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Ithaca Taste of the Nation

June 13, 2017

VIP Admission: $150
5:30pm - 10:00pm

General Admission: $100
6:30pm - 10:00pm

Athletics & Events Center

Lyceum Dr., Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York

 

ITHACA'S TASTE OF THE NATION 2017


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ithaca College A&E Center

VIP Admission: 5:30 PM | $150

General Admission: 6:30PM | $100


Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Ithaca or across the nation, by joining Upstate New York's finest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 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.

Founded in 1990, Ithaca's Taste of the Nation's is rooted in the same concept behind the name "Share Our Strength" : poverty is a complex; feeding a child is not.

Come celebrate Ithaca's hottest and most trend-forward food & beverage event! Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 75 local top chefs and bartenders – an impressive list of talent curated by our event organizing committee. 

Special culinary adventures include the 2nd annual Beer Garden, a Sundae Parlor, and more! Enjoy live music and dancing while making memories at the photo booth! Don't forget about the silent auction and to try your luck at winning amazing raffle prizes!

100% of proceeds support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America!
 

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Beneficiaries

Learn more about the amazing organizations we're supporting in 2017.


Thanks to the remarkable generosity of our corporate sponsors, our 75+ participating restaurants, wineries and microbreweries, we raised nearly $57,000  to help end childhood hunger in 2016.  The funds raised are not only be used to help the important work of our local beneficiaries: The Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Ithaca Fresh Snack Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension's Healthy Food for All, but they also find their way to areas of high need around New York State!  Important programs such as  the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will also receive funding through Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry grants program.

The members of the event organizing committee are so very appreciative of the efforts and contributions of everyone involved.  Our fabulous team of Ticket Ambassadors once again rose to the occasion ensuring another successful year of ticket sales; local businesses donated so very generously to ensure that our Silent Auction Packages and Raffle Prizes were exciting and fun.  The Volunteers that pitched in to help in every conceivable way are truly the unsung heroes who are at the very heart of making sure everything ran smoothly.

Check out more info on our local beneficiaries:

 

Healthy Food For All - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Healthy Food For All is a partnership of local farms and Cornell Cooperative Extension in Tompkins County to make fresh produce accessible to low-income households through subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. Families living at or below poverty receive a variety and abundance of fruits and vegetables at a price they can afford (Food Stamps accepted!) and free educational resources including nutritional cooking classes to support healthy lifestyle choices. Local family-owned farms receive a fair price to sustain their organic, ecologically and socially responsible growing practices, boosting our region’s ability to produce good food.

Benefiting over 400 youth and adults and nine local farms, Healthy Food For All has been identified as one of the most successful interventions to ending hunger and building community food security in South Central New York.

Thanks to the funds raised from Ithaca Taste of the Nation and the support of many local funders and fundraising events, Healthy Food For All’s small farms are making a big impact on the health of our community!

For more info contact Liz Karabinakis, Director of Healthy Food For All, at 607-272-2292 or evk4@cornell.edu.

 

Woods Earth - Ithaca Fresh Snack Program

The Fresh Snack Program provides full servings of fresh, healthy, plant-based snacks and integrated educational “bites” to all students in each of the three elementary schools it serves in Ithaca City School District. Fresh Snacks also increase access to fruits and vegetables, replace less nutritious snacks, familiarize students with healthier food choices, and connect youth with their local food system and local food choices. Fresh Snack ingredients are local and organic whenever possible, and many are grown by the Youth Farm Project, where diverse youth actively participate in building a more equitable local food communities.

 A portion of the proceeds from Ithaca’s Taste of the Nation will support the Fresh Snack Program's efforts to serve over 927 students every week, in partnership with ICSD's Child Nutrition Program. For more information, contact Vanessa Wood at snackmanager@gmail.com.

 

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier - Backpack Program™

Headquartered in Elmira, NY, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier distributes food and other grocery products to people in need through a network of more than 160 partner agencies including food pantries, meal programs, shelters and other hunger-relief organizations in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties.  The Food Bank also administers several direct service food distribution programs including the BackPack Program™ and Mobile Food Pantry.  Established in 1981, the Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, and a regional agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester. The Food Bank helps fulfill Catholic Charities’ commitment to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people by working together to build and sustain hunger free communities throughout the Southern Tier.

The Taste of the Nation funds raised help the Food Bank acquire and distribute food to neighbors in need through their network of member agencies and various programs like the BackPack Program ™. Started at the Food Bank in 2005, the BackPack Program™ distributes food to children at risk of hunger over weekend and holiday breaks when they don't have access to school free or reduced price meal programs. Children receive a bag of nutritious, easy to prepare food each Friday during the school year. The BackPack Program™ helps them return to school on Monday ready to learn. The Food Bank plans to expand the BackPack Program™ in order to meet the need of child hunger right here in the Southern Tier of NY.

