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Jun 08 2010

Volunteering at Taste of the Nation in LA

Published by at 11:11 pm under Foodie Events

We had the opportunity and privilege to volunteer at this year’s Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation event in LA this past Sunday, thanks to our friends Hong & Kim from Ravenous Couple blog for letting us know about this amazing event that raises money to fight child hunger. Located at Media Park in Culver City, Taste of the Nation rounded up over 40 restaurants that offered tasty bite-sized portions of some of their signature dishes. From Nobu to Sprinkles, the selections varied from savory to sweet and did not miss out anything in between. A few hours of our efforts as volunteers really paid off when we got to enjoy the last couple of hours at the park feasting on whatever we can get our hands on – not to mention all the fancy cocktails, wine, and freshly-brewed coffee that was also available for our desire. It was definitely a spectacular event that went to a remarkably wonderful cause. We also ran into our friends Chris & Betty from Corque (a blog about the love of wine & beer) and they had a great recap of the event, so visit them here to read more about their experiences. Below are some photos we captured of the day’s volunteer work, as well as all the delicious tastings we got to try from these participating restaurants.

his year's logo of an eaten apple - but look closely and you'll see the silhouette of an adult and a child. All the volunteers got a T-Shirt with this design.

This year's logo of an eaten apple - but look closely and you'll see the silhouette of an adult and a child. All the volunteers got a T-Shirt with this design.

We came early to set up the auction table, which is a silent auction for various things like vacations, gym memberships, kitchen gadgets, gift certificates, etc.

We came early to set up the auction table, which is a silent auction for various things like vacations, gym memberships, kitchen gadgets, gift certificates, etc.

Kim & Hong are setting up the auction table in the VIP tent. These items are a bit pricier, like $5,000 towards a wine cellar or a 7-night stay in the Caribbean.

Kim & Hong are setting up the auction table in the VIP tent. These items are a bit pricier, like $5,000 towards a wine cellar or a 7-night stay in the Caribbean.

The gates opened at 1pm for the general public who bought tickets to the event, which goes for $100 regular admission to $150 VIP admission. And yes, it was a beautiful day in Southern California!

The gates opened at 1pm for the general public who bought tickets to the event, which goes for $100 regular admission to $150 VIP admission. And yes, it was a beautiful day in Southern California!

After our volunteer shift was over, we took off our T-shirts and walked around the park to sample the many many offerings.

After our volunteer shift was over, we took off our T-shirts and walked around the park to sample the many many offerings.

Presentation was also an important factor for these restaurants, as they showcased their dishes in very unique ways. Patina Restaurant provided this spoonful of marinated hamachi, cucumber vinegar, avocado, and Granny Smith apple.

Presentation was also an important factor for these restaurants, as they showcased their dishes in very unique ways. Patina Restaurant provided this spoonful of marinated hamachi, cucumber vinegar, avocado, and Granny Smith apple.

Preparing simple dishes for this event was not on any of these restaurants' agenda. They really went all out on pairing different flavors together and blending them quite nicely. We tried this 'horseradish dusted braised short rib on smoked potatoes' from Hatfield's.

Preparing simple dishes for this event was not on any of these restaurants' agenda. They really went all out on pairing different flavors together and blending them quite nicely. We tried this 'horseradish dusted braised short rib on smoked potatoes' from Hatfield's.

Sprinkles did not disappoint with their selection of beautifully crafted cupcakes. I took this photo as they were still setting up, and by the time I went to their booth to get a cupcake, they were completely out! What a bummer.

Sprinkles did not disappoint with their selection of beautifully crafted cupcakes. I took this photo as they were still setting up, and by the time I went to their booth to get a cupcake, they were completely out! What a bummer.

One of my favorite tastings was from Nobu Restaurant. Their 'miso marinated black cod with butter lettuce' was right up my alley in terms of flavor and texture. We've prepared their miso cod before at home, but never thought about wrapping up a cubed piece of fish in butter lettuce. I think I went back for 2nds and 3rds.

One of my favorite tastings was from Nobu Restaurant. Their 'miso marinated black cod with butter lettuce' was right up my alley in terms of flavor and texture. We've prepared their miso cod before at home, but never thought about wrapping up a cubed piece of fish in butter lettuce. I think I went back for 2nds and 3rds.

on't worry about leaving the park hungry! You will be so stuffed and sad that you didn't get to try everything. These are the 'lamb burger with wild arugula, spicy tomato chutney and melted Wisconsin hook’s baby blue' from Ford's Filling Station Restaurant.

Don't worry about leaving the park hungry! You will be so stuffed and sad that you didn't get to try everything. These are the 'lamb burger with wild arugula, spicy tomato chutney and melted Wisconsin hook’s baby blue' from Ford's Filling Station Restaurant.

Here we have the 'Cumin spiced skirt steak on roasted tomato and arugula' from Simon LA.

