Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

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Montage Laguna Beach, the luxurious five star, five diamond oceanfront Laguna Beach resort, will host the 10th annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry event on May 21, 2017.

A number of celebrity chefs will come together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach. In addition to delicious food and drinks, the event will feature a silent and live auction with live entertainment by the local band, The Kalama Brothers. 

As contributors to the charity, guests will enjoy a Celebrity Chef Tasting and VIP “Meet the Chefs” After Party  from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Enjoy Celebrity Chef Tastings followed by an after party mingling with the chefs and sipping champagne. A special VIP gift is included.

This year’s event will be hosted by Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani. Hailing from Florence, Chef Fabio Viviani has opened numerous restaurants in Italy, as well as in the US. His most famed restaurants include Café Firenze in Moorpark, CA, (his first North American opening), as well as Chicago favorites and celebrity hotspots, Bar Siena and Siena Tavern. He continues to make a name for himself with the launch of Lobster by Fabio, a seafood home delivery service, and a new restaurant in upstate New York, Portico by Fabio Viviani.

Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach’s award-winning signature restaurant, will be joined by the following talented celebrity chefs:

  • Chef Bruce Kalman | Union Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chef Bryant Taylor, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach, CA
  • Chef Dakota Weiss | Sweetfin Poke, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chef Eric Samaniego | Michael’s On Naples, Long Beach, CA
  • Chef Jason Neroni | Rose Café, Venice, CA
  • Chef Lee Smith| Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach, CA

Every Kid, Healthy Food, Every Day

Nearly one in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 2,487,750 children in California. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger to more than 500 million meals.

In 2016, Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to help feed children in need more than 1,800,000 healthy meals. Local beneficiaries include Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank, and Community Action Partnership of OC.

Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco®, national media sponsor Food Network, national sponsor OpenTable and local sponsors Karma Automotive, Montage Laguna Beach, Southern California Gas Company, BREAD Artisan, Epstein, Becker, Green, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, Baja Brewing Company, Acqua Panna/San Pellegrino and Orange Coast Magazine.

Southern California Gas Company has supported Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry since the event began ten years ago. It is a great privilege to honor them as our Ten Year Anniversary Honoree. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $300, or $325 at the event. 

About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.