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San Francisco Taste of the Nation

March 23, 2017

VIP Admission: $250
6:00pm - 9:00pm

General Admission: $150
6:30pm - 9:00pm

City View @ The Metreon

135 4th Street
San Francisco, California

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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 

                  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




18 Reasons empowers our community with the creativity and confidence needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. Through their classroom on 18th Street, they offer over 200 classes and dinners each year. Through their Cooking Matters program, they help over 2,000 low-income families each year learn to cook healthy food on a limited budget. Visit them at to volunteer, attend an event, or learn

California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) represents more than 40 food banks and advocates for government policies that will benefit the 2 million Californians its network serves each year. With our Farm to Family program, we distribute 140 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables annually through our food bank network. Visit to learn how CAFB and its members are working together to build a healthier, hunger-free California. 

California Food Policy Advocates dedicates the whole of its time, resources, and energy toward increasing low-income Californians’ access to healthy food. They make change – policy changes that increase participation in nutrition programs like CalFresh, school breakfast and lunch, child care, summer food, and more. And they work to make the food offered by these programs more healthy and appealing. Lend your support to their advocacy efforts by visiting

Children of Shelters creates opportunities and provides educational funding for the children living in San Francisco's shelters in an effort to break the cycle of homelessness. Money gathered through fundraising efforts is dedicated to the Garden to Table program which brings cooking classes, gardening education and hands on garden experience directly to the children in the shelters in an effort to prepare them for a healthier, sustainable future.









Thank you to this years' Chef Chair Melissa Perello (Executive Chef/Owner, Octavia and Frances)

Chef Melissa 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.


Crediting Siegel as another defining influence, his teachings inspired the young chef to cultivate long-lasting relationships with purveyors and farmers, giving her access to the finest locally produced ingredients – a practice that would become a staple of her culinary style. “Ron taught me how to create relationships with purveyors and make ingredients shine,” explains Chef Perello.


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.

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