Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation

Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation

June 3, 2018
Media Park
9091 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA
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Los Angeles Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is the region's hottest and most trend forward food and beverage event. Set at Media Park in Culver City, Taste of the Nation features award winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from the region coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.
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Los Angeles Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is the region’s hottest and most trend forward food and beverage event. Set at Media Park in Culver City, Taste of the Nation features award winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from the region coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

 

If you are interested in being a sponsor or participant for the 2018 Event, plese contact Kathleen P. Talbot at ktalbot@strength.org.

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We are happy to answer any questions regarding event details, media requests, restaurant participation, sponsorship, auction item donations and volunteer options. Thank you!

Share Our Strength Staff

Kathleen Talbot

2018 Host Committee

Lisa Colicchio| Colleen Contreras | Paul Dryer | Mike Martner | Melanie McManus | Josie Mora | Melissa Myer | Jessica Rhodes | Dominic Riley | Alexandra Schindler | Rebekah Shibley | Deborah Siegel | Samantha Wan |

2018 Chairs

Dakota Weiss : Chef Chair

Dakota Weiss is consulting chef and part owner of Choice’s Sweetfin Poké, a fast-casual concept serving California-spun Hawaiian soul food that opened in 2015 in Santa Monica and has been named by LA Weekly the Best Poké in LA in 2015, and again in 2016. Additional outposts opened in Woodland Hills (October 2016), Larchmont (November 2016) and Westwood (February 2017), with another 2 new locations opening in the next 6 months, making her one of the most commercially successful women-owned restaurateurs in Southern California.

Nick Shipp: Co-Chef Chair

Making it as a chef in a city rich in diverse cuisine as this one is not easy. But 31-year-old Nicholas Shipp is quietly earning his keep. With a wealth of culinary experience Shipp has brought an enticing, well-blended mix of tastes, aromas and flavors to Santa Monica restaurant “Upper West,” where he serves as Executive Chef. Shipp’s menu offers any discriminating palate with innovative twists on contemporary American cuisine.

Bruce Kalman: Co-Chef Chair 

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Bruce Kalman is a James Beard­nominated chef and a partner in two restaurants, Union in Pasadena and Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market in downtown Los Angeles. He began his career at a local pizzeria in New Jersey, and later attended a small hands­on culinary program at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ.

Eric Alperin: Spirits Chair 

Eric Aplerin is acting Beverage Director for 213 Hospitality, a co-owner of The Varnish, Half Step in Austin, Penny Pound Ice, The Slipper Clutch, Bar Clacsonand is currently under construction on a forthcoming bar project at Union Station in downtown LA.

2018 Restaurants

AkashaBaltaire |The BazaarBourbon Steak Border GrillCal MareCassell’s HamburgersChichen ItzaCraft LA| Dog HausEagle Rock BreweryEllie’sHaydenInn of the Seventh RayJaffaJitladaLunettaMaple Block Meat Co.McConnell’s Fine Ice CreamsMs ChiOcean PrimePreux&ProperSouth City Fried ChickenFive0Four Hollywood| Ray’s & Stark BarSalazarSweet Fin PokeUnion PasadenaThe Upper West| Valerie’s Confections 

Ticket Levels

General Admission

Includes admission from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

VIP Admission

Includes early admission and entry into the special VIP area with seating and food and beverage offerings available exclusively to them.

Child's Ticket

Includes admission from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM ages 6-13. Under 6 are free.

Executive Cabana

Includes 10 VIP tickets with admission from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. with half hour early access to the event; a private Cabana with seating for 10; bottle and butler service; name or logo recognition at Cabana and on program journal; and all access to bites and sips prepared by more than 50 of Los Angeles’ culinary and beverage elite.

Sponsors

National Sponsors

National Co-Presenting Sponsors

Citi Sysco

Media Sponsor

Food Network

National Sponsor

OpenTable

Local Sponsors

Local Sponsors

Culver CityLoackerLA & SF SpecialtyWest Central ProduceWorldwide Produce Casa Magdalena Rum Tequila PartidaHeaven HillMacrostie Winery & VineyardsBaja Brewing Company