Saturday, April 18, 2015

Taste of the Nation 2015

Taste of the Nation is without a doubt my favorite annual Charlotte event.  I've professed my love for the food, drink, and charity multiple times in the past (2012, 2013, and 2014), but I'll give you a brief idea of what you're missing if you have yet to attend.

Taste of the Nation combines an elaborate celebration of Charlotte's best chefs and restaurants, endless wine and crafty cocktails, live entertainment, wine grab-bags, and a silent auction to yield a fabulous evening for fundraising for No Kid Hungry and local beneficiaries Second Harvest Food Bank and Community Culinary School of Charlotte.  My fabulous parents even traveled from Atlanta to join me for the evening of food and fun.

If my description of the event isn't enough to interest you, let me swoon your senses with pictures of many of the delicious bites that graced my palate this evening.

300 East
Espresso Brownies, Goat Cheese Panna Cotta , and Passion Fruit Cheesecake
Baku Restaurant
Wage Beef Tataki Wrapped Around Pickled Daikon

Napa on Providence
Grilled Shrimp Over Chick Pea Salad
Date Nut Clusters and Merlot Truffles
Midwood Smokehouse
Housemade Chips and Jalepeno Bacon Dip

Johnson and Wales Culinary School
Assortment of Desserts
BBQ Pork Sliders and Chips
BBQ Pork Belly Taco and Carrot Cake
Dogwood Southern Table and Bar
Rosemary Vodka Lemonade and Brisket with Bourbon Cherries
Gallery Restaurant
Seafood Gazpacho, Pork Belly, and Deconstructed Key Lime Pie
In addition to a standard ticket, there are also VIP tickets for sale.  The benefits include early entry and an extra hour of opportunity to eat yourself silly as well as access to the Luxe Lounge.  In addition to the incredible sweets pictured below, there were passed appetizers and premium cocktails.

Cupcakes, Macarons, and Fancy Chocolates
Needless to say, it was a glutinous night that once again highlighted the incredible culinary talent that exists in Charlotte as well as the charitable giving from the community.  Congrats to Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry for the 20th annual event.  I can't wait the 21st event in April 2016!

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