Atlanta's Taste of the Nation
for No Kid Hungry
Celebrating 29 Years!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree
200 Peachtree Street NW, #206
Atlanta, GA 30303
Please note all tickets purchased after April 14, 2017 will be held at Will Call.
Event Chairmen: Pano Karatassos & George McKerrow
Prepare your taste buds for the return of the city’s most anticipated culinary event of the year, Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry. Celebrating its 29th anniversary, the event will take place on Thursday, April 20th in a brand new venue, Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree, featuring more restaurants, more chefs and more surprises including an intimate VIP Dinner Experience. 100% of proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Leading the 2017 event along with our Event Chairmen, Pano Karatassos and George McKerrow, is Honorary Chef Cat Cora, TV personality and restaurateur, and Honorary Chair Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Entertainer, Restaurateur and Partner of Chicken + Beer.
Guests can take part in two different experiences: an ultra-exclusive VIP experience featuring a multi-course dinner with wine pairings (prepared table side) by one of Atlanta's most influential chefs or the Grand Tasting experience, sampling signature fare and spirits from over 50 of the city’s premier restaurants while enjoying auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment.
Together, we will end childhood hunger in America.
Interested in learning more about the 2017 event? Please reach out to Allison Palestrini at email@example.com
Atlanta's Taste of the Nation would not be possible without the continued leadership and support of our chairmen. Thank you, Pano and George!
2017 VIP Dinner Experience Chefs
Chef Cat Cora
TV Personality and Restaurateur
It’s no surprise that Cat Cora has become a world renowned chef. Her culinary aspirations began at an early age, and by 15, she had developed a business plan for her own restaurant. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appetit Magazine bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award, an award she calls, “the greatest recognition she could achieve as a chef.” That month, she was also honored with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of the magazine. Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft, becoming an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, philanthropist and television host.
Following advice from her mentor Julia Child, Cat left her native Mississippi for New York, where she received the education of her dreams at The Culinary Institute of America. While in New York, she apprenticed with and then worked for Chef Anne Rozenweig at Arcadia and worked at the Beekman Tavern under Chef Larry Forgione of An American Place.
Cat’s culinary education continued in Europe completing apprenticeships with two of France’s three-star Michelin chefs, George Blanc of Vonnas and Roger Verge. After returning to New York again, Cat honed her skills as a Sous Chef at The Old Chatham Shepherding Company under Chef Melissa Kelly. She soon headed West to plant her roots in Northern California, where she served as Chef de Cuisine at Napa Valley’s Bistro Don Giovanni.
Cat made her TV debut in 1999, as co-host of Food Network’s Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito. She went on to host My Country My Kitchen: Greece, Date Plate, and was one of the featured hosts on Fine Living’s Simplify Your Life. A documentary, Cat’s In The Kitchen, was also made about her first James Beard dinner in April, 2002.
Preceding Iron Chef America, Cat co-hosted Kitchen Accomplished on Food Network, where she worked with a design expert and contractor to surprise a homeowner with a 3-day kitchen makeover. In 2006, Cat appeared in NBC’s Primetime Miniseries, Celebrity Cooking Showdown, where celebrities were paired with famous chefs and competed in a timed cook-off à la Iron Chef America.
In May 2012, Cora stepped out of her chef’s jacket into a new role as co-host alongside Curtis Stone for Bravo’s hit series, Around the World in 80 Plates. Cora has hosted, guest judged and appeared as herself in a number of hit food shows, including America’s Best Cook, NBC’s Celebrity Cooking Showdown, and Food Fighters. She also makes regular appearances on a wide variety of talk shows.
Since this wasn’t enough, Cat went on to create some of the world’s special restaurants, including Ocean by Cat Cora, Singapore, and Kouzzina at Disneyworld. She is also setting a new standard for restaurants at airports. If you have not yet, you must visit Cat Cora’s Kitchen, which is owned and operated by Hojeij Branded Food's, at Atlanta Hartsfield, Concourse A, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Salt Lake City International Airport, and my personal favorite, Terminal 2 at San Francisco International.
And now you can tap your own inner Iron Chef, and simplify your life, with Cat Cora’s Kitchen app for iPad.
