Who likes being hungry? Nobody.
That's precisely why Share Our Strength, the country's leading anti-hunger group, exists. Their No Kid Hungry campaign is fueled by the objective of ending childhood hunger in America. To do this, the Share Our Strength organization is bringing back its highly respected annual nationwide culinary benefit, Taste of the Nation.
Taste of the Nation South Florida will showcase 50 of Dade and Broward's most exclusive restaurants, the finest wines and spirits, and an array of auction items in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight to end childhood hunger across America.
The event takes place Thursday, July 25, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., in the spacious and grand main ballroom of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. It's a benefit after all. Tickets are priced at $125 and $250 per person for VIP, which gives you an extra hour at the event.
That means you'll have access to the following restaurants, in alphabetical order:
3030 Ocean, Bianca at the Delano, Bloom Wynwood, Café Prima Pasta, Casa D'Angelo Fort Lauderdale, Dolce Italian, Edge Steak & Bar at Four Seasons, Florida Cookery, Gotham Steak & Bar at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, HaVen Gastro-Lounge, Joe's Stone Crab restaurant, Katsuya; Lilikoi & Company, Khong River House, Little Palm Island, Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops; MC Kitchen, Meat Market, Milos by Costas Spiliadis, Oak Tavern,The Oceanaire, Palate Party, Preston's, Loews Miami Beach, PubBelly Restaurant, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Raw Body Food, Red The Steakhouse, Restaurant Michael Schwartz, Sakaya Kitchen; Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante; Sea Level; Shake Shack; Shikany; St. Regis Bal Harbour; Steak 954, SUGARCANE raw bar grill, SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach, Susie's Scrumptious Sweets; Swine Southern Table, Ten Palms; The Bazaar by Joe Andres, The Dutch at W South Beach Hotel & Residences, The Federal Food Drink & Provisions, Tongue and Cheek, Toro Toro Restaurant, Tosca, Whole Foods Market, Wolfgang's Steakhouse, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar; Yardbird Southern Table and Bar and Zuma Restaurant.
Now try saying that three times fast. Bet you can't
While the thought of being in a single room -- a very large room -- with all this astounding food and drink is overwhelming, the real bonus here is that 100 percent of ticket sales go to Share Our Strength.
"We believe this year's Taste of the Nation South Florida will attract not just more restaurant participants, but a larger group of food and wine enthusiasts, and will continue to grow and flourish, which bodes well for raising the critical funds required to end childhood hunger in Dade and Broward counties," says long-time Taste of the Nation Miami-Dade chairman and last year's co-host chef Allen Susser, of Burger Bar and Chef Allen's To-Go.
Backed up by powerhouse sponsors American Express, Sysco, and Food Network, as well as local sponsors like Whole Foods, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Southern Wine and Spirits, Nespresso, Miami Magazine, Miami New Times, Ocean Drive, and Brustman Carrino Public Relations, you know this is one benefit to benefit from.
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So how can you help feed hungry kids? By eating and buying tickets for Taste of the Nation on tasteofthenation.org.
Taste of the Nation will take place Thursday, July 25, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
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