LOS ANGELES – Taste of the Nation Los Angeles is one of about 40 nationwide benefit events that seek to combat America’s childhood hunger. Having already raised almost $75 million, this nationwide event is a cost-effective means of participating.
Behind the Taste of the Nation
Celebrity chefs rub elbows with premier mixologists in this one-of-a-kind culinary benefit event. Names are known to the Food Network faithful: Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence and a host of others. The Taste of the Nation wields the culinary talent of chefs and associated kitchen personnel, coming together in about 40 national events that bring in a large number of eager diners with taste buds ready for the unexpected.
Since its founding in 1988, Taste of the Nation succeeded in raising in excess of $73 million, all of which benefited charities that combat childhood hunger.
Childhood Hunger in America
The statistics are sobering. As outlined by Share Our Strength, there are almost 17 million children within the borders of America — one in four – that have to deal with hunger. Consequences of insufficient nutrition include weakened immune systems that leave the children more susceptible to disease and infection; not surprisingly, it can also lower school performance.
Digging deeper, the Economic Research Service points out that almost 50 percent of the households with the “greatest difficulty putting adequate food on the table” actually featured family members who were employed and received pay. In some cases, there were two workers in the family.
Taste of the Nation: Los Angeles
The 2010 Taste of the Nation — Los Angeles takes place on June 6th at the Media Park in Culver City. Children under the age of 12 attend free of charge; teens between 12 and 18 pay $25, and tickets for adults cost $100. Diners ready for the VIP treatment pay $150 for a spot in the VIP tent and valet parking. Buying tickets ahead of time saves money for the savvy consumer.
Recipes from Taste of the Nation Los Angeles to Sway the Hesitant
On May 10th, Taste of the Nation L.A. hosted a sneak-peek event. Recipes that were featured by Los Angeles’ chefs included Alsatian tarte flambé, quail eggs, direct trade coffee and highest quality olive oils. This warm-up event was limited to 100 discerning attendees and required a $40 donation at the door. If the food offerings at this mini event are any indication, the recipes from Taste of the Nation, Los Angeles, are sure to wow anyone present.