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Every year, the country’s best chefs join together with one goal in mind: end childhood hunger in America by supporting No Kid Hungry Dinners presented by Citi. In more than a dozen cities across the nation, guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience curated by each city’s premier culinary talent and participate in unique food, travel and lifestyle auctions – all while raising funds for No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE IN SIX CHILDREN IN AMERICA STRUGGLES WITH CHILDHOOD HUNGER?

On August 27, five of the most renowned chefs and sommeliers in Georgia converged at the Atlanta Athletic Club to support the No Kid Hungry mission.

Food Insecurity

48.8 million Americans—including 13 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.

Food-Insecure Families

Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children.

Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents (35.1% of female-headed households with children are food-insecure) and among Black and Hispanic households.

Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities

− 25 % of households with children living in large cities are food-insecure.

The typical (median) food-secure household spent 27 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition.

59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP (formerly food stamps), School Lunch and WIC.

~ SOURCE: No Kid Hungry Website www.nokidhungry.org

No Kid Hungry’s culinary events highlight the nation’s finest talent in the food and drink industry, all united under one cause – ending childhood hunger. Each year these events raise the critical funds needed to support No Kid Hungry’s work to ensure that all children in America get the healthy food they need, every day.

The Atlanta food & Lifestyle Bloggers Society was proud to have been invited as guests to support this worthwhile cause.

Activities throughout the night ranged from videos showcasing the tremendous need to provide hot meals for our children, to silent & live auction fundraisers, to a world class dining experience with wine perfectly paired by Georgia’s leading sommeliers.

Each course of the exquisite meal was accompanied by descriptions from both the chefs and sommeliers.

THE CHEFS

  • Chef Chair Master Chef Daryl Shular/Atlanta Athletic Club
  • Morey Anderson/Atlanta Athletic Club
  • Christian Castillo, Atlas Restaurant
  • Charlie Hatney/Charlie Hatney & Co.
  • Aaron Masanotti /The Merion
  • Todd Richards/Richards’ Southern Fried

THE SOMMELIERS

  • Sommelier Chair Gil Kulers/Piedmont Driving Club
  • Jacob Gragg/Cru Artisan Wines
  • Andres Loaiza /Aria
  • Chris Lodge/Atlas Restaurant
  • Maggie Meroney/Capital City Club

THE MEAL

Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Master Chef Daryl Shular – Atlanta Athletic Club

*Garniture of Duck with Sweet Corn Bavarian, Burgundy Gelee and Pistachio

*Watermelon Gazpacho Shooter, Cucumber Foam and Basil Wafer

*Braised Beef Short Rib-Potato Fritter, Onion Jam and Crème Fraiche

First Course

Chef Morey Anderson – Atlanta Athletic Club

General Manager Andres Loaiza – Aria

Cedar Smoked Atlantic Salmon with Peekytoe Crab, Avocado and Ossetra Caviar, Heirloom Tomato Glace

Wine: 2015 Maculan Pinot & Toi, Vento Italy

Second Course

Chef Charlie Hatney – Charlie Hatney & Co.

Fine Wine Specialist Jacob Gragg – Cru Artisan Wines

Spice Rubbed Wild Boar Tenderloin with Blackberry Demi-glace, Sweet Potato Bread Pudding and a Mushroom-Corn Ragout

Wine: 2015 Banfi Col di Sasso Tuscany, Italy

Third Course

Chef Aaron Masanotti – The Merion

Sommelier Maggie Meroney – Capital City Club

Organic Baby Arugula and Grilled Georgia Peach With Thomasville Tomme Cheese, Toasted Almond Crisp and a Meyer Lemon-Sparkling Wine Vinaigrette

Wine: Non-vintage Gustave Lorentz Crement d’Alace Rose, France

Chef Todd Richards – Richards’ Southern Fried

Sommelier Gil Kulers – Piedmont Driving Club

Smoked Flat Iron Beef with Cranberry Molé, Butternut Squash, Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Wine: 2013 Quinta do Portal Colheita Douro, Portugal

Dessert

Pastry Chef Christian Castillo – Atlas

Sommelier Christopher Lodge – Atlas

Itakuja Mousse, Itakuja 55% Dark Chocolate Double Fermentation with Passion Fruit Pulp Mousse, Mango-Peach Jasmine Compote, Caramelized Crispy Puff Rice and Mango-Peach Caramel Sauce

Wine: 2013 Hetszolo Kesoi Szuretelesu, Tokaji Harslevelu, Hungary

 

I’m very excited to say $90,000 was raised to feed hungry children across the United States.

If you would like to learn more about this important endeavor, please visit their website at www.nokidhungry.org.

 

About Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

Every year, the country’s best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists join together with one goal in mind: end childhood hunger in America by supporting Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry presented by Citi and Sysco®. In more than 30 cities across the nation, guests can sip and sample gourmet creations from each city’s premier culinary talent and participate in unique food, travel and lifestyle auctions – all while raising funds for No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

One in six children in America struggles with hunger, but together, we can make No Kid Hungry a reality

FACTS ON CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN AMERICA

https://www.nokidhungry.org/pdfs/Fact_Sheet-2016.pdf

How Culinary Events Fight Childhood Hunger

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