Taste of the Nation

August 10, 2009 August 13th
6 - 10 p.m.
Ravenswood Billboard Factory
Tickets: strength.org/chicago

RECIPE:
Anise Hyssop and White Chocolate Ice cream

PRESS RELEASE

CITY'S HOTTEST CHEFS COOK TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN CHICAGO AND ACROSS AMERICA

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation® Chicago Hosts 21st Annual Culinary Event on August 13, 2009 CHICAGO — With a passion to fight childhood hunger, Chicago's hottest chefs, restaurants, and mixologists will gather for Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation®, the city's premier culinary benefit. Taste of the Nation Chicago will raise critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength's efforts to end childhood hunger in both Chicago and across the nation. This year's event will be on August 13, 2009 at the Ravenswood Billboard Factory, located at 4025 N. Ravenswood Avenue from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a VIP reception beginning at 6 p.m. and a Chef and VIP afterparty immediately following in the Billboard Factory's gorgeous third floor loft space.

More than 40 of the city's finest chefs and restaurants will participate in the gastronomic event. Along with Chef Chair Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate, participating restaurants will include Michael Sheerin of Blackbird, Ryan Poli of Perennial, Bill Kim of Urban Belly, Paul Virant of Vie, Kristine Subido of Wave, Todd Stein of cibo matto and Michael Kornick of mk, among others. Guests will enjoy the city's finest foods paired with cocktails from Chicago's hottest mixologists, led by Master Mixologist Bridget Albert, as well as Belgian beers from Stella Artois, local craft beer purveyors, artisanal cheeses from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and chocolate from Barry-Callebaut. "We're honored to be part of this nationwide movement to end childhood hunger in America," says 2009 Event Chair Mindy Segal. "Taste of the Nation brings together the finest of Chicago's culinary world, and helps the children in our community who suffer from hunger every day."

Area charities that will benefit from this year's event include the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Illinois Hunger Coalition, and the Near North Health Service Corporation. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $70 million for organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad, including more than $2.4 million in Chicago alone.With more than 12 million children facing hunger in America, and one in four children living beneath the poverty line in Illinois, Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation works to end childhood hunger in the United States and abroad by ensuring that children and their families have reliable access to nutritious food, and by addressing the deeper causes of these conditions. Funds raised through Taste of the Nation events provide grants to organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad that work successfully to end childhood hunger.

"An end to childhood hunger in the United States is within reach," said Bill Shore, Founder and Executive Director of Share Our Strength. "With all the participants in Taste of the Nation Chicago sharing their strengths, we are creating more resources for the greater good of Chicago and our great nation."

Taste of the Nation Chicago is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, Brown-Forman and S. Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. One hundred percent of ticket sales help ensure no kid in America grows up hungry.

Tickets for Taste of the Nation Chicago are $150 for General Admission and $225 for VIP and can be purchased by calling 1-877-26-TASTE or visiting TasteOfTheNation.org/Chicago.

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About Taste of the Nation
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation® is the nation's premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Each spring, the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at more than 45 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, Anheuser-Busch, Brown-Forman Corporation and S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $70 million. Funds raised in 2008 supported 156 organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad. To purchase tickets or to get involved, visit TasteOfTheNation.org

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About Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength® is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger and ensure they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. We work with the culinary industry to create engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation®, Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale®, Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit®, Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out ®, and Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline®. Strength.org

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