More than 1,000 charity-minded foodies gathered at Ice Palace Film Studios on Friday, May 17, for the city’s premier culinary event for a cause — South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry.
The annual tasting event, which featured Miami-Dade and Broward county top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists, raised more than $198,000 through local event proceeds and national partnerships, all to support No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.
The 31st annual soirée was led by chef chair Timon Balloo of Sugarcane | raw bar grill and co-chair Cesar Zapata of Phuc Yea & Pho Mo, along with chef co-chairs Paula DaSilva of The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale and Alex Kuk and Diego Ng of Temple Street Eatery.
Taste of the Nation South Florida 2019 chefs and participants included: 3030 Ocean, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, American Social, Area 31, Ariete, Bar Collins, Beaker & Gray, Bird & Bone at The Confidante Miami Beach, Bourbon Steak, Bubbles + Pearls, Burlock Coast, Cafe La Trova, Chi Fa – Chino Peruvian Street Fare, Concrete Beach Brewery, CORSAIR KITCHEN & BAR, Cvltvra, dōma restaurant, DUNE at Auberge Beach, EDGE Steak & Bar, Fooq’s, Freestyle, Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Cuisine, House of Per’La, International Smoke, Itamae, J. Wakefield Brewing, Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, KYU, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, La Placita, Le Zoo, Lightkeepers, Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach, Lona Cocina y Tequileria, Lure Fishbar, Macchialina, MadLab Creamery, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, NightLife Brewing Co., No Name Chinese, Novecento, Obra Miami, Phuc Yea, Pink Pie, R House Wynwood, Rusty Pelican, Sawa Restaurant & Lounge, Scarpetta by Scott Conant, Soff’s, Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar + Kitchen, Stagé Palm Beach Gardens, Stubborn Seed, SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Surfhouse, SuViche, Taquiza, Temple Street Eatery, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, the Cafe at Books & Books, RWSB, The Surf Club Restaurant, The Sylvester, Three, and Toro Toro.
One-in-six children in this country struggles with hunger, and in Florida it is one-in-five. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Already, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with over 1 billion meals. This year, South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to help feed children in need more than 1,980,000 healthy meals.
South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national co-presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco, national media sponsor Food Network, and national sponsor OpenTable. Local sponsors include Breakthru Beverage, Brustman Carrino Public Relations, Chrysler Pacifica, Events on the Loose, Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, iHeart Media Miami, JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Mike Sipe Entertainment, Social Thinkking, Staff Squad, Topo Chico, Veza Sur Brewing Co.
To learn more about South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, visit http://nokidhungry.org/SouthFlorida.