Laguna Beach’s Taste of the Nation

Laguna Beach’s Taste of the Nation

May 20, 2018
Montage Laguna Beach
Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA
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Set on the oceanfront bluff of the Montage Laguna Beach with sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and striking Craftsman-style architecture, this luxury beach resort commands 30 lushly landscaped acres in the heart of the picturesque arts community of Laguna Beach.– making it the ideal choice for a an evening of delicious food and wine.
At Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach attendees will enjoy tastings from the nation’s top chefs and restaurants, and sample fine wines, and premium spirits. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment and a silent and live auction.
Immediately following the main event, guests will enjoy a private post Taste event, where they can enjoy ocean breezes, a breathtaking sunset, and lush landscape while enjoying one of kind wines, a champagne toast, a parting gift and mix and mingle with all the celebrity chefs.

Beneficiaries 2018

Community Action Partnership of Orange County

CAPOC changes peoples lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live.The agency cares about the entire community, and is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank

Founded by the Council of Orange, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Food Bank began providing food for the hungry in October 1983 in Orange, under the leadership of Dan Harney. In 2007, the Food Bank moved to a new facility in Irvine on the old El Toro Marine Base, more than doubling its capacity to meet the needs of Orange County.


If you’re interested in becoming a participating sponsor, vendor or volutneer, please reach out to Judy Walker at

2018 Beverage Participants

Antica |  Illuminati Wines | Kikori Whiskey | MacRostie Winery & Vineyards | Riverain VineyardsSan Pellegrino |  Serrano Wine | Titos Handmade Vodka | Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey | Wine Warehouse | ZD Wines



Ticket Levels

General Admission

Includes admission from 3:00 – 7:30 p.m.

VIP Admission

Includes admission from 2:30 – 7:30 p.m.



Craig Strong

Executive Chef
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Corey Happeny

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Marcel Vigneron

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Brian Huskey

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Eric Samaniego

Eric Samaniego

Executive Chef
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Joe Sasto

Executive Chef
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Amar Santana

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Julia Browne

Assistant Pastry Chef
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National Sponsors

National Co-Presenting Sponsors

Citi Sysco

Media Sponsor

Food Network

National Sponsor


Local Sponsors

Montage Laguna BeachEpstein Becker GreenThe Duchess on CambridgeBJ’s FoundationMacrostie Winery & VineyardsSouthern California Gas Co.San PellegrinoOrange Coast MagazineKikori Whiskey Tito’s Handmade Vodka Crevier Classic CarsKulture KonnectMoss Adams