Taste of the Nation returns to benefit No Kid Hungry
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.
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.