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San Francisco Taste of the Nation

March 22, 2018

VIP Admission: $225
6:00pm - 9:00pm

General Admission: $125
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Pier 35

1454 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California

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March 22nd, 2018 San Francisco Taste of the Nation

 

 


 

Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in the Bay Area or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Thursday, March 22, at our new venue Pier 35. This will be 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 40 top chefs and bartenders.
 
To volunteer your time, to donate or to learn more about Share Our Strength and our strategy to end childhood hunger, please visit NoKidHungry.org, or contact Kathleen Talbot at ktalbot@strength.org
 

 

            

 

 

Palm Beach's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

 

 


 

Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Palm Beach or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Thursday, April 20, 2017 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 40 top chefs and bartenders.
 
To volunteer your time, to donate or to learn more about Share Our Strength and our strategy to end childhood hunger, please visit NoKidHungry.org, or contact Andy Villabona at avillabona@strength.org.
 

 

 

Taste of the Nation San Francisco presents its sponsors the opportunity to engage affluent, well-educated, charity minded individuals, as well as entertain key clients and stakeholders in a fun and dynamic environment while working together to end childhood hunger. To partner with us please contact Kathleen P. Talbot at ktalbot@strength.org

                  Thank you to our 2017 National Sponsors

Thanks to Our 2017 Local Sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our 2017 Restaurants:

 

M.Y. China - Tony Wu

 

Central Kitchen - Thomas McNaughton

 

Commonwealth - Jason Fox

 

Aatxe - Ryan Pollnow

 

flour+water - Evan Allumbaugh

 

FARM at Carneros - Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli

 

Tacolicious - Armando Garcia

 

Boulevard Restaurant - Nancy Oakes & Dana Younkin

 

Perbacco - Staffan Terje

 

Scala's Bistro - Kimberly Bugler

 

Tosca Cafe - Josh Even

 

The Slanted Door - Charles Phan

 

Lord Stanley - Carrie and Rupert Blease

 

Hakkasan San Francisco - Chef Terry Wong

 

Jardinière - Audie Golder

 

The Commissary - Rogelio Garcia

 

Arguello - Robert Hurtado

 

Terrain Cafe - Patrick Boyer

 

Michael Mina - Raj Dixit

 

DOSA - Anjan Mitra

 

Souvla - Tony Cervone and Charles Bililies

 

UMA CASA - Telmo Faria

 

PABU / The Ramen Bar - Shaun King

 

Waterbar - Parke Ulrich and Justin Baade

 

EPIC Steak - Parke Ulrich

 

Spruce - John Madriaga

 

Mayfield - Louis Salvatore

 

The Village Pub - Orlando Pagan

 

Pizza Antica - Bradley Ceynowa

 

The Saratoga - Brandon Clements

 

Grand Lake Kitchen - David Wasem

 

the girl & the fig - John Toulze

 

Smitten Ice Cream - Robyn Sue Fisher

 

One Market Restaurant - Mark Dommen

 

ichi sushi - Tim Archuleta

 

Craftsman and Wolves - William Werner

 

Teleferic Barcelona - Teleferic Barcelona

 

Wayfare Tavern - Scott Quinn

 

Bluestem Brasserie - John Griffiths

 

Salt & Straw - Tyler Malek

 

E&O Kitchen and Bar - Sharon Nahm

 

Dirty Habit - Thomas Weibull

 

Nomica - Hiroo Nagahara

 

Gelateria Naia - Trevor Morris

 

Presidio Social Club - Rene Cruz

 

Fiorella - Dante Cecchini

 

MICHAEL MINA/The MINA Test Kitchen - Raj Dixit

 

Marla Bakery

 

 

 

Your company can gain marketing exposure through our auction and know that you are contributing to help end childhood hunger. Donate an item to our auction! We are seeking unique experiences such as tickets to concerts, musicals and museums, hotel stays, spa experiences, paddle boarding lessons, and private flight in a personal jet. Also, physical items such as a beach cruiser, Yeti, outdoor grill, purses,etc. Contact Sherri Graham if you are interested in donating. 

