Orlando’s Taste of the Nation event is coming up, on Saturday, August 8. This is one of the biggest food and wine events of the year, and it’s also one of the most important because it benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program to eradicate childhood hunger.
And we’re not talking about kids going hungry in foreign countries or even rural parts of the U.S. We’re talking about right here in Florida. A report released just this past Tuesday and highlighted in a story by Kate Santich in the Orlando Sentinel, stated that nearly one in four kids in Central Florida is living in poverty.
So something like Taste of the Nation is very important. All of the money raised at the event will go toward feeding hungry children right here in our own community. So the $150 ticket charge seems a mere pittance when you consider the good it can do.
And it’s not like you’re not getting something for the entrance fee (not that feeling good about yourself for doing good is nothing!). Nearly 45 restaurants will be on hand handing out samples of their menus. These restaurants donate their time, talent and, not incidentally, money to be part of this event. They do it for the cause, of course, but they also know that this is a terrific opportunity to show a large audience the kind of food they do at their restaurants. They’re there to impress you.
I have the full list of participating restaurant below, but I’m especially proud of the restaurants that are part of the SJO advertising family. They include Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes; JJ’s Grille; K Restaurant and Wine Bar; MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center; Taverna Opa; and The Whiskey. I hope you’ll stop by their booths and thank them for doing what they do.
Taste of the Nation is Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 6:45 to 10 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando. Tickets are $150 per person and may be purchased at the Taste of the Nation webpage.
I hope to see you there. And by the way, if you can’t make it but would like to help, here are a few other restaurants offering specials before the event.
Here’s a list of all the restaurants scheduled to participate:
4Rivers Smokehouse and The Coop
A Land Remembered at Rosen Shingle Creek
Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
B Resort and Spa and American Q
B.B. King’s Blues Club
Black Fire Bull
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
Cafe Tu Tu Tango
Cala Bella Restaurant at Rosen Shingle Creek
Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The Capital Grille Orlando & Millenia
Dragonfly Robata Sushi & Grill
Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties
Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney
Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
K Restaurant and Wine Bar
Lafayette’s Music Room
MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort
Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside
Orlando World Center Marriott
Red Wing Restaurant
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
Second Harvest Food Bank – Culinary Training Program
Soco Thornton Park
Tapa Toro Tapas Bar
Three2OH Ice Cream
TR Fire Grill
Universal Orlando Resort
Urban Tide Hyatt Regency
Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom