At the Broward County Convention Center on June 2, more than 45 restaurants and dozens of wineries will help support hunger relief in South Florida at the 20th annual Taste of the Nation dine-around.
For two decades, this dine-around event with premier restaurants of the area has been helping support food banks and meal programs in South Florida. Taste of the Nation events are held in cities throughout the U.S.; Miami, Broward and Palm Beach Counties participate in the program, and money raised stays in South Florida.
New and familiar restaurants from South Florida are coming – Chef Allen’s Burger Bar, Sublime, Lola’s on Harrison, STK Miami Gansevoort, Chops Lobster Bar, City Fish Market, Casa D’Angelo, Dos Caminos, Cafe Maxx, Blue Moon Fish Co. and 3030 Ocean are among the restaurant presenters. Caterers like Sisters in Pink and Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets and A Posh Affair will be serving sample bites.
Two chefs, Oliver Saucy of Cafe Maxx, and Bryce Statham of Blue Moon Fish Co. will cook a gourmet “hurricane” meal in an Iron Chef-type competition on stage at the event and a live auction will be hosted by Ralph Pagano. Platinum chefs – those who have participated as leaders in the Taste of the Nation event through the years, will be recognized. A silent auction of lifestyle packages, and live entertainment are also part of the event.
It takes a village to fight hunger, and corporate food and party people are a large part of the event, contriubuting products and services: Nestle Waters, Nespresso, Creekstone Farms, Whole Foods, Anheuser-Busch, and World of Beer. National sponsors are American Express, Sysco, the Food Network and Brown-Forman. Jeren Tropicals offered plants and flowers, Shutterbox, NEOART PHotography, SFL Productions and Top Notch Productions are involved in providing photo and video coverage. Panache Party Rentals loans tables and party fixtures. Mike Sipe Entertainment will handle the music.
All the proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, providing funds and foods for food banks and hunger relief programs in South Florida.
Broward’s Taste of the Nation
When: Thursday, June 2, 7-10 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIPs)
Where: Broward Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Tickets: $90 advance, $125 at the door; VIP, $200 advance, $250 at the door.
For tickets and information: www.strengthflorida.org