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 7PM (6PM VIP PLUS ticket holders) to 10PM, 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 10:30PM 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:
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Artisan Beach House
Bar Collins at Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Bazaar Mar by José Andrés
Beaker & Gray
Bird & Bone
Bourbon Steak Miami
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits
CORSAIR Kitchen & Bar
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
db Bistro Moderne
EDGE Steak & Bar
Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz
Finka Table & Tap
Glass & Vine
Jaya at The Setai
Katsuya South Beach
Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Lure Fishbar at Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Market at EDITION
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Ono Poke Shop
Ortanique On the Mile
Pao by Paul Qui at Faena Miami Beach
R House Wynwood
Red, the Steakhouse
Scarpetta by Scott Conant
SUGARCANE raw bar grill
TALDE Miami Beach
Temple Street Eatery
The Bazaar by José Andrés
The Café at Books & Books
The Dutch Miami
The Salty Donut
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
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.
One in six children in this country struggles with hunger, here in Florida it’s one in four. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Already, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with 500 million meals.
South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco®, national media sponsor Food Network, national sponsors OpenTable and The Glenlivet, and local sponsors Breakthru Beverage, Mike Sipe Entertainment, CBS4, Events on the Loose, iHeartMedia, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, VOSS artesian water from norway, Panache Classic Event & Tent Rentals, Social Thinking, Williams Sonoma, and Brustman Carrino Public Relations.
To learn more about South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, please visit: nokidhungry.org/SouthFlorida.
2136 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
The after party continues at R House, 2727 NW 2nd Avenue