Chicago’s Taste of the Nation

Chicago’s Taste of the Nation

August 29, 2018
Revel Fulton Market
West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL
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Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Chicago or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs and mixologists on Wednesday, August 29.

Meaningful Manhattan for Share Our Strength

Support the Meaningful Manhattan Project

Enjoy a Manhattan cocktail while serving a wonderful cause. Woodford Reserve will donate up to $5,000* to Share Our Strength based on individual sales of Woodford Reserve Manhattan cocktails and bottles sold in the Chicago area during March.

*Woodford Reserve will donate $1 per WR cocktail sold in Chicago during March, up to $5,000 to Share Our Strength.

Find a Meaningful Manhattan here:

American Craft
Best Intentions
Bureau Bar
Clever Rabbit
Club Lago
Forbidden Root
Franklin Room
Gibsons (Chicago, Oak Brook, Rosemont)
Hugo’s Frog Bar (Des Plaines, Chicago, Naperville)
Hyatt Regency McCormick
Jerry’s Sandwiches (Andersonville and Lincoln Square)
Marriott Mag Mile
Old Irving Brewing
Porter Kitchen and Deck
Rocking Horse
Rocks Bar Group
(Lakeview, River North)
Spilt Milk
Sportsman’s Club
Steak and Vine
The Dawson
The Living Room
The Sixth
Twisted Spoke
Velvet Lounge
Vol. 39
Wild Monk







Chicago’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry 2018 will be held on August 29 at Revel Fulton Market

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Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Chicago or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 for Chicago’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, a remarkable night of dining in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 30 top chefs and 15 mixologists.

Please note, Chicago’s Taste of the Nation is a 21+ event. View photos from Chicago’s Taste of the Nation 2017 here.

Interested in learning more about the 2018 event? Please reach out to Jessica at

2017 Event Chairs & Committee

Todd Gunderson, OpenTable – Giving Tree Chair
Michele Kaminski, The Dawson – Giving Tree Chair
Toni Klein, Klein + Partners – Host Committee, Sponsorship Chair
Rob Klein, Klein + Partners – Host Committee, Sponsorship Chair
Ryan McCaskey, Acadia – Honorary Chef Chair
Elissa Narow, Pastry Chef – Chef & Restaurant Chair
Debbi Peek, Southern Wine & Spirits – Honorary Beverage Chair
Corey Polkow, CBC Speciality Beverage Co. – Restaurant Chair
Egor Polonskiy, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits – Beverage Chair
Anna Powell, Evergreen Agency – Public Relations Chair
Toni Roberts, The Wit – Honorary Chef Chair
Carina Sarbaugh, IRI Worldwide – Operations & Volunteer Chair

2017 Grantee Spotlight

EverThrive IllinoisEverThrive Illinois works to improve the health of women, children, and families over the lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, education, and advocacy. EverThrive Illinois is Share Our Strength’s lead Cooking Matters partner in Illinois. Cooking Matters empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.

Greater Chicago Food DepositoryThe Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year.

Illinois Hunger CoalitionThe Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC) is a statewide membership organization that has worked to end child hunger in Illinois since 1988. Through its grassroots public policy work, coalition building, advocacy, outreach, and training, IHC increases access for low-income families to federal nutrition programs that bring in tens of millions of federal dollars to feed low-income children. Through the bi-lingual, toll-free Hunger Hotline, IHC serves, on average, 10,000 households per year from urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state, and connects them to free, healthy food all year long.

2017 Event Emcee

Jon Hansen, WCIU-TV and WGN-AM Host

Jon Hansen

Jon Hansen is a host and reporter for WCIU-TV in Chicago. He appears weekday mornings on The Jam, and hosts the public affairs program Now.Chicago on the weekends.

Jon also is a host on WGN-AM, regularly filling in for various hosts and frequently heard on the Noon Business Hour.

As backup public address announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks, Jon can be heard at the United Center throughout the hockey season.

Before working for WCIU, Jon spent two years forming and DNAinfo Radio. He was nominated for a Lisagor award for breaking news coverage, and created DNAinfo segments on FOX-TV and WGN-AM.

Jon’s first broadcast job in Chicago was at Total Traffic, a part of Clear Channel/iHeart Media. He was a traffic reporter for numerous Chicago radio stations, and filled in at FOX-32 and CBS-2 as an airborne reporter. Jon also was a news anchor at WGN-AM.

A native of Downers Grove, IL, Jon also spent time in Washington DC as a U.S. Senate Communications staffer, and 4 years in Champaign, IL as the Broadcast Operations Manager of WPGU 107.1FM. Jon graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006.

Participating Restaurants

Participating Chefs

Ryan McCaskey

Ryan McCaskey

Executive Chef
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Toni Roberts

Toni Roberts

Executive Pastry Chef
ROOF on the Wit
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National Sponsors

National Co-Presenting Sponsors

Citi Sysco

Media Sponsor

Food Network

National Sponsor


Local Sponsors