Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation On Sunday, June 6

Credit: Taste of the Nation: Los Angeles 2010 PSA - Spot #3 (Alternate Version) from Jeff Vespa on Vimeo

As is evident in my coverage on this blog, culinary and food events in Los Angeles come and go - but what is probably the most important event all year will happen this coming Sunday. Personally, this has been a long time coming - since I helped host a fashion and foodie event at the Tory Burch boutique back in mid-April to help sell tickets to this event. Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation takes place at Media Park in Culver City from 1 - 4 PM, and 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales to the event go towards ending child hunger in Los Angeles. You will not find an event anywhere with more star chef power, so if the barrage of food events (understandably) overwhelm you, pick Taste of the Nation as your charitable culinary bazaar of choice. Here’s exactly why: The 2010 Participating Restaurants, Chefs and featured dishes:

8 OZ, GOVIND ARMSTRONG / JACOB WILDMAN Tuna melt: albacore confit with a cucumber salad AKASHA, AKASHA RICHMOND Pulled Niman pork on pretzel rolls with slaw & pickles Grilled market vegetable salad BAR 210, MARCEL VIGNERON Thai shrimp skewers BAZAAR / THE SLS HOTEL, JOSE ANDRES / JORGE CHICAS Liquid nitro margarita Liquid olives Watermelon gazpacho shots BISTRO LQ, LAURENT QUENIOUX Macedoine salad, uni dressing, Maine lobster Chilled porcini soup, mirabelle coulis, foie gras chantilly/espuma Soy milk white chocolat ice cream, american caviar - macarons BLT STEAK, LAURENT TOURNDEL / BRIAN MOYERS Shortrib tortelli “caramelles,” sweet corn, chantrelles, summer truffle BORDER GRILL / CIUDAD, MARY SUE MILLIKEN / SUSAN FENIGER Cochinita pibil tostaditas Chilean sea bass ceviche sushi, from St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses Café and Culinary Training Program BOTTEGA LOUIE, SAM MARVIN Torchon foie gras with organic apple gastrique & marcona almond brittle Heirloom tomato, watermelon & feta salad CACHE, JOSIAH CITRIN Market-driven seasonal creations CAFÉ WAS, ALEX REZNIK Bohemian bistro food CHURCH & STATE, JOSH SMITH Cervelle de canut Green chickpea socca with roasted eggplant, Anaheim chilis COMME CA, DAVID MYERS Salmon tartare CULINA, VICTOR CASANOVA Burrata with peperonata and Manni estra virgin olive oil “Toscano” EVA, MARK GOLD Charred beef, grated radish FIG, RAYMOND GARCIA FIG dog with bacon habanero marmalade, cheesy comte fondue and fritos FORD’S FILLING STATION, BEN FORD Lamb burger with wild arugula, spicy tomato chutney and melted Wisconsin hook’s baby blue BBQ pork buns with bread & butter pickles and melted Wisconsin pleasant ridge FRAICHE, ELDEROY ARENDSE Albacore tuna tartare, harissa aioli, potato chips GELATO BAR, JOEL GUTMAN / GAIL SILVERTON Artisan gelato GRACE / BLD RESTAURANT, NEAL FRASER Grilled pork sliders, onion & bacon jam, violet mustard HATFIELD’S, QUINN HATFIELD Horseradish dusted braised short rib on smoked potatoes JOE’S RESTAURANT / BAR PINTXO, JOE MILLER Braised artichoke with buretta cheese and jamon Iberico Carpaccio of pineapple, pineapple blueberry compote, coconut mousse House-made ricotta tapas with anchovy, dried tomato, and Jimenez LOCANDO DE LAGO, ROBERTO MAGGIONI Gelato di Parmigiano alla Caprese (Housemade Parmesan Gelato with Market Grape Tomatoes “Caprese-Style” and 12-year Balsamic Vinegar) Lingua in Salsa Verde (Braised Beef Tongue with Fresh Parsley Pesto) LOTERIA GRILL, JIMMY SHAW Papa con rajas (Potato with roasted poblano peppers) Mole poblano con pollo (Chicken mole poblano) Carne Deshebrada (Shredded beef with fresh guacamole and chipotle sauce) LUCQUES/AOC/TAVERN, SUZANNE GOIN Yellow tomato gazpacho with avocado and cilantro Olive oil cake with citrus and pistachio aillade M CAFE/CHAYA BRASSERIE, SHIGEFUMI TACHIBE Tuna tartare and beef skewers, yakitori grilled MAR’SEL, MICHAEL FIORELLI Barbequed beef bahn mi with house pickled vegetables and chili aioli California avocado salad fresh hearts of palm, Persian cucumber, yogurt, lemon and dill MERCANTILE/DISTRICT, KRIS MORNINGSTAR Shrimp and grits Spicy pork meatball soup Home made “Better Than Oreos” MOONSHADOWS Spicy tuna tartare OSTERIA MOZZA / PIZZARIA MOZZA, NANCY SILVERTON Panna cotta vaniglia with conserva di frutti & biscotti (Vanilla panna cotta with Mixed Berry Compote and Biscotti) NAPA VALLEY GRILLE, JOSEPH GILLARD Sweet Corn Agnolotti with La Quercia Pancetta NOBU, NOBU MATSUHISA Miso Marinated Black Cod with Butter Lettuce PATINA, JOACHIM SPLICHAL / TONY ESNAULT Marinated Hamachi, Cucumber Vinegar, Avocado, Granny Smith Apple Crispy chocolate hazelnut, chocolate mousse PUBLIC / 25 DEGREES AT THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL, TIM GOODELL / JEREMY STRUBEL Seasonal specialties RIVERA, JOHN SEDLAR Tortillas Flor de Calabaza SIMON LA, KERRY SIMON / MARIUS BLIN Crab salad SPRINKLES, CANDACE NELSON Freshly baked Sprinkles cupcakes STREET, SUSAN FENIGER / KAJSA ALGER Burmese melon salad THE FOUNDRY ON MELROSE, ERIC GREENSPAN Grilled Cheese WESTSIDE TAVERN, WARREN SCHWARTZ California modern tavern cuisine XIV, MICHAEL MINA / STEVEN FRETZ Braised and Grilled Piedmontese Beef Cheeks, Lime Hoisin Glaze, Summer Corn Foam, Micro Cilantro Hamachi Tartare, Nuoc Cham Gelee, Caramelized Lapxuoug, Peanut Carmel Powder, Compressed Cucumber

