Submitted by AArmstrong on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 5:18pm
A Night to Remember:
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Orlando, locally presented by Darden Restaurants, returns Aug. 10 to Orlando World Center Marriott showcasing the talent and creativity of Central Florida’s leading chefs and restaurants in a culinary fundraising event to end childhood hunger.
Orlando World Center Marriott will host the 24 appetizers, entrees and desserts from 35 of Central Florida’s finest chefs, restaurants and culinary organizations complemented by silent and live auctions and entertainment. Some of this year’s participating chefs and restaurants include Cress Restaurant, Eddie V’s, K Restaurant and Wine Bar, Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, Marlow’s Tavern, Orlando World Center Marriott, Red Wing Restaurant, The Capital Grille, Sushi House Orlando, The Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder and 4Rivers Smokehouse.
The highlight of the event will be the annual Creekstone Farms Chef Throwdown, where two chefs will go head to head in a cooking challenge to determine whose culinary creation reigns supreme. Celebrity judges WFTV anchor Bob Opsahl, Scott Joseph from Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide and Honorary Chair Lucille O’Neal will decide which chef deserves the chef throwdown title and the honor of signing a generous check to Taste of the Nation Orlando from Creekstone Farms, one of the nation’s leading premium beef producers.
O’Neal, mother of NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, serves as honorary chair of this year’s event for the first time. The longtime philanthropist, celebrated author and motivational speaker has a long history of addressing and supporting childhood nutrition and hunger relief efforts. “As a mother of four adult children and 14 grandchildren, I have seen firsthand over the years the difference proper nutrition makes in the lives of our children,” O’Neal said. “Eating the right foods on a daily basis and receiving proper nourishment really helps to provide a foundation on which children can thrive physically and mentally. It is our obligation to ensure that we provide necessary essentials that ultimately will help their minds and bodies grow and reach their full potential."
Tickets for the event are $150, and all proceeds benefit Share Our Strength's efforts to erradicate childhood hunger. Local beneficiares include Coailtion for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
This year’s silent auction, presented by Neiman Marcus, invites guests to bid on luxury apparel and accessories, stays at upscale hotels, gift cards to the area’s top restaurants, rounds of golf on area courses, and tickets to coveted sporting events. Featured auction items include:
• Neiman Marcus Selection of Jewelry, Timepieces and Handbags ($10,000 value)
• JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes – Dinner for 6 with Wine Pairings ($2,000 value)
• Hilton Grand Vacations Orlando – 4-Night Stay in a 2-Bedroom Suite ($1,676 value)
• Seasons 52 Chef’s Table Experience for up to 6 Guest ($1,000 value)
• Howl at the Moon Orlando Happy Hour Party for 100 – WOW ($1,000 value)
• Golf for 4 on Lake Nona Golf & Country Club’s Championship Golf Course ($900 value)
2013 TASTE OF THE NATION ORLANDO
Saturday, August 10, 2013
6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Dr., Orlando
Cocktail / Semi-Formal
ABOUT SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S TASTE OF THE NATION® ORLANDO
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation Orlando event brings together the area's top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness; local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
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ABOUT SHARE OUR STRENGTH
Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. For more information, visit http://www.nokidhungry.org/.
Sat, 08/10/2013 - 6:45pm to 10:00pm