as Esquire’s “Where to Eat in South FL Now,” and has received “Best Restaurant” honors from all area publications. Clay has also cooked on Emeril’s Florida, featured on both Food Network and Cooking Channel, and on The Today Show and Fox and Friends. 
Chef Tim Lipman
Coolinary Café

Chef Tim Lipman, raised in Central Florida, developed his love for food from watching his grandmother grow her tomatoes and feed their pigs. Her Southern-Italian influence mixed with Southern-American cuisine shines through in Tim and his wife Jenny’s recently-opened restaurant, Coolinary Café.

Nineteen years in the industry started in a country club where Tim, then a dishwasher, worked his way up through the ranks of Garde Manger, Line Cook, and eventually Sous Chef when he was encouraged to go culinary school.  He attended Florida Culinary Institute while working in a family restaurant on Palm Beach Island as the Butcher and Line Cook.  He graduated in 2001 while working at Carmine’s Ocean Grill before moving on to the very popular North County staple, Little Moir’s Food Shack.  There, he expanded upon his craft and continued to focus on the next step. After growing his reputation and honing his craft, he was offered the lead role as Executive Chef of Moir’s newest venture, Leftovers Café. Lipman continued to refine his palate and, four years later, opened up his own café where you can often find him in his open kitchen making ample use of seasonal ingredients while focusing on responsible, local farming.



Thank you to our local sponsors! 












We are happy to partner with the Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown for this year's event. Their accommodations are conveniently located within walking distance to the Kravis Center and the always-lively City Place.

Group rate includes: 
•         Breakfast buffet with a.m. kitchen skillet
•         WI-FI access throughout hotel
•         On-site garage parking 
•         Complimentary shuttle service within a two mile radius
Group name:  Taste of the Nation
Rate:  $189.00 plus tax per night
Dates of Group: April 23, 2014
Group Code: G- CITY
Cutoff Date for Reservations: April 12th, 2015

For Reservations call 1-888-HYATT-HP (492-8847) and ask for the TASTE OF THE NATION rate.  You can also visit and enter in the Group Code (G-CITY).


Hyatt Place West Palm Beach Downtown Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation



Who We Help

Florida Impact Since 1979, Florida Impact has been dedicated to reducing hunger and poverty in Florida. Our 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. 

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of our food. Our programs and activities are so varied and extensive, they touch the life of just about every Floridian. 

Flipany Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)'s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community.

Dairy Council of Florida Florida Dairy Farmers (FDF) is Florida’s milk promotion organization, representing more than 130 Florida dairy farmers who work every day to provide a steady supply of fresh milk. The farmer-funded organization works to enhance the industry’s image with a goal of increasing milk and dairy product sales statewide via consumer marketing and education. The Dairy Council of Florida is a component of FDF and serves Florida educators and health professionals.

 Florida Department of Health The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

Boys & Girls Club The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 


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