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Los Angeles Taste of the Nation

June 07, 2015

VIP Admission: $160
12:30pm - 4:00pm

General Admission: $110
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Media Park in Culver City

9070 Venice Blvd.
Culver City , California


Save the Date for Los Angeles' Taste of the Nation® for

No Kid Hungry: June 7, 2015!

2015 local beneficiares include Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates,

Westside Food Bank, and No Kid Hungry Los Angeles. 



2015 Restaurants & Chefs






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Event Information

Los Angeles' Taste of the Nation 2015 is from 12:30-4 p.m. on June 7th  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.








General Admission Parking (click to enlarge): There is no residential parking. Please follow the signs to the available parking garages. 


VIP Parking (click to enlarge)




The Waiter Races are back & better than ever! 

Sponsored by GrubHub and Hosted by Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions this fun filled activity is the highlight of Taste of the Nation.

Broken glasses, spilled wine, men and women tripping over themselves.... on a Sunday afternoon?  

Yes! The LA Waiters Race is back! Join us as top waiters from 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 2015 Taste of the Nation LA! 















RESTAURANT: MARU - Chef Jason Park

COCKTAILS: Matt Biancaniello

Beer: Duvel

 Flowers: Dandelion Ranch 

Furniture: Vitality 



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 TimesTime 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.

In their spare time Alie & Georgia make videos for Zooey Deschanel’s site Hello Giggles and appear and perform at various live events, including LA’s The Meltdown comedy show.

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.


Frequent Inquiries:

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?

We’re on Tumblr,  TwitterFlickr and Facebook, but so is your mom.








Chef Ernesto Uchimura, Plan Check

Photo credit goes to Dylan Ho

Chef Ernesto Uchimura, 38, grew up in Los Angeles eating his mom's Argentinean-style empanadas. It's a traditional recipe made with ground beef but she puts her own spin on it. (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) 



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