“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.
The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. The No Kid Hungry campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America.
Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger by connecting kids with effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing solutions that break down the barriers that keep kids from healthy food.
Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop strategically, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.”
- information resourced from nokidhungry.org
The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach was the setting last night for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Palm Beach. This was the third year for Palm Beach to host the regional fundraiser. The chef representation was an eclectic mix of talent from country clubs, catering companies, dessert companies and restaurants. Chefs Clay Conley, Zach Bell, Lindsay Autry and Allen Susser were the chef hosts for the evening. The talent and entertainment came by the way of long time Share Our Strength supporter Mike Sipe Entertainment; Sipe has always had an eye for great talent and last night was no different with DJ Andre Xavier and Violinist über talent, Jessie Maile who brought down the house with her classical yet indie/pop style.
Some of the food highlights of the evening were from chefs who had a great deal of fun playing with their food; interesting combinations of textures and flavors along with thoughtful presentations. It’s not always ideal financially, both in product and labor for restaurants and small companies to donate their time and food; but rest assured it does not go unnoticed when the chef/owner take extra steps and serve something to WOW! the crowd. A few of my favorites from last night came from Someone’s in the Kitchen Catering, Four Seasons Palm Beach, 3800 Ocean, Pistache, Malcom’s at The Omphoy, Ironwood Steak & Seafood at PGA National, Citrus Grillhouse; Imoto and Addison Reserve Country Club (both in the VIP pop-up)…..all of which I went back for seconds, including Citrus Grillhouse’s Dark Chocolate Ganache Cake with Caramel, Sea Salt and Bacon.
Unlike a restaurant or product that we write about on SouthFloridaFoodandWine.com, where you can run out and try it or buy it, this event won’t be repeated in Palm Beach until next June, so if you’re reading this and didn’t attend the event, you’ve got another shot at supporting No Kid Hungry at Taste of the Nation Miami next month at Loews Miami Beach on July 25. Click here for details.