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.”
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"
We are happy to answer any questions regarding event details, media requests, restaurant participation, sponsorship, auction item donations and volunteer options. Thank you!
Silent & Live Auction Chair
2016 Participating Restaurants
Check back soon for a list of our 2017 Participating Restaurants!
Essex Bar & Bistro
Johnson & Wales University
Thank you to our Taste of the Nation 2016 sponsors!
National Presenting Sponsors
Thank you to our 2016 Local Event Sponsors!
Silver Platter Sponsor
Perry's Fine, Antique and Estate Jewelry
Republic National Distributing Co.
Luxe Lounge Presented by
Piedmont Natural Gas
Maitre d' Sponsors
Classic Party Rentals
Harper's Restaurant Group
Food Artisan Sponsors
Charlotte Center City Partners
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
Compass Group, North America
NCRLA - Charlotte Chapter
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP
Home Grown Sponsors
Mini Mac Storage Center
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Windermere Insurance Group LLC
"Best of Awards" Sponsor
American Culinary Federation
Official Photographer & Videographer
Darling Media Group
If you are interested in locally sponsoring Charlotte's Taste of the Nation, please contact or Allyson Colaco.
2016 Live Auction Sneak Peak
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.
ESCAPE TO JACKSON HOLE
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!
DINNER FOR A YEAR
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)
Nan and Byrons ($50)
Aix En Provence ($100)
Barrington’s Restaurant ($50)
BLT Steak ($150)
The Fig Tree ($100)
Good Food on Montford ($50)
Heritage Food and Wine ($200)
Vitner Wine ($25)
Blue Apron ($75)
Special thank you to all the participating restaurants for supporting this cumulative auction package.
NIGHT ON THE LINE
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.
2016 Wine Grab
For the third 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!