Gearing up for its 29th year, South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry – the region’s premier culinary benefit featuring top chefs from Miami-Dade and Broward counties – will showcase more than 60 of the hottest restaurants from Dade and Broward counties, top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists and an impressive array of auction items. On Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7 p.m. (6 p.m. VIP PLUS ticket holders) to 10 p.m., the annual event returns to Wynwood at Soho Studios.
The soirée continues with an exclusive after party for VIP ticketholders and chef participants at the vibrant restaurant and gallery R House from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. While dishes will differ with bountiful savory and sweet options, one thing will remain the same: the evening’s goal to raise money for No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.
Event hosts, radio personality Nick Pena of Y100 and CBS4’s EMMY Award-winning reporter Lisa Petrillo join new Chef Chairman Timon Balloo for South Florida’s much anticipated annual tasting event. Joining the team are over 60 of South Florida’s best food and drink destinations, including Area 31, Artisan Beach House, Beaker & Gray, Bird & Bone, EDGE Steak & Bar, Glass & Vine, KYU, MC Kitchen, Olla Miami, Pinch Kitchen, SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill, The Dutch Miami, Whisk Gourmet and Zest.
In addition to tasty bites and libations, Taste of the Nation 2017 will feature a curated silent auction with one-of-a-kind packages, an Instant Wine Cellar – unlock the mystery door and win over $2,000 worth of wine, interactive elements such as a Citi lounge area for guests to relax and enjoy savory bites, and an “Urban Beer Garden” – curated by Events on the Loose – featuring a selection of South Florida’s iconic local brews from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, Concrete Beach Brewery, J. Wakefield Brewing, MIA Beer Company, The Tank Brewing and Wynwood Brewing.
New to this year’s festivities will be the first ever Taste of the Nation Speakeasy presented by Breakthru Beverage Group featuring mixologists from Alter, Beaker & Gray,Better Days, Bitter Truth, Repour Bar and Wynwood Diner. Each will be paired with a spirit and will serve a specialty cocktail of their creation all night long.
In support of No Kid Hungry, The Strumbellas will perform a special acoustic set during the event, presented by Citi. The alt-rock chart topping band who recently won a JUNO Award for Single of the Year at home in Canada, played on TBS’ Conan and received the award for Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist by iHeartRadio Music, will headline a month-long tour this fall.
The party will continue just down the street at R House where Chef/Owner Rocco Carulli will team up with Big Easy WineBar & Grill and Elia Gourmet to treat guests to tasty bites and pours from Scott Conant’s newest pop-up SORSO by Scott Conant along with beer provided exclusively by Estrella Damm. Freebee will be offering complimentary rides all night long for guests and will be stationed outside of Soho Studios as well as R House.
General admission tickets are priced at $125 per person. VIP tickets are priced at $175 per person and provide admission to the after party. VIP PLUS tickets are priced at $200 per person and provide access to the event one hour before the doors open as well as admission to the after party. After Party only tickets are priced at $75 per person.
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