Cat Cora is not only Iron Chef, she is also Iron Mom – to four boys! She once observed that “if men were the ones to give birth, maternity leave would be a lot longer!” What I think she wanted to say was that “if men were the ones to give birth, everyone would be an only child!”
Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges
Entertainer, Restaurateur and Partner of Chicken + Beer
The career of the multitalented CHRIS “LUDACRIS” BRIDGES, can best be described as remarkable. As a recording artist, he has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” All of these records were accompanied by ingenious videos that demonstrated Bridges’ far-reaching imagination, and his willingness to stretch the boundaries of what rap videos should look and feel like.
With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit, and imagery, Bridges has solidified himself as one of music’s premier entertainers. Although he’s best known for his infectious tunes, Ludacris has shown that he’s equally adept at writing powerful songs with serious subject matter, including runaways, with the song “Runaway Love.” Bridges’ versatility and artistic complexity also enabled him to make a seamless transition to acting.
Most recently, he starred in Furious 7, the seventh installment in the global box-office hit franchise. His other feature film credits include Fast & Furious 6; Fast Five; 2 Fast 2 Furious; Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve; and Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. His acclaimed performances in film, (Crash, Hustle & Flow), and television, (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), have Hollywood and critics alike buzzing about his increasingly impressive screen resume. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will star in Fast 8, The Fate of the Furious in April 2017. He is also working on a new album to be released soon.
A consummate businessman, Ludacris is enjoying success outside of entertainment. His latest venture includes his partnership with Jackmont Hospitality for the restaurant Chicken + Beer that recently opened at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. His philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments. He also partnered with Crash writer/director Paul Haggis and Artists for Peace and Justice to help raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. In addition to that, he has raised more than $100,000 for disaster victims through The Ludacris Foundation. Having partnered with Jane Fonda, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Nelson Mandela, to name a few, The Ludacris Foundation continues to inspire youth through education.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS!
Active Production & Design
Empire Distributors, Inc.
Georgia Crown Dist. Company
National Distributing Company
Prime Wine & Spirits
Quality Wine & Spirits
Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree
Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
Atlanta United FC
Atlanta Wholesale Wine
The Billi Marcus Foundation
Buckhead Life Restaurant Group
The Cook's Warehouse
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
Modern Luxury Media
Southern Seasons Magazine
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2017 LIVE AUCTION ITEMS "Sneak Peek"
Sunshine State Luxury
Win this lot and pack your bags for sunny South Florida. You and a guest will fly from Atlanta to Miami in Delta’s first-rate first-class cabin. Upon landing, you’ll be whisked the world-famous Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, your luxurious home-away-from-home for the next four days and three nights. While you’re in town, enjoy a whirlwind of fantastic dining experiences, including dinners for two at The Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Scarpetta and Prime 112, which will fuel your fun in the sun.
Compliments of Breakthru Beverage Florida.
*Subject to availability. Package is valid May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018.
Big Green Egg – Large Big Green Egg, private cooking class with David G. Rose, and a dinner party for twelve in the privacy of your own home.
Enjoy the ultimate cooking experience with Big Green Egg right in the comfort and privacy of your own home. “Break in the Egg” where executive Chef David G. Rose shows you how to use your new large Big Green Egg! You’ll also enjoy a backyard dinner party for 12 with wine prepared by Chef Rose.
Compliments of Big Green Egg, Chef David G. Rose and National Distributing Company.
*Based on chef availability, Sunday - Thursday - minimum 60 days advance notice, no exceptions. Gratuity not included. Expires 4/20/18.
Paradise Found: Cayman Islands Getaway
We all need some sun and crystal blue water in our lives! With this incredible lot, paradise is just a paddle raise away. You and a jet-setting guest will fly from Atlanta to Grand Cayman aboard Delta Air Lines. Upon arrival, you’ll travel to your deluxe room at Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, perfectly situated on world-famous Seven Mile Beach. Fill your five day, four night stay with watersports, wildlife watching, sipping handmade cocktails and dining overlooking the turquoise water. Or, choose to do nothing but soak up some rays on the sugar-white beach. Hey, that’s the beauty of paradise - it’s all up to you!
