There are so many charitable causes throughout the year in Chicago, it can be hard to choose which ones to support. Honestly, for most people, it’s because the cause is close to their heart or they have some other personal connection. I choose a few organizations each year to get involved with, but I always try to make sure there is a hunger component, for obvious reasons. The biggest is the annual Meals on Wheels gala in the fall, but the other major cause I firmly believe in is Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation.
This national organization – committed to fighting childhood hunger – has a strong Chicago chapter, which galvanizes support for one night every summer, bringing together the city’s top bartenders, sommeliers and chefs. On Wednesday, August 8, dozens of the city’s tastemakers will serve a crowd of well over 1,000 food fanatics at the Navy Pier Ballroom. Tickets are just $95, and believe me, you’ll not only get plenty of food and drink, but you’ll be supporting a worthwhile cause, helping our neighbors who are not as fortunate as us. Here are my top 5 reasons for supporting the cause:
1. Help put an end to childhood hunger in our area.
2. Rub shoulders with Chicago’s tastemakers, all in one, convenient space with drop-dead gorgeous views of the city.
3. Help honor beverage gurus Bridget Albert (Southern Wine & Spirits) and Goose Island Founder John Hall, by raising a glass from one of the 29 mixologists/bartenders on site.
4. Win free tickets to the event. Through Tuesday, August 7, visit any participating Taste of the Nation Chicago restaurant, snap a pic that includes the name of the establishment, or the chef, and tweet it to @TasteNationChi using the hashtag #NKHchi. The 5 most deliciously inspired images will be selected, and those lucky people will receive a FREE pair of tickets to the event on August 8th. All winners will be notified on the morning of August 7th.
5. Buy an “Advocate” ticket for $150, and get in an hour before everyone else, at 6 p.m.