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Maine Taste of the Nation

June 29, 2014

VIP: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

General Admission: 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Fort Williams Park

1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, Maine


Thank you to our guests who attended Taste of the Nation Maine 2014, we can't wait to see you next year!

Join us on June 29, 2014 for an unforgettable afternoon and evening of food, drink, entertainment and live and silent auctions at the beautiful Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth!

Check out photos from the 2013 event on our Facebook page!

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger. Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by Sysco, American Express, and Food Network. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $86 million.

Thank you to our 2014 Participating Restaurants!


A special thank you to CVC Catering for hosting our VIP reception!


Back Bay Grill - Chef Larry Matthews

Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room - Chef Harding Lee Smith 

Chebeague Island Inn - Chef Brandon Hicks 

CVC Catering - Chef Nancy Cerney 

David's Restaurant - Chef David Turin 

David's Opus Ten - Chef David Turin 

David's 388 - Chef David Turin 

David's KPT - Chef David Turin 

DiMillo's on the Water - Chef Melissa Bouchard 

Duckfat - Chef Rob Evans

Earth at Hidden Pond - Chef Justin Walker 

East End Cupcakes - Alysia Zoidis

Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill - Chef Adam Powers 

Eventide Oyster Co. - Chef Mike Wiley

Five Fifty-Five - Chef Steve Corry 

Petite Jacqueline - Chef de Cuisine: Fred Eliot 

Five-O Shore Road - Chef James Walter 

Fore Street - Chef Sam Hayward 

Gelato Fiasco - Anne Mahle 

Hugo's Restaurant - Chef Andrew Taylor 

The Kennebunk Inn - Chef Brian O'Hea

The Nonantum Resort - Chef Steve True 

Ocean - Chef Pierre Gignac

Piccolo - Chef Ilma Lopez

Pizza By Fire - Andrew Steinberg 

Sea Glass Restaurant & Lounge - Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich 

The Black Point Inn - Chef William Benner 

The Corner Room Kitchen & Bar - Chef Harding Lee Smith 

The East Ender - Chef Mitch Garew

The Front Room - Chef Harding Lee Smith 

The Grille Room & Bar - Chef Harding Lee Smith 

The Salt Exchange - Chef Adam White 

Vignola Cinque Terre - Chef Lee Skawinski 

Walter's - Chef Jeff Berhaus 

White Barn Inn - Chef Jonathan Cartwright 

Zapoteca Restaurante Y Tequileria - Chef Shannon Bard 


Thank you to everyone who attended Taste of the Nation Maine 2013!

2014 Committee Members

John Woods - State Committee Chair 

Ralph DeBay - Chair 

Margaret Snyder - Volunteer Chair 

Missy Mans  - Auction Co-Chair 

Laura Kelly - Auction Co-Chair

Annie Kiladjian - Auction Co-Chair 

Susan Axelrod - Media Chair 

Rand Ardell  - Marketing Chair 

Diane Woods  - Finance Chair 

Mollie Sanders  - Restaurant Chair 

Tom Bard - Beverage Chair 

Honorary Chef Chairs 

Steve Corry - Five-Fifty Five

Sam Hayward  - Fore Street 

Larry Matthews - Back Bay Grill 

Lee Skawinski - Vignola Cinque Terre


2014 Beneficiaries

Proceeds from our events will support these organizations which are dedicated to fighting hunger in Maine and the No Kid Hungry campaign:

Cultivating Community

Cultivating Community teaches organic and sustainable farming practices to grow food in school gardens, community spaces, and partnering farms to feed the most vulnerable in Maine.

Opportunity Alliance

Opportunity Alliance’s East End Kids Katering Summer Food Program collaborates with numerous community partners and volunteers to provide nutritious and accessible meals to children during the summer months when school is out. We are now providing over 1,200 lunches daily to children in our community at 20 locations. Through 50 integrated programs and services, The Opportunity Alliance envisions contributing meaningfully to a community in which families and individuals are thriving and supported as they pursue their aspirations for a better life. Within The Opportunity Alliance, there is a shared belief that positive change is possible.

Good Shepherd Food Bank

Good Shepherd Food Bank's mission is to provide food for those experiencing food insecurity by soliciting surplus food and serving as an umbrella organization for food distribution to non-profit programs and food pantries throughout Maine.

Preble Street Teen Center

Preble Street Teen Center is the hub of services for homeless and runaway youth, providing immediate access and an acclaimed service coordination model. The Center helps to meet immediate needs by providing warmth and safety, nutritious meals, clothing, and crisis intervention.

No Kid Hungry 

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hngry Campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. 


Thank you to our 2014 Taste of the Nation Sponsors

Maine Media Collective 

Grace Hotels



Bill Dodge Auto Group

Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

Portland Harbor Hotel Associates 

Legacy Properties


Shipyard Brewery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates 

Bath Savings Institution 

Northstar Farms

American Lamb Board 

Thank you to our 2014 In-Kind Sponsors 

Headlight AV

CVC Catering


Kennebunkport Sauce Co.

Maine Restaurant Association 

Maine Shellfish


Southern Maine Pediatric Dentistry 

General Linen

Hot 104.9

Source - Portland Press Herald

Southern Wine & Spirits

Rising Tide

Boston Beer Co.


Maine Beer Co.

Oxbow Brewing

Funky Bow

Peak Organic 

The Maine Brew Bus

Banded Horn

Baxter Brewing

Pheonix Magazine


Harmon's & Barton's

Claire Stretch - Salvage BBQ

Patrick Morang - David's

Jen Dean Photography

Ted Axelrod Photography

Simmons Ardell

Vessel Services 

Other Maine Events

Cooking Matters: Courtney Kennedy
Dine Out: Rebecca Dill
Bake Sale: Alysia Zoidis
Dinner Series: Anne Verrill

For information about these events, please contact John Woods at

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