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South Florida Taste of the Nation

June 17, 2016

VIP: $250
6:00pm - 10:00pm

General Admission: $125
7:00pm - 10:00pm

21+ Admittance Only:

Soho Studios

2136 NW 1st Ave
Miami, Florida

South Florida's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

Join Us to End Childhood Hunger in America

June 17, 2016
SOHO Studios

General Admission: $125 | 7:00pm 
VIP Admisison: $250 | 6:00pm
Please note: This is a 21+ Event.
South Florida's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs, wineries and mixologists — all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America. Big names bring bold flavors to Taste of the Nation South Florida. Join the likes of Chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s Consulting and Chef Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE raw bar grill for South Florida's premiere culinary affair.An elegant evening of gourmet food and wine, Taste of the Nation features chefs and gourmet cuisine from over 50 of South Florida’s best restaurants all committed to Share Our Strength’s vision to end childhood hunger. 
Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has been delighting diners by bringing together the greatest culinary experts to donate their time and skill for a good cause. Produced by Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit fighting childhood hunger, the goal of each Taste of the Nation event is to raise much-needed funds to help end childhood hunger. Aside from feasting on a number of dishes from a bevy of chefs, you’ll also be able to take part in a silent auction, relax in a Citi curated lounge area and taste special wines, spirits and beers. Doing good has never tasted better. 100 percent of proceeds from this Taste of the Nation event benefit Share Our Strength's mission to fight and end childhood hunger.
Contact Andy Villabona at with any questions. 
Social media savvy? We'd love for you to share the event on your social networks! Please see below for the Hashtags and Handles we use for Taste of the Nation South Florida.


Hashtags: #NoKidHungry #TOTNSFla

Twitter and Instagram: @TOTNSFla



Founding Chair

Chef Allen Susser


Allen Susser is a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award. His personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening Chef Allen’s as chef/owner of his groundbreaking Miami restaurant. The New York Times called Allen the “Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking”. Chef Allen’s cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. Food & Wine magazine named Chef Allen "One of the Best 10 Chefs in America".
In 2000 Allen launched Chef Allen's Consulting a boutique restaurant and hospitality consulting firm - providing strategic initiative, culinary resources, and innovative direction for the industry.  Allen has consulted for American Airlines, Kitchen Aid, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, McCormick Spice, Kraft and Sunkist. In 2008 was named consulting chef for Jade Mountain Resort and this year added Anse Chastanet Resort also on St Lucia in the West Indies.  In 2011 he debuted a new casual direction of comfort food launching Burger Bar by Chef Allen at Fort Lauderdale  - Hollywood International Airport and is  currently developing a privately held QRS national brand concept. Current clients include Daily Melt, Slainte Irish Pub + Kitchen and Books & Books Cafe.
Susser is currently the spokesman for the National Mango Board and is a Culinary Ambassador for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its sustainable seafood watch. He received an honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. His Alma Marta- Florida International University award Allen the President's Award for community service. Allen was recognized as Chef of the Year for Share Our Strength and later was honored nationally as Humanitarian of the Year by Share Our Strength for his commitment to End Childhood Hunger. He is currently active on the Board of Feeding South Florida. Susser is an advisory member of the James Beard Foundation, The Florida Commissioner's Seafood and Aquaculture Committee, and has served on the National Board of Directors for the American Institute of Wine and Food. Susser served as president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. He is the original author of New World Cuisine and Cookery (Doubleday, 1995), The Great Citrus Book (Ten Speed Press, 1997) and The Great Mango Book, (Ten Speed Press, 2001).





Event Hosts

Marybel Rodriguez

 Marybel Rodriguez is an Emmy-nominated weekend anchor for the CBS4 morning news as well as a reporter for the weekday newscasts on  CBS4.

 She began her career as a “spokesmodel” on the popular Univision television show “Sabado Gigante,” the longest-running entertainment show  in history seen in every Spanish-speaking country in the world. After six years with the show, Marybel was lured away to become a feature and  entertainment reporter for WPLG. Her desire to cover hard news stories persuaded her to make the switch to CBS4 a few months later.

