Join Us in Ending Childhood Hunger with @OrlandoTaste Annual Taste of the Nation Gala! #OrlTaste

One of the most anticipated foodie event in Central Florida returns on August 8, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott to cook up support for the 26th installment of Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry.

Forty-four of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, to ensure that no child grows up hungry in our city and across America. 100% of Taste of the Nation proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger. Click HERE to buy tickets.


Newcomers include Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, Black Fire Bull, MOOR and Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort, Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Itta Bena, Lafayette’s Music Room, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar, TR Fire Grill, The Whiskey, Urban Tide Hyatt Regency, and Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Along with appetizers, entrees, desserts and spirits, guests will enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The event’s popular Instant Wine Cellar game returns offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 250 chances to win this exquisite wine cellar. Each key is a $25 donation.

New to this year’s event is The Giving Tree, a towering tree that will give participants an opportunity to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular restaurants. For a $50 donation, participants are invited to choose a hanging envelope from the tree; each hanging envelope contains a restaurant gift card ranging from $50 to $200 in value.

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is also serving up four tasty starter events to whet the community’s appetite for the main event while raising funds for national beneficiary Share Our Strength and local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

With a 26-year legacy of combating childhood hunger locally and across the nation, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation has raised millions in critical funds to support children’s nutrition programs provided by local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and national beneficiary Share Our Strength.

“Last year, the Coalition served more than 300,000 meals, and Taste of the Nation’s fundraising efforts helped make that possible,” said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.  “Childhood hunger ends one meal at a time, and that responsibility must be a community effort. Taste of the Nation is a perfect example of our community coming together to help those in need, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is presented nationally by Citi and Sysco and sponsored nationally by media sponsor Food Network, and in select markets by Emmi Roth USA, OpenTable, and Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc. Special thanks to local sponsors AmeriFactors, Regions Bank, Darden Restaurants, Quality One Wireless, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Heron Lawn and Pest Control.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr., Orlando


Cocktail / Semi-Formal

  1. 4Rivers Smokehouse and The Coop
  2. A Land Remembered at Rosen Shingle Creek
  3. Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
  4. B Resort and Spa and American Q
  5. B.B. King’s Blues Club
  6. Black Fire Bull
  7. Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
  8. Cafe Tu Tu Tango
  9. Cala Bella Restaurant at Rosen Shingle Creek
  10. Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  11. The Capital Grille Orlando & Millenia
  12. Cress Restaurant
  13. Cuba Libre
  14. Dragonfly Robata Sushi & Grill
  15. Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
  16. Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties
  17. Fresh Point
  18. Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney
  19. Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
  20. Itta Bena
  21. JJ’s Grille
  22. JW Marriott
  23. K Restaurant and Wine Bar
  24. Lafayette’s Music Room
  25. Marlow’s Tavern
  26. MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
  27. Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort
  28. Opa Orlando
  29. Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside
  30. Orlando World Center Marriott
  31. Red Wing Restaurant
  32. Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
  33. Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
  34. SeaWorld Orlando
  35. Second Harvest Food Bank – Culinary Training Program
  36. Soco Thornton Park
  37. Symphony Pastries
  38. Tapa Toro Tapas Bar
  39. Three2OH Ice Cream
  40. TR Fire Grill
  41. Universal Orlando Resort
  42. Urban Tide Hyatt Regency
  43. The Whiskey
  44. Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom




Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry brings together the area’s top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry.

Connect with Orlando Taste of Nation: Facebook, Twitter.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida: Facebook, Twitter

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida: Facebook, Twitter.


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