Friday, October 20 , 2017, 10:09 pm | Fair 60º

 
 
 
 

Taste of the Nation Santa Barbara Raises $55,000 to Help End Childhood Hunger

Hundreds of local residents dined on the finest cuisine Santa Barbara has to offer at Share Our Strength’s Sixth Annual Taste of the Nation event on May 19 at the Montecito Country Club. The event raised $55,000 to fight childhood hunger locally and nationally.

More than 30 of the city’s finest chefs and restaurants as well as emcee Catherine Remak of K-Lite (KSBL) and honorary event chair and supermodel Tatjana Patitz participated in the gastronomic event. Along with David Reardon, executive chef of Bacara Resort & Spa, participating restaurants included Montecito Country Club, the Anchor Woodfire Kitchen, The Lark and Bella Vista at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore.

Additionally, guests enjoyed the region’s top winemakers and brewers, including Alma Rosa, Beckmen Vineyards, Brander Vineyard, Carr Vineyards & Winery, Municipal Winemakers, Pali Wine Company, Firestone Walker Brewery and Island Brewing Company.

In addition to fabulous food and drinks, the event featured a Community Chef Competition. The competition included three teams comprised of a chef, a prominent community leader and a junior high student (age 12 to 14) from Fairview Gardens’ internship program. The teams had 30 minutes to prepare a stellar dish of their choice with donated ingredients from Whole Foods and Fairview Gardens. In the end, the Bacara’s Reardon, Santa Barbara City Fire Department Capt. Michael Hoose and Fairview Gardens intern Druien Barton took home the top honors.

Area charities that benefited from this year’s event included the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, California Food Policy Advocates and the California Association of Foodbanks. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $80 million, including more than $236,000 in Santa Barbara alone.

With more than 16 million children facing hunger in America (that’s almost one in five), and almost 22,000 food insecure children in Santa Barbara, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is more vital than ever. The event raises funds to end childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Funds raised through Taste of the Nation events support No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

“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 Santa Barbara sharing their strength, we are creating more resources to help the children of Santa Barbara and our great nation get the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives.”

Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network and in select markets by ONEHOPE Wine, Emmi Roth USA, Cavit Collection Wines, OpenTable and S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water.

For more information about Taste of the Nation, click here or call 877.26.TASTE.

— Anne Stephany is the director of marketing and communications for the Bacara Resort & Spa.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >