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Charlotte Taste of the Nation

September 27, 2017

VIP Admission : $120
6:00pm - 9:30pm

General Admission : $85
7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Fillmore Charlotte

820 Hamilton Street
Charlotte, North Carolina


Charlotte's 22nd Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry 2017 will be held on September 27 at the Fillmore Charlotte

Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Charlotte or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 for Charlotte's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, a remarkable night of dining in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 30 top chefs and mixologists.

Please note, Charlotte's Taste of the Nation is a 21+ event.

2017 Participating Mixologists!

Amanda Britton 
204 North Kitchen and Cocktails

Originally from New Jersey, Amanda has been shaking her way through the Queen City for almost 6 years. Amanda dove into the booming craft beer scene working at some of the best craft beer bars in the city  In that time she has gained a plethora of knowledge when it comes to Charlotte’s craft beer & a love for the blossoming cocktail scene. She pursued her growing passion for cocktails and found a home at 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails. Recently named NCRLA Mixologist of the Year she loves to utilize lesser known spirits with familiar flavors to help even the most skeptical drinker go out of their comfort zone.

Larry Suggs
SouthBound SoCal Taco's and Tequila

A born and raised Charlotte native, Larry has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 10 years. During stints at Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse and Unknown Brewing Co., Larry saw the craft beer explosion in Charlotte first hand. Opportunity drew him back into the Bar world and he has since spent time working under Bob Peters of The Punch Room at The Ritz-Carlton, bartending at The Cellar at Duckworth's and conceptualizing the cocktail program at SouthBound SoCal Taco's and Tequila. 

Alicia Penyak
8.2.0 Bar/Restaurant

Thank you to our Taste of the Nation Sponsors!
National Presenting Sponsors
National Sponsors
Food Network
Open Table
Thank you to our Local Event Sponsors!
Silver Platter Sponsor
Local Host
Entertainment Sponsor
EastCoast Entertainment
Media Sponsor
Chef de Cuisine Sponsor
US Foods

Auction Sponsor
Premier Sponsors
Mutual Distributors
Republic National Distributing Co.
Maitre d' Sponsors
Wells Fargo

Food Artisan Sponsors
Adam's Beverage
Harper's Restaurant Group

Restaurant Sponsors
Axis Marketing
Dickens Mitchener
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Windemere Insurance Group LLC
Home Grown Sponsors

Magazine Sponsor
"Best of Awards" Sponsor

Official Photographer & Videographer
Alexander Valley Vineyards

Aqua Panna and S.Pellegrino
Bud Light
J. Lohr
Josh Cellars
Robert Mondavi Private Selection
Stella Artois
Sugar Creek Pale Ale
Villa Pozzi

If you are interested in locally sponsoring Charlotte's Taste of the Nation, please contact or Allyson Colaco


2017 Live Auction Sneak Peek

Double Strand of Culture Pearls
Vintage 20" Double Strand of Cultured Pearls with a 14k White Gold & Pearl Diamond Clasp. Pearls measure 7.5 to 8MM. Circa 1960s.


2016 Live Auction 

GUEST JUDGE at 22nd Annual Charlotte’s Taste of the Nation
The lucky high bidder will join our esteemed panel of judges as they taste the dishes at the 22nd Annual Charlotte’s Taste of the Nation event. The guest judge will sample dishes alongside accredited members of American Culinary Federation North Carolina Chapter. This priceless experience will provide you a behind the scenes look at this amazing culinary event! This package will include two (2) VIP tickets to the 22nd Annual Event – to be used by the winner and one (1) guest.
Special thank you to the American Culinary Federation for offering this opportunity.


With world class skiing terrain and close access to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Jackson Hole in winter or summer, is the perfect retreat for the upscale adventurer. Spend two nights at Amangani, an exclusive 40 suite resort which is perched above the Snake River Valley, overlooking the Rockies’ Grand Teton mountain range. Enjoy one dinner and daily breakfast for two guests at the redwood paneled Amangani Grill, where Chef Evan Parker features local, sustainable ranch meats, fresh fish and seasonal farm-to-table produce. Explore all Jackson Hole has to offer with a half-day wildlife safari tour with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. Your tour will head through the National Elk Refuge and onto Grand Teton National park where you will encounter wildlife like moose, deer and elk and historic homesteads.
Special thank you to Aman Resorts, Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, and American Airlines for coming together for this package!