So if you haven’t already, be sure to get your advance tickets. It’s not a cheap event ($100 general admission, $150 VIP - and even more at-the-door), but the experience Sunday afternoon will be well worth it. Feed hungry children in Los Angeles while you enjoy the best food being served all over the city in one spot.

And if you’re looking for star treatment, go for the VIP, get access to the latest Top Chef Winner Michael Voltaggio and make an even bigger contribution to LA’s hungry kids:

VIPs are granted all access to the OPEN by American Express VIP Tent where guests will experience exclusive treatment: a welcome glass of sparkling prosecco; a special meet and greet with a Top Chef’s Michael Voltaggio; “pioneering culinary creations” from The Bazaar by SLS by Jose Andres; a mixologist from Westside Tavern and a fully-loaded wine bar featuring all of the wines available at the event in one convenient location. Other amenities include complimentary valet, massages, 2 complimentary game tickets and an exclusive VIP silent auction + gift bag.

Peep the schedule for the day’s events so you’re sure not to miss out:

1 PM Eat, Drink… and Groove - KCRW’s Dan Wilcox spins tunes to get things moving! *1:15 - 1:30 PM Meet & Greet with Top Chef”s winner Michael Voltaggio (in VIP tent only). 1:35 PM Kick Off - Comedians Randy and Jason Sklar get the show started! 1:55 PM Cooking Demonstration - Chef Michael Voltaggio turns up the heat! 2:30 PM LIVE Auction! - Billy Harris starts the bidding on marquee travel & culinaryexperiences, and more! 3:25 PM Waiter Races Begin! Speedy servers from participating restaurants compete for bragging rights as top waiter in this hilarious, annual test ofbalance and agility.

I will see you there!

UPDATE: After posting, I saw @nealfraser (Grace) tweet a $10-off code: F&F2010. Thank you, Chef!!

Further reading:

Tory Burch Teams Up With Taste of the Nation - e*starLA

The Fusion of Food & Fashion: Taste of the Nation At Tory Burch - e*starLA

Sunday, June 6, 2010

1 - 4 PM

Tickets General Admission - $100 in advance, $125 at the door VIP - $150 in advance, $175 at the door

UPDATE: Save $10 with code F&F2010

Taste of the Nation LA (Blog) Media Park Corner of Venice Blvd. & Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232