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Event: Taste of the Nation Los Angeles Pleases Guests and Raises Funds for Kids

Guests enjoying a variety of delicious bites from area restaurants at the Taste of the Nation event in Culver City, CA on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Dustin Downing.

By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon

The multi-city culinary extravaganza Taste of the Nation, from the folks at Share Our Strength that raises funds for their No Kid Hungry campaign, came to Los Angeles on Sunday June 3, 2018. The Los Angeles edition took place at Media Park in Culver City, California. More than 60 of the region’s best chefs, beer, wine and spirits purveyors doled out their finest for hundreds of very happy guests.

The sunny afternoon event was co-hosted by Bravo “Top Chef” alum Dakota Weiss, a highly successful restaurateur in Southern California, who brought ahi tuna poké from her Sweetfin Poké empire. Weiss was joined by co-host and James Beard Award-nominated Chef Bruce Kalman of Union/Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market as well as “Best Chefs of America” member Nick Shipp of Upper West.  Several other well-known chefs joined in the fun, providing guests with delectable bite-size fare, craft cocktails and tasty desserts.

The delicious, citrus marinated cochinitas pibil taco from Chichen Itza at the Taste of the Nation event in Culver City, CA on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon ©.

We really enjoyed the cochinitas pibil tacos from Chichen Itza. Their citrus-marinated shredded pork with a volcanic habanero salsa was incredible. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger from Border Grill were on hand and served delicious arepas stuffed with three kinds of gooey cheese. Downtown L.A.’s Preux & Proper prepared a complex seafood and okra gumbo with gulf shrimp, oysters, mussels and Louisiana crawfish.

The amazing seafood and okra gumbo from Preux & Proper at the Taste of the Nation event in Culver City, CA on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon ©.

There were several adult beverages to choose from at the event. Deep Eddy Vodka had a booth with creative cocktails. Partida Tequila offered Tommy’s Original margaritas, while The Bruery, Baja Brewing Company, Eagle Rock Brewery and Lord Hobo Brewing Company poured tasty and refreshing beers. Revel Wines, San Antonio Winery and MacRostie Winery & Vineyards had several varietals to choose from. Bouchaine poured a special Rosé made in partnership with Dakota Weiss’ Sweetfin Poké restaurants.

While adult guests roamed through the food and beverage booths, lots of children in attendance had a blast playing lawn games in a comfortable, shaded area. Both those young attendees and their older counterparts didn’t have to look far to satisfy their sweet tooth. Salt & Straw served cups and cones of intensely flavored ice creams and gelatos. Valerie Confections had an assortment of incredible brownies and cookies. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams made sundaes to die for, with handmade jam, candied peanuts and whipped cream.

Kids playing lawn games in the comfortable, shaded area at the Taste of the Nation event in Culver City, CA on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon ©.

A DJ spun tunes for most of the afternoon and platinum-selling, national-touring band X Ambassadors played a short set of live music. Since 100 percent of ticket sales and the proceeds from an auction all went towards the non-profit No Kid Hungry campaign to eliminate child hunger, not only was the event fun and delicious, that reality of helping those in need made it a truly feel-good afternoon for all.

X Ambassadors performing at the Taste of the Nation event in Culver City, CA on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Andy J. Gordon ©.

About Andy J. Gordon (229 Articles)
Andy J. Gordon, a Los Angeles-based marketing and strategy consultant, made his writing debut in “Brentwood” magazine in 2007. His interests include music, sports, consumer electronics, premium libations, fine dining, travel, fast cars, and enjoying life.