Thank you to this years' Chef Chair Melissa Perello (Executive Chef/Owner, Octavia and Frances) and Josh Evan (Chef/Co-Owner Tosca Cafe)

Chef Melissa Perello

Perello has been an avid cook since childhood. Spending summers in the kitchen with her grandmother, Frances, in Northern Texas, the young chef was influenced by culinary titans like Julia Child and Nathalie Dupree. Following her passion by working in a kitchen at a local country club during high school, she later attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

Upon graduation, Chef Perello moved across the country to San Francisco to begin working at Aqua, where Michael Mina was both a teacher and an important influence on the rising star chef.  After her time at Aqua, Perello moved to Charles Nob Hill, working alongside Ron Siegel. Shortly after, Chef Perello ascended to the position of Executive Chef. Under her culinary leadership and guidance, she helped garner critical acclaim from local and national outlets, and was named one of San Francisco Chronicle’s Rising Star Chefs in 2002. She also earned three consecutive James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef nominations from 2002-2004, and was lauded as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2004.

In 2005 Perello took the helm at the highly respected Fifth Floor restaurant located in downtown San Francisco. The Fifth Floor already had a reputation as one of the country’s top restaurants, however, with Chef Perello’s arrival and talent, she managed to improve upon that reputation, winning the restaurant a coveted Michelin star in 2006.

Chef Perello then took a hiatus from the San Francisco restaurant industry.  She took this time to travel and refocus on food, with the ultimate goal of opening a restaurant and making a mark on San Francisco that was completely her own. And in 2009, Frances was born, named for the grandmother who had nurtured her young talents. It was no surprise Frances quickly gained effusive praise and glowing reviews, both nationally and locally, from such institutions as the James Beard Foundation, Bon Appétit magazine, Esquire magazine, as well as earning a Michelin star.

Chef Josh Evan

Josh Even, a Long Island, New York native, prides himself on having the dedication required to lead a busy restaurant kitchen. As head chef and co-owner of the revived Tosca Cafe, Even collaborates with Chef de Cuisine, Joyce Liu, on an Italian menu at the iconic San Francisco mainstay.

Even was first introduced to the restaurant industry when he moved to San Francisco after graduating from college in New York in 2001. He worked as a bartender at Kansai, a Japanese karaoke restaurant in the city’s Japantown. Even later decided to return to NYC and waited tables for two years at The Odeon, the legendary brasserie in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. The sous chef noticed Even’s genuine interest in food and suggested that he pursue a culinary career.

Two years later, Even went on to work at Le Gigot, a French bistro in the West Village, where he made the transition from server to cook. During his time there, he toyed with the idea of pursuing a PhD in sociology or American history but chose to trust his instincts and attend culinary school. After a year of hands-on experience at Le Gigot, Even enrolled in the French Culinary Institute to develop a stronger foundation for his creative talent.

After graduation, Even worked as a cook at The Laundry in East Hampton before accepting a line cook position at Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s West Village gastropub, The Spotted Pig. Bloomfield’s passion and commitment to the restaurant impressed Even, who rose to become the sous chef under her guidance.

Even continued on as sous chef under Bloomfield at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room at the Ace Hotel, and when the duo decided to open The John Dory Oyster Bar next door, they offered Even the chef de cuisine position. At The John Dory, Even collaborated with Bloomfield to develop the boldly flavored seafood-focused menu which garnering critical acclaim, including two stars from The New York Times.

In 2013, he moved back to San Francisco to help Bloomfield and Friedman reopen Tosca Cafe with a brand new, Italian-inspired menu. At Tosca Cafe, Even is inspired by the Northern California produce and works with his Chef de Cuisine, Joyce Liu, to create the Italian-inspired menu, a process he compares to finishing each other's sentences.  Since opening in October 2013, the team has garnered critical acclaim from The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle, where it was awarded three glowing stars in May 2014 and, again, in July 2016.

When not at the restaurant, Even hangs out with his wife Katie and son Walter.  They are expecting there second child in early December 2017.  

 

 

 

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