Foodie event: Taste of the Nation returns to West Palm 

When the top chefs in the county gather in one place, the heat map lights up like a brûlée torch. We can expect this to happen in a few weeks when Taste of the Nation returns to the Kravis Center.

The grand tasting night, which takes place April 5, is the largest culinary-for-charity event of the year, featuring nearly 50 area chefs, plus beverage pros. The cause: to support the national No Kid Hungry drive to connect families with food and nutrition sources. 

At last year’s sold-out event, more than 600 people helped raise some $100,000 for the cause. Organizers say that translates to one million meals for the needy. 

Here’s what you need to know about Taste of the Nation: 

  • The food stations are plentiful and usually staffed by the restaurants’ top chefs. This year’s chef leaders for the event include James Beard Award semifinalists Clay Conley (Buccan/ Grato) and Lindsay Autry (The Regional). They are joined by chefs Julien Gremaud (Avocado Grill), Zach Bell (Addison Reserve) and Tim Lipman (Coolinary Café/ Parched Pig) – all will have dishes of their own to present that night. 
  • Master sommelier and local wine shop and academy owner Virginia Philip will select the evening’s wines. 
  • There’s a month-long cocktail contest called The Shake Up leading up to the event. At the Kravis grand tasting, the winning bartenders will be pouring their boozy creations. 
  • The food and drink pros involved donate their time and food – 100 percent of the night’s proceeds benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign. 


Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry 

  • When: Thursday, April 5, 7 to 10 p.m. (6 p.m. access for VIP) 
  • Where: Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach 
  • How much: $150 general admission, $200 VIP. (VIP ticket grants access to private lounge area where the organizing chefs will be stationed, plus access to a chef’s after-party at The Regional Kitchen.) Buy tickets here.
  • Who: For a list of participating restaurants and vendors, visit the Taste of the Nation event page.

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