Throughout the year, Share Our Strength, an organization that has dedicated itself to battling hunger since 1988, conducts culinary benefits around the US and Canada. Every Spring and Summer, Taste of the Nation teams local chefs and mixologists in each respective city with other volunteers to offer culinary treats and specialty cocktails for fundraising efforts. This year, 100% of the proceeds are contributed to No Kid Hungry, the charity's effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
The event gets underway in Philadelphia on Monday, June 20th, in the Millennium Ballroom at the Loews Hotel on 12th & Market. This year's Chef Chair is Jennifer Carroll, a favorite Top Chef contestant and Chef de Cuisine at 10 Arts by Eric Ripert in The Ritz-Carlton. Representative restaurants include Fish, Fond, Davio's, LaCroix at the Rittenhouse, and Modo Modo. The cocktail shakers from The Franklin and The Farmer's Cabinet will be present, among many others. Craft beer and wine will also be served.
Patrons may choose VIP Admission, which gains preview access to the event an hour early at 5:30PM at the cost of $135, or General Admission for $85 (entry at 6:30PM). Festivities last until 9:30PM. Ticket prices are increased by $10 for at-the-door purchases, so buy your passes before Monday. Proceeds will benefit the city's local charities Philabundance, The Food Trust, The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, and the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center.
Note: When purchasing tickets, use the code FOOBOOZ at checkout to receive a 15% discount.