Over 800 gourmands recently helped welcome back Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Miami to the legendary Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura. South Florida’s premier culinary benefit was a huge success raising $85,000 to fight childhood hunger.
The special evening showcased great wines, champagne, a fabulous silent and live auction, and the latest cuisine from more than 40 celebrated chefs including longtime event chair Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s. Three-time Emmy award-winning TV anchor and local celebrity Laurie Jennings of WPLG Miami emceed the grand affair.
Participating chefs and restaurants in this year’s Taste of the Nation Miami were Hiro Asano of Abokado, Simon Stojanovic of AltaMare, Dennis J.J. van Daatselaar of Aruba Tourism Authority, Chris Capron of Asia De Cuba, Bruno Egea of Blue Door at Delano & Blue Sea, Gabriel Fenton of Bourbon Steak, Ryan Egozi of Cantina Laredo, Daniel Buss of Cascata Grille at Fairmont Turnberry Isle, Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s and Taste Gastropub, Taria Navaro of China Grill, Holger Struett of Chops Lobster Bar, Shar Melwani of Cookies by Shar, Douglas Rodriguez of De Rodriguez Cuba, Frank Jeannetti of Essensia Restaurant and Lounge, Jeff O’Neil of Gibraltar, John Suley of Gotham at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Jennifer Behar of Jennifer’s Homemade, Andre Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab, Luis Pous of Little Palm Island, Frederic Delaire of Preston’s Loews Miami Beach, Sean Brasel of Meat Market, Jose Mendin of Mercadito, Nespresso, Peter Vauthy of Red The Steakhouse, Jean Jouvens of Sawa Restaurant & Lounge, Shake Shack, Dana Brizee of Smith & Wollensky, Marc Vidal of Solea, Jason Smith of Steak 954, Alberto Cabrera of STK, Timon Balloo of Sugercane Raw Bar Grill, Juliana Gonzales of SushiSamba Dromo, Luis Padilla of The Grill on the Alley, Jonathan Wright of The Restaurant, Leah Schmaman of We Take the Cake, Whole Foods Market and Marco Ferraro of Wish at the Hotel.
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the country’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Each spring, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at more than 45 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger.
There are over 17 million kids in America with 637,000 of this total in Florida – that’s 1 in 4 children who do not know when they will have their next meal. In South Florida, funds are distributed to beneficiaries such as FLIPANY, Feeding South Florida, and Florida Impact.
Taste of the Nation is sponsored nationally by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, Brown-Forman, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Stella Artois, while Carnival Cruise Lines, Nespresso, Whole Foods, Cadillac and POM are among the local sponsors for the popular Miami event. Since its inception 25 years ago, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $70 million. Funds raised in 2009 supported 400 organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad.
To get involved, visit StrengthFlorida.org