ADVENTURE: Sampling the best food for a good cause at Taste of the Nation // EATING: Bites from Waterbar, Presidio Social Club, Jardiniere, and more! // CRAVE: Salt + Straw ice cream!
I love attending foodie tasting events in San Francisco. Each event is the perfect way to sample a ton of different types of food and drink all in the span of a few hours. I either get the chance to try food from restaurants I’ve been dying to try, or sample fair from one’s I didn’t know existed and mentally note them for a future visit. San Francisco has a fair number of these type of tasting events over the year, but the Taste of the Nation event is really something extra special.
Taste of the Nation is a special foodie event that helps focus on ending child hunger, with the proceeds from ticket sales going to support the No Kid Hungry program. We often get caught up in the food and drink culture of San Francisco, we forget that not everyone is as lucky as we are to be discovering and seeking out fun, fancy meals.
No Kid Hungry works to get kids healthy meals through breakfast programs in schools, summer meal sites, and cooking programs to help teach families how to shop smarter and cook healthy meals.
The craziest thing I learned was 1 in 5 kids in America face hunger, and that number is 1 in 4 in California. It was amazing to come together for one evening of restaurant tastings, a silent auction, and energetic socializing to know you were supporting ending such a wide-spread problem.
Over the course of the night expect to enjoy bites from some of the best chefs and take in the beautiful views from City View at the Metreon event space!
One of my favorite bites was from the “breakfast” section, with whipped foie gras butter and cheesy grits topped with asparagus and quail egg and served with mini buttermilk biscuits by the Presidio Social Club.
Pabu even had their own hand rolling station to serve up fresh spicy tuna hand rolls.
Hakkasan served up delicious poached peking duck dumplings!
Spruce served up amazing chantenay carrot soup with candied pepitas and poached rhubarb.
The Commissary had one of the prettiest dishes, a hamachi crudo with citrus and black sesame seeds.
Of course every tasting needs dessert! Scala’s Bistro made mascarpone pannacotta with a confit of huckleberry and kumquat.
Salt & Straw, a Portland-based ice cream sensation, is opening soon in San Francisco and made it out to the event to share four of their ice cream flavors: sea salt with caramel ribbons, chocolate gooey brownie, olive oil + lemon custard, and strawberry coriander leaf sorbet. (The last two flavors are exclusive to SF!)
Add the Taste of the Nation to the top of your foodie to-do list — it’s for a great cause!
If you want to help No Kid Hungry, you can make a donation at Nokidhungry.org/SFTaste.
Looking for another tasty food tasting event? Check out my blog post for all the details on the Eat Drink SF event!