EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 10, 2013

Taste of the Nation to fight childhood hunger

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — MANCHESTER — New Hampshire’s hottest chefs, restaurants and mixologists will gather for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation to raise funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in New Hampshire and across the nation.

This year’s event will be held on May 1 at The Radisson Hotel Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm St., Manchester, from 6 to 9 p.m. with a VIP reception beginning at 5 p.m.

Food Network and Cooking Channel star and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Melissa d’Arabian will attend the event as a special guest. Tickets for Taste of the Nation Manchester are $75 for general admission and $100 for VIP. They can be purchased by visiting tasteofthenation.org/manchester.

Nearly 50 of New Hampshire’s hottest chefs and restaurants will participate in the event. Guests will enjoy the state’s finest foods paired with wines from 25 of the country’s foremost vineyards and spirits provided by Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire.

The event will feature a silent auction of a one-of-a-kind, signed painting of Jeff Bridges, national spokesman for Share Our Strength. Taste of the Nation Manchester commissioned the painting from Richard Nunez, an internationally renowned Native American artist who will also paint live at the event.

Additional auction items include a custom-set diamond pendant from Jonathan’s Jewelers (valued at $2,700), an overnight stay at Mill Falls at the Lake and other great prizes. The event will also feature an exclusive VIP section and live entertainment by the Lakes Region Big Band.

Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $75 million and the Manchester event has raised more than $800,000 to fund programs to combat childhood hunger in New Hampshire.

Amphora Fine Greek Dining in Derry is participating this year. Local food shelves will benefit.

Visit tasteofthenation.org/manchester to purchase tickets and to view the latest list of restaurants.