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Taste of the Nation Maine

June 29, 2014

VIP: $200
3:00pm - 8:00pm

General Admission: $125
4:30pm - 8:00pm

Fort Williams Park

1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, Maine


Taste of the Nation Maine 2014

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.

2014 Participating Chefs & Restaurants - Stay tuned for more updates!


Chef Adam Powers - Elsmere BBQ

Chef James Walter - Five-O Shore Road

Chef Harding Lee Smith - The Rooms

Chef Steve & Michelle Corry - Five Fifty-Five

Chef Fred Eliot - Petite Jacqueline 

Chef David Turin - David's Kpt, David's Monument Square, David's Opus 10 & David's 388

Chef Jeff Buerhaus - Walter's

Chef William Benner - Black Point Inn

Chef Rob Evans - Duckfat

Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich - Inn by the Sea

Lee Skawinski - Vignola Cinque Terre

Chef Justin Walker - Earth at Hidden Pond

Chef Pierre Gignac - Ocean 

Chef Brandon Hicks - Chebeague Island Inn 

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


2013 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. 

Global Organizations

In addition to supporting Share Our Strength's work to end childhood hunger in America, a percentage of Taste of the Nation events support advocacy and sustainable community development in Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, and Ethiopia through ACCION International, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bread for the World, Global Food Banking Network, Grassroots International, International Development Exchange, Los Niños, Oxfam America, SHARE Foundation: Building a New El Salvador Today, The Lambi Fund of Haiti, and Save the Children.


Thank you to our 2014 Taste of the Nation Sponsors

Maine Magazine

Maine Restaurant Association 

Bill Dodge Auto Group



Shipyard Brewery

Legacy Properties 






Other Maine Events

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

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