Published On: Fri, Apr 20th, 2018

Taste of the Nation is here! Friday, April 27

Tickets Still available for Florida’s most celebrated culinary event.

Kenny Spahn

Mark your calendars! Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is Friday, April 27!

Taste of The Nation is the venerable granddaddy of culinary events – not only in south Florida, but for the entire country, as similar Taste of The Nation events take place in many cities throughout the year. And our own South Florida Taste is perennially one of the very best!  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the big bash, which happens Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Ice Palace Films Studios in Miami.

That’s where South Florida foodies and wine lovers, along with top chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, mixologists, craft beer and liquor reps, and party-goers of all sorts unite in a spectacular evening of gourmet tastings, fine wines & spirits, live entertainment, and general frivolity – all to benefit Share Our Strength, and its noble “No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to savor the all diverse flavors of Miami from over 50 of the area’s top restaurants, all while helping America’s children to get the healthy meals they deserve. Executive Chef Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE will once again serve as Chef Chairman, and lead the culinary talent. And this year’s lineup reads like a “Who’s Who” of Miami dining, with dozens of All-Star eateries including: 3030 Ocean, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Alter, American Social Brickell, Area 31, Bar Collins at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Bazaar By Jose Andres, Beaker & Gray, Bird & Bone at The Confidante, Biscayne Bay Brewing, BLT Prime, Boulud Sud Miami, Bourbon Steak, Bubbles + Pearls & Bowls + Buns, Burlock Coast, Byblos, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, Concrete Beach Brewery, Corsair Kitchen & Bar, COYO Taco, Edge Steak & Bar, Finka Table & Tap, Fooq’s, Glass & Vine, Gold Marquess, Habitat, Itamae, J. Wakefield Brewing, Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, KYU, Le Zoo, Lure Fishbar, Macchialina, Mason, Meat Market, NaiYaRa, Novecento, Paulie Gee’s, Per’La Specialty Roasters, Phuc Yea!, Pink Pie, Plant Miami, R House Wynwood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Stiltsville Fish Bar, StripSteak by Michael Mina, Stubborn Seed, SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill, SuViche, Tanuki, Temple Street Eatery, The Cafe at Books & Books,  The Dutch Miami, The Salty Donut, The Strand, The Tank Brewing Co., Three & No. 3 Social, Whisk Gourmet Food + Catering, Wynwood Brewing, and more!


Of course, you’ll also be able to sample endless pours of fine wines, spirits, and cocktails to accompany the fine fare, along with select Craft Beers from local breweries.  Also on tap for the night: live entertainment, a silent auction, networking & socializing, and general partying — Miami style.  The party then continues at the famed Chefs After Party, held just down the street at R House in Wynwood, where Chef/Owner Rocco Carulli will team up with additional restaurants to treat guests with tasty bites, pours, and music late into the night.


So Taste what Miami is all about – at the South Florida Taste of the Nation!

The 30th annual Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry takes place Friday, April 27, 2018, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at Ice Palace Films Studios, located at 59 NW 14th Street in Miami.

The party then continues with the exclusive Chef’s After Party for VIP ticket holders from 10:00 PM to midnight at the nearby R House, 2727 NW 2nd Ave. in Wynwood.

General Admission ticket are $150 (while they last); or $200 for VIP tickets, which also include admission to the exclusive Chefs After Party. VIP PLUS tickets are $250, and also provide admission to the event one hour early (6:00), as well as the Chefs After Party.  Tickets to The Chefs After Party alone are $95.

All event proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

Find out about other local Food & Wine Festivals!  Check out my earlier (Jan 19) article:

About No Kid Hungry:  Believe it or not, 1 in 6 six children struggles with hunger in America, including more than 1.1 million kids in Florida alone.  No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Already, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with 460 million meals.  No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. In 2017, South Florida’s Taste of the Nation helped provide 680,000 healthy meals to hungry kids in our own back yard. Local beneficiaries include Florida Impact, FLIPANY and Feeding South Florida.  For more information, visit

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About the Author

- KEN SPAHN is an award-winning Food Critic and Culinary Author, and a renowned restaurant & hospitality authority and consultant. He has authored over 800 food-related articles; appeared on numerous TV, radio, online, and print venues; served as Celebrity Judge at culinary competitions; taught Hospitality Management courses at local colleges; appeared as a guest speaker at industry events; consulted and recruited for hundreds of restaurant, hotel, and food service operators; and has been intricately involved in countless food, wine, culinary, and restaurant events. Mr. Spahn is widely recognized as one of Florida's most knowledgeable and well-connected restaurant professionals. Ken Spahn is also the Founder and President of RESTAURANT PLACEMENT GROUP, the exclusive recruiting, consulting, and placement firm for the Restaurant, hospitality, and food service industry. For more information, visit: Boca Raton Tribune is honored to have Mr. Ken Spahn on its team!

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