Taste of the Nation: This Week in Boston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Palm Beach

Four Taste of the Nation events on the East Coast
Food festival desserts

Food festival desserts

Share Our Strength’s events are always fun, delicious, and incredibly charitable. In cities across the country all throughout the year, the organization hosts Taste of the Nation events, Great American Bakesales, Dine Out nights, a touring dinner series called A Tasteful Pursuit, and cooking courses as part of their Cooking Matters series.

In the ongoing fight to end childhood hunger (by 2015), there are four Taste of the Nation events this week for food-loving East Coasters. Boston, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Palm Beach will all host events this week that will see some of the cities’ best restaurants come out in force.

At Charlotte’s 16th Annual Taste of the Nation event, chefs from local restaurants and students from culinary schools in the area will be cooking on Wednesday, April 13th. You’ll be able to sample dishes from notable local spots like Village Tavern, MEZ, and Mimosa Grill.

Down in Palm Beach at this year’s Taste of the Nation, Café Boulud chef Zach Bell will not only act as event chair, but will be working in the kitchen, as well. Hosted this Wednesday, April 13th, the event will bring together some of the city’s best including a “Battle of the Beard’s” competition between Zach Bell and Dean Max.

In Boston (pictured above), restaurants including Stella, L’Espalier, and the South End Buttery will come together under one roof on Thursday, April 14th. Local wineries, mixologists, and a silent auction will round out the evening. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Scutter)

Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation event, also on Thursday, April 14th, will find some of the city’s best talents doing their thing at the Georgia Aquarium. This year, they are honoring local chefs who have participated in Taste of the Nation for the last ten years from Gerry Klaskala (Aria) to Bob Holly (Atlanta Fish Market) and from Gary Mennie (Table 1280) to Scott Serpas (Serpas).