The Share our Strength Taste of the Nation fundraiser is held in several states across the country. The Westin Princeton was the venue of our local charity event, which had the purpose of making people aware of childhood hunger, and helping to combat it.
Hundreds of people came to help the cause while being spoiled with fine foods from some of the area’s best restaurants, bakeries and specialty food stores, along with wines and cocktails from the top mixologists.
There was a great turnout, and that’s fantastic since 100% of the ticket sales, and silent and live auction purchases go toward organizations that help feed hungry youths. Newman from Chris & the Crew‘s 94.5 PST morning show was on hand to MC, and was the head auctioneer. Hilary Morris of Hilary Morris Public Relations, LLC, assisted him. Below are the organizations that benefited from the event’s proceeds.
Let’s talk food! The restaurants, caterers and bakers flexed their muscles and provided mouth-watering dishes and baked goods. When I walked into the room, I was amazed about how many tables were set up for sampling, and how many executive chefs I recognized. I loved all of the food, but had some favorites.
Parallel 40 of The Westin Princeton had sweet potato waffle fries topped with duck confit and I believe a cranberry relish that were to die for. The Frog & The Peach offered cold smoked tuna with a foie gras mayo that was heavenly. Tre Piani gave out pignoli crusted sea scallops with a honey lemon beurre blanc sauce, and the scallops were moist and perfectly cooked despite keeping them warm. Olssons Fine Food had a trio of cheeses, but the one that stood out for me was the one that was coffee rubbed with lavender, and I could’ve eaten a pound of it. Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant offered a spongy sour dough pancake with a trio of goodies, including finely chopped beef, puréed beans, and cooked lentils, all in their own delicious sauces for a unique dish. elements gave out a stinging nettle custard with peas, bacon, ramps and barley presented in egg shells, so they get credit for being the most creative. Here’s the complete list of participants.
I also saw a lot of interesting drinks being poured from wine, to liqueurs, to cocktails, to whisky. Of course, there were non-alcoholic beverages offered like Pelligrino and Shangri La organic iced tea. There was something for everyone.
The combination of live music, local celebrity Newman as MC, great auction items, and amazing food and drinks, made this a very successful event. I highly recommend attending next year!