Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation

Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation

June 2019
Media Park
9091 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA
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Join us next June for an unforgettable afternoon of unlimited bites and sips from LA's best restaurants and drink purveyors.


Thank you to all our chefs, restaurants, beverage partners, sponsors and guests for making the 2018 Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry a remarkable afternoon of dining in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America!

Guests were treated to some delicious food, drink, music and exciting auction items. Plus, one lucky winner took home a gift card to every participating restaurant in attendance! To view photos from the event, click here.

A special thanks to our national sponsors, Citi, Sysco, OpenTable, and Food Network; plus our local sponsors, Culver City, Loacker, Cacique, LA & SF Specialty, West Central Produce, Worldwide Produce, Casa Magdalena Rum, Domaine de Cala, Heaven Hill, Fords Gin, Tequila Partida, Mise En Place, Topo Chico, Baja Brewing, Essentia, Lord Hobo Brewing Co., MacRostie Winery, and Nueske’s. In addition we would like to thank X Ambassadors who performed two special acoustic sets during the event, presented by Citi, and all of our in kind donors including JBL Professional, Sutando, and all of our Auction donors.

Contact Us

If you are interested in partnering with us for the 2019 Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation as a sponsor, restaurant or beverage participant, auction donor, or volunteer opportunities, please contact Kathleen P. Talbot. Thank you!

2018 Beverage Participants

Baja Brewing Co. | Bouchaine Vineyards | Casa Magdalena Rum | Central Coast Group Project | Domaine de Cala | Eagle Rock BreweryEssentiaElijah Craig Whiskey | Deep Eddy Vodka | Fords GinLord Hobo Brewing Co. | MacRostie Winery & Vineyards | Revel WinerySan Antonio Winery | Singha Beer | Tequila Partida  | The Bruery & Bruery TerreuxTopo Chico

2018 Host Committee

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

Ticket Levels

General Admission

Includes admission from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

VIP Admission

Includes early admission at 12:30 PM and entry into the special VIP area with seating, beverages, and food hosted by our Chef Chairs, Dakota Weiss, Bruce Kalman and Nick Shipp available exclusively to VIP guests.

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 early admission from 12:30 – 4:00 PM; a private Cabana with seating; 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 60 of Los Angeles’ culinary and beverage elite.

Participating Restaurants


Chef Chair

Dakota Weiss

Consulting Chef/Part Owner of Choice’s Sweetfin Poké
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Co-Chef Chairs

Nick Shipp

Nick Shipp

Executive Chef, Upper West
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Bruce Kalman

Bruce Kalman

Executive Chef & Partner, Union | Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market
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Spirits Chair

Eric Alperin

Beverage Director, 213 Hospitality
Full Bio


National Sponsors

National Co-Presenting Sponsors

Citi Sysco

Media Sponsor

Food Network

National Sponsor


Local Sponsors

Local Sponsors

Culver CityLoackerCaciqueLA & SF SpecialtyWest Central ProduceWorldwide Produce Casa Magdalena Rum Domaine de CalaFords GinHeaven HillJBL ProfessionalMacrostie Winery & VineyardsMise En PlaceNueske’sTequila PartidaTopo ChicoBaja Brewing CompanyEssentia WaterLord Hobo Brewing Co.