If you like combining outstanding food, great fun, and worthy causes, you’ve got almost a month to finalize your plans to attend Taste of the Nation San Francisco and enjoy scrumptious tastes from popular local chefs such as Michael Tusk, Nancy Oakes and Suzette Gresham. This delightful fundraiser will feature many of the Bay Area’s best chefs, vintners, brewers and mixologists coming together to support Share Our Strength’s goal of ending childhood hunger in the United States.
Celebrity Chef Michael Tusk (Chef and Owner of Quince and Cotogna) is returning as the Event Host, leading the culinary charge of over 60 restaurants, wineries and breweries between 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 24 at City View at Metreon (135 Fourth Street, San Francisco). A General Admission ticket is $150 per person and offers you 2 ½ hours to enjoy dishes from restaurants (ranging from Boulevard and Jardinière to Souvla and The Ramen Bar), award-winning wines (from wineries such as HALL Wines and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars), hand-crafted cocktails, and a live auction with items including fine dining experiences for you (and/or your friends) to bid on.
Or, you could show some extra support by purchasing a VIP ticket for Taste of the Nation SF for $250 which gives you early access into the event at 5:30 pm (so you have an extra hour of access to chefs, wine and spirits as well as more time to preview the auction items and plan your bidding strategy). VIPs also receive complimentary VIP Valet Parking, an exclusive VIP gift bag, and the satisfaction of contributing even more money to Share Our Strength’s efforts to feed more kids.
So call your friends and then come enjoy some of San Francisco’s finest tastes paired with the wine, beer, or cocktail of your choice. But, don’t forget to go here soon and purchase your tickets first (before the event sells out). If you move quickly (by February 29) you can get 20% off of the General Admission price with the promo code “SFLEAPYR2016”!
San Francisco restaurants and chefs who will be present at this year’s Taste of the Nation San Francisco include Aatxe (Ryan Pollnow), Acquerello (Suzette Gresham), AQ Restaurant (Mark Liberman), Boulevard & Prospect Restaurants (Nancy Oakes), Burritt Room + Tavern (Lucas Knox), Dirty Habit (David Bazirgan), DOSA (Anjan Mitra), E&O Kitchen & Bar (Sharon Nahm), Flour + Water (Evan Allumbaugh), ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar (Tim Archuleta), Oro (Jason Fox), Scala’s Bistro (Larry Finn & Kimberly Bugler), The Slanted Door (Charles Phan), Spruce (John Madriaga & Mark Sullivan), Tacolicious (Joe Hargrave), Volta (Staffan Terje) and Wayfare Tavern (Omri Afalo).
But it’s not just San Francisco chefs that will be there helping to support this great cause. Some other Bay Area restaurants and chefs participating on March 24 will be Sonoma’s El Dorado Kitchen (Armando Navarro), Palo Alto’s Mayfield Bakery & Cafe (Samantha Miotke), Marshall’s Nick’s Cove (Austin Perkins), Napa’s Oenotri (Tyler Rodde), Lafayette and Mill Valley’s Pizza Antica (Bradley Ceynowa) and Woodside’s The Village Pub (Orlando Pagán).
If you are looking for an appropriate beverage to pair that small plate with, Taste of the Nation San Francisco will also have wines from Clif Family Winery, Conn Creek Winery, DuMOL Winery, En Garde Winery, Huge Bear Wines, Leto Cellars, Long Meadow Ranch, Mending Wall, Outpost Wines, Peju Province Winery, Robert Biale Vineyards, San Francisco Mead Company, SCRIBE Winery, TATE Wine and Terra Valentine.
Breweries participating in the event include Baja Brewing Company, Golden State Cider, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mavericks Brewing and Woods Beer Company. Or, if you are looking for something stronger, you will be able to enjoy spirits from Charbay Distillery & Winery, Hana Gin and Singani 63 that evening. For complete details on participating restaurants, wineries, breweries, etc., please go here.
As a reminder, please go here for complete details and to buy your ticket, so you can enjoy a fantastic evening and help support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need. In California, the project is focused on expanding access to school breakfast and afterschool meals. Currently, 23% of the children in California live in poverty, and only 49% of kids who qualify for free lunches also get breakfast.
Local beneficiaries of the 2016 San Francisco Taste of the Nation event include 18 Reasons, California Association of Food Banks, California Food Policy Advocates and Children of Shelters. With support from generous individuals, corporations and foundations, Share Our Strength can ensure all children get the healthy food they need, every day.
And, just so you know, if you aren’t able to attend this year’s San Francisco Taste of the Nation event, you can still support the cause by going here to make a welcomed donation.