Taste Of The Nation Orlando 2013


I’ve been wanting to go to Taste Of The Nation for the past few years.  All the proceedings from the event (including a live auction and a silent auction) go to support Share Our Strength, which works to end childhood hunger.  As a teacher, I occasionally have students come up to me to say they’re not feeling well, due to the fact that they haven’t eaten.  A hungry student cannot concentrate. A hungry student cannot learn.  A hungry student is in pain. Looking at the displays, I saw the faces of my students, and wondered who among them struggles with this.

So, when I received a last minute (and I’m talking like, eleventh hour, fifty-ninth minute) invitation to the event, I leaped at the chance, not only to support the No Kid Hungry campaign, but also to sample the offerings from many local restaurants. Thanks, Julie!

Folks, this is one impressive event.  The chefs pull out all the stops. I had pillowy soft purses of pasta, perfectly seared tuna, beef cheek that melted in my mouth, and a baked Alaska that was torched to order.  Despite the impressive number of people at the event, the room never felt crowded.  The chefs took the time to interact with guests.  Chef Kevin Fonzo simultaneously chatted with us, bantered with his staff, and plated our dish.

Each table made the most of their display

And Joey and I got to hang with Jon and Katie of Sew Woodsy. Katie is also the brain behind Katie’s Cucina.

For some reason, I seemed to concentrate on sweets. Go figure.  They were everywhere.  Not only was there a conveyor belt of desserts, a bookcase full of desserts, but even the decorations had desserts.  We sampled plates, and plates, and plates of them.

After spending the day at a theme park, then eating ourselves silly, we were exhausted.  Already planning on attending next year’s event. Hopefully we won’t have to scramble around to find a baby sitter at the last minute.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary admission to this event. All opinions in this post are my own.

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Sweet Comments:

  1. So great seeing you on Saturday. What a fun event! The desserts were amazing, and everywhere, I agree!

  2. It was great hanging out with you guys! All the food was amazing but the sweets were even better! 😉

  3. Looks amazing, so glad you had fun!!!!

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