NYC’s Taste of the Nation

NYC’s Taste of the Nation

April 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn EXPO Center
72 Noble Street
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Join 40 of NYC's hottest chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers at the Brooklyn Expo Center for the food event of the season in NYC! 6pm VIP | 7 pm GA


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, 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.

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!


Honorary Chair

Danny Meyer, Founder & CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Danny Meyer grew up in a family that relished great food and hospitality. Thanks to his father’s travel business, which designed custom European trips, Danny spent much of his childhood eating, visiting near and far-off places, and sowing the seeds for his future passion. In 1985, at the age of 27, Danny opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, launching what would become a lifelong career in hospitality.

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 | Devon Mosley | Morgan Olson | 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 bottle service featuring Tito’s Vodka, Ford’s Gin, and Virgil Kaine Whiskey; 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.

Boba Bash

New this year, join us for a Boba Bash brought to you by Kung Fu Tea, and drink all the bubble tea your heart desires!

2018 Restaurants and Bars

2018 Bars

BlackTail | Las’ LapLeyenda | Llama Inn | La Contenta LOVERBOY | Porchlight | Rockey’s | Rum HouseSauvage | Ward III

2018 Restaurants

American Cut | Baar Baar | Bessou | BKLN Larder | Blue SmokeClaro | Colonie CUT | Cuzin’s DuzinDavio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse | Department of EducationDoughNationEMMY Squared | Fausto | Ferris | Glaze DonutsHigh Street on Hudson | Kung Fu TeaLa Newyorkina | Little Tong Noodle Shop | Mokbar | Pain D’AvignonRestaurant NormanSamesa | Shuka | Sunday in Brooklyn | Talde Temple Court | The Doughnut Project | Underwest DonutsVic’s |  Walter’s Hot Dogs

Getting in touch

General Questions: Please reach out to Abigael Blumenthal

Volunteering: Please fill out this form and our volunteer manager will get in touch.

Sponsorship: Please reach out to Moira Sedgwick

Press: Please fill out this form and our PR team will get in touch.


National Sponsors

National Co-Presenting Sponsors

Citi Sysco

Media Sponsor

Food Network

National Sponsor


Local Sponsors

Back Bar Project Bira91 Cachet Hospitality Group Casa Magdalena Rum Catskill Provisions Château D’Esclans Dan Rooney’s Sports Club Emmi Roth Empire City CasinoFenton Model Management Fords Gin Glenfiddich Lifeway Foods Inc. Maker’s Mark Market Crates Moishe’s Moving and Storage Natalie’s Nonno’s Trattoria PM Spirits PTG Rums of Puerto RicoSan Pellegrino Tito’s Handmade Vodka Virgil Kaine