South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, Returns on Friday, May 12th

South Florida’s top chefs, restaurateurs, and mixologists join forces to help end childhood hunger

South Florida foodies can unite to help fight childhood hunger on Friday, May 12, 2017, when South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to Soho Studios in Wynwood. The annual tasting event will feature the area’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists united for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need, every day. Proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. The 2017 event signals its second year in Wynwood, inarguably one of the country’s hottest neighborhoods.

The 29th annual tasting event will take place from 7 PM to 10 PM, followed by an exclusive after-party for VIP ticket holders and Chefs at Wynwood’s own R House from 10 PM to midnight.
Led by new Chef Chairman Timon Balloo, South Florida’s food and beverage tastemakers will provide guests with savory samplings, craft cocktails, and delectable desserts. The event will be emceed by CBS4’s very own Lisa Petrillo and Y-100 Miami’s on-air personality Nick Pena. The benefit will also feature a silent auction with exclusive packages and a Citi lounge area for guests to relax and savor specialty cocktails. New to this year’s festivities will be the first-ever Taste of the Nation Speakeasy featuring six of the hottest mixologists in South Florida paired with a select spirit, serving a specialty cocktail of their creation.

The party will continue just down the street at R House where Chef/Owner Rocco Carulli will team up with additional restaurants to treat guests to tasty bites and pours late into the night. Additional news about the after-party will be announced at a later date. 

General admission tickets are priced at $125 per person. VIP tickets are priced at $175 per person and provide admission to the after-party. VIP Plus tickets are priced at $200 per person and provide access to the event one hour before the doors open as well as admission to the after-party.  After Party admission tickets are priced at $75 per person. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Every Kid, Healthy Food, Every Day

One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 1.1 million kids in Florida. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Already, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with 460 million meals.

In 2016, South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to help feed children in need of more than 700,000 healthy meals. Local beneficiaries include Florida Impact, FLIPANY, and Feeding South Florida.

South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco®, national media sponsor Food Network, national sponsors OpenTable and The Glenlivet, and local sponsors Breakthru Beverage, Mike Sipe Entertainment, CBS4, Events on the Loose, iHeartMedia, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, VOSS artesian water from Norway, Panache Classic Event & Tent Rentals, Social Thinking, New Times, Shawmut Design & Construction, Williams Sonoma, and Brustman Carrino Public Relations.

The top [confirmed] eateries in South Florida will be represented at the event, including:

3030 Ocean

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Alter Restaurant

Antico Pizza

Area 31

Artisan Beach House

Bar Collins at Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Bazaar Mar by José Andrés

Beaker & Gray

Bird & Bone

BLT Prime


Bourbon Steak Miami

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Byblos Miami

CORSAIR Kitchen & Bar

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

DB Bistro Moderne

EDGE Steak & Bar

Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz

Finka Table & Tap


Glass & Vine


Jaya at The Setai

Katsuya South Beach

Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar & Pizzeria

Lure Fishbar, South Beach


Malibu Farm

Market at EDITION

MC Kitchen

Meat Market

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Olla Miami

Ono Poke Shop

Ortanique on The Mile

Pao by Paul Qui at Faena Miami Beach

Phuc Yea

Pinch Kitchen

R House Wynwood

Red, the Steakhouse

Sarsaparilla Club

Scarpetta by Scott Conant

SUGARCANE raw bar grill



TALDE Miami Beach

Temple Street Eatery

The Bazaar by José Andrés

The Café at Books & Books

The Dutch Miami

The Salty Donut

Whisk Gourmet

Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille


No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at

Zulma Torres

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