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Palm Beach Taste of the Nation

April 14, 2016

VIP Admission : $200
6:00pm - 10:00pm

General Admission : $125
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Kravis Center, Cohen Pavilion

701 Okeechobee Boulevard
Palm Beach, Florida

Thank You for Joining us at Palm Beach's Taste of the Nation 2016!



Taste of the Nation Palm Beach 2014 No Kid Hungry Clay Conley Zach Bell Lindsay Autry Allen Susser

Every year, the country’s best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists join together with one goal in mind: ending childhood hunger in America. These dedicated culinary professionals lend their time and talents to Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry events in more than 30 cities across the nation to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign work to connect kids in need with the healthy food they need, every day. One hundred percent of proceeds from Taste of the Nation events benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign, thanks to generous support from National Presenting Sponsors Citi and Sysco and National Sponsors Food Network and OpenTable. 
Since 1988, Taste of the Nation events have raised more than $85 million to help make No Kid Hungry a reality.
To volunteer your time, to donate or to learn more about Share Our Strength and our strategy to end childhood hunger, please visit, or contact Andy Villabona
We look forward to hosting you again in 2016! In the meantime, we would love for you to stay involved with Share Our Strength and our No Kid Hungry campaign through our various other platforms: Cooking Matters, Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry and our other Culinary Events.
Palm Beach's Taste of the Nation would not be possible without the support and leadership of our event chairs. Learn more about them here.
Chef Lindsay Autry
THE REGIONAL Kitchen & Public House
Lindsay Autry Taste of the Nation Palm Beach No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength Chef

It’s not every day you get to see and taste the talents of a chef like Lindsay Autry. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Chef Autry has held various chef positions at prominent restaurants along the East Coast and in Mexico, and made headlines as a finalist on Bravo TV’s ninth season of “Top Chef.” As a native North Carolinian, Chef Autry describes her cuisine as soulful, embracing Mediterranean flavors with a blend of her southern roots. 

She honed her skill under James Beard Award winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, starting at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami and then on to open MB in Cancun, Mexico. Chef Autry served as Chef de Cuisine of Las Brisas at The Fairmont Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, and was the Executive Chef of Michelle Bernstein Restaurant at the Omphoy Ocean Resort. Chef Autry was the Executive Chef of the historic Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida where she also cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.  Currently, Chef Autry resides in West Palm Beach and is co-partner and founder of the impending restaurant, The Regional Kitchen & Public House (, which will open its doors in early 2016 in the heart of West Palm Beach’s downtown entertainment district.

Chef Zach Bell
Addison Reserve Country Club
Chef Zach Bell, Taste of the Nation Palm Beach, Share Our Strength

An early fascination with the kitchen dates back to the fourth grade when his family’s relocation meant several months residing at a hotel.  He was immediately captivated with the workings of the hotel banquet kitchen, which became his after school playground. Before, he could drive, Zach began what would be a long successful career in the kitchen. From his hometown of Clermont, FL to Orlando, Miami and finally New York City, he continuously sought out challenging kitchens in which to develop his skills.  Zach perceives cooking as a craft melding technical skill with a love of food and a respect for process.  No short cuts! The wonderful bounty of Florida and the Southeast drive his cuisine, guided by years of practicing the best of French technique at Le Cirque and with Daniel Boulud.  Zach is thrilled to work with as many local farmers and fisherman as possible as well as being able to source the finest ingredients around the world. This philosophy, along with his team building skills and detail orientated work ethic earned Zach four consecutive trips to New York as a finalist for Best Chef : South at the James Beard Awards. 

After 12 years with Daniel Boulud, Zach accepted a fresh new challenge as the Executive Chef of Addison Reserve Country Club. He was offered a unique opportunity to rebuild the kitchen as well as the kitchen team’s philosophy, dining concept and food and beverage team focus and technique from the ground up during a $20 million clubhouse renovation. Addison Reserve is ranked 9th best Country Club in the United States as a Distinguished Emerald Club of America by Board Room Magazine and is also ranked 51st of over 630 worldwide clubs as a 5-Star Platinum Club of the World.

Zach is a dedicated member of the Palm Beach community participating in several local charitable culinary events. His work with No Kid Hungry has taken him to Capitol Hill lobbying for Child Nutrition In 2010, Share our Strength recognized Zach with a National Community Leadership Award for his work with the No Kid hungry campaign. Zach continues his work with Share our Strength as Chair of Palm Beach's Taste of the Nation event and No Kid Hungry dinners.

Chef Clay Conley
Chef Clay Conley, Taste of the Nation Palm Beach, Share Our Strength
Chef Clay Conley opened buccan in Palm Beach, Florida in 2011. He wanted to create a casually sophisticated space that offered small plates with big flavors, and replicate the camaraderie felt when dining at a friend’s house. The result?  Raving accolades, a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef: South - in both 2012 and 2013 - and an expansion. In February 2012, he opened Imoto (transl: little sister), an intimate, Asian-focused extension of buccan. 
His “progressive American” approach at buccan blends the classic comfort of his New England childhood, the rustic boldness of the Mediterranean, and the sensual influence of Latin America. Highlighting contrasting tastes, textures, and temperatures, Clay applies his flair and sense of balance to traditional flavor combinations and dishes.  
Chef Clay and his restaurants have been recognized in national and international publications including Travel + Leisure, Robb Report, Conde Nast Traveler, Miami Herald, Complot, USA Today, Fodors, Boston Globe, NY Post and Wall Street Journal. Buccan is listed as Forbes Travel Guide’s “hottest spot” in Palm Beach and as Esquire’s “Where to Eat in South FL Now,” and has received “Best Restaurant” honors from all area publications. Clay has also cooked on Emeril’s Florida, featured on both Food Network and Cooking Channel, and on The Today Show and Fox and Friends. 
Chef Tim Lipman
Coolinary Café

Chef Tim Lipman, raised in Central Florida, developed his love for food from watching his grandmother grow her tomatoes and feed their pigs. Her Southern-Italian influence mixed with Southern-American cuisine shines through in Tim and his wife Jenny’s recently-opened restaurant, Coolinary Café.

Nineteen years in the industry started in a country club where Tim, then a dishwasher, worked his way up through the ranks of Garde Manger, Line Cook, and eventually Sous Chef when he was encouraged to go culinary school.  He attended Florida Culinary Institute while working in a family restaurant on Palm Beach Island as the Butcher and Line Cook.  He graduated in 2001 while working at Carmine’s Ocean Grill before moving on to the very popular North County staple, Little Moir’s Food Shack.  There, he expanded upon his craft and continued to focus on the next step. After growing his reputation and honing his craft, he was offered the lead role as Executive Chef of Moir’s newest venture, Leftovers Café. Lipman continued to refine his palate and, four years later, opened up his own café where you can often find him in his open kitchen making ample use of seasonal ingredients while focusing on responsible, local farming.



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During the month-long throw down, the participating establishments will offer the Share Our Strength-inspired cocktail with varying promotional times and offers.  The competition’s inaugural-year participants include:

Avocado Grill


Funky Buddha Brewery

Pistache French Bistro

Max’s Harvest

Max’s Social House

Oceana Coffee

Salute Market: Restaurant, Bar, Wine & Liquor Market

Social House (Lake Worth) and Earth & Sugar are offering a special dessert/cocktail pairing.

The Cooper


The venues are not only competing to raise the most funds, but also to secure two coveted spots to serve in the bustling foyer bars and compete in the final round of The Shake Up hosted at this year’s Taste of the Nation. The two winning restaurants will be announced on April 11. 

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