Taste of the Nation Charlotte

An Event for No Kid Hungry

Last week on Monday, April 18 I had the privledge of joining other members of the greater Charlotte community for a wonderful evening of delicious local food, quality live music, exciting live and silent auctions, and an overall good time, all in support of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.


The event included delicious food prepared by some of Charlotte’s best chefs and representing 26 local restaurants, as well as the Johnson & Wales University. I left the event inspired to become more involved in an important cause, ready to try many Charlotte restaurants- so of which were already on my “must try list,” excited to develop some new recipes, and proud to be a member of the Charlotte community.


In 2016 an estimated 1 in 5 children will experience hunger and right here in North Carolina more than one quarter of our state’s children consume less than regular meals.


So far, No Kid Hungry has provided over 450 million meals for children. However, we have a long way to go to eradicate childhood hunger and events such as Taste of the Nation not only provide financial support towards reducing hunger, but also awareness of just how close to home hunger can be.


This was the 21st year of Taste of the Nation in Charlotte and this year the event was able to support local organizations, The Community Culinary School of Charlotte, an organization that provides training and job placement assistance for those who struggle with employment, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.


The event was a night of fun and incredible food (I definitely did not leave hungry!).  This was such a fun way to be exposed to different restaurants around town and to interact with some of the best local chefs who donated their time and talent to support No Kid Hungry.


Below you can see some of the delicious food I was able to sample, as well as the $20 wine grab bag. I got one of the last bags and took home a wonderful bottle of wine as well as a hand decorated bag courtesy of a local elementary school student.


I had a wonderful experience at my first Taste of the Nation Event and look forward to attending again next year or serving as one of their volunteers. Local Charlotteans keep your eyes peeled for tickets to next year’s event!


A Photo Recap:


Butter Chicken from soon-to-open ESSEX: Moroccan chicken breasts with curry sauce




One of my favorite, and very seasonally appropriate table displays from Ilios Noche featuring creamy homemade mozzarella with cherry tomatoes and basil micro greens. I loved the sunflowers.




Tuna Tar Tar spoons from Enso Asian Bistro with masago and sweet chili. This was one of the most fun bites to eat!




I absolutely loved this display from Flipside Restaurant/Café. The combination of colors and flavors was both interesting and delicious. I hope to make it to both the Fort Mill Café and the Rock Hill Restaurant soon.




Everyone knows Fahrenheit for their food with an amazing view and these tuna wonton bites did not disappoint. Gorgeous!




This was one of the most unique bites of the night from Coastal Kitchen + Bar in the Hilton uptown, tuna tar tar bubbles atop a chocolate dust and topped with an avocado mousse. The flavor combination was complex and delicious! I would love to serve these for a party.




Why yes, that is an egg yolk bursting from a fresh ravioli. This was one of the creamiest and richest versions of stuffed pasta I’ve ever tasted. A delicious creation from Passion 8 in Elizabeth.




A sweet treat to go from Bistro La Bon. I enjoyed the coconut macaroon with my lunch the next day.




The $20 wine grab bag. All proceeds went to support the cause and everyone who bought a bag took home a bottle of wine worth at least $20. Such a fun way for people to donate.




The bag I “grabbed” to take home, decorated by a local elementary school student. Such a fun reminder of a wonderful night at Taste of the Nation. Plus I have a great bottle of red wine to enjoy!

Follow these great local organizations on Twitter and Instagram:

No Kid Hungry (@NoKidHungry + #NoKidHungry)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (@SHFBM)
Community Culinary School of Charlotte (@CCSCencore)


Thank you to Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation for providing me with a ticket to the event in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and text are my own.

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2 thoughts on “Taste of the Nation Charlotte: An Event for No Kid Hungry”

  1. Great blog Alyssa, I love it!! Very sleek design, excellent photos…I need some of that tuna tartar on the fried wonton w/ the tiny fresh jalapeno right now! My husband and I were looking at the photo and wondering why those don’t come in convenience packages at the local grocer….he said, “instead we’ve got stupid stuff like fruit snacks and pretzels”.

    Okay, all the best….good luck with your big move, you’ll do great!

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate you and your husband checking it out and completely agree about that tuna tartar, I wish I had some on hand at all times!

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