Save the Date for Los Angeles' Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry: June 7, 2015!
2014 Restaurants & Chefs
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Please note that as 100% of ticket sales procedes go directly to the cause we represent, we did not issue press credentials for this year's event.
Los Angeles' Taste of the Nation 2014 was from 12:30-4 p.m. on June 1st at Media Park in Culver City. The city’s premiere charitable tasting event featured LA’s best restaurants, bars, and craft breweries coming together to help Share Our Strength’s goal of ending childhood hunger in the U.S.
Save the Date for Los Angeles' Taste of the Nation in 2015 on June 7th!
The Waiter Races are back & better than ever!
Hosted by Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions this fun filled activity is the highlight of Taste of the Nation.
Joined by celebrity judges Sherry Yard, Mathew Kang and Merrill Shindler and brought to you by title sponsor iPic Theaters -
Broken glasses, spilled wine, men and women tripping over themselves.... on a Sunday afternoon?
Yes! The LA Waiters Race is back! Join us as 27 top waiters from 9 of the best restaurants in Southern California battle
it out as they pour wine, balance glasses on trays, and sprint down the streets of Culver City at unheard of speeds!
Who will earn bragging rights for the year? Come find out at the 2014 Taste of the Nation LA!
** EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO PRINCESS CRUISES' VIP LOUNGE
** VIP SWAG BAG
** EARLY ENTRY TO THE EVENT
VIP LOUNGE FEATURING
Josiah Citrin, Melisse
Cocktails served by Soigné Group
Special appearance by inspiring young chef Flynn McGarry, EUREKA
Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark
Cooking Channel's Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia
Who are these broads?
Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are best friends who met outside a tragically hip dive bar in Los Angeles. Fast friends, Alie and Georgia would meet for cocktails after work, with Alie a staff writer for the LA Times covering nightlife and events, and Georgia a part-time blogger and full-time suffering receptionist. They jokingly drafted plans on a cocktail napkin for a fictitious cocktail abomination called a McNuggetini, and made a farcical how-to video in their best vintage dresses. A viral hit ensued, with coverage in The New York Times, Time magazine, CNN and Perez Hilton alike.
They were approached by Food Network with the challenge of creating cocktails that were still fun — but palatable. The ladies went on to create two seasons of Drinks with Alie & Georgia, with 24 episodes of weirdly innovative cocktails, 12-year-old-boy humor and occasional blowtorches.
They’re currently on-camera contributors for Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets, have appeared in several TV specials, and just launched their new online Web series for Cooking Channel, Classy Ladies with Alie & Georgia, in which they wear lovely dresses, pretend to be classy and take a culinary lesson in each episode.
They live a mile apart from each other in Los Angeles, and continue to confound people by being best friends with totally opposite tastes. (Alie prefers wine spritzers. Georgia loves beer. Alie’s all about vegetables. Georgia’s a carnivore. But both are dorks.
Where do you ladies live?
Georgia and Alie both reside in the Los Feliz area of LA. Georgia is a native Angeleno (with a boring childhood spent in Orange County), while Alie is a transplant from San Francisco who still cowers from year-round sunshine.
Are you imitating the aesthetic of ‘Mad Men’ or is that really your style?
Georgia and Alie have both been foraging in thrift stores for cute vintage finds since their adolescence, and resent the notion that they are biting the style of a television show, even if it is on cable. Georgia drools over anything with ruffles or superfluous buttons and describes her aesthetic as “demure and stylish with a hint of elderly woman.” Alie is fond of knee socks, high heels and anything with black and white stripes. They could go as Daria and Jane for Halloween without much need for preparation. (Alie is Daria, Georgia is Jane. They’re still casting for Trent.)
Will you hang out with me?
Where can I harmlessly stalk/find out more about you?
Owner/Chef Miles Thomspon, Allumette
Photo credit: Marie Buck
At only 26 Miles Thompson already has his own restaurant, Allumette in Echo Park. When you start your career while you're still a pre-teen, your professional trajectory is slightly accelerated. (read more)
Chef Flynn McGarry, Alma
It's not every chef who lands on the cover of the New York Times Sunday magazine—especially when they're not yet old enough to drive. 15-year-old Flynn McGarry scored that coup back in March, a precocious feat to be sure. (read more)
Chef Sherry Yard, iPic Theaters
Sherry Yard is most famous as Wolfgang Puck's longtime dessert maestro but in late 2012 she stepped away from that to oversee the menu at iPic Theaters, a burgeoning chain of high-end movie theaters. (read more)
Chef Jason Travi, Superba Food + Bread
For Jason Travi, it's all about the bread. No surprise then that he's considering serving avocado toast, one of the most popular dishes at recently opened Superba Food + Bread, for this year's Taste of the Nation. (read more)
Chef Valerie Gordon, Valerie Confections
This year will mark Valerie Gordon's third time participating in Taste of the Nation. You can call the dessert queen and mom a fan—both of the event and the organization that puts it on, Share Our Strength. (read more)