Chefs Unite for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Atlanta

On May 8, Atlanta’s culinary elite will once again unite for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Atlanta, the city’s premier benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger. The highly anticipated 26th annual tasting event, which supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America, will feature gourmet samples from Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs and mixologists, as well as live, silent and beverage auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment all set against the dramatic live backdrop of the Georgia Aquarium ballroom. Tickets are now available and proceeds benefit one important cause: making sure all children in this nation have the healthy food they need, every day.


Thursday, May 8, 2014


Georgia Aquarium

255 Baker Street NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30313


7:30 to 10:00 p.m. for General Admission

6:30 to 10:00 p.m. for VIP


$250 for General Admission; $350 for VIP

More than 1,200 guests are expected to attend and will have the opportunity to sample signature fare and spirits from over 50 of the city’s most influential restaurants. Culinary tastemakers leading the 2014 event include chairs Pano Karatassos, founder and CEO of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group; George McKerrow Jr., CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill; and Honorary Chef Carmen Quagliata, Executive Chef and Partner at Union Square Cafe.

One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 700,000kids inGeorgia. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day by connecting them to nutrition programs such as school breakfast and summer meals and by teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

Recently, the No Kid Hungry campaign challenged America’s leaders to connect 1 million more low-income children in this nation to school breakfast over the next two years. While currently, just over half of our nation’s kids who need a free or reduced-price breakfast are getting one,The No Kid Hungry campaign is working with elected officials, corporate leaders, school officials, and others in the non-profit community on innovative strategies like moving breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the classroom so more kids get the food they need for academic success. The new website,, has tested strategies, advocacy tools and research that can help communities more rapidly connect more low-income children to this critical morning meal.

Since summer 2011, No Kid Hungry efforts to expand access to summer meals and school breakfast have helped connect kids to more than 34 million additional meals. The No Kid Hungry campaign is replicating that success around the country by working collaboratively with its partners to feed millions of American children. In 2013, Taste of the Nation Atlantaraised more than $712,000, which helps connect children in need with up to7,120,000 meals.

One hundred percent of ticket proceeds from Taste of the NationAtlanta benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign, thanks to generous support from national presenting sponsor Sysco, national sponsors American Express, Food Network, OpenTable, S.Pellegrino Natural Sparkling Water and Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water. Local sponsors include Georgia Aquarium, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Empire Distributors, Georgia Crown Distributing Company, National Distributing Company, Inc., Prime Wine & Spirits, Quality Wine & Spirits, United Distributors, Pulte Homes, Celebrity Cruises, Coca-Cola Food Service, The Reynolds Group, Inc., Atlanta Wholesale Wine, Classic Party Rentals, Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, Blockbuster Linen Service, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Marcus Foundation, A&D Linens, Eventologie, The Cook’s Warehouse, ImagineAir and Tommy & Chantal Bagwell. Local beneficiaries include the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Genesis Shelter and GPAN Cooking Matters.

Some of this year’s participating restaurants include:

  • 103 West
  • 4th & Swift
  • Abattoir
  • Aqua Blue Restaurant and Bar
  • Aria
  • Article 14
  • Atlanta Fish Market
  • Atlanta Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
  • Bacchanalia
  • Bistro Niko
  • BLT Steak
  • Buckhead Diner
  • C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar
  • Canoe
  • Chops Lobster Bar
  • Cook Hall Atlanta
  • Davio’s
  • Double Zero Napoletana
  • Floataway Café
  • Governor’s Mansion
  • Gunshow
  • Hugo’s Oyster Bar
  • Iberian Pig
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Kevin Rathbun Steak
  • King + Duke
  • Kyma
  • Local Three
  • Marlow’s Tavern
  • Murphy’s
  • Nan
  • One Flew South
  • Paper Plane
  • Parish Foods & Goods
  • Pricci
  • Proof & Provision
  • Rosebud
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Seed
  • Serpas True Food
  • Star Provisions
  • Southern Art
  • Sundial
  • Table 1280
  • Tamarind Seed
  • Ted’s Montana Grill
  • The Hil
  • Umi
  • Veni Vidi Vici
  • Windows at Lake Lanier Island Resort
  • Woodfire Grill

To purchase tickets for Taste of the Nation Atlanta, visit

About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Campaign

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters.  This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at

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