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Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation - Now with Top Chef Carla Hall

TON On Monday, March 30th, one of the best annual events for DC Foodies comes around for the twenty-first time.  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is an epicurean dream: food from more than 40 of Washington's best restaurants, a wine bar, and killer cocktails.  It's also a fundraising event from which 100% of ticket sales go to benefit local anti-hunger organizations.  Good food and drink for a good that's a hot ticket.

And it just got hotter today - DC Foodies has just learned that Top Chef Finalist Carla Hall will be participating in this year's event.  The proprietor of Alchemy Caterers, Hall is a graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine and a veteran chef with Share Our Strength's Operation Front Line.  She's been making the rounds interviewing with DC media and bloggers in advance of tonight's finale, and it should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen her positive, thoughtful approach to cooking that she's involved in this.

Taste of the Nation will take place from 7 to 10 PM on the evening of Monday, March 30th, and this year the event is taking place in the beautiful Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue.  For $85, guests can attend the general event, partake of tastings, and bid on items in the silent and not-so-silent auctions taking place that night.

Carla If you're feeling even more generous, a $150 VIP ticket will earn you admission an hour early and get you into the VIP lounge, where you can enjoy hands-on demonstrations hosted by chef chair RJ Cooper of Vidalia, exclusive tastings and cocktails from Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim and members of the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.  Have a sweet tooth?  There will also be a VIP 'Dessert Den' this year!  Since all of the ticket sales go directly to the beneficiary charities, why not splurge a little?

So which restaurants will be participating in this foodie-palooza?  Check out the website for the full list, but here's just a taste:

  • 1789
  • Art and Soul
  • Bourbon Steak
  • Central
  • Charlie Palmer Steak
  • Dino
  • Farrah Olivia
  • Hank's Oyster Bar
  • Kaz's Sushi Bistro
  • Kinkead's
  • Marcel's / Brasserie Beck
  • PS7's
  • Restaurant Eve
  • Restaurant Nora
  • The Source
  • Vidalia / Bistro Bis
  • VOLT

Drooling yet?



i'm so excited this event is happening. also people from Through the Kitchen Door will be there, a really great nonprofit/catering company (ok, shameless plug...).


I can't wait a taste of the old mixed with the new! I'll be there.

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