Join Event Host & Food Network Star Melissa d’Arabian for Taste of the Nation San Diego on Sunday, September 14 | Enter for a Chance to Win 2 Tickets to Attend

August 18, 2014

Some of San Diego’s hottest chefs, restaurants and mixologists will soon gather for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, a premier culinary benefit that will raise critical funds to support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in San Diego and across the nation. Hosted by Food Network star and Coronado resident Melissa d’Arabian, this year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 14, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 3 to 6pm. SanDiegoVille has a pair of general admission tickets for raffle. Enter below and we'll contact the winner by September 10!

More than 30 of the city’s finest chefs and restaurants will be featured in this gastronomic celebration. Participating restaurants include Alchemy, The Blind Burro, Buona Forchetta, Circa, Don Chido, Florent Restaurant and Lounge, George's California Modern Cuisine, Ironside Fish and Oyster, Jayne's Gastropub, Leroy's Kitchen, Marina Kitchen Restaurant and Bar, Odysea Lounge @ Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Pacifica Del Mar, Pizzeria Mozza, Puesto, Searsucker, Table No. 10 and more.

Guests will also have the chance to enjoy the region’s top breweries, winemakers and distillers, including Culture Brewing Company, Fat Cat Beer Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Groundswell Brewing Company, Julian Hard Cider, Belching Beaver Brewery, North Coast Brewing Company, Abnormal Wine Company, Bonterra Winery, Madria Sangria, Oak Mountain Winery, Alquimia Organic Tequila, Kill Devil Spirit Company, Snake Oil Cocktail, St. George Spirits, Titos Vodka, and more.

Tickets to Taste of the Nation San Diego are $75 for General Admission and include entrance to the event, samples from San Diego's best restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries, silent auction access, games and more! VIP tickets are $100 and include a VIP gift bag and exclusive access to the VIP lounge, allowing guests to relax on luxurious couches, sample bites from the VIP restaurants, mixologists and premiere wineries. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds from Taste of the Nation San Diego benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign as well as local beneficiaries like the San Diego Hunger Coalition.

One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 2.4 million kids in California. That’s over 27% of children in San Diego who don’t have ready or reliable access to the food they need to lead healthy, active, and productive lives yet. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day by connecting them with nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and by teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

Since the summer of 2011, No Kid Hungry’s efforts to expand access to summer meals and school breakfasts have helped connect kids to more than 34 million additional meals. The No Kid Hungry campaign is replicating that success around the country by working collaboratively with its partners to feed millions of American children.

Celebrity chef, TV host, New York Times best-selling author, and mom of four Melissa d’Arabian has been a longtime advocate of childhood nutrition and hunger relief efforts through her ongoing support of Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry campaign. d’Arabian rose to stardom after winning "The Next Food Network Star" and is well-known for her popular “Ten Dollar Dinners” TV show and cookbook. Her newest projects include serving as a judge on Food Network competition series "Guy's Grocery Games," developing and hosting acclaimed web series "The Picky Eaters Project," and preparing for the highly anticipated debut of her second cookbook, Supermarket Healthy, on December 30.

"Childhood hunger is a cause close to my heart, so I love doing anything I can to support Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry mission," said d'Arabian. "I'm proud to serve as the honorary chair and host for my hometown Taste of the Nation event this year. Not only do attendees get to enjoy a fun night with delicious food and drink, but they also know their money is directly helping Share Our Strength's efforts to eradicate childhood hunger – including local organizations and those needing help in our community."

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