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San Francisco Taste of the Nation

March 23, 2017

VIP Admission: $250
6:00pm - 9:00pm

General Admission: $150
6:30pm - 9:00pm

City View @ The Metreon

135 4th Street
San Francisco, California


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General public ticket sale for the San Francisco's Taste of the Nation will begin on December 13, 2016 at 10AM ET. Until that time, only Citi cardmembers can purchase tickets.


Save the Date for the 10th Annual Taste of the Nation®
San Francisco's Premier Culinary Benefit 

Thursday, March 23
City View at Metreon
135 4th Street, San Francisco

With Host Chef Melissa Perello
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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 60 restaurants, breweries, wineries, and mixologists with host Celebrity Chef Michael Tusk! Join us for this one-of-a-kind local event featuring:

  • Dishes from over 40 restaurants, including Flour + Water, Michael Mina, Spruce, and Tacolicious
  • Award-winning wineries from Napa and Sonoma, including Clif Family and SCRIBE
  • Hand-crafted cocktails from the best bars in San Francisco and the Bay Area
  • Live auction with fine dining chef experiences
  • One of the best views in San Francisco

All proceeds from your ticket purchase goes toward helping fight childhood hunger in California. Beneficiaries include 18 Reasons, California Association of Food Banks, California Food Policy Advocates, No Kid Hungry Bay Area and Children of Shelters, all of whom do powerful work in the Bay Area to bring nutritious food to locals in need. 

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 March 23rd!


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Thanks to Our 2016 Local Sponsors
















National Sponsors







Aatxe — Chef Ryan Pollnow

Acquerello — Chef Suzette Gresham

AQ Restaurant — Chef Mark Liberman

Bon Marché Restaurant and Bar — Chef Matt Sieger

Boulevard & Prospect Restaurants — Chef Nancy Oakes

Burritt Room + Tavern — Chef Luke Knox & Bartender Josh Trabulski

Cadence — Chef Joey Elenterio

Causwells — Chef Adam Rosenblum

Dirty Habit — Chef David Bazirgan

DOSA — Chef Anjan Mitra

E&O Kitchen and Bar — Chef Sharon Nahm

El Dorado Kitchen — Chef Armando Navarro

Epic Steak — Chefs Parke Ulrich & Kenneth Coverdell

Flour + Water — Chef Evan Allumbaugh

Foreign Cinema — Chefs Gayle Pirie & John Clark

Gaspar Brasserie — Chef Adam Nichol

Gelateria Naia — Chef Trevor Morris

Hakkasan — Chef Terry Wong

Hog and Rocks — Chef Pierre Tumlin

ICHI Sushi + NI Bar — Chef Tim Archuleta

Jardinière — Chef Audie Golder

Lazy Bear — Chef David Barzelay

Lord Stanley — Chefs Carrie and Rupert Blease

M.Y. China — Chef Tony Wu

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe — Chef Samantha Miotke

Michael Mina — Chef Raj Dixit 

Nick's Cove — Chef Austin Perkins

Nostra — Chef Alexander Alioto

Oenotri — Chef Tyler Rodde

Old Bus Tavern — Chef Max Snyder

One Market Restaurant — Chef Mark Dommen

Oro — Chef Jason Fox

Pizza Antica — Chef Bradley Ceynowa

PABU Izakaya & The Ramen Bar — Chefs Ken Tominaga & Paul Piscopo

Quince — Chef Michael Tusk

RN74 — Chef Michael Lee Rafini 

Scala's Bistro — Chefs Larry Finn & Kimberly Bugler

Scotland Yard — Chef Jason Raffin

Slanted Door — Chef Charles Phan

Souvla — Chef Tony Cervone

Spruce — Chefs John Madriaga & Mark Sullivan

Stones Throw — Chef Jason Halverson

Tacolicious — Chef Joe Hargrave

The Keystone — Chef Banks White

The Saratoga — Chef Mark Sullivan

The Village Pub — Chef Orlando Pagán

Twenty Five Lusk — Chef Matthew Dolan

Volta — Chef Staffan Terje

Waterbar — Chefs Parke Ulrich & Justin Baade

Wayfare Tavern — Chef Omri Aflalo



www.18reasons.org18 Reasons empowers our community with the creativity and confidence needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. Through their classroom on 18th Street, they offer over 200 classes and dinners each year. Through their Cooking Matters program, they help over 2,000 low-income families each year learn to cook healthy food on a limited budget. Visit them at to volunteer, attend an event, or learn more.

California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) represents more than 40 food banks and advocates for government policies that will benefit the 2 million Californians its network serves each year. With our Farm to Family program, we distribute 140 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables annually through our food bank network. Visit to learn how CAFB and its members are working together to build a healthier, hunger-free California. 

California Food Policy Advocates dedicates the whole of its time, resources, and energy toward increasing low-income Californians’ access to healthy food. They make change – policy changes that increase participation in nutrition programs like CalFresh, school breakfast and lunch, child care, summer food, and more. And they work to make the food offered by these programs more healthy and appealing. Lend your support to their advocacy efforts by visiting

Children of Shelters creates opportunities and provides educational funding for the children living in San Francisco's shelters in an effort to break the cycle of homelessness. Money gathered through fundraising efforts is dedicated to the Garden to Table program which brings cooking classes, gardening education and hands on garden experience directly to the children in the shelters in an effort to prepare them for a healthier, sustainable future.



Thank You to All of Our 2016 Auction Donors


We're excited to have a silent and live auction that includes incredible chef experiences from the following restaurants:

Lazy Bear

ICHI Sushi + NI Bar

AQ Restaurant

Spruce/Village Pub

Dirty Habit

Bon Marche Brasserie


M.Y China

Old Bus Tavern

Gaspar Brasserie

E&O Kitchen



Rich Table


And more fantastic items from the following supporters:

Joshua Ets-Hokin Photography 

Monterey Bay Aquarium 

Patz & Hall Winery 

WALT Wines 

DuMol Winery

Farmhouse Inn 

Charlie Palmer


Caviar Co

Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu 

Scribe. Winery 

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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