Now in its 29th year, Taste of the Nation gathers over 60 restaurants from Miami-Dade and Broward counties to help raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America, where one in six children struggle with not getting enough to eat. In Florida, the statistics are even worse: one in four.
In addition, Taste of the Nation features interactive elements such as an urban beer garden where guests can sample some of South Florida's top breweries (J. Wakefield Brewing, the Tank Brewing, and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company) and an instant wine cellar attendees can win, with over $2,000 worth of wine. A silent auction will offer restaurant certificates and weekend getaways, among other items.
A speakeasy, new to Taste of the Nation, pairs local mixologists from Beaker & Gray, Alter, Wynwood Diner, Bitter Truth, and Repour Bar with a spirit from which they will create a specialty cocktail served throughout the evening, something to enjoy while listening to a live performance of Canadian indie-rock band the Strumbellas.
Lisa Petrillo, food and lifestyle reporter from CBS4, will be hosting the event and is looking forward to the evening. "How could I resist a night with some of the most talented chefs in town?" Petrillo says. "Everyone knows that great food and drink play big in my life, so being involved with such an important fundraising event as Taste of the Nation was a no-brainer for me. It’s a spectacular celebration that benefits a phenomenal and necessary cause — combating childhood hunger. Event attendees should come hungry and ready to support the mission.”
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.