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DC Taste of the Nation

April 04, 2016

General Admission: $120
7:00pm - 9:30pm

VIP: $175
6:00pm - 9:30pm

National Building Museum

401 F Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia



Join Us to End Childhood Hunger in America

April 4, 2016
The National Building Museum

General Admission: $120 | 7:00pm 

VIP Admisison: $175 | 6:00pm

VIP+ Admission: SOLD OUT | 6:00pm

Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Washington, D.C or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Monday, April 4, 2016 for 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 the America.

Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 90 top chefs and bartenders.


Check out photos from the 2016 event!


2016 DC Taste of the Nation

2016 Chef Chair
Bryan Voltaggio
VOLT | Lunchbox | Family Meal | RANGE | AGGIO


2016 Pastry Chair
Tiffany MacIsaac
Buttercream Bakeshop


2016 Participating Restaurants & Bars

1789 RestaurantAlba Osteria  Al Dente Ardeo + Bardeo  Art & Soul Artisan Confections   Bagby Restaurant Group  Bar Civita Bar Pilar Barrel • BBQ Joint  Beuchert's Saloon  Bidwell Big Chief  Birroteca  BLT Steak DC Bourbon Steak  B & O American Brasserie Brabo Buffalo & Bergan Captain Cookie & the Milk Man  Carlyle | Best Buns Cava Mezze  Centrolina Charlie Palmer Steak  Clarity Columbia Room • Compass Rose Cork Wine Bar  Del Campo Design Cuisine  DGS Delicatessen  Dino's Grotto  Dolcezza Gelato Doi Moi   Eat the Rich Estadio  Floriana • GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar Georgetown Cupcake  Hank's Oyster Bar  Honeysuckle  Ice Cream Jubilee • Jack Rose Dining Saloon • Jackson 20  Juniper  Kapnos Le Diplomate Left Door  L'Hommage Bistro Francais Lion Hall | Liberty Tavern | Northside Social • Maketto | Toki Underground Mama's on the Half Shell  Mandu Maple Masa 14  Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. Medium Rare Mindful Restaurant Group  Mon Ami Gabi New Heights Restaurant  Nopa  Oceanaire Seafood Room • Ocopa Old Westminster Winery • Osteria Morini Ottoman Taverna Penn Commons  Peregrine Espresso • Pinea Pinstripes • Plume Proof  Provision No 14  Requin Ristorante Tosca  Room 11 Rural Society  Shake Shack Sonoma Restaurant & wine Bar  Soup Up Southern Efficiency  Stella Barra Pizzeria | Summer House Santa Monica  Succotash Sugar Shack  Thally The Brewar's Art • The Charmery  The Fainting Goat • The Food Market The Partisan The Rogue Gentlemen The Royal  The Sweet Lobby  The Tabard Inn  The Wine Kitchen Thip Khao Toro Toro • Trummer's On Main Urbana Dining & Drinks  Vidalia | Bistro Bis | Woodward Takeout Food  Vinoteca  VOLT Restaurant Group Waterfront Kitchen  West End Bistro Whisked!  Wit & Wisdom  Yona Zentan

2016 Mixology Chair
Derek Brown
The Columbia Room | Mockingbird Hill
Southern Efficiency | Eat the Rich


2016 Sommelier Chair
Nadine Brown
Charlie Palmer Steak


2016 Mixology Sponsors

Babika Vodka

Belle Island Craft Spirits 


Catoctin Creek


Green Hat

Knob Creek

Mt. Gay Rum

One Eight Distilling

Papas Pilar Rum

Singani 63

Whistle Pig Rye



Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest, public nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Each year the CAFB distributes 45 million pounds of food, including 17 million pounds of fresh produce, to over 500 partner agencies. The Capital Area Food Bank was founded on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, January 15, 1980.

In addition to food distribution, the CAFB has several community-building initiatives including Kids Cafe, Food For Kids, Face Hunger, From the Ground Up, Sister Hook-Up, Produce for People, the Brown Bag Program among others.

DC Hunger Solutions
Every day in the District of Columbia, one out of 10 households experience food insecurity, meaning they have uncertain or limited access to, or ability to buy, nutritionally adequate and safe food. One out of 3 D.C. children live on the edge of hunger. The Food Research & Action Center established D.C. Hunger Solutions as a project to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families in the District of Columbia by:

  • Informing the public about hunger and food insecurity in DC.
  • Working to boost participation in DC child nutrition programs.
  • Working to ensure better food stamp access for more District residents.

