Taste of the Nation, the annual chef-studded fundraiser supporting Share Our Strength's fight against childhood hunger, returns next weekend, hitting the stage June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Lot in West Hollywood.
The lineup for TOTN usually is one of the best of any food festival in town, uniting the city's power players with some of the top names in food and drink. This year doesn't disappoint -- in fact, it seems especially packed with new and exciting faces from the city's dining scene. Umamicatessen's Pigg, Cooks County, Blue Cow, ink.sack, Short Cake, Cliff's Edge, Night + Market and the Charleston are the newcomers joining a lineup of more than 40 participating restaurants.
The beer and wine will be flowing too, of course, with a selection of area wineries and a craft-beer tent featuring collaborations between places such as Beer Belly and the Bruery, Maximiliano and Craftsman, and Eagle Rock Brewery and the Surly Goat. Cocktails from La Descarga and the Varnish round out the boozy bill.
Tickets are $110 for general admission; $25 for kids; and $160 for VIP, which also includes access to private delicacies from Waylynn Lucas (fonuts) and Chris Cosentino (Umamicatassen's Pigg), as well as interactive games with prizes, live and silent auctions, and rotating DJ sets to entertain crowds when they're not loading up on food. See the full line-up of restaurants below and find tickets online.
Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar
Border Grill Restaurants and Truck
Chaya Restaurant Group
Church & State
fonuts (VIP only)
Haven Gastropub +Brewery
Joe's Restaurant/Bar Pintxo
Lazy Ox Canteen
Lexington Social House
Mo-Chica & Picca
Night + Market
Pigg (VIP only)
Public Kitchen & Bar
Ray's & Stark Bar
Susan Feniger's Street
Tres by Jose Andres
Waterloo & City
Whist at Viceroy Santa Monica
Craft Beer Tent:
Eagle Rock Brewery + the Surly Goat
The Bruery + Beer Belly
El Segundo Brewing + Library Alehouse
Beachwood BBQ and Brewing
Brewery Ommegang + the Golden State
Craftsman Brewing Co. + Maximiliano
Stone Brewing Co.
Cocktails & Spirits:
St Germain + Infinium Spirits + *Appleton Rum + La Descarga
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Miracle Mile Bitters + St. George Spirits + Harvard & Stone
Pernod Ricard USA + the Varnish
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