Taste of the Nation Returns to the Crystal Ballroom

More than 60 of Oregon's best chefs, winemakers, brewers, and distillers will join forces to benefit Share Our Strength on April 29 with updated takes on childhood treats.

By Allison Jones March 17, 2014

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation—one of Portland's premier annual food events—will return to McMenamins Crystal Ballroom to celebrate its 27th year benefiting an extremely important cause.

More than 250,000 Oregonian children are food insecure, making Oregon one of the hungriest states in the country. Food insecurity is especially a concern in isolated rural communities, which often have limited access to fresh and affordable foods.

Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry program uses proceeds from national events like Taste of the Nation to connect children to food and nutrition efforts like school breakfast, summer meals, and SNAP (food stamps), as well as empowering kids, parents, and families with cooking education programs and healthy food shopping skills. 

Portland's show-stopping, belly-filling event will once again fill McMenamins Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday, April 29, bringing together dozens of amazing local restaurants, distillers, brewers, and wineries to benefit local non-profits working to address hunger in Oregon:

Eats from:
  • Aviary
  • Bamboo Sushi
  • Batch Chocolate
  • Biwa
  • Boke Bowl
  • Departure
  • Gracie’s
  • Grassa
  • Irving St. Kitchen
  • Lardo
  • Laurelhurst Market
  • Olympic Provisions
  • Pacific Pie Company
  • Petunia’s Pastry
  • Produce Row Café
  • Racion
  • Raven & Rose
  • Ringside Steakhouse
  • Salt & Straw
  • Smallwares
  • Smokehouse 21
  • St. Jack
  • Zeus Café 
VIP ticket holders will 
have access to treats from
an exclusive selection of 
restaurants and bartenders
at a pre-event party, including:
  • Vitaly Paley
  • Andy Ricker
  • John Gorham
  • Adam Sappington
  • Nick Arnerich
  • Xocolatl de David
  • Multnomah Whiskey Library
Drinks from:
  • Anam Cara Cellars
  • Apolloni Vineyards
  • Argyle Winery
  • Bendistillery
  • Big Bottom Whiskey
  • Bull Run Distillery
  • Burnside Brewing
  • Cana’s Feast Winery
  • Chapter 24 Vineyards
  • Cristom Winery
  • Dry Fly Distilling
  • DRY Soda
  • Ecliptic Brewing
  • Edgefield Winery
  • Elk Cove Vineyards 
  • Full Sail Brewing
  • Indio Spirits
  • Maletis Beverages
  • McMenamins
  • Moet + Chandon
  • New Deal Distillery
  • NW Distillery
  • Pamplin Family Winery 
  • Pfriem Family Brewers
  • Portland Juice Company
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing 
  • Sineann Winery 
  • Steven Smith Teamaker
  • Volcanic Mineral Refresher
  • Wandering Aengus Ciderworks

In addition to supporting Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger nation-wide, this year’s local beneficiaries include the Oregon Food Bank, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and Klamath/Lake Counties Food Bank.

The wine will be flowing, the beer and cider will be tapped, and the cocktails will be shaken all night long. Best of all, the price of just one general admission ticket will help over 18 people eat a nutritious, filling meal. We’ll raise a glass to that. Tickets for the event start at just $85, and can be purchased by heading to the Taste of the Nation 2014 website—where you'll also find information for prospective volunteers!

Ready to get hungry? Check out our slide show of photos from last year's gut-busting event!

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