THE 22nd ANNUAL TOLEDO'S TASTE OF THE NATION® FOR NO KID HUNGRY IS APRIL 30, 2017!
Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Toledo or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Sunday, April 30, 2017 for Toledo's 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 America.
Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 40 top chefs.
For additional information and photos from Taste of the Nation 2016, please visit toledotaste.org
Interested in learning more about the 2017 event? Please reach out to Rebecca Woerner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our Taste of the Nation 2017 sponsors!
National Presenting Sponsors
2017 Guest Chef
Chef Bill Fuller- Big Burrito Group
“I stare at people's grocery carts to figure out what it says about them.”
Chef Bill Fuller can find inspiration anywhere, from a stranger's shopping list to a Mayan barbeque in the Yucatan Peninsula. This ability has proved quite useful during his time as big Burrito's Corporate Chef. After setting an early example for Pittsburgh’s nascent dining scene in the late 90s, Bill’s inventive approach has aided in the success of 6 concepts in Pittsburgh, with Mad Mex spanning 14 locations from Columbus to Philadelphia.
Considering a childhood that was hardly culinary inspired –“My mom could barely make an edible meatloaf” - one may wonder about the origins of Bill’s passion. “My teachers were hippies and beatniks,” he explains and credits Kerouac and Dylan as his initial influences. Hitchhiking from his hometown of Dubois, PA at 18 to venture the country, Bill settled in D.C. as a line cook while studying for his B.S. in Chemistry at George Mason University. Upon graduation, he entered the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley, to study Synthetic Bio-Inorganic Chemistry.
He eventually abandoned his scientific pursuits, trading his lab coat for a chef's jacket. Bill then made his way back to Pittsburgh and into the kitchens of big Burrito restaurants where he has served as the Corporate Chef since 1997.
Putting his community and local farmers first, Bill is dedicated to giving back. He is a supporter of Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance and Grow Pittsburgh as well as an avid volunteer with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. You can find him working alongside students in the Cooking Club at Obama Academy and preparing meals with a message for Repair the World: Pittsburgh. Bill is also an advisory board member for Sustainable Pittsburgh and No Kid Hungry. In addition to Bill’s charitable efforts, big Burrito restaurants host nearly 70 benefit dinners per year which raise around $200,000 annually for local organizations.