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Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

May 21, 2017

VIP Admission: $300
2:00pm - 7:00pm

Montage Laguna Beach

30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California


THANK YOU to all who supported our event and helped us to ensure that no kid in America grows up hungry!



Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry. In Laguna Beach, Taste of the Nation brings together the finest chefs and mixologists and corporate and individual supporters to raise the funds needed to end childhood hunger.

Poverty is complex; feeding a child is not.


We are thrilled to announce Fabio Viviani as our 2017 Host! 


2017 Restaurant Line Up 

Craig Strong, Studio, Montage Laguna Beach

Lee Smith, Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach

Jason Neroni, Rose Cafe, Los Angeles

Eric Samaniego, Michael's On Naples, Long Beach

Bryant Taylor, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach

Tin Vuong, Blackhouse Hospitality, Los Angeles & Manhattan Beach

Dakota Weiss, Estrella, Sweetfin Poke, Los Angeles

We're also excited to announce special guest Koire Rogers, Beverage Director, ARC Food & Libations, Restaurant Marin, The Guild Club 





Host Chefs



Craig Strong

Executive Chef, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach


Lee Smith

Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach





Thank You to Our 2017 Guest Chefs

Jason Neroni

Executive Chef, Rose Cafe, Los Angeles


Dakota Weiss

Chef/Owner, Estrella, Sweetfin Poke Los Angeles




Eric Samaniego

Executive Chef, Michael's On Naples, Long Beach



Bryant Taylor

Executive Chef, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach

                                                      Tin Vuong
                              Chef/Partner Blackhouse Hospitality  

Thank you to our 2017 NATIONAL SPONSORS!




Thank you to our 2017 LOCAL  SPONSORS!









Beneficiaries 2017

  • Community Action Partnership of Orange County: CAPOC changes peoples lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live.The agency cares about the entire community, and is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
  • Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank: Founded by the Council of Orange, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Food Bank began providing food for the hungry in October 1983 in Orange, under the leadership of Dan Harney. In 2007, the Food Bank moved to a new facility in Irvine on the old El Toro Marine Base, more than doubling its capacity to meet the needs of Orange County.
Thank you to Fabio Viviani for being our 2017 TOTNLB Host! 

Chef/Culinary Personality/Restaurateur/ Cookbook Author 

Hailing from Florence, Chef Fabio Viviani has opened numerous restaurants in Italy, as well as in the US. His most famed restaurants include CafĂ© Firenze in Moorpark, CA, his first North American opening, as well as Chicago favorites and celebrity hotspots Bar Siena and Siena Tavern. He continues to make a name for himself with the launch of Lobster by Fabio, a seafood home delivery service, and a new restaurant in upstate New York, Portico by Fabio Viviani.Perhaps best known for his television debut on Bravo’s Top Chef, Viviani has since made appearances on national broadcasts. In February 2017, he launched a new online cooking show called “Fabio’s Kitchen.” Off-screen, he has authored three successful cookbooks, one of which put him on The New York Times Best-Seller list. In May 2017, he plans to release a fourth cookbook, Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian. Aside from his passion for food, Viviani also started his Know-How Leadership Academy, an online educational platform providing free guides and courses for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Most recently, he collaborated with Sapphire Apps to release Food Porn Emoji by Chef Fabio Viviani, the first HD food emoji keyboard on the app market.

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