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Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

Nina Compton, Sean Brasel, Timon Balloo, and Lindsay Autry share a moment.
Nina Compton, Sean Brasel, Timon Balloo, and Lindsay Autry share a moment.
All photos by Laine Doss

Taste of the Nation South Florida, the fundraising gala that benefits Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, took over the Loews Miami Beach Hotel last night.

Just about every chef worth his or her salt was at the event -- either serving their best bites or mingling as a guest. The event featured a silent auction and live auction led by Taste of the Nation's founding chairman Allen Susser and chef Ralph Pagano, where guests, emboldened by good food and drink, bid generously on vacations, dinners, and wine.

The main attraction, of course, was the chance to schmooze with your favorite chefs while noshing on beautiful food -- all while helping to end childhood hunger. Good food, good karma.

See also: Miami's Best Chefs Preview Taste of the Nation Event

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

Ralph Pagano and Allen Susser take time off from hosting duty to check out the silent auction.

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

David Rekhson, Lucas Stoioff, and Fabio Viviani from the soon-to-open Sienna Tavern gave guests their first taste of their famous gnocci and meatball.

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

Gnocci was a thing, apparently (which is fine because who can get enough?). Dena Marino shares MC Kitchen's recipe with us.

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

Palate Party's Robyn Almodovar busts a move.

 

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

Not your Everyday Caprese by The Bazaar by Jose Andres, featured spherical liquid mozzarella for a surprise in every bite.

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

Haven's Todd Erickson and Edge Steak & Bar's Aaron Brooks are getting ready for their Iron Fork battle.

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

Tongue & Cheek's Jamie DeRosa and AQ by Acqualina's Dewey LoSasso take a moment to catch up.

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

The Federal's Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata look great -- but can you spot the Shake Shack burger chef Zapata is hiding from the camera?

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

3030 Ocean's Paula DaSilva served up a bite of perfection from the sea.

Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

Life is an oyster to Lure Fishbar's Josh Capon.

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Loews Miami Beach Hotel

1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-604-1601

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