Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® - Chefs Uniting for a Cause in Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach will host Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® on May 22nd, one of America’s leading culinary benefits, in hopes of eliminating childhood hunger across the nation. This is the one event of the year you can't miss, some of the best chefs in world, a beautiful setting and all of this while you get to help wipe out childhood hunger.

Seven celebrity chefs will share their passion and skills in preparing fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s dream of ending childhood hunger by 2015. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable dishes, wine, signature cocktails, live music, and the picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach.

“In our ongoing commitment to the culinary focus at Montage Laguna Beach, we will be pairing each chef with local farms and wineries that will allow our guests to experience hyper-local food and wine for the ultimate farm-to-table experience,” said Todd Orlich, General Manager of Montage Laguna Beach.

Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach’s Signature Restaurant, will be joined by:
Chef Scott Conant –Scarpetta Beverly Hills & Food Network judge and host
Chef Richard Ruskell – Executive Pastry Chef at Montage Beverly Hills, Food Network “Challenge” winner and star of upcoming Food Network “Last Cake Standing”
Chef Mark Peel – Campanile, Los Angeles & Food Network “Top Chef Masters”
Chef Joachim Splichal – Patina, Los Angeles
Chef Alex Stratta – Alex, Las Vegas
Chef Alan Wong – Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Honolulu

As contributors to the charity’s cause, guests can choose between two of the following event packages:
Celebrity Chef Tasting 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $150 per person or at the door for $175 per person.
VIP “Meet the Chefs” Reception 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Complete the night with VIP treatment and a sunset toast. Enjoy the Celebrity Chef Tasting followed by an after party to mingle with the chefs. Valet parking and post-event gifts are included. Tickets purchased in advance are $250 per person and $275 at the door.

Taste of the Nation® has raised more than $75 million since 1988 in an effort to fight the staggering number of children in American who go hungry everyday. There are nearly 17 million children in America who struggle with hunger, that is nearly one in every four. This is one event that you will not only enjoy attending, but you will feel good knowing where your money is going.

For more details regarding Taste of the Nation at Montage Laguna Beach and to purchase tickets, visit or call (877) 26TASTE (82783).

About Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry(tm) campaign-a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015-Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, both nationally and at the state level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit to get involved in the No Kid Hungry campaign.

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