5 Tips to Surviving Taste of the Nation Orlando

Taste of the Nation OrlandoCan you believe Taste of the Nation Orlando is almost here? It feels like just yesterday I was helping with setting up our food display at last year’s event.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.

All proceeds locally benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida; state wide beneficiary is Florida Impact.

Imagine yourself in a room full of food catered by some of your favorite restaurant chefs. Just in … five of the Taste chefs will have the great honor of cooking at the James Beard House in June!

  • Jamie McFadden of Cuisiniers Catering
  • Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • James & Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig
  • Scott Copeland of Antonio’s Cafe & Deli. 

This is a small glimpse of some of the amazing talent that help put this event together. View a list of all participating restaurants.

So go ahead and make a big mark around Saturday, June 5 on your calendars. The 21st Annual Taste of the Nation Orlando will take place at the Orlando Marriott World Center on 8701 World Center Drive.

Last year was my first Taste of the Nation experience. It can be a bit overwhelming to see all the different tables of food and trying to decide on which auction item to bid on. Did you know that last year there were over 200 auction items?

Here are 5 tips to surviving Taste of the Nation Orlando

1) Get there early and beat the rush. 

2) Bring cash for raffle items. Last year we raffled of some pretty cool prizes and trips.

3) Take time to look through all the auction items. You will be surprised to find some very affordable hidden gems in there. Also, there are always very unique opportunities that you will only find at Taste of the Nation.     

4) Take a moment to stop by the beneficiaries displays. Learn more about what this whole event is really about!

5) Take advantage of the VIP package. You enjoy early admission, reserved seating, a champagne reception and a goody bag. That’s not bad for $50 more.  

If you are a Taste of the Nation Veteran, feel free to post any additional tips below!

See you at Taste of the Nation,

Maria Diestro
Online Services and Communications Manager

Author: Maria Shanley

Senior Digital Marketing Manager Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

2 thoughts

  1. Here’s mine:

    Pace Yourself: There’s going to be more food than you can handle here.

    Stay Hydrated: Make sure you enjoy many of the fine wine, beer and spirits available.

    Eat dessert first: The lines for desert only get longer as the evening goes on. Take care of these early. I always thought bananas foster was a great appetizer anyway.

    Try something new: Many of the restaurants will test bold new recipes at Taste of the Nation. Does anyone remember the year of the fois gras w/ cotton candy?

    Holiday Shopping made easy: It’s not too early to start thinking about getting some of these auction items to use as holiday presents for family and friends.

  2. Bananas Foster as an appetizer is the key to a complete evening.

    If you find something you really like, get a plate and then go back to the end of the line. You will most likely be done with it by the time you get up to the table again.

    Don’t be shy. If you see somebody walking around with something that looks REALLY good, introduce yourself and ask where they got it.

    Brady has it wrong – you need to pace yourself so that you CAN handle all the food avaialble.

    Do the VIP ticket. You will need to sit, digest and enjoy the music. Then go back for more.

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