Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
6:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013
21 and over
Food | Wine, Fundraisers
WFTV 9 Family Connection would like to invite you to the Share Our Strengths 24th Annual Taste of the Nation Orlando.
Share Our Strengths Taste of the Nation® Orlando returns Saturday, August 10th, from 6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., showcasing the talent and creativity of Central Floridas leading chefs and restaurants in a culinary fundraising event to end childhood hunger. Orlando World Center Marriott will host the 24th annual Taste of the Nation, an evening of exquisite appetizers, entrees and desserts from more than 30 of Central Florida's finest chefs and restaurants complemented by silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Some of this years participating chefs and restaurants include:
• Cress Restaurant, Chef Hari Pulapaka
• K Restaurant & Wine Bar, Chef Kevin Fonzo
• Journeys Catering, Chef Bram Fowler
• Orlando World Center Marriott, Chef Greg Picard
• Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster
Tickets to the event are $150 per person, and all proceeds from sales support Share Our Strength's efforts to eradicate childhood hunger in Central Florida by funding two local charities, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. I am extremely grateful for the continued support of Taste of the Nation, said Brent A. Trotter, president and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The monies raised help us supply food, shelter and services to nearly 200 children and their families each night and serve over 300,000 nutritious meals every year. Buying a ticket to the event makes quite an impact, as just $50 provides a week of nutritious meals to 32 homeless children.
Last years Taste of the Nation event drew more than 2,200 attendees and raised $249,000 for Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Not only is Share Our Strengths Taste of the Nation Orlando the premier event of its kind in Central Florida, but its helping to transform the lives of our most vulnerable kids as well, said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. The funds help to ensure that more kids in need than ever before have healthy, nutritious food available to them.
Lucille ONeal, mother of NBA superstar Shaquille ONeal, will serve as honorary chair of this years Taste of the Nation Orlando. The longtime philanthropist, celebrated author and motivational speaker has a long history of addressing and supporting childhood nutrition and hunger relief efforts.
"As a mother of four adult children and 14 grandchildren, I have seen firsthand over the years the difference proper nutrition makes in the lives of our children, ONeal said. Eating the right foods on a daily basis and receiving proper nourishment really helps to provide a foundation on which children can thrive physically and mentally. It is our obligation to ensure that we provide necessary essentials that ultimately will help their minds and bodies grow and reach their full potential."
This years silent auction, presented by Neiman Marcus, invites guests to bid on luxury apparel and accessories, stays at upscale hotels, gift cards to the areas top restaurants, rounds of golf on award-winning golf courses, and tickets to coveted sporting events. Featured auction items include:
• Neiman Marcus Selection of Jewelry, Timepieces and Handbags ($10,000 value)
• JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Dinner for 6 with Wine Pairings ($2,000 value)
• Hilton Grand Vacations Orlando 4-Night Stay in a 2-Bedroom Suite ($1,676 value)
• Seasons 52 Chefs Table Experience for up to 6 Guests ($1,000 value)
• Howl at the Moon Orlando Happy Hour Party for 100 WOW ($1,000 value)
• Golf for 4 on Lake Nona Golf & Country Club's Championship Golf Course ($900 value)
For more information, visit the official Taste of the Nation website.