(Miami, FL) – Now in its 27th year, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® South Florida, is gearing up for another banner event. This year, the region’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger, will showcase close to 50 of the hottest restaurants from both Dade and Broward counties, top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and brewers. The South Beach Chic – Food, Wine & Art-themed benefit will also feature silent and live auctions, an interactive art display showcasing local artists and abeer garden co-curated by Miami Herald food editor Evan Benn and Chef Bret Pelaggi.
This year’s exclusive Taste of the Nation “Chefs on a Half Shell” after party will feature oyster creations from host restaurant Lure Fishbar as well as The Dutch at W South Beach, Devon Seafood + Steak and Aaron’s Catering. The annual tasting event will take place onThursday, July 16, 2015 from 7PM to 10PM, at Loews Miami Beach, followed by the after party from 10PM to Midnight. General admission tickets are priced at $125 per person. VIP tickets are priced at $250 per person and provide access to the event an hour before the doors open, as well as admission to the after party.
“Nutrition is instrumental to healthy development and a good diet helps kids grow strong, make them better able to learn, and prepare them for a productive and successful life,” says Taste of the Nation founding event chairman Chef Allen Susser.
As always, Taste of the Nation is a platform for South Florida’s best and brightest in the culinary scene and this year is no exception. Confirmed participants to date include: 3030 Ocean; American Social; Beaker & Gray; Blackbrick Chinese & Dim Sum; Blue Collar; Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar; Cibo Wine Bar; EDGE Steak & Bar at Four Seasons; FINKA Table & Tap; Izzy’s Fish & Oyster; Joe’s Stone Crab; Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; La Mar by Gaston Acurio; Little Palm Island; Lure Fishbar at Loews Miami Beach; Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops; MC Kitchen; Meat Market; Mignonette; Norman Love Confections; Palate Party; Palm d’Or at The Biltmore Hotel; PB Station; Phuc Yea!; Piripi; Quality Meats Miami Beach; Red Ginger; RED the Steakhouse; Seagrape at Thompson Miami Beach; Shake Shack; StripSteak at Fontainebleau Miami Beach; Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets; TALDE Miami Beach at Thompson Miami Beach; Temple Street Eatery; The Dutch at W South Beach; The Forge; The Oceanaire Seafood Room; The Redlander; Tongue & Cheek; Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House; Whisk; Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille at the Riverside Hotel; Wynwood Kitchen and Bar; and Yardbird Southern Table and Bar.
After the party comes the after party – “Chefs on a Half Shell” – hosted by Chef Josh Capon and Chef de Cuisine John Iatrellis at Lure Fishbar at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Taking place from 10PM to Midnight, the soirée will feature bottomless champagne and ample oysters dressed by the city’s culinary pearls Conor Hanlon of The Dutch at The W South Beach Hotel and Residences, Rod Chitikov of Devon Seafood + Steak and Aaron Dreilinger of Aaron’s Catering. Taste of the Nation South Florida VIP ticket holders will enjoy complimentary access to the after party.
Tickets to Taste of the Nation South Florida are available for purchase at: CE.NoKidHungry.org/SouthFlorida.
One hundred percent of ticket proceeds from Taste of the Nation® benefit the No Kid Hungry® campaign, thanks to generous support from Co-Presenting National Sponsors Citi and Sysco, National Media Sponsor Food Network, National Sponsor OpenTable and local sponsors Premier Beverage, iHeartMedia, Brustman Carrino Public Relations, Panache: a Classic Party Rentals company, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Mike Sipe Entertainment, Nestle Waters, Social Thinking, the Chef Agency and JUICERA. Local partners include Florida Impact, Feeding South Florida, FLIPANY, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Department of Health, Boys and Girls Club.
About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Campaign
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.