How do local chefs share their strength? They offer a taste of great food to people in support of an organization working to end hunger. Taste of the Nation once again rolled into Culver City’s Media Park on Sunday, June 12th. The premier culinary benefit event that attracts Los Angeles hottest chefs and mixologists indulged a sold out crowd, benefiting Share Our Strength, a non-profit working to end childhood hunger.
This year, 46 restaurants in addition to various spirit sponsors and breweries participated including the some of the most popular restaurants in our city. In attendance were Mario Battali and Nancy Silverton’s Osteria Mozza, Rick Bayless Red O, Mark Peel’s Campanile, Susan Feniger’sStreet and Culver City’s own local eatery A- Frame, the latest recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award.
I tasted as much of the he nation as I could. My palette danced aboutto exceptional treats including Sloppy Bolognese Sliders from Short Order to the Osteria Mozza’s mouth watering Porcini Rubbed Creekstone Farms Short Ribs, and Ray and Stark Bar’s stuffed Chile with Chorizo, Dates and Sherry Almond Sauce served on a beautiful bamboo plate. I washed it all down with Duvel Belgian Ale and later Basement Tavern’s delicious specialty cocktail; a gin, jalapeno, mint, lime martini. My sweet tooth was satisfied by the latest masterful sweet shop Fonuts which serves non fried, mouthwatering donuts. I finished off the afternoon’s pleasures with a red velvet cupcake for the road from Sprinkles.
In addition to eating and drinking, there was the ever popular waiter races and a live auction that take place.
For three consecutive hours, gourmet grub was dished out to serious foodies who reached deep into their pockets for the chance to marvel among a host of culinary masters and simultaneously support the non profit organization Share Our Strength whose goal is to end childhood hunger by 2015.