NYC’s Taste of the Nation

NYC’s Taste of the Nation

April 18, 2018
Brooklyn EXPO Center
Noble Street
Brooklyn, NY
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Join 40 of NYC's hottest chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers on April 18th at the Brooklyn Expo Center for the food event of the season in NYC!
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Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in New York or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Wednesday, April 18, 2017 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.

Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 40 top chefs and bartenders – an impressive list of talent curated by our co-chairs and host committee. Special culinary adventures include the 3rd annual rosé garden, a donut derby, and more!


Chef Chairs

Amanda Cohen

Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy 

Amanda Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City’s Lower East Side. Dirt Candy was the first vegetable-focused restaurant in the city and the leader of the vegetable-forward movement.

Anita Lo

Anita Lo, Author of Cooking Without Borders and Solo: 101 Recipes to Cook for Yourself

Anita Lo is an acclaimed chef who worked at Bouley and Chanterelle before opening Michelin-starred Annisa in Greenwich Village in 2000 (it closed in 2017). Food & Wine named her one of ten “Best New Chefs in America,” and the Village Voice proclaimed her “Best New Restaurant Chef.” She has appeared on Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, and Chopped and in 2015 became the first female guest chef to cook at the White House. She lives in New York City.

Spirits Chair

Eamon Rockey

Eamon Rockey, Rockey’s

Eamon Rockey is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management. For over ten years, he has worked in service, management and beverage-centric positions at some of New York City’s most highly regarded restaurants including Gilt, Eleven Madison Park, Atera, and Aska. Most recently as the General Manager of Betony, and COO of the North American branch of its parent company Maison-Dellos, Eamon spearheaded the restaurant’s critically acclaimed cocktail program, renowned for its milk punches. As the President and Founder of Rockey’s, Eamon could not be more proud to see this labor of love come to fruition.

Host and Benefit Committee

Host Committee

William Elliott, Maison Premiere & Sauvage | Chef Chris Jaeckle, Kitchen Connect Consulting | Oskar Kostecki, Chamber Street Wines | Chef Ali LaRaia, The Sosta | Chef Jack Logue | Chef Grayson Schmitz, BKLYN Larder | Chef Eli Sussman, Samesa | Chef Emily Yuen, Bessou

Benefit Committee

Katie Ilch | Rachel Walensky | Jessica White | Afrodet Zuri

Special Features

Rosé Garden

People at an Event Stop and smell the rosé – take a stroll through the most indulgent garden you’ll ever visit. Walk away saying, “Yes way, Rosé!”

Donut Derby

Artistic Donuts The City’s best donut destinations go head-to-head in a mind-blowing flurry of dough for a derby duel that is guaranteed to make you roll with excitement.


A group of people enjoys their time in a cabana. Indulge in the ultimate VIP experience. Cabana purchasers will be granted exclusive early access to the event; one cabana for ten of your closet fiends, with butler and bottle service; a private lounge; exclusive shack packs from Shake Shack; and all access to bites and sips prepared by more than 40 of New York’s culinary and beverage elite.

2018 Restaurants and Bars

2018 Bars

The Aviary | BlackTail | Leyenda | Llama Inn | LOVERBOY | Porchlight | Rockey’s | Rum HouseSauvage | Ward III

2018 Restaurants

Baar Baar | Bessou | BKLN Larder | Claro | CUT | Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse | Pizza Loves Emily | Fausto | Ferris | High Street on Hudson |  La Newyorkina | Little Tong Noodle Shop | Mokbar Oxomoco (Opening soon!) | Restaurant Marc Forgione | Restaurant NormanSamesa | Shuka | Sunday in Brooklyn | Temple Court |  Vic’s |  Walter’s Hot Dogs

Ticket Levels

General Admission

Includes admission from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. includes unlimited sips and bites from NYC’s hottest restaurants, bars, and more!

VIP Admission

Includes admission from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., hour early event access, and unlimited sips and bites from NYC’s hottest restaurants, bars, and more!


Includes admission from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with exclusive hour early access to the event; a private Cabana with seating for 10; bottle and butler service; exclusive shack packs from Shake Shack; and all access to bites and sips prepared by more than 40 of New York’s culinary and beverage elite.


National Sponsors

National Co-Presenting Sponsors

Citi Sysco

Media Sponsor

Food Network

National Sponsor


Local Sponsors


Empire City CasinoMoishe’s Moving and Storage


Tito’s Handmade VodkaFenton Model Management