Chef Clay Conley (Buccan Restaurant Group) is a co-chair for this year’s Taste of the Nation grand tasting event.
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.
Beyond bites: There’s plenty to drink at Taste of the Nation, including craft cocktails, wine, local beer and locally roasted coffee.
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.
Dozens of local restaurants and food/drink pros will take part in this year’s Taste of the Nation event.
IF YOU GO
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.