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South Florida Taste of the Nation

May 12, 2017

VIP Plus: $200
6:00pm - 10:00pm

VIP & Afterparty Admission: $175
7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Afterparty Admission: $75
10:00pm - 12:00am

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

Friday, May 12, 2017
Soho Studios


VIP Plus: $200 | 6:00pm-10:00pm | Includes Afterparty & Hour Early Access
VIP Admission: $175 | 7:00pm-10:00 | Includes Afterparty Admission

General Admission: $125 | 7:00pm-10:00pm
Afterparty Admission: $75 | 10:00pm-12:00am

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. 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 avillabona@strength.org 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 South Florida's Taste of the Nation.

     

Hashtags: #NoKidHungry #TOTNSFla

Twitter and Instagram: @TOTNSFla

 

 


Chef Chair 

Timon Balloo
Sugarcane raw bar grill, Executive Chef and Partner 

Chef Timon Balloo was born to Chinese and Trinidadian parents. His scrapbook of memories leads with days on the farm, ethnic recipes, and a favorite pastime of watching the PBS show Yan Can Cook. Little did he know then that he would soon be on the fast track to a James Beard Foundation “Best New Restaurant” nomination. This and a host of other accolades continue to reflect his dedication to the seasonal, local ingredients that fuel his daily inspirations taken from the market’s freshest offerings.

In 1998, Balloo began his official journey toward a stellar culinary career. Through the international program of extended studies at Johnson & Wales, Balloo traveled to Belgium to work at Hotel M├ętropole under the French Master, Chef Dominique Michou. Balloo honed his classical culinary training skills by working his way up from entremetier comis (hot line) to patisserie comis. Of that time, Balloo recalls: “The vegetables and animals would often come straight from the farm. It wasn’t unusual for us to have to skin and pluck the next dish… now that was farm-to-table cooking!”

Balloo considers his first real professional lesson – on humility in the kitchen – to have been taught by “Professor” Allen Susser, one of Miami’s most influential chefs. “In Chef Susser’s kitchen, you were broken down and then built back up,” Balloo explains. “My time cooking at Chef Susser’s gave me a new respect for food.”

Balloo went on to become Junior Sous Chef at the five-star AZUL in Miami’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel under the leadership of Michelle Bernstein, Balloo’s greatest mentor. “Michelle taught me to cook from my heart and, as such, I started to craft my own approach to food, infusing it with what I like to call ‘Asian-Caribbean soul.’”

From La Broche in Miami to SUSHISAMBA in New York City, Balloo eventually earned Executive Chef status. Among his favorite dishes at SUGARCANE raw bar grill’s sister restaurant, SUSHISAMBA, was the Moqueca Mista: “It touches a depth of flavors, it is simply prepared – void of ‘fancy’ techniques – and it has personality when it enters the dining room. Food is about life and excitement, but it’s also very much about integrity.”

Through the use of simple ingredients to create great food, Balloo started to form his signature style: the juxtaposition of bold flavors made for sharing, prepared on small plates. He partnered with Amir Ben-Zion to launch Domo Japones in Miami’s Design District; the Japanese concept highlighted one-of-a-kind ingredients in a former post-office-turned-restaurant. Balloo’s menu was awarded three stars by The Miami Herald and voted “Best Japanese 2008” by Miami New Times.

An opportunity to reconnect with Samba Brands Management in 2009 brought Balloo back to the growing restaurant group as Executive Chef and Partner of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, which opened in 2010. Shortly after the restaurant’s debut, SUGARCANE raw bar grill took “Best New Restaurant” and Balloo was dubbed “Best Up-and-Coming Chef” by Miami New Times. He was also named “Chef of the Year” by Eater, and the accolades have never stopped.

“SUGARCANE raw bar grill has played a major role in Miami’s food scene since opening. We’re committed to pushing the culinary envelope every day,” he says. “However, our warm, casual vibe will never change – that’s a mainstay of the brand in which we all take a lot of pride.”

