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
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
If you're looking to make a night out of it, Atlanta's Taste of the Nation has secured discounted room rates at hotels in close proximity to the event venue:
To reserve a discounted room rate at the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta downtown location, please contact their call center at 1-800-241-3333 and state that you would like to book accommodation at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (Downtown) for the Taste of the Nation group, provide the agent with your requested dates of stay and the agent will identify your group rate of $229.00 USD per night. Guests can reserve online at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/georgia/atlanta enter your desired dates of stay, enter the seven letter Group/Promotion code TONTONA and click check availability to complete the reservation process.
To reserve a discounted rate at the Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Downtown location, at a rate of $139.00 USD per night, please reserve online at the following link: Taste of the Nation Room Block
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
2016 LIVE AUCTION ITEMS "Sneak Peek"
Cat Cora's California Trip
And experience with the chef herself
Cast Off Abroad Private Yacht "Freedom"
Or 4 Days, 5 Nights with up to 8 Guests
Anne Barge Custom Shopping Experience
With the acclaimed designer herself, including four gowns
Big Green Egg Private Cooking Class
And in-home dinner, with your own large Big Green Egg
Four night escape for two
Chef and Restaurateur Ford Fry's Finest
In-home dinner featuring top talent from Ford's team, including Chef Fry himself
Private Dinner for 10
At your choice of Buckhead Life location: Pricci, Kyma, Chops or "Back Stage" with exclusive access to the member's only club at Chops
Our Highly Anticipated Dinners
With Atlanta's biggest culinary stars in your home!
For more information on live auction packages, please contact Allison Palestrini (678)-516-8317