Ithaca’s Taste of the Nation

Ithaca’s Taste of the Nation

June 11, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center
Ithaca, NY
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Come celebrate Ithaca's hottest and most trend-forward food & beverage event on June 12, 2018 at Ithaca College's Athletics and Events Center for a good cause!


Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Ithaca or across the nation, by joining Upstate New York’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 for 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 the America.

Founded in 1990, Ithaca’s Taste of the Nation’s is rooted in the same concept behind the name “Share Our Strength” : poverty is a complex; feeding a child is not.

Come celebrate Ithaca’s hottest and most trend-forward food & beverage event! Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 75 local top chefs and bartenders – an impressive list of talent curated by our event organizing committee.

Special culinary adventures include the 3rd annual Beer Garden, a Sundae Parlor, and more! Enjoy live music and dancing while making memories at the photo booth! Don’t forget about the silent auction and to try your luck at winning amazing raffle prizes!

100% of proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America!


Join The Destination, a 9-piece dance band with its musical focus on the classics: R&B, Rock and Latin influenced material, for another fun year of dancing!

Your chance to win!

Giving Wall

NEW THIS YEAR Everybody is a winner at our Giving Wall! Give at $50, $100, or $150 and you are guaranteed to get an item valued at that amount or more! Items include: gift cards to local restaurants and wineries, a signed cookbook from Food Network Star’s Emma Frisch, a Firelight Camp Gift Basket, Ayesha Curry cookware, Dishes from Mackenzie Childs, an Eco Mug from Ithaca Bakery with FREE refills for an entire year, a dozen bagels, lox and a NY Times every week for a month and more!

Wine Door & More

NEW THIS YEAR Take your chance on a key (1 for $30 and 2 for $50!) If you pick the right one, and it fits in the door, you could be walking home with $1,000 worth of wine, beer and spirits. These are sure to sell out so pre-order your wine keys here.

Exclusive VIP Silent Auction

Only 3 lots available at this year’s silent auction – only available for VIP ticket holders. The highest bidder could walk away with amazing packages like: 2 round trip bus tickets on Cornell’s Campus to Campus bus, overnight hotel accommodations and tickets to a NYC Food & Wine event or a personalized chauffeured Finger Lakes Wine Tour, overnight accommodations at New Park and dinner at Agava for two! These are ones you don’t want to miss!


Need some place to stay for the event?

La Tourelle Hotel (just 5 minutes away from the venue) is offering a special rate and free breakfast to all Taste of the Nation attendees. Just mention “Taste of the Nation Room Block” when booking your room.

Getting In Touch

Interested in volunteering? Fill out this form.

Interested in sponsoring? Reach out to Jerry.

Interested in being a vendor? Reach out to Vicki.

Anything else? Reach out to Abigael.

Ticket Levels

VIP Admission

Admission to VIP reception at 5:30 and unlimited sips and bites.

General Admission

Admission at 6:30 pm with unlimited sips and bites.

Participating Restaurants


National Sponsors

Co-Presenting Sponsors

Citi Sysco

Media Sponsor

Food Network

National Sponsor


Local Sponsors

Local Sponsors

Sysco Syracuse CFCUThe Strebel Planning GroupC.S.P. ManagementCornell PochilyBrightworks Computer ConsultingComfort KeepersSchlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLPAmes LinenNortheast Decorating and Exhibit Services Inc.