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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.

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

Sponsorship Chair


PR/Marketing Chair

Larken Egleston

Silent & Live Auction Chair

Allison Stanley


Thank you to our Taste of the Nation 2016 sponsors!

National Presenting Sponsors

National Sponsors
Food Network
Open Table


Thank you to our 2016 Local Event Sponsors!

Silver Platter Sponsor
US Foods

Local Host
Wells Fargo

Entertainment Sponsor
EastCoast Entertainment

Media Sponsor

Auction Sponsor
Perry's Fine, Antique and Estate Jewelry

Premier Sponsors
Mutual Distributors
Republic National Distributing Co.

Luxe Lounge Presented by
Piedmont Natural Gas

Maitre d' Sponsors
Adams Beverage
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
Nestle Waters

Restaurant Sponsors
Axis Marketing
Cruise Carts
Illuminating Technologies
Mercury LLC
Paschal Promotions
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP
ShutterBooth Charlotte

Home Grown Sponsors
Mini Mac Storage Center
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Windermere Insurance Group LLC
Zippy Ice

Magazine Sponsor
Epicurean Charlotte

"Best of Awards" Sponsor
American Culinary Federation 

Official Printer
Technocom, USA

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.


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.


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!

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