Taste of the Nation - San Francisco

  • DATE: Thursday, April 23, 2009 
  • TIME: 
    • Reception: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
    • VIP Early Reception Entry at 5:30
    • The Field Club Lounge at AT&T Park (Tasting Reception)
    • ACME Chophouse  (VIP Dinner & Auction) 
    • VIP Dinner + Tasting Reception- $250
    • Tasting Reception Only - $75 

We are very excited to announce the amazing line-up of chefs for this year’s Gala Dinner.  They include Michael Symon (Cleveland's Lola/Lolita), SF’s own Traci Des Jardins (Acme Chophouse/Jardinière/Mijita), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Gavin Kaysen (NYC's Café Boulud), and Koren Grieveson (Chicago's Avec). 

Chef Elizabeth Falkner will once again provide the dessert course, and Host Chef Thom Fox has graciously opened his Acme Chophouse kitchen again to host. 

Kicking off the event will be a Tasting Reception featuring an array of the Bay Area's best chefs & restaurants, including: 

  • Honorary Tasting Event Chair Jamie Lauren - Absinthe
  • Liza Shaw - A16
  • Jordan Grosser and Ted Fleury -The Alembic
  • Percy Whatley - The Awhanee Hotel
  • Jason Fox - Bar Tartine
  • Loretta Keller & Michael Morrison- Coco500 & The Moss Room
  • Robbie Lewis - Bon Appetit Management Co.
  • Jenn Puccio - Cortez
  • Cal Stamenov - Marinus at the Bernardus Lodge
  • Scott Youkilis - Maverick
  • Michelle Mah - Midi
  • Staffan Terje & Sarah Ballard - Perbacco
  • Tim Luym - Poleng Lounge
  • Seis Kamimura - Postrio
  • Jennifer Biesty & Tim Nugent - Scala's Bistro
  • Charles Phan - Slanted Door
  • Chris Behr - SPQR
  • Mark Sullivan - Spruce
  • Parke Ulrich - Waterbar
  • Hoss Zare - Zaré at Flytrap


An incredible Mixology Program celebrating the upcoming SF Cocktail Week in May. Sample signature cocktails from the City's best bartenders at the Tasting event. 

Participating Bars Include:

  • Elixir
  • 15 Romolo
  • Beretta
  • Bourbon & Ranch
  • Conduit
  • Heaven's Dog

Taste the best of San Francisco's original cocktail culture and sample some new inspirations from the country's best mixologists.

Bid on unmatched food and wine experiences in exciting silent and live auctions at the gala dinner, or buy raffle tickets for a variety of fun packages at the tasting event. Best of all, Fight Hunger in San Francisco and throughout the US with your generous contribution. 100% of your ticket purchase goes directly to Share Our Strength.  


Ticket sales will benefit Foodrunners, Children of Shelters, and Sports 4 Kids, San Francisco.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Each spring, the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at more than 45 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $70 million.



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