 Marybel is pleased to volunteer her time with the Hispanic community. She was the Hispanic Spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving  (MADD) on the west coast.  In 2008, Florida International University named her Outstanding Alumni of the Year.  In addition, Marybel has  received numerous other awards that attest to her professionalism and dedication to news.  These honors reflect the way Marybel’s warm and  engaging personality connects with South Florida viewers.

 Born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents, Marybel has not forgotten her roots or the importance of her culture. A graduate of Florida  International University, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Nevertheless, Marybel’s greatest accomplishment is being a mother and wife. She loves spending time with her husband and their three sons.


 Hey…it's Froggy!!  I’ve been a part of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show since 2006! Shocked they've let me stick around this long? Me too!!

 I’ve been hanging around various radio stations since 1994.  I started at 933FLZ in Tampa Bay and moved to Y100 Miami in 2002.   I’m  married to a beautiful woman named Lisa…I’m one of those guys that “married WAY up.”  I have a daughter Danielle and a son Caden. I love  being a husband and a father!

 I’m normally the "guy in the studio in Miami"…but I also travel around the country introducing the Elvis Duran Show to the masses!! You can  always count on me to have something inappropriate to say…to just about anything and everything. 

 During my free time I enjoy NFL and college football (Tampa Bay Bucs and Florida Gators fan) NASCAR (born in North Carolina…you have to  like NASCAR) and golf (Tiger Woods). You can ALWAYS find me at any of the fine chain restaurants in your town!! I love living in South  Florida…but nothing is better than being able to work in many of greatest cities in the US!

Another fun (or not so fun) fact about me is that I live with a rare, chronic disease called acromegaly, caused by a non-cancerous tumor on my pituitary gland. After years of experiencing unexplained symptoms like being tired all of the time; my hands, feet, forehead and jaw growing; excessive sweating and excruciating headaches, I was diagnosed in 2010. After going through all that I have, I work hard to keep my acromegaly under control! It’s definitely not always easy - it takes a lot of work staying on top of my medication schedule, getting my hormone levels checked, going for regular doctors’ visits and keeping a positive attitude - but the support of my family, friends and all you listeners out there have made the journey easier.  If you want to hear more about my journey with acromegaly, check out my video on




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Who We Help

Florida Impact  Since 1979, Florida Impact has been dedicated to reducing hunger and poverty in Florida. Our mission is to inspire and enlist the people of Florida to secure justice for and with those whose economic rights have not been realized. We also work to increase access to food programs by conducting aggressive outreach strategies and public policy advocacy. 

Feeding South FloridaFeeding South Florida  Feeding South Florida is the sole Feeding America food bank serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Through direct-service programs and a network of nonprofit partner agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, and group homes, Feeding South Florida rescues and distributes more than 40 million pounds of food per year, as well as leads hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and provides innovative programming and education.



FLIPANY  Florida introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)'s mission to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community.



Mystery Wine Grab

Donate $30 to No Kid Hungry at our Mystery Wine Grab, and test your luck by selecting one of over 100 mystery wine bottles. You could leave with a bottle of wine valued at over $150!

Sponsored by:

ABACO is a bespoke wine store and tasting bar located in the Palm Court area of the Miami Design District. We carry select vintages of wines from prestigious wine producers across the globe and are staffed entirely by Certified Sommeliers. Classes are featured as well as wine-maker events, food pairings, and wine tastings. Find out more information here

2016 After Party 


Friday, June 17, 2016  10:30PM - 12PM

2727 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

VIP ticketholders gain access.

Includes exclusive bites, drinks, and music. 


R House is a unique casual fine dining restaurant and lounge with an integrated gallery right in the heart of Miami's vibrant Wynwood arts district

serving a contemporary and eclectic mix of American, Mediterranean, Asian and Latin dishes

while providing patrons the opportunity to admire and acquire art as well as enjoy DJs and live music.





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