Seeking to stretch their event dollars, presumably so that they have more moolah for lobster and pennywort salads and smoked salmon and mascarpone crepes, people sometimes ask me what the best annual food event worth splashing out for is, and Taste of the Nation tops my list.
For the price, you won’t find a better lineup of A+ local food talent, and since your ticket proceeds go to a good cause—Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign—you’ll also feel like a better person. Philanthropy with a side of Xocolatl de Davíd’s fluffernutters and chocolate milk? Yes, please.
This year’s sold out Taste of the Nation shook its crawfish poutine and beef tataki-stuffed fist at child hunger last night, from the funky confines of downtown’s beloved Crystal Ballroom, where over 30 local restaurants ranging from Aviary to The Country Cat put on a facestuffing show of shows.
The lineup went something like this:
If you were on the fence about going this year and didn’t hop off and get your ticket, I hope you feel as forlorn as you should. But the nice thing about TOTN is that it’s as reliable as the arrival of a spring squall on the day you decide to chance wearing your cute new spring flats, so just mark your calendar for next year’s event.
And now, for one final swoon,