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San Francisco Taste of the Nation

March 22, 2018

VIP Admission: $225
6:00pm - 9:00pm

General Admission: $125
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Pier 35

1454 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California

Save the Date for March 22nd,2018! 

If you are interested in being a sponsor or participant for the 2018 Event, plese contact Kathleen P. Talbot at 





Taste of the Nation San Francisco presents its sponsors the opportunity to engage affluent, well-educated, charity minded individuals, as well as entertain key clients and stakeholders in a fun and dynamic environment while working together to end childhood hunger. To partner with us please contact Kathleen P. Talbot at

                  Thank you to our 2017 National Sponsors

Thanks to Our 2017 Local Sponsors















Thank you to our 2017 Restaurants:


M.Y. China - Tony Wu


Central Kitchen - Thomas McNaughton


Commonwealth - Jason Fox


Aatxe - Ryan Pollnow


flour+water - Evan Allumbaugh


FARM at Carneros - Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli


Tacolicious - Armando Garcia


Boulevard Restaurant - Nancy Oakes & Dana Younkin


Perbacco - Staffan Terje


Scala's Bistro - Kimberly Bugler


Tosca Cafe - Josh Even


The Slanted Door - Charles Phan


Lord Stanley - Carrie and Rupert Blease


Hakkasan San Francisco - Chef Terry Wong


Jardinière - Audie Golder


The Commissary - Rogelio Garcia


Arguello - Robert Hurtado


Terrain Cafe - Patrick Boyer


Michael Mina - Raj Dixit


DOSA - Anjan Mitra


Souvla - Tony Cervone and Charles Bililies


UMA CASA - Telmo Faria


PABU / The Ramen Bar - Shaun King


Waterbar - Parke Ulrich and Justin Baade


EPIC Steak - Parke Ulrich


Spruce - John Madriaga


Mayfield - Louis Salvatore


The Village Pub - Orlando Pagan


Pizza Antica - Bradley Ceynowa


The Saratoga - Brandon Clements


Grand Lake Kitchen - David Wasem


the girl & the fig - John Toulze


Smitten Ice Cream - Robyn Sue Fisher


One Market Restaurant - Mark Dommen


ichi sushi - Tim Archuleta


Craftsman and Wolves - William Werner


Teleferic Barcelona - Teleferic Barcelona


Wayfare Tavern - Scott Quinn


Bluestem Brasserie - John Griffiths


Salt & Straw - Tyler Malek


E&O Kitchen and Bar - Sharon Nahm


Dirty Habit - Thomas Weibull


Nomica - Hiroo Nagahara


Gelateria Naia - Trevor Morris


Presidio Social Club - Rene Cruz


Fiorella - Dante Cecchini


MICHAEL MINA/The MINA Test Kitchen - Raj Dixit


Marla Bakery




Your company can gain marketing exposure through our auction and know that you are contributing to help end childhood hunger. Donate an item to our auction! We are seeking unique experiences such as tickets to concerts, musicals and museums, hotel stays, spa experiences, paddle boarding lessons, and private flight in a personal jet. Also, physical items such as a beach cruiser, Yeti, outdoor grill, purses,etc. Contact Sherri Graham if you are interested in donating. 

Thank you to this years' Chef Chair Melissa Perello (Executive Chef/Owner, Octavia and Frances)

Chef Melissa Perello has been an avid cook since childhood. Spending summers in the kitchen with her grandmother, Frances, in Northern Texas, the young chef was influenced by culinary titans like Julia Child and Nathalie Dupree. Following her passion by working in a kitchen at a local country club during high school, she later attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.


Upon graduation, Chef Perello moved across the country to San Francisco to begin working at Aqua, where Michael Mina was both a teacher and an important influence on the rising star chef.  After her time at Aqua, Perello moved to Charles Nob Hill, working alongside Ron Siegel. Shortly after, Chef Perello ascended to the position of Executive Chef. Under her culinary leadership and guidance, she helped garner critical acclaim from local and national outlets, and was named one of San Francisco Chronicle’s Rising Star Chefs in 2002. She also earned three consecutive James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef nominations from 2002-2004, and was lauded as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2004.


Crediting Siegel as another defining influence, his teachings inspired the young chef to cultivate long-lasting relationships with purveyors and farmers, giving her access to the finest locally produced ingredients – a practice that would become a staple of her culinary style. “Ron taught me how to create relationships with purveyors and make ingredients shine,” explains Chef Perello.


In 2005 Perello took the helm at the highly respected Fifth Floor restaurant located in downtown San Francisco. The Fifth Floor already had a reputation as one of the country’s top restaurants, however, with Chef Perello’s arrival and talent, she managed to improve upon that reputation, winning the restaurant a coveted Michelin star in 2006.


Chef Perello then took a hiatus from the San Francisco restaurant industry.  She took this time to travel and refocus on food, with the ultimate goal of opening a restaurant and making a mark on San Francisco that was completely her own. And in 2009, Frances was born, named for the grandmother who had nurtured her young talents. It was no surprise Frances quickly gained effusive praise and glowing reviews, both nationally and locally, from such institutions as the James Beard Foundation, Bon Appétit magazine, Esquire magazine, as well as earning a Michelin star.





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