Taste of the Nation Orlando will be held on August 8th at the Orlando World Center Marriott!
Last year I was honored to be a social media ambassador for the Taste of the Nation Orlando event for No Kid Hungry. I am excited to announce that I will be back as an ambassador this year and cannot wait to showcase all the amazing food and beverages that Central Florida has to offer! To get a recap of last years event, check out my article here!
On August 8th, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott forty-four of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, to ensure that no child grows up hungry in our city and across America.
Newcomers include Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, Black Fire Bull, MOOR and Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort, Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Itta Bena, Lafayette’s Music Room, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar, TR Fire Grill, The Whiskey, Urban Tide Hyatt Regency, and Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Along with appetizers, entrees, desserts and spirits, guests will enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.
The event’s popular Instant Wine Cellar game returns offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 250 chances to win this exquisite wine cellar. Each key is a $25 donation.
New to this year’s event is The Giving Tree, a towering tree that will give participants an opportunity to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular restaurants. For a $50 donation, participants are invited to choose a hanging envelope from the tree; each hanging envelope contains a restaurant gift card ranging from $50 to $200 in value.
Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is also serving up four tasty starter events to whet the community’s appetite for the main event while raising funds for national beneficiary Share Our Strength and local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
World of Beer invites guests to toast to Taste of the Nation with select craft brews. One dollar for each pint sold at its Dr. Phillips location (7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando) on July 23 from 4:00 p.m. to close and its downtown Orlando location (431 E. Central Blvd.) July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to close will directly benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Eola Wine Company welcomes guests to raise a glass to end childhood hunger with a series of weekly wine tasting events on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from July 1 to Aug. 5 for a $15 donation at the door. All proceeds will benefit Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Eola Wine Company is located in downtown Orlando at 430 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.
The Ancient Olive is fighting childhood hunger with olive oil by donating $1 for each bottle of ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and flavor-infused olive oils sold between July 7 and August 8. The tasting bar for premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars is located at 324 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Spice & Tea Exchange, located at 309 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, will also donate $1 for each gourmet grinder blend sold. Proceeds from both events will support Share our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, which includes local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Orlando-based Hawkers Asian Street Fare is committed to helping end childhood hunger locally and across the country with their Roti for a Cause campaign. Throughout the month of July, guests can enjoy a free round of Hawkers’ signature Malaysian-style flatbread Roti Canai for donating a minimum of $2 to Share Our Strength’s childhood hunger relief programs. Those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to Taste of the Nation Orlando. Hawkers Asian Street Fare has two locations: 1103 N Mills Ave., Orlando and 1001 Park St., Jacksonville.
With a 26-year legacy of combating childhood hunger locally and across the nation, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation has raised millions in critical funds to support children’s nutrition programs provided by local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and national beneficiary Share Our Strength.
“Last year, the Coalition served more than 300,000 meals, and Taste of the Nation’s fundraising efforts helped make that possible,” said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. “Childhood hunger ends one meal at a time, and that responsibility must be a community effort. Taste of the Nation is a perfect example of our community coming together to help those in need, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
Taste of the Nation Orlando is presented nationally by Citi and Sysco and sponsored nationally by media sponsor Food Network, and in select markets by Emmi Roth USA, OpenTable, and Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc. Special thanks to local sponsors AmeriFactors, Regions Bank, Darden Restaurants, Quality One Wireless, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Heron Lawn and Pest Control.
ORLANDO’S TASTE OF THE NATION FOR NO KID HUNGRY
WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 2015 6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Dr., Orlando
TICKETS: $150 each
ATTIRE: Cocktail / Semi-Formal
- 4Rivers Smokehouse and The Coop
- A Land Remembered at Rosen Shingle Creek
- Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
- B Resort and Spa and American Q
- B.B. King’s Blues Club
- Black Fire Bull
- Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
- Cafe Tu Tu Tango
- Cala Bella Restaurant at Rosen Shingle Creek
- Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
- The Capital Grille Orlando & Millenia
- Cress Restaurant
- Cuba Libre
- Dragonfly Robata Sushi & Grill
- Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
- Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties
- Fresh Point
- Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney
- Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
- Itta Bena
- JJ’s Grille
- JW Marriott
- K Restaurant and Wine Bar
- Lafayette’s Music Room
- Marlow’s Tavern
- MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
- Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort
- Opa Orlando
- Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside
- Orlando World Center Marriott
- Red Wing Restaurant
- Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
- Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Second Harvest Food Bank – Culinary Training Program
- Soco Thornton Park
- Symphony Pastries
- Tapa Toro Tapas Bar
39. Three2OH Ice Cream
40. TR Fire Grill
41. Universal Orlando Resort
42. Urban Tide Hyatt Regency
43. The Whiskey
44. Yak and Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
For more information and tickets, visit tasteofthenation.org/orlando