Compliments of the Cayman Islands
*Based on availability. Valid May 1 - Dec 19, 2017. Meals are not included. Advance reservation required. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
Custom Eveningwear Atelier Experience with Designer Anne Barge
For the very first time, world renowned designer Anne Barge will be opening the doors of her new Atlanta atelier for a unique, custom shopping experience. This lucky winner will receive a private appointment with Anne herself to customize four timeless eveningwear styles, tailored to your exact measurements. The Anne Barge Black Label collection of classic, ultra-feminine gowns ranges between $2,000 - $7,000.
Update your wardrobe with four fabulous pieces or share this prize with three girlfriends for a once in a lifetime experience with an American design legend.
Anne Barge is an eveningwear and bridal design house based out of Atlanta, GA with retailers worldwide. A favorite among celebrity brides and red carpet icons alike, Anne has created custom designs for Laura Benanti, Johanna Braddy, Kristen Cavallari, Violett Beane, Taraji P. Henson, Amber Riley, Eva Longoria, Leah Pipes, Lauren Alaina, Yvonne Orji, Amirah Vann, and more. Her styles have been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, BRIDES, Town & Country, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper’s Bazaar, The Knot, and many more.
Estimated value: $15,000 - $30,000, compliments of Shawne Jacobs, President of Anne Barge
RESTRICTIONS: One private appointment with Anne per auction package – all friends must attend together, or one winner on their own
“Ford Fry’s Finest” Dinner
We all know Ford Fry and his hot dining concepts around Atlanta (Beetlecat, Marcel, Superica, The El Felix, St. Cecilia, King + Duke, The Optimist and Jct. Kitchen), and now is your opportunity to enjoy a feast prepared by Ford and the A Team behind them all. This dinner experience for ten will be crafted and executed by Ford along with Chefs Kevin Maxey and Drew Belline and Executive Pastry Chef Chrysta Poulos to bring you a one-of-a-kind evening in the comfort of your home, with wine and cocktails provided by National Distributing Company.
Compliments of Ford Fry Restaurants, participating chefs and National Distributing Company.
*Based on chef availability, Sunday-Thursday - minimum 60 days advance notice, no exceptions. Gratuity not included. Expires 4/20/18.
Ultimate Culinary Getaway - Michelin-Themed New York
Calling all extreme foodies! Get your paddles ready, because this Michelin Guide-themed trip is truly priceless. You and a (hopefully) hungry guest will fly first class aboard Delta Air Lines to New York for an unforgettable whirlwind tour of some of the Big Apple’s most stellar dining, with palatial accommodations for three nights at The St. Regis New York. You’ll start with a kitchen tour and trip to Union Square Green Market with Chef Günter Seeger to shop for his micro-seasonal ingredients. Then the celebrated chef will prepare a 10-course dinner with wine pairings at his eponymous restaurant. That’s just the beginning: you’ll also enjoy a seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings and a kitchen tour at the iconic Gramercy Tavern and a seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings at the impossibly elegant Eleven Madison Park. Also included is lunch at any one of Chef Marc Murphy’s Benchmarc restaurants, with a keepsake to take home: a signed copy of his Season with Authority Confident Home
Compliments of Chef Günter Seeger and the participating restaurants.
*Value of Gift Certificates to Günter Seeger, Gramercy Tavern, Benchmarc Restaurants and Eleven Madison park are set at a value comparable to current menu pricing with inclusion of tax and gratuity and do not expire. Value of Gift Certificates to The St. Regis New York are comparable to current rack rates with inclusion of lodging tax and gratuity. The St. Regis Gift certificate for $3,450 expires on 3/16/2018 and Gift Certificate for $1,725 expires on 3/27/2018. Any additional charges over the set gift certificate amounts must be covered by the auction winner.
