South Florida’s Taste of the Nation Helps End Childhood Hunger with No Kid Hungry

One of the most important culinary events to raise awareness about childhood hunger is South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry.  80 top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists showcase their talents and lured over 1,100 charity minded foodies to Wynwood’s Soho Studio recently.

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clockwise top left: Chef Michael Pirolo, Macchialina’s caponata and zucchini salad and yours truly at LG lounge area; Chef Eileen Andrade, Finka Table & Tap with arroz con pollo fritter topped with aji amarilla sauce; Chef Cindy Hutson, Zest Restaurant; VOSS showcasing their new sparkling flavored artesian water.

Share Our Strength produces Taste of the Nation and has raised over $70,000 this year in Miami alone to support the No Kid Hungry’s programs to end childhood hunger and educate families about healthy cooking and eating.  No Kid Hungry is especially important in the summer, funding enables programs like a school bus in North Carolina to feed the kids when schools are closed. It’s hard to believe 1 in 5 kids in America struggles with hunger from lack of access to food, so I’m thrilled to see this program so successful in Miami which raised enough funds for over 700,000 healthy meals for children.

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clockwise top left: Chef Nelson Fernandez, Byblos braised Colorado lamb shoulder; Chef Xavier Torres, Drunken Dragon’s octopus carpaccio; Chef Adrien Grenier, 3030 Ocean, Wahoo; Chef Jose Mendin, PB Station, octopus pepperoni.

LG, a home appliance partner of No Kid Hungry was just one of the numerous national corporate sponsors who are committed to helping this cause.  I liked how the LG area provided a nice setting of beautiful wood dining tables and chairs and a wonderful spread from a very popular Miami Italian restaurant, Macchialina’s Chef Michael Pirolo.  His caponata and refreshing zucchini salad was a perfect start to a whole evening of top notch gourmet bites from Miami and Broward’s best restaurants. I was given a little presentation of the fabulous LG Black Stainless Steel Series Door-in-Door Refrigerator that’s finger print and smudge resistant, how handy cause I can’t stand smudges.  What I love best was the refrigerator’s outer door that opens but doesn’t open the whole fridge so you have easy access to seasoning bottles and beverages!  So clever especially if you have a big family of kids who keep opening the fridge to get stuff.  The freezer below was very interesting, it had layered drawers and very convenient to see what you have in there instead of those deep drawers so you have to wade through.  As a cooking educator and someone who enjoys cooking, I love products that are beautiful and functional.  Since Asian seasonings are a big part of what’s in my refrigerator door, I think LG’s got it down, well they are from Korea!

 

To find out more about the No Kid Hungry program, visit them here.

For future Taste of the Nation culinary events in your city, visit here.

Disclosure: I was invited by LG to this event. 

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