I've never been to Share Our Strength's annual Taste of the Nation but if I'm not too exhausted from IACP and other events the weekend of April 23rd I'm going to finally check out this Monday, April 26th event -- the 23rd annual Taste of the Nation. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit local hunger relief agencies. Doesn't get much more feel good than that.
The gist is you buy a ticket for $75 and up and get to sample unlimited tasty food and drink from local chefs, brewers, mixologists, food entrepreneurs and more.
***Check back with my blog next week for a chance to win two free general admission tickets to this fantastic event!***
Here are some highlights straight from the event press materials:
50 Restaurants 25 Wineries 5 Breweries ONE mission to End Childhood Hunger
Oregon is a state known for its abundant production of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, and yet 1 in 6 kids in Oregon experience food insecurity and do not receive proper nutrition to grow and develop. Taste of the Nation works to end childhood hunger in the United States and abroad by ensuring that children and their families have reliable access to nutritious food, and by addressing the deeper causes of these conditions.
100% of the evening’s ticket and auction revenues will be given to hunger-relief efforts. Local beneficiaries o Oregon Food Bank, o Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force, o St. Vincent de Paul Food Recovery Program, o Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank.
Since its inception in 1988, Taste of the Nation Portland has raised more than $1.1 million for hunger relief.
Taste of the Nation Portland is one of more than 55 food-and-wine fundraising events taking place across the U.S. and Canada, sponsored by Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger.
Sample of Participating Restaurants: Andina Bluehour Clarklewis Firehouse La Calaca Comelona Laurelhurst Market Nuestra Cocina Saint Cupcake Screen Door Simpatica Steve's Cheese LUXE and VIP GEMS: Beaker & Flask Beast Genoa Gruner Thistle
Beverages: Argyle Elk Cove Vineyards Foris Vineyards Winery Willamette Valley Vineyard Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards Illahe Vineyard Pamplin Family Winery Cooper Mountain Vineyard Chehalem Premium Wines Adelsheim Full Sail Brewing Southern Oregon Brewing Sierra Nevada Captured by Porches Crater Lake Soda