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On Monday April 28th, 2014, I had the pleasure of attending this year’s Taste of the Nation, an event to raise money for the non-profit No Kid Hungry. No Kid Hungry is all about ending childhood hunger in America. They make sure that kids have access to nutritional food and they teach families how to make healthy and affordable meals. They also have school breakfasts and summer meals.

Taste of the Nation is an event that has some of New York’s best chef come out and support this amazing organization while they get to show their specialties and their creativity to a huge crowd. It is a huge event so if you sign up for next year, make sure you leave enough room for all of the great foods you are going to try. Maybe start training in advance for your stomach to hold more than the usual amount.

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There were restaurants, wineries and bars represented and they all showed us their best. My favorite drink came from The Liquid Chef with their Miami Breeze. Very delicious. Yum! Of all the food, there were too many to choose one that was the best, but I will list the ones I thought were standouts. Estela served a very delicious panna cotta, and Francois Payard Bakery served some of the best chocolate I have had in a long time.

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The Modern served some very interesting Licorice and peanut butter macarons. The Pines served a delicious cured sea bass. The most interesting was the Yuzu waffle and Asian inspired chicken with caramelized young coconut, it was delicious and very unusual in a very comfort food kind of way by Jeepney Filipino Gastropub.

The most fun was served by Voila, where you could make your very own chocolate truffles. My husband fell in love with the Smoked Vanilla Flan from North End Grill and I must admit they were the most delicious and interesting with the textures and contrasts of this dish.

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It was a great event, and the tickets ranged from $225 to $425 with every dollar going to No Kid Hungry. Not only can you donate money, but also have an incredible evening.

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