Taste of the Nation Arizona
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger.
Our evening began with a cocktail competition in which 14 mixologists squared off, featuring recipes representative of various cities from throughout the nation. We had the opportunity to sample each of these liquid creations and vote for our favorite cocktails.
I favored a southwestern raspberry cocktail shaken and stirred by the gals pictured here from the Westin Kierland’s Deseo restaurant.
We then enjoyed a seated meal prepared tableside by some of Phoenix and Scottsdale’s most talented chefs. Each table sampled a different menu from a different restaurant. Our table of ten was treated to a five course dinner with wine and specialty cocktail pairings prepared exclusively for our table by Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
As each chef showcased cuisine from a different part of the country, each of us enjoyed a true “Taste of the Nation.”
Participating restaurants included: Brittlebush Bar & Grill, Bourbon Steak, Deseo, elements, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, La Hacienda, L’Auberge de Sedona, Province, 5th and Wine, Talavera, T. Cook’s, Smart Kitchen, Chef Aaron May, Fred’s at Barney’s and Nourish.