Dine for a Cause: 12th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Join renowned chefs for bite-sized delights, enjoy panoramic views of the coast, and come together to bring an end to child hunger in the United States at The Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation charity event.


Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation, Saute Magazine, Montage Laguna Beach, Jessie Yount
Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach, the luxurious five star, five diamond resort overlooking the Pacific, will host the 12th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation event on May 5, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm.

Join stellar chefs for an afternoon of finely prepared bite-sized delicacies and desserts, craft cocktails and refined wines. The event will be held in support of the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. The proceeds from the event, including a silent and live auction,” will contribute to ending childhood hunger across America.” Following the farm-to-table delectable meals, the event will offer after party bites and a champagne toast. There will also be time for mingling with celebrity chefs.

The seaside Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation charity event is hosted by Benjamin Martinek, chef de cuisine of award-winning Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, and Lee Smith, pastry chef for Montage Laguna Beach. Australian award-winning Chef Curtis Stone is the special guest of the evening, accompanied by a fabulous roster of renowned chefs from California and Mexico:

Excellent wines and champagne for sipping and crafted cocktails, including Cinco de Mayo celebration cocktails provided by Casamigos at the Margarita Bar, will be served. Along with craft cocktails from Titos and wines from ZD Wines and MacRostie Winery & Vineyards will be champagne and a visiting champagne specialist from Veuve Clicquot.

Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For a Good Cause

More than one in six children struggles with hunger in America, including an estimated 1,890,050 children in California. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 16.5 percent of U.S. households with children were food-insecure in 2016, versus 12.3 percent of households without children. One of the ways we combat child hunger and poverty in this country is through federal nutrition programs at schools. In 2016, 59 percent of food-insecure households with children reported participating in at least one of these lunch programs during the past month.

Since 2010, No Kid Hungry has served over 500 million meals to hungry kids. The No Kid Hungry Campaign focuses on funding breakfast, after school and summer meals. These programs do not typically receive as much funding or attention as lunch programs. A reported 16 percent of kids enrolled in summer school do not receive an adequate meal, but No Kid Hungry has funded over 40,000 summer meals since their launch. These assistance programs bring children in need healthy and nutritious meals to spur growth and development. No Kid Hungry also holds workshops to teach families how to shop and cook on a budget.

Sponsors of this event are Citi, Sysco, Food Network, OpenTable, Montage Laguna Beach, Orange Coast Magazine, Moss Adams, Southern California Gas Company, BJ’s Restaurants, Pirch, Epstein Becker & Green and Villa Real Estate.


Chef Curtis Stone
The Details

Cost: $250-275

Date & Time: May 5, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Montage Laguna Beach

30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

To learn more about the event, call (949) 715-6000 or visit the event page.

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