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Miami's Best Chefs Preview Taste of the Nation Event

Miami's best chefs gathered at Tongue & Cheek last night for a "taste" of Taste of the Nation, the mega fundraising gala that benefits Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

Led by Taste of the Nation's founding chairman, Allen Susser, a cadre of South Florida culinary powerhouses like Jamie DeRosa, Todd Erickson, Paula DaSilva, Bret Pelaggi, Frederick Delaire, and TImon Balloo each presented a dish that represented their favorite childhood food.

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Before guests savored lobster corn dogs, sloppy joes, macaroni and cheese, and Cracker Jack milkshakes, chef Allen Susser talked about the fact that many children in our community don't receive the proper nutrition to succeed in school. "Without a good diet, they don't do well in school and they get sick more often." The No Kid Hungry campaign provides nutritious food for kids and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

Taste of the Nation South Florida, featuring over 50 of our city's best chefs, mixologists, and restaurants, takes place Tuesday, June 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Tickets are $125 each; special VIP tickets allowing access to the event at 6 p.m. are $250. A Black & Blanco after party, featuring Tequila Casa Dragones is $75. Tickets are available at ce.strength.org.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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