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Philadelphia Taste of the Nation

January 30, 2017

23rd Street Armory

22 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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23rd Street Armory

General Admission: $95 | 7:00pm

VIP Admission: $150 | 6:00pm

Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Philadelphia or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Monday, October 17, 2016 for Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, a remarkable night of dining in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in the America.

Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 40 top chefs and bartenders.

Check out photos from the 2015 event!


Thanks to all who help us to ensure that no kid in America grows up hungry! The beneficiaries of Philadelphia's Taste of the Nation are The Food Trust, The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, and Second Harvest of Lehigh Valley.

Have questions? Contact Samantha DeNafo at | 202-478-6572

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Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. Founded in 1996, the Coalition has helped more than 50,000 families in the Philadelphia region with food assistance through its SNAP (Food Stamp) Hotline, while educating the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry. The Coalition also provides training and resources to more than 100 local food pantries and soup kitchens and organizes the annual Walk+Run Against Hunger, which raises much-needed funds to the area's leading hunger-relief agencies.


The Food Trust

The Food Trust strives to make healthy food available to all. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, The Food Trust has developed a comprehensive approach to improve food environments and teach nutrition education in schools, work with corner store owners to increase healthy offerings and help customers make healthier choices, bring farmers' markets to communities that lack access to affordable produce and encourage other fresh food retail development in underserved communities.


Second Harvest of Lehigh Valley

Cooking Matters is a six week cooking and nutrition education program that aims to empower low-income families to shop for and prepare healthy, delicious meals on a budget. Each course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator with the support of a classroom manager. Courses consist of weekly, 2-hour classes that cover meal preparation, food budgeting, grocery shopping, and nutrition. Cooking Matters offers a courses for a variety of audiences, including Kids, Teens, Adults, and Families.
Cooking Matters courses are currently offered on an ongoing basis at community organizations and Second Harvest member agencies throughout Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties.
Cooking Matters is a program of Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger organization that aspires to end hunger and poverty in the United States with the primary goal of ending childhood hunger with its No Kid Hungry Campaign. Second Harvest offers this program in partnership with Share Our Strength


2016 Participating Restaurants

Alla Spina • Amada  Bing Bing Dim Sum | Cheu Noodle Bar   The Blue Duck   Bolete | Mister Lee's Noodles • BrĂ¼ Craft & Wurst | U-Bahn • Cantina Felizn | La Calaca Feliz  CapogiroCapofitto City Tavern   Davio's Steakhouse  The Farm and Fisherman Fond  Fork  The Good King Tavern Insomnia Cookies  La Colombe  Lacroix at The Rittenhouse  Laurel Le Peg Loco Pez  Lolita • Nectar  Ocean Prime  Pizzeria Vetri  Russet  Scarpetta • Shake Shack Short Order Food Truck • Skyhouse Tavern  Townsend • Twisted Tail • Whetstone Tavern  AND MORE!


2016 Participating Breweries

Commonwealth Cider    Free Will Brewery   Round Guys Brewery   Troegs Brewery  Weyerbacher Brewery  Yards Brewery 


2016 National Sponsors


2016 Local Sponsors




Please contact Sam DeNafo at with sponsorship inquiries.

Cheers to the friends of No Kid Hungry who support the event and help make the event what it is.


Chef Co-Chair Lee Chizmar

CHEF LEE CHIZMAR — originally from Allentown, Penn., Lee has always had a strong relationship with food, ever since his introduction to oysters (still his favorite food…and our 4-year-old’s as well!) at the ripe age of three. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park in 2000, he traveled to San Francisco to work at Bradley Ogden's Lark Creek Inn in Marin County. There he developed his love for, appreciation of, and dedication to serving locally grown, seasonal ingredients. He visited farmers' markets where the tomatoes were enjoyed like apples and the back door of the kitchen was a rotating door of local farmers peddling their perfect produce. He spent four years there being mentored by Chef Jeremy Sewall and was thrilled to get the call when Sewall was putting together his "dream team" to travel back East and open Great Bay in Boston, for Chef Michael Schlow and celebrated restaurant guru Christopher Myers. Great Bay received great accolades upon opening, including "Best New Restaurant in the Country" by John Mariani of Esquiremagazine. After quickly being promoted from sous chef to chef de cuisine in the first nine months, the young Chizmar was then asked to take the reins when Sewall left to open his own restaurant.

Beer Chair- Ed Kirk

Mixology Chair- Chauncey Scates

PR- Morgan Obidowski & James Zeleniak

Restaurants- Madison Alpern





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