One in five children in the US struggles with hunger, including more than 2,487,750 children in California. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, each and every day, by connecting them to nutrition programs like school breakfast, summer meals, and by teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.
Since summer 2011, No Kid Hungry and their partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 107 million additional meals. That’s more meals than the populations of California, New York, Texas and Florida combined.
In 2015, Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach raised over $200,000, which helped connect children in need with 100% of ticket proceeds from Taste of the Nation benefitting No Kid Hungry.
On Sunday, May 15th, 2016, Montage Laguna Beach will once again play host to the annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation®, now in its ninth year. A number of celebrity chefs will come together to prepare fresh farm-to- table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to delicious food and drinks, the event will feature a silent and live auction with live entertainment by local band, The Kalama Brothers. Mark Dacascos, Chairman of Food Network’s television series Iron Chef America, will once again host this year’s Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach event.
The lineup of chefs include Flynn McGarry, the sensational teenage chef who has been included in Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens two years in a row and was the youngest honoree on the Zagat 30 under 30 L.A. List for 2014!
• Celebrity Chef Tasting | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $200 per person or at the door for $225 per person.
• VIP “Meet the Chefs” Reception | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Finish the night with VIP treatment and a sunset toast. Enjoy the Celebrity Chef Tasting followed by an after party mingling with the chefs, sipping champagne and making s‘mores. Valet parking and a special VIP gift are included.
Tickets purchased in advance are $275 per person or $300 at the door.
Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach will be joined by:
Chef Nathan Beriau, Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC
Chef David Coleman, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach, CA
Chef Ben Ford, Ford’s Filling Station, Los Angeles, CA
Chef Ray Garcia, Broken Spanish, Los Angeles, CA
Chef Walter Manzke, République, Los Angeles, CA
Chef Flynn McGarry, EUREKA, New York, NY
Chef Kris Morningstar, Terrine, Los Angeles, CA
Chef Lee Smith, Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach, CA
To purchase tickets for Taste of the Nation® Laguna Beach, please click here.
photo credit: Baldemar Fierro