 

2017 Sponsors
 

 

                                                                                                      

Local Media Sponsors

  

2017 Event Hosts

Lisa Petrillo

 Lisa Petrillo is the Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for WFOR, CBS4.

Throughout her years as South Florida’s premiere Entertainment Reporter, Lisa has interviewed many celebrities, among them Paul McCartney, Sting, Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elton John, Tom Hanks, Warren Beatty and the late Audrey Hepburn. In addition to reporting on entertainment , Lisa hosts the CBS4 “Taste of the Town “ segment celebrating South Florida’s growing culinary scene and reports on fashion, travel and other lifestyle trends.

Lisa has received three Emmys: two for writing and on-camera performance for her behind-the-scenes series on soap operas entitled “Love in the Afternoon” and her third for her CBS4 report on the “Chefs Challenge” in 2005.

In 1996, Lisa was named one of the 10 Best Dressed Women in Miami by the American Cancer Society.

She’s involved with numerous charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Miami Children’s Health Foundation, Diabetes Research Institute, and Cystic Fibrosis among others. She’s on the Honorary Board for Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer. In 2014 and 2015, Vogue Magazine’s Editor Anna Wintour selected Lisa to the “Vogue 100”, an influential group of leaders known for their distinctive taste in fashion and culture.

In 2015, Lisa was honored by the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale Beaux Arts Group with an award for her dedication and commitment to the arts.

In 2016, Lisa was awarded the Silver Circle Award from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS.) The Silver Circle Award recognizes television professionals who have made significant contributions to television over a period of 25 years or more. Also in that year, Lisa was honored by the Columbus High School CCNN Live student broadcast program with the Media Excellence Award for “Best Entertainment Reporter.”

Lisa’s professional career began in 1986 as Communications Manager for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. That year, she began her television career at WPLG as a producer. She was named the station’s entertainment reporter in 1988. Following WPLG, Lisa became a national correspondent on the NBC show “Real Life”.

She joined WFOR, CBS4 in 2001 as Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter. Lisa and her husband Bill have two children. She received her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Marketing at the University of Miami.

 

Nick Pena

Hey... it’s Nick! I’ve been a part of Mack in the Afternoon since 2012. I started way back when I was eighteen with Michael Yo in the afternoon. Since then, I’ve gotten married and had a beautiful little boy named James. Not only do I love what I do, but I love food. I love food so much I started a food blog called thefood-e.com. Thefood-e.com has taken me in new directions and my appreciation for this city has grown incredibly because of it. There’s no place I rather be then talking to the people of Miami, playing them some awesome music, and showing them where to eat at along the way.

As one of the fastest growing afternoon shows in Miami, Mack and his team combine compelling and interactive content along with the latest in celebrity news.  With entertaining and relatable topics the show is Cosmopolitan/GQ magazine meets your favorite songs.  The show reaches a large audience not only on the radio but also through social media platforms with a combined reach of Twitter and Facebook reaching over 100K fans. They are constantly in contact with their audience on and off the air. The show features staples such as Trending, the Y5 Countdown, Nick’s Food-e Corner and more.

 

 

 

Afterparty 

10:00pm-12:00am

Continue your night with more sips & snacks at R House in Wynwood. Our exclusive afterparty will feature crafted cocktails, a selection of local beers and a DJ.

Restaurants:

Big Easy Winebar & Grill

Elia Goumet

Sorso by Scott Constant

More to be announced soon!

Exclusive Beer: 

 

In support of No Kid Hungry, alt-rock chart topping band The Strumbellas will perform a special acoustic set during the event, presented by Citi.  

Listen to their new single "Young & Wild" here.

 

Stage Production & Design Provided by: Mike Sipe Entertainment, Events & Production. 

Beneficiaries

 

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.

 

 

Honorary Founding Chair

Chef Allen Susser

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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).

 

 

 

 

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