Mary's Center
Established in 1988, with funding from the District of Columbia Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs(OLA) and the Department of Health (DOH), Mary's Center addressed the demand for bilingual services to pregnant women and their infants in predominantly Latino areas of Ward One. Today, it serves multicultural populations throughout the metro Washington, D.C. region, serving individuals and families who have limited or no access to health-related services.

We envision a day when everyone will receive the highest quality of health care, education and social services. By working together, we help members of all communities be their own advocates and produce generations of leaders ready to contribute to their community's growth and well-being.

Check out our pre-events! 

2016 Pre-Events Chair

Gina Chersevani
Buffalo & Bergen

Each year DC's Taste of the Nation engages the local community to raise awareness as well as additional funds to support Share Our Strenght's efforts to end childhood hunger in America.  We thank this year's pre-event partners who are helping us to raise thousands of dollars before April 4th to ensure no kid goes hungry.

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January 17, 2016

Get your tickets HERE



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K Street Magazine: Chefs Behind Bars

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

Share Our Strength Staff
Samantha DeNafo

Event Chairs
Alisa Cohen
Katie Corrigan

Restaurant Inquiries
Lisa Bornstein

Sponsorship Opportunities
Samantha DeNafo
Kate Sullivan

Auction Donations
Jen Amore

Operatioal Donations
Julianne Gambert

Social Media
Jackie Woodbury

Volunteer Opportunities
Claire Rossin

PR and Communications
Julia Blumenthal

Tricia Barba

Thank you to our Taste of the Nation 2016 sponsors! 


Food Network
Food Should Taste Good


Board of Trade
CTG, Inc.
Culinary Agents
Design Cuisine

IKEA of College Park 
Living Social 
Maryland Live!
Sir Speedy

S. Pellegrino

Pre-Register for the Silent Auction!

If you've already purchased your ticket, you can preview packages and register for the silent auction here

Thank you to our Taste of the Nation 2016 auction donors!


1789 Restaurant

370 Common

Al Dente Restaurant

Artisan Confections

Atlanta Aquarium

Balducci's Food Lover's Market

Basket of Liquor

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute

Best Buns Bakery

Beuchert's Saloon

Biker Barre

Bikram Yoga Dupont

Bikram Yoga Petworth


BLT Steak DC

Blue Apron

Brown Golf Management

Buttercream Bakeshop


Catherine George's Cakes

Catoctin Creek Distillery

Cava Mezze

Chelsea's Kitchen

Chesapeake Maritime Museum

Civil & Human Rights Museum


Coca Cola Museum

Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen

Corolla Beach House

Cotton and Reed


Cunningham's American Grill

Del Campo

DGS Delicatessen

District Chophouse & Brewery

Dolcezza Gelato

Escape Room Live - DC

Farmers Restaurant Group

Fifth Group Restaurants

Fleet Street Kitchen


Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Four Seasons Atlanta

Four Seasons Baltimore

Fox Restaurant Concepts

Galleria Park, a Joie de Vivre hotel


Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Grotto Bay Beach Resort Bermuda

Hank's Oyster Bar

Heard Museum

Heavy Seas Brewery

Hemmingway Rum Company

Papa's Pilar Rum

Inn at Perry Cabin

Juniper Restaurant


Le Creuset

Le Diplomate

Left Door

Little Rascals Doggie Daycare

Lyon Distilling

M Day Spa

Mama's On The Half Shell


Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.

Medium Rare

Mon Ami Gabi

Montage Beverly Hills

Montage Laguna Beach

Old Westminster Vineyard

Olio Room

Olive Oil Boom

One Eight Distilling

Pacers - Navy Yard



Plume at The Jefferson, DC

Provision No.14

Red Shedman Farm Brewery @ Linganore Vineyards

Red Steakhouse and Bar

Reformation Fitness


Ristorante Tosca

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Salt & Sundry Home Essentials Package

Sazon Tribeca - Puerto Rican

Shake Shack

Sheraton Tribeca NY

St. Michaels Winery

Taste of the Nation Atlanta

Ten Ten

The Carlyle

The Charmery

The Fainting Goat

The Food Market

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort

The Kitchen at Blue Creek

The Tabard Inn

The Wine Kitchen

Thip Khao

Total Wine

Trummer's on Main

Urban Dining & Drinks

Urban Stems

W Hoboken

West Egg Cafe

Wit and Wisdom


Zengo Cycle


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National Sponsors

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