Taste of the Na­tion re­turns to ben­e­fit No Kid Hun­gry

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By LIZ BALMASEDA

When the top chefs in the county gather in one place, the heat map lights up like a brûlée torch. We can ex­pect this to hap­pen tonight when Taste of the Na­tion re­turns to the Kravis Cen­ter.

The grand tast­ing night is the largest cui­sine-for-char­ity event of the year, fea­tur­ing nearly 50 area chefs, plus bev­er­age pro­fes­sion­als. The cause: to sup­port the na­tional No Kid Hun­gry drive to con­nect fam­i­lies with food and nu­tri­tion sources.

At last year’s sold-out event, more than 600 peo­ple helped raise some $100,000 for the cause. Or­ga­niz­ers say that trans­lates to a mil­lion meals for the needy.

Here’s what you need to know about the event:

The food sta­tions are plen­ti­ful and usu­ally staffed by the restau­rants’ top chefs. This year’s chef lead­ers for the event in­clude James Beard Award semi­fi­nal­ists Clay Con­ley (Buc­can/Grato) and Lind­say Autry (the Re­gional). They are joined by chefs Julien Gre­maud (Av­o­cado Grill), Zach Bell (Ad­di­son Re­serve) and Tim Lip­man (Cooli­nary Café/ Parched Pig); all will have dishes of their own to present.

Mas­ter som­me­lier and wine shop and academy owner Vir­ginia Philip will se­lect the evening’s wines.

A month­long cock­tail con­test called the Shake Up led up to the event. At the Kravis grand tast­ing, the com­pe­ti­tion’s win­ning bar­tenders will be pour­ing their boozy cre­ations.

The food and drink pro­fes­sion­als in­volved do­nate their time and the food — 100 per­cent of the night’s pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the No Kid Hun­gry cam­paign.

Gen­eral-ad­mis­sion tick­ets are still avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit events.nokid­hun­gry. org/events/palm-beach­taste-na­tion.

Jen­nifer Podis / Daily News file photo

Buc­can’s chef Clay Con­ley serves up an oys­ter spe­cialty at last year’s Taste of the Na­tion event. This year’s grand tast­ing night will fea­ture 50 area chefs.

Bell

Autry

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