Along with David Reardon, Executive Chef of Bacara Resort & Spa, more than 30 of the city’s finest chefs and restaurants as well as Emcee Catherine Remak of K-Lite (KSBL) and Honorary Event Chair, supermodel Tatjana Patitz, participated in the gastronomic event. Additionally, guests enjoyed the region’s top winemakers and brewers.
In addition to fabulous food and drinks, the event featured a Community Chef Competition. The competition included three teams comprised of a Chef, a prominent community leader and a junior high student (ages 12 to 14) from Fairview Gardens’ internship program. The teams had 30 minutes to prepare a stellar dish of their choice with donated ingredients from Whole Foods and Fairview Gardens.
In the end, Bacara’s Chef David Reardon, Santa Barbara City Fire Department Captain Michael Hoose and Fairview Gardens intern, Zac Garcza, took home the top honors. The team dressed in firemen’s uniforms in Hoose’s honor.
“There’s no greater cause than supporting childhood hunger,” said David Reardon, Executive Chef of Bacara Resort & Spa. “This year’s event was especially impactful as we worked with culinary interns from Fairview Farms. For a chef, it’s very rewarding to share our passion for cooking with young chefs while raising money for a wonderful organization.”
Area charities that benefited from this year’s event included FoodBank of Santa Barbara County, United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County, California Food Policy Advocates and California Association of Food Banks. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $80 million, including more than $236,000 in Santa Barbara alone.
With more than 16 million children facing hunger in America (that’s almost one in five), and almost 22,000 food insecure children in Santa Barbara, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is more vital than ever. The event raises funds to end childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Funds raised through Taste of the Nation events support No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.
“An end to childhood hunger in the United States is within reach,” said Bill Shore, Founder and Executive Director of Share Our Strength. “With all the participants in Taste of the Nation Santa Barbara sharing their strength, we are creating more resources to help the children of Santa Barbara and our great nation get the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives.”
Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network and in select markets by ONEHOPE Wine, Emmi Roth USA, Cavit Collection Wines, OpenTable and S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water.
For more information about Taste of the Nation, please call 1-877-26-TASTE or visit TasteOfTheNation.org.