Taste of the Nation Takes Over New York City

The annual fundraiser brought together some of the Big Apple's top chefs

 The wildly popular event raises funds to end childhood hunger.

Featuring the best of the best of New York’s chefs, mixologists, restaurateurs, and sommeliers joined together to conquer childhood hunger in America, Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry took the Big Apple by storm at the end of April.

Despite an extremely crowded venue due to the overwhelming turnout, the unlimited selection of tasty desserts, drinks, and more made this culinary-for-a-cause soiree the talk of the town. Can it taste any better than this? Oh yes it can. In fact, 100 percent of proceeds from the event go to benefit No Kid Hungry, which aims to end childhood hunger in America. That ought to leave a good taste in your mouth.

Guests’ dining experiences were taken to a whole new level with the event’s extensive selection of crafty cocktails, innovative sweets, and bite-size farm-to-table morsels at this signature tasting event at the mesmerizing 180 Maiden Lane on the East River Waterfront.

The organizing committee was led by honorary chair Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group) along with culinary co-chairs Anita Lo (Annisa) and Bryce Schuman (Betony), and host committee members Eli Sussman (Samesa), Chris Jaeckle (Uma Temakeria), William Elliot (Maison Premiere and Sauvage), Jack Logue (Betony), Flynn McGarry (Eureka), and Oskar Kostecki (Union Square Wines).

Taste of the Nation 2017 featured more than 40 of the city’s most popular eateries, serving the best small dishes. Participating restaurants and bars included Lalito, Union Square Cafe, Atoboy, Massoni, Pig Bleecker, Dead Rabbit, Black Tail, Pig & Khao, and Daily Provisions.

Last year, New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry fed more than one million healthy meals to children across the city. Local beneficiaries include City Harvest, Hunger Solutions NY, Food Bank for New York City, and Hunger Free America.

Unfortunately, one in six children in this country faces hunger, including 22 percent of kids in New York. No Kid Hungry ensures kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast in the classroom and have access to the food they need in the summer, and helps families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids facing hunger to more than 500 million meals.


New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco, national media sponsor Food Network, national sponsors OpenTable and The Glenlivet, and local sponsors Bazzini, Empire City Casino, Fenton Models, Lifeway, Loacker USA, Moishe’s Moving and Storage, Nobletree, Prosciutto di Parma, PTG, Shawmut Design and Construction, S. Pellegrino, Tito’s, TouchBistro, Virgil Kaine, and Zwilling J.A. Henckles.