Ever feel like “finding the time” to decide where to eat keeps you from going out to eat?  Well, search no longer...this package includes 12 certificates to Charlotte’s finest restaurants and 3-home meal services so now all you have to pick is the date! We have thrown in a group wine tasting from Total Wine so that you can engage your friends in the fun too!
Total Wine (group wine tasting for up to 20 people)
5Church ($50)
Nan and Byrons ($50)
Aix En Provence ($100)
Barrington’s Restaurant ($50)
BLT Steak ($150)
Chima ($100)
The Fig Tree ($100)
Good Food on Montford ($50)
Heritage Food and Wine ($200)
Stagioni ($50)
Vitner Wine ($25)
Zebra ($100)
Blue Apron ($75)
Nourish ($50)
Special thank you to all the participating restaurants for supporting this cumulative auction package.


Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in an award winning kitchen? Well Chef Clark Barlowe and his team at Heirloom Restaurant are ready to welcome you in to their kitchen as they prepare for a night of reservations. Trained at Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, NC, Chef Barlowe has appeared on The Food Network's Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay before opening Heirloom in 2014. Focused primarily on serving the best foods and beverages from North Carolina, you will learn about what goes in to preparing to feed weekend diners! Once the prep work is done, you and 3 friends will enjoy dinner at Heirloom while seated at the Chef's Table. You will enjoy 9-courses of locally sourced foods and craft cocktails highlighting local spirits. You will leave the evening with commemorative menus so that you can also remember your foray in to the culinary world!
Special thank you to Chef Barlowe for creating this item specially for Taste of the Nation.


2017 Wine Grab

For the fourth year in a row, Charlotte’s Taste of the Nation ® will feature a special Wine Grab.

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a $20 raffle ticket which will correspond to one of over 100 bottles of wine! 

The Wine Grab will be set-up in the bar closest to the Fillmore's front doors so come on by when you first arrive because these bottles will go quickly!

Each donated bottle of wine ranges in retail value from $20 to over $100!

ALL wine has been donated by individuals and area businesses and highlight many different vineyards and regions.

Follow us online for sneak peeks at the bottles you could win - @TasteNationCLT!

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Who We Are:
In fiscal year 2013-2014, SHFBM distributed over 45 million pounds of food and other essential grocery products throughout our 19 county service region. SHFBM provides food for almost 650 partner in 19 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina. 18.4% of our service area population lives in poverty including over 181,000 children and almost 40,000 seniors.

What We Do:
Three key programs benefit children affected by Hunger. 
- Kids Café Program: feeds children who come to school hungry every day;
- Second Harvest BackPack Program: provides backpacks full of food for children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available;
- School-Based Mobile Pantry Program: delivers truckloads of food directly to high-poverty rate elementary schools in Charlotte where low-income families can do on-site food shopping.

“Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food.”
Twitter: @foodbankonthego
(704) 376-1785


Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Who We Are:
Founded in 1997, Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) is a nonprofit, workforce development organization that provides training and job placement assistance in the food service industry for folks who face challenges in gaining successful employment. With over 800 graduates, CCSC transforms lives every day to positively impact the Charlotte community.

What We Do:
- Address the root cause of hunger – unemployment
- Provide second chances that break the cycle of dependence
- Train students in culinary arts, job-readiness skills and goal-setting
- Provide training experience while generating sustainable revenue through
Encore Catering and our new Café
- Put money back in the tax pool and provide trained workers for Charlotte’s culinary scene

CCSC: “Teaching Skills and Changing Lives"
(704) 375-4500

We are happy to answer any questions regarding event details, media requests, restaurant participation, sponsorship, auction item donations and volunteer options. Thank you!

Event Co-Chairs

Tom Sasser & Allyson Colaco

Restaurant Chair

Craig Utt

PR/Marketing Chair

Larken Egleston

Silent & Live Auction Chair



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