This year’s Taste of the Nation event, perhaps the biggest to date, brought together upwards of 50 restaurants and the most talented mixologists of DC to remind us of one thing: we are extremely fortunate to be able to attend gluttonous affairs such as this one. The difference is that this event seeks to do something about it. Taste of the Nation benefits No Kid Hungry, a campaign by Share our Strength to end childhood hunger (check out this awesome BEHIND THE SCENES story with Share our Strength team). Focusing on DC’s youth, last night’s event provided countless opportunities to help: the tickets themselves were a donation, everything from cookbooks to cruises were available to win through silent auctions, and every restaurant’s table provided the option to text a donation to the organization.
Thanks to a chef’s council made up of Bryan Voltaggio, Nicholas Stefanelli, Scott Drewno and Victor Albisu, and a mixologist’s council comprised of Gina Chersevani, Derek Brown and Duane Silvestre, each donor had the opportunity to learn about all the ways they could help end childhood hunger in DC and beyond while enjoying some of the most celebrated food in the city.