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Amidst all of the sadness and uncertainty of the past week-and-a-half, there were some bright moments that really made things feel a little normal again. Taste of the Nation is one of my favorite events of the year, I actually thought about not going this year, but I was happy I celebrated this amazing cause instead of spending another night glued to the news.

Taste of the Nation has a very important goal, No Kid Hungry, and they are doing incredibly important work across the country to reach that goal.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 Taste of the Nation events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

 

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I didn’t know that school breakfast is free to all Boston Public School students, but I was glad to hear it. It does make you realize though, that kids don’t go to school every day or year-round. So many are wondering where those meals are going to come from when they are not in school, and that just breaks my heart. Once again, Boston’s supportive culinary community came together to do good, and it’s never felt as healing and helping as it did this year.

This year’s Taste of the Nation Boston was held at a new location, the Cruiseport Boston at Black Falcon Pier. Beautiful sea views, plenty of light, and a grand space made for the best Taste of the Nation yet. Here are just a few of the favorite tastes of this event.

Trade Boston

{Garlic Soup from Trade – hot and comforting, just the cure for a dreary, cold day}

One Hope sparkling wine

           {One Hope California Brut Sparkling Wine – with both citrus and brioche notes and plenty of bubbles, this bubbly is outstanding, and even better, $3.00 a bottle goes to Share our Strength.}

gougeres

{Cheese Gougeres, AKA Bistro – I have the recipe for these and keep meaning to make them, perhaps when life evens out a bit.}

crispy tuna tostada

{Crispy Tuna Tostada – Highland Kitchen}

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{Polenta, greens, chickpeas and all sorts of good stuff – Tavolo – I have always been a fan of Chef Chris Douglass and the work he’s done in Dorchester. Chef Douglass’ restaurants are both in the Ashmont area of Dorchester, home to Martin Richard, the youngest Boston Marathon bombing victim. When I saw Chef that night, I just wanted to give him a hug; despite being in a place of so much hurting, he was there to help.  I <3 my neighborhood. }

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{Raspberry Rhubarb Shortcake – Flour Bakery – Chef Joanne Chang’s baking is delicious, and her warm smile is infectious. It’s always wonderful to see her, whether at Flour or at Myers + Chang.}

In addition to the above, I also loved the oysters served up in the VIP area of the event. If you’re an oyster and sparkling wine lover, it’s definitely worth it to go the VIP route. It also makes it easy to grab a table or a couch to do your chowing down.

Taste of the Nation offers such a tasty variety of bites from the best chefs around, and the driving force behind it is crucial to our nation’s future. There’s a reason it’s one of my favorite events of the year, and I can’t wait to support it again next year. Share our Strength has many opportunities to help throughout the year, and I hope that this is the year I become more involved with this lifesaving organization.

I was provided a complimentary ticket to Taste of the Nation but was not required to write about it. All opinions are my own.

 

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No Kid Hungry. It’s definitely a goal that we can all agree on, and it’s time for the annual event that places a spotlight on just how many children in America are hungry right this minute. Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is one of my favorite events in Boston. Recaps from past Taste of the Nation events can be found here and here. Taste of the Nation is coming to Boston on April 18, and it promises to be a deliciously good time, for an amazing cause. Together we can end childhood hunger.

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Boston’s Culinary Icons Unite to End Childhood Hunger at Taste of the Nation

City’s Largest Hunger Fundraiser Supports Critical Area Charities and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign on April 18, 2013

Boston, MA – April 18, 2013 — Inspired by a passion to end childhood hunger, Boston’s hottest chefs, wineries and craft brewers will gather for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation®, the city’s premier culinary event. Taste of the Nation Boston will be held on April 18, 2013 at a brand new location, Cruiseport Boston at Black Falcon Pier. The event will raise the critical funds necessary to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger by making sure kids get the healthy food they need every day.

WHAT: Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $86 million for organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad, including more than $1.4 million in Boston alone. Area charities that will benefit from this year’s event include The Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread and Cooking Matter, formerly known as Operation Frontline – Massachusetts.

WHEN: Thursday April 18, 2013

6:00 VIP/7:00 General Admission – 9:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Cruiseport Boston at Black Falcon Pier, 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston, MA

WHO: More than 55 of the city’s finest chefs and restaurants will participate alongside the event’s four? Honorary Chef Chairs: Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley’s Bistro, Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade; Tony Maws of Craigie on Main; Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang.

Attendees will also be able to sample more than 100 varietal wines, fine craft beer from the Boston’s most talented brewers and a variety of cocktails prepared by some of Boston’s premier mixologists.

DETAILS: Purchase tickets by visiting ce.strength.org/boston or by calling 1-877-26-TASTE. General Admission tickets are $95 in advance / $105 at the door. VIP tickets are $150 in advance / $160 at the door.

For More Information Or Interviews about Share Our Strength’s Taste Of The Nation Boston, contact Susan Frechette at 508-561-0772 or sforshner@gmail.com.

Follow Taste of the Nation Boston on Twitter @ShareStrengthMA and #TONBoston. Like us on Facebook at Share Our Strength Boston.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 Taste of the Nation events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Taste of the Nation events are nationally supported by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, and S. Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $86 million.

ABOUT SHARE OUR STRENGTH

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit Strength.org to get involved.

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Share our Strength once again held its epic food, wine, beer, and cocktail event last week in Boston. Taste of the Nation is one of the best events of the year, and I was fortunate to be invited as press to experience all of the fun with some of my favorite Boston bloggers.

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First, and most importantly, there was a message and a pledge for the evening.

I believe that no child in America should go hungry. By pledging today, I add my voice to the national movement of people committed to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.

You can take the pledge here. It’s kind of amazing and horrible, when you stop and think about it for even a second, that with all of the advances we have made in so many areas, we’re still allowing children to go hungry. So many problems start with hunger and lack of access to food, and Share our Strength is doing amazing work to fix these problems. In addition to Taste of the Nation, they have all sorts of other initiatives like Cooking Matters and The Great American Bake Sale.

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As soon as the doors opened for the VIP hour, we made our way into the convention hall and started eating. There was just so much good food. Here are a few of the highlights for me:

halibut chorizo

{Halibut Chorizo from 606 Congress}

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{Chef from The Blue Ox whipping up some tuna tartare to go on homemade potato chips with crème fraiche}

Del Frisco's

{Roast beef sliders with horseradish cream from Del Frisco’s} My post-marathon body was craving red meat, and these certainly did the trick.

creamsicle creme brulee

{Creamsicle crème brulee from Sandrine’s Bistro}

Hammersley's

{Chef Gordon Hammersley cooking up some shrimp}

ceviche

{Shrimp ceviche from Harvest}

macarons

{Beautiful macarons from The Blue Frog Bakery}  I had the Nutella-filled macarons, and they were to die for.

Champagne

{Champagne from Nicholas Feuillate}

Athan's

{Cake from Athans} I used to live near Athans and love their baklava, but I always found the people who worked there to be incredibly unfriendly. Like to the point that I was afraid to ask a question.

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{Narragansett beer to end the night} I enjoyed the Porter immensely. This is great boat beer!

As you can see, Taste of the Nation was delicious. I definitely ate more than pictured, and there were many, many tables I had to skip due to being full.  It is an event that is very well run and must take a ton of work to put together. The best of the best in the Boston area all come out and lovingly share some of their favorites all to benefit great kids who really need all of our help.

Do you have a favorite charity event?

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