For more information contact the Food Bank’s Director of Community Programs, Jennifer Edger at 607-796-6061 x4037 or jedger@feedingamerica.org.

 

Hunger Solutions NY

By promoting and achieving awareness of both hunger issues and the programs that address them, this organization provides a caring and informed voice for hungry New Yorkers.

 

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ITHACA'S TASTE OF THE NATION 2017


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ithaca College A&E Center

 How to get there:


Directions to the Athletics & Events Center

Enter the Ithaca College main entrance of campus on Route 96B. This is Alumni Circle. 

Go around Alumni Circle to Grant Egbert Boulevard. 

Take Grant Egbert Boulevard to the first stop sign. 

Continue straight to the second stop sign at Grant Egbert Boulevard East. 

Make a left on to Grant Egbert Boulevard East (This will bring you around to the other side of the A&E Center).

Follow Grant Egbert Boulevard East to the stop sign.

Continue straight.You will then be on Lyceum Drive. The turf field will be on your right.

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Community Ambassadors

Thanks to our Ambassadors for helping to get the community involved in Taste of the Nation!


 

2017 Ambassador Promotional Codes

For a $20 discount per ticket purchased, use an Ambassador Code.
During purchase, enter the code in the "Promo code" field, NOT the "Validate" field (not case sensitive). 

Jim Bouderau (BOUDERAU)
Kelly Brown (BROWN) 
Margaret Bruns (BRUNS)
Chamber of Commerce (CHAMBER)
Ithaca Coffee (COFFEE)
Liz Karabinakis (COOPEXT)
Jerry Dietz (DIETZ)
Foodbank (FOODBANK)
Rachel Hogancamp (RASA)
Rhoda Janis (JANIS)
Katie Kutz (KUTZ)
Tam Lam & Ryan Mitchell (WARREN)

Lisa LiVigne (LIVIGNE)
Casey Lucier (LUCIER)
Lauren Marino (MARINO) 
Deb Mohlenhoff (MOHLENHOFF)
Catheryn Obern (OBERN)
Brenda Rodriguez (RODRIGUEZ)
Emily Russell (RUSSELL)
Audrey Baker (WOODS)
 

 

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Interested in getting involved? 


We would love your support! Find who to contact below:

Sponsorship: Get in touch with Jerry

Vendor Information: Get in touch with Vicki.

Volunteering: Get in touch with Abigael.

Something ElseGet in touch with us.

Send Check/Money Order to: Share Our Strength - ATTN: Jerry Dietz, C.S.P. Management, 407 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

And don't forget to...
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Corporate Sponsors


National Presenting Sponsors 

Citi Sysco

National Sponsors 

Food Network | OpenTable

Local Co-Presenting Sponsors 

Sysco Syracuse The Strebel Planning Group

Corporate Reception Sponsors 

Birghtworks Computer Consulting Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors

Local Corporate Sponsors 

A. L. George | Ames Linen | B & W Supply | C.S.P. Management | CFCU | Comfort Keepers | Corner Store Catering | La Tourelle Resort & Spa | Schlather, Sumbar, Parks & Salk | Seneca Beverage Corp. | Triphammer Wine and Spirits | Warren Real Estate of Ithaca

     

    Corporate Partnership Benefits

    $500.00 Level

    • Two (2) VIP tickets to the event – includes the Corporate Champagne Reception prior to the tasting.*
    • Signage at the event plus a screen in the Power Point presentation that runs continuously the night of the event.
    • Business name posted as a Corporate Sponsor on our web site IthacaTasteoftheNation.org with link to your businesses’ web site.

       

    $1500.00 Level

    • Four (4) VIP tickets to the event – includes the Corporate Champagne Reception prior to the tasting.*
    • Signage at the event plus a screen in the Power Point presentation that runs continuously the night of the event.
    • Business name posted as a Corporate Sponsor on our web site IthacaTasteoftheNation.org with link to your businesses’ web site.

       

    $3000.00 Level

    • Eight (8) VIP tickets to the event – includes the Corporate Champagne Reception prior to the tasting.*
    • Sponsorship ‘tags’ on our radio and television promotional spots (number of tags is determined by the number of participants at this level)
    • Signage at the event plus a screen in the Power Point presentation that runs continuously the night of the event.
    • Logo posted as a Corporate Sponsor on our web site IthacaTasteoftheNation.org with link to your businesses’ web site.

       

    $7500.00 Level

    • Twelve (12) VIP tickets to the event – includes the Corporate Champagne Reception prior to the tasting.*
    • Featured as the local presenting sponsor of the event on all radio and print advertising and other promotions done for the event. Signage at the event plus a screen in the Power Point presentation that runs continuously the night of the event.
    • Logo posted as a Corporate Sponsor on our web site IthacaTasteoftheNation.org with link to your businesses’ web site.
    • Special guest presentation lunch for up to 10 employees.


    *The Corporate Champagne Reception begins one hour prior to opening the door to the general public.

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