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Los Angeles Taste of the Nation

June 11, 2017

VIP Admission: $160
12:30pm - 4:00pm

General Admission: $110
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Kids (6-13) Admission : $25
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Media Park in Culver City

9070 Venice Blvd.
Culver City , California

Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists—all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America. Come enjoy over 50 restaurants, breweries, wineries & mixologists with host Chef Bruce Kalman! Join us for this one-of-a-kind local event featuring: 

  • Dishes from over 50 restaurants, including Union Pasadena, Faith and Flower, Hanjiip, and Madcapra
  • Award-winning wineries from California 
  • Hand-crafted cocktails from the best bars in Los Angeles 

100% of proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in AmericaBeneficiaries include Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Westside Food Bank, California Food Policy Advocates and No Kid Hungry Los Angeles.

Purchase a ticket to support these organizations and help fight childhood hunger, all while enjoying an exciting evening with some of the region's best chefs. If you can't attend, you can donate to support these causes. We hope to see you on June 11th!

A BIG thanks to all of our 2016 Restaurants & Chefs








    2017 National Sponsors



    A BIG thanks to our 2016 Local Sponsors

















    General Admission Parking (click to enlarge): There is no residential parking. Please follow the signs to the available parking garages. 


    VIP Parking (click to enlarge)




    The Waiter Races are back & better than ever! 

     Hosted by Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions this fun filled activity is the highlight of Taste of the Nation.

    Broken glasses, spilled wine, men and women tripping over themselves.... on a Sunday afternoon?  

    Yes! The LA Waiters Race is back! Join us as top waiters from the best restaurants in Southern California battle

    it out as they pour wine, balance glasses on trays, and sprint down the streets of Culver City at ‎unheard of speeds!  

    Who will earn bragging rights for the year?   Come find out at the 2017 Taste of the Nation LA!



















    A BIG thanks to our 2016 EVENT HOST

    Ted Chen

    NBC4 Southern California 

    Ted Chen serves as a general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the station in 1995, Chen can be seen weekly on NBC4 News at noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. His most recent news stories can be viewed here.  Follow him on Facebook here.

    Chen has reported on many major news stories. He covered the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing China, reporting live on the gold-medal winning accomplishments of Team USA, as well as the impact of economic transformation in a country of more than one billion people.

    Chen has a passion for politics and has reported on major political stories, and, has covered elections for more than 20 years. In 2002, Chen traveled with then Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn on his historic economic development trip to Asia and filed live reports from Seoul, South Korea and Beijing, China.

    In 2004 and 2005, Chen covered the Scott Peterson Trial in Redwood City, California.

    A journalist known for his versatility, Chen also covers such Hollywood events as the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards.

    Chen came to NBC4  from KGTV in San Diego, where he began in 1993 as a general assignment reporter and substitute anchor for the weekday morning and weekend newscasts. During his tenure at KGTV, he covered significant events such as the assassination of Mexico’s presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the Malibu firestorms.

    Prior to KGTV, Chen was a general assignment reporter and substitute weekend anchor at KSEE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fresno, California.

    Before that, he served as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for KRNV-TV in Reno, Nevada. At KRNV-TV, Chen provided extensive coverage of major stories including the Oakland firestorms.

    In 2002, Chen was honored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Workshop on Journalism, Race & Ethnicity for his series of news stories on Asian Americans. The pieces covered Asian American political power, the role of Chinese schools in shaping Chinese American children, and the forgotten heroes of Chinese American World War II veterans.

    He received a San Diego Press Club award in 1995 for his story on "Area 51," the top secret military base in Southern Nevada used for testing highly sensitive military aircraft. UFO buffs believe the same area was used for alien research covered up by the government.

    For his coverage of a same-sex commitment ceremony in San Diego, he received an award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

    Chen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, as well as The Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel and regularly serves as master of ceremonies for many community events in Los Angeles and throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

    He attended the University of California at Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of California in San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. 





                                        Chef Spotlight

      This weeks' Chef Spotlight and Recipe is from Valerie Gordon from Valerie Confections


    1.       How did you become involved with No Kid Hungry? I was invited to participate in Taste of the Nation a few years ago and have continued to support annually. It is a very important event with direct impact on a major issue in our society.

    2.       Why is ending childhood hunger important to you? Ending childhood hunger is a human issue. The continuation of poverty in our country is heart breaking. Donating a bit of time and money to help the most innocent victims of poverty is the least we can do. 

    3.       How has hunger affected your life or community?  I am very grateful that hunger has never been a personal issue for me or my family. However, our children see homeless people every day in our community and ask how we can help them.

    4.       Why did you become a chef? How long have you been cooking?  My career started when I was 8 years old, making chocolate chip cookies and giving them away at school.

    5.       Which chefs have been influential in your career?  Judy Rodgers has made the largest impact on my approach to food.

    6.       What is your most memorable experience in the kitchen?  This is hard. There are moments everyday that stay etched in my mind. I thrive on the pulse of a kitchen, that intense feeling of a packed room or hundreds of orders…when the team is cranking in a well-oiled choreography with the singular goal of creating the best food we possibly can.

    7.       It’s getting hot! What are your favorite meals to stay cool in the summer?  Chilled stone fruit that is almost too ripe and dripping with juices over a bed of yogurt and toasted nuts.

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