Cat Cora’s California
If you’ve ever wanted to travel like a star chef, now’s your chance! The adventure begins in Atlanta with a “send off party” at Cat Cora Kitchen in Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Then, you and a lucky guest will fly first-class to experience Cat Cora’s hometown, Santa Barbara. Once in you touchdown in Los Angeles, put the top down on your rental convertible and enjoy a scenic drive up the coast. From there, you’ll visit Byron Vineyard, Santa Barbara’s first commercial vineyard and operated by Jackson Family Fine Wines, for an exclusive wine tasting experience. You can anticipate the best for last: you’ll join Cat Cora herself to enjoy craft burgers at her recently opened restaurant: Mesa Burger, and of course you can expect a VIP experience all the way when you’re with the owner/chef.
Exotic in-home dining with Atlanta’s Top International Chefs
In-home dinner with wine pairings prepared by four of Atlanta’s top chefs.
What can bring Italy, Greece, South Africa, France and Japan together? Only the best food in the world! With the winning bid, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dinner for 12 in your home expertly prepared by Executive Chefs Piero Premoli (Pricci), Pano Karatassos (Kyma), Philippe Haddad (Cape Dutch), Cyrille Holota (Le Bilboquet), Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito (Umi). Each course will be paired with wines provided by National Distributing Company.
Compliments of the participating chefs, their restaurants and National Distributing Company.
*Based on chef and sommelier availability, Sunday - Thursday - minimum 60 days advance notice, no exceptions. Gratuity not included. Expires 4/20/18.
Nautical Adventure Aboard Your Private Yacht
Chart your course for up to eight guests for four nights and five days aboard your private yacht, Freedom. Set sail from your choice of destination from Florida, the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Newport or Nantucket, depending on season, and relax as the four member crew takes care of everything. A 104 foot fantail motor yacht designed by John Trumpy and built in 1926 is the Sister ship to Sequoia, the last Presidential Yacht. The yacht is modern, has been fully restored and cruises beautifully. She has water toys and tenders for off yacht excursions etc. This package includes minimum daily gratuity, airfare credit, and a fuel/docking fee supplement. Your nautical adventure awaits.
Compliments of George McKerrow
Retail value for boat useage alone is $48,000
Food and beverage aboard will be the responsibility of the winner as this will be customized based on your party size or palate.
Legends of Atlanta Dining In-Home Dinner
In-home dining experience for 12 from Atlanta’s most famous chefs.
Get ready to bid on a stellar lot - for an unforgettable dinner with some of Atlanta’s biggest culinary stars. Your party of 12 guests will experience a dazzling six course meal customized to your preferences by Chefs Gary Donlick (Bistro Niko), Doug Turbush (Seed Kitchen & Bar, Stem Wine Bar, Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar), Jamie Adams (il Giallo), Chris Hall (Local Three, Muss and Turner’s, Eleanor’s), Kevin Gillespie (Gunshow, Revival, Communion and forthcoming Gamechanger) and Gerry Klaskala (Aria). This priceless dinner will be served in the comfort of your own home and with wine and cocktails, courtesy of National Distributing Company. Bidder, up!
Compliments of participating chefs, their restaurants and National Distributing Company.
*Based on chef and sommelier availability, Sunday - Thursday - minimum 60 days advance notice, no exceptions. Gratuity not included. Expires 4/20/18.
For more information on live auction packages, please contact Allison Palestrini (678)-516-8317
2017 Grand Tasting Participating Restaurants
10 Degrees South | 103 West | 5Church | American Cut | Apres Diem | Aria | Atlanta Fish Market | Atlanta Grill at Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta | Atlas | Big Green Egg | Bistro Niko | Buckhead Diner | Canoe | Cape Dutch | Cat Cora's Kitchen | Cayman Islands | Chai Pani | Chicken + Beer | Chicken and the Egg | Chops Lobster Bar | City Winery | Colletta | Davio's | F&B Atlanta | Gunshow | Gypsy Kitchen | Holeman and Finch | il Giallo | Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub | Kevin Rathbun Steak | Kyma | Le Bilboquet | Local Three | Marlow's Tavern | Nan Thai Fine Dining | Oak Steakhouse | O-Ku | Pricci | Seed Kitchen & Bar | Southern Bistro | Superica | Ted's Montana Grill | The Sun Dial | Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft | Twelve Eighty | Umi | White Oak Kitchen & Cocktail