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Taste of the Nation Portland chefs beverage No Kid Hungry

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:44 AM



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VIP Tickets Offer Tastes from Pok Pok, Paley’s Place, Toro Bravo, Multnomah Whiskey Library and More


March 17, 2014 – Portland, OR – From Lucky Charm Ice Cream and Fried Chicken Lollipops to Fluffernutter and Chocolate Milk, Portland’s culinary community will put an updated spin on their favorite childhood foods at Share our Strength’s 27th annual Taste of the Nation® on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland.  Using the theme “What My Family Ate” as inspiration, more than 60 food and beverage artisans will help raise money to end childhood hunger.


“I’m gratified to be part of this important cause,” says Sarah Schafer, Taste of the Nation Portland chef chair and executive chef at Irving Street Kitchen.  “For one special night, Portland’s culinary community will rally to support childhood hunger and make a difference for so many hungry families.”


Taste of the Nation Portland raises critical funds to support Share Our Strength's mission, and 100 percent of ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.  Local beneficiaries for Taste of the Nation Portland include Oregon Food Bank, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and Klamath/Lake Counties Food Bank.


Tickets are on sale now at http://tasteofthenation.org/portland.


VIP EXPERIENCE (Tickets: $150; 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

VIP ticket holders have early access to a select group of Portland chefs and mixologists an hour prior to general admission, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Chefs included are Vitaly Paley (Imperial, Portland Penny Diner, Paley’s Place), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), John Gorham (Tasty n’ Sons, Tasty n’ Alder, Toro Bravo and the new Mediterranean Exploration Co.) and Adam Sappington (The Country Cat).  A special VIP-only appearance by the popular Multnomah Whiskey Library will offer guests a variety of whiskey tastings and cocktails.  VIPs will also enjoy tastes from the soon-to-open Italian restaurant Renata, and sweet bites from Xocolatl de David.  Complimentary parking is included, as well as all the General Admission ticket offerings.


GENERAL ADMISSION (Tickets: $85; 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.)

General admission grants access into the main ballroom, where dozens of Portland’s food and beverage community will be serving delicious food and drink.  The festivities will also include a silent auction, photo booth and other games and activities.





Bamboo Sushi

Batch Chocolate


Boke Bowl




Irving St. Kitchen


Laurelhurst Market

Olympic Provisions

Pacific Pie Company

Petunia’s Pastry

Produce Row Café


Raven & Rose

Ringside Steakhouse

Salt & Straw


Smokehouse 21

St. Jack

Zeus Café


Beverage purveyors:

Anam Cara Cellars

Apolloni Vineyards

Argyle Winery


Big Bottom Whiskey

Bull Run Distillery

Burnside Brewing

Cana’s Feast Winery

Chapter 24 Vineyards

Cristom Winery

Dry Fly Distilling

DRY Soda

Ecliptic Brewing

Edgefield Winery

Elk Cove Vineyards 

Full Sail Brewing

Indio Spirits

Maletis Beverages

McMenamins (Brewing, Distillery & Coffee Roasters)

Moet + Chandon

New Deal Distillery

NW Distillery

Pamplin Family Winery 

Pfriem Family Brewers

Portland Juice Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing 

Sineann Winery 

Steven Smith Teamaker

Volcanic Mineral Refresher

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks



Taste of the Nation Portland is generously sponsored by Charlie’s Produce, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom and Vacations International.  More sponsors to be announced soon.


About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry®

No child grows up hungry in America, but one in five children in America 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 NoKidHungry.org.  Follow us on Twitter @TastePortland and on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/portlandtaste.



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