This is an article developed in collaboration with Taste of the Nation® Orlando and got a blogger discount to participate in the fundraising event.
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Orlando returns Aug. 10 showcasing the talent and creativity of Central Florida’s leading chefs and restaurants in a culinary fundraising event to end childhood hunger. Orlando World Center Marriott will host the 24th annual Taste of the Nation, an evening of exquisite appetizers, entrees and desserts from more than 30 of Central Florida’s finest chefs and restaurants complemented by silent and live auctions and entertainment. Some of this year’s participating chefs and restaurants include Cress Restaurant, Crave, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Orlando World Center Marriott, Red Wing Restaurant, The Capital Grille, Sushi House Orlando, The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder.
Tickets to the event are $150 per person, and all proceeds from sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to eradicate childhood hunger in Central Florida by funding two local charities, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Last year’s Taste of the Nation event drew more than 2,200 attendees and raised $249,000 for Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Lucille O’Neal, mother of NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, will serve as honorary chair of this year’s Taste of the Nation Orlando. The longtime philanthropist, celebrated author and motivational speaker has a long history of addressing and supporting childhood nutrition and hunger relief efforts.
This year’s silent auction, presented by Neiman Marcus, you will be able to bid on luxury apparel and accessories, stays at upscale hotels, gift cards to the area’s top restaurants, rounds of golf on award-winning golf courses, and tickets to coveted sporting events. Auction items include:
- Neiman Marcus Selection of Jewelry, Timepieces and Handbags ($10,000 value)
- JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes – Dinner for 6 with Wine Pairings ($2,000 value)
- Hilton Grand Vacations Orlando – 4-Night Stay in a 2-Bedroom Suite ($1,676 value)
- Seasons 52 Chef’s Table Experience for up to 6 Guest ($1,000 value)
- Howl at the Moon Orlando Happy Hour Party for 100 – WOW ($1,000 value)
- Golf for 4 on Lake Nona Golf & Country Club’s Championship Golf Course ($900 value)
Participating Orlando restaurants are: 4Rivers Smokehouse, A Land Remembered (Rosen), B.B. King’s Blues Club, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Cala Bella Restaurant (Rosen), Capital Grille, The Cask & Larder/Ravenous Pig, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, Crave, Cress Restaurant, Eddie V’s, Empress Sissi Bakery, FreshPoint, Journey’s Catering, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, K Restaurant and Wine Bar, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, LongHorn Steakhouse, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, Marlow’s Tavern, Nestle Professional, Olive Garden, Orlando World Center Marriott, Red Wing Restaurant, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, SeaWorld, Sushi House Orlando, Taverna Opa, Three2OH Ice Cream, Uno Chicago Grille, Whole Foods Market and Universal Orlando.
16 million – that’s 1 in 5 – American children struggle with hunger. More than 1.1 million of these children live in Florida. Many of them live right down the street. GET INVOLVED. 100% of Taste of the Nation ticket sales benefit Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.
Don’t miss this opportunity to end childhood hunger in our community, here the details of the event:
Saturday, August 10, 2013
6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Dr., Orlando
Cocktail / Semi-Formal