Taste of the Nation 2011

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It’s almost time for another DC foodie favorite event, and also one of my favorites.  DC’s strong culinary community will be joining forces yet again to fight childhood hunger with Share Our Strength at the 23rd Annual Taste of the Nation.

More than 75 of Washington’s favorite chefs, mixologists, restaurants and wine bars will come together to raise money and awareness for “No Kid Hungry” Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger by 2015.

Always billed as a culinary night to remember, buy a ticket and you’ll have the opportunity to try dishes from the capital’s best eateries, participate in a silent auction, and check out a number of live cooking demonstrations.  Participating chefs include Haidar Karoum of Estadio/ Proof, Nicholas Stefanelli of Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, Bryan Voltaggio of VOLT and Nick Sharpe of Ba Bay.

Chairing the event is Chef R.J. Cooper of Rogue 24, the Mount Vernon Square restaurant set to open in May, Sommelier Chair Nadine Brown of Charlie Palmer Steak, and Mixologist Chair Gina Chersevani of PS 7′s.

“You can really help a child by just buying one ticket,” says Cooper. “This is a great cause. It’s easy to get this kind of camaraderie between chefs for something like this.”

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courtesy of ‘Sexy Fitsum’

All proceeds directly benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which includes support for the Capitol Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions and Mary’s Center.  Put it on your calendar.

When: Monday, April 4, 2011

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

General Admission: $95, 7-10pm

VIP Reception: $150, 6-7pm

*Note: Taste of the Nation is 21 and over.

Tickets are available at 1-877-26-TASTE or TasteOfTheNation.org/Washington. You can also follow Taste of the Nation on Twitter at @TOTNationDC.

Tricia is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Columbia Heights. She loves DC so much that she was only able to leave the city for one year after college and immediately came running back. Tricia works in PR during the day, and spends her nights trying out new restaurants in DC with friends or watching The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Tricia recently decided to eat her way though all of Zagat’s 2011 restaurants until she realized she would be old and broke by the time she finished. Follow her on Twitter and email her at Tricia (at) welovedc.com.

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