Here we have the 'Cumin spiced skirt steak on roasted tomato and arugula' from Simon LA.

We captured this photo of Roberto Maggioni, the Executive Chef at Lago. He and his staff prepared Parmesan Gelato (this was an interesting flavor) and Lingua in Salsa Verde (Braised Beef Tongue with Fresh Parsley Pesto). I actually liked the braised beef tongue!

We captured this photo of Roberto Maggioni, the Executive Chef at Lago. He and his staff prepared Parmesan Gelato (this was an interesting flavor) and Lingua in Salsa Verde (Braised Beef Tongue with Fresh Parsley Pesto). I actually liked the braised beef tongue!

Desserts were abundant at almost every other booth! Of course, your stomach can only handle so much variety in such a short amount of time. So eat wisely and save room for these chocolate bites sprinkled with gold!

Desserts were abundant at almost every other booth! Of course, your stomach can only handle so much variety in such a short amount of time. So eat wisely and save room for these chocolate bites sprinkled with gold!

As much as I’d love to show you everything we ate, it just won’t be feasible! Our day in the park was fun, fulfilling, and of course, rewarding. We are so proud to be a part of the volunteer staff for such a generous event. Hats off to Taste of the Nation for planning and executing such a well-organized fundraiser. Thanks Hong & Kim for inviting us to be a part of this event. We definitely shared a lot of good laughs with you guys, from being bossed around by other volunteers to being scolded for eating too early. There was never a dull moment and we enjoyed every bit of it!

19 responses so far

19 Responses to “Volunteering at Taste of the Nation in LA”

  1. ravenouscoupleon 08 Jun 2010 at 11:21 pm

    it was a big adventure and lots of fun wasn’t it? do it again next year? :)
    .-= ravenouscouple´s last blog ..Dua Chua Pickled Mustard Greens =-.

  2. thefoodaddictson 08 Jun 2010 at 11:37 pm

    yeah, let’s do it!!

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  4. Cooking with Kaiton 09 Jun 2010 at 6:19 am

    Everything looks amazing. I didn’t get to go this year, but definitely look forward to next year’s event. The miso marinated black cod with butter lettuce sounds wonderful.
    .-= Cooking with Kait´s last blog ..Garbanzo Bean Salad =-.

  5. anncooon 09 Jun 2010 at 8:49 am

    Yes really amazing! Wish I can there to help around and of course to taste the food ;DD
    .-= anncoo´s last blog ..Tiger Skin Swiss Roll =-.

  6. Spicy Green Mangoon 09 Jun 2010 at 9:17 am

    OMG! So cool! I’m totally going to sign up to volunteer at the Napa one..how’d you get in, anyways? Is there a site you visit? Thanks so much for the lovely food shots!

  7. thefoodaddictson 09 Jun 2010 at 9:42 am

    If you are interested in volunteering, go to http://tasteofthenation.com/ and click on Get Involved > Share Your Strength. Complete the form and select a City you want to volunteer at and someone will contact you. They’re always looking for more help!

  8. Michael / South bay Foodieson 09 Jun 2010 at 10:59 am

    You guys are my heros! I love it when folks give back through volunteerism. Cheers!
    .-= Michael / South bay Foodies´s last blog ..Cafe Pierre Winemaker Social Part Deux =-.

  9. The Housewifeon 09 Jun 2010 at 11:20 am

    Wow! Can’t believe I missed this! Looks amazing and a great cause…
    .-= The Housewife´s last blog ..The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Entertaining Series =-.

  10. Corqueon 09 Jun 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks so much for linking us! You guys were a ton of fun to hang out with at Taste of the Nation / LA. Hope to see you again soon!

  11. Elion 09 Jun 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Foodaddicts,

    thank you so much for coming out to volunteer this year at TOTNLA.

    I’m glad you had an enjoyable experience volunteering and walking around eating.

    The post is beautiful! I missed out on Hatfield’s because it went so fast but I did have 2 lamb burgers from Ford’s to make up for it.

    I’d love to get some more detailed feedback about what was good and especially what you DID NOT love about the event from the layout, to the volunteer aspect, the food…anything at all!

    If you get a moment – would love to hear your take (and anyone elses who reads this) at rsvp.totnla@gmail.com

    thanks again for coming out to help share your strength to end childhood hunger in LA.

    Eli
    TOTNLA Marketing Team

  12. Magic of Spiceon 09 Jun 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Great post! I wish I had known about it earlier:( The photos are just great…
    .-= Magic of Spice´s last blog ..What’s on the side? – Chamomile, Lavender, and Pineapple Mint Sparkle =-.

  13. thefoodaddictson 09 Jun 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Eli!

    Thanks for stopping by our blog to read our recap of the event. We had a great time and look forward to it next year! We’ll send you an email with our feedback. :)

  14. 5 Star Foodieon 10 Jun 2010 at 8:25 pm

    What a great experