Houston's Taste of the Nation returns on September 20, bringing together some of the best chefs, mixologists and pitmasters in Houston to raise money for the No Kid Hungry organization. No Kid Hungry works to provide healthy meals for children in need. Last year, the Houston event raised $104,000, helping supply more than a million healthy meals to underprivileged children. This year's event will take place at the Corinthian downtown.
In Texas, one in four kids struggles with hunger. All proceeds from tickets and sponsorship purchases will go toward launching school breakfast programs, recruiting summer meals and empowering families to shop for and prepare healthy meals. Proceeds also go toward providing grants to hunger-fighting organizations to help them end child hunger in their communities.
Culinary all-stars Ryan Pera of Agricole Hospitality, Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar, Alba Huerta of Julep and Daniel Vaughn of Texas Monthly are leading this year's event.
Attendees can look forward to sampling cocktails and small bites from more than 40 restaurants and bars around Houston. Libations from Canard, Lei Low, Saint Arnold and more will be available alongside small bites from some of the hottest restaurants in Houston — Pax Americana, Southern Goods, State of Grace, BCN and Arthur Ave, to name a few. Barbecue will also play a prominent role thanks to Louie Mueller, Gatlin's, Brisket House, Roegels Babecue Co. and more.
National sponsors for the event include Citi, Sysco®, OpenTable, Food Network and The Glenlivet. Local sponsors include NFL Homegating, Marta and Bill Marko, Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, CRC Insurance, Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water, JW Marriott Downtown Houston, Randalls Food Markets, Culinary Agents, Texas Monthly and Culturemap.
Individual tickets start at $125. Sponsorships begin at $2,500. Visit the No Kid Hungry website for additional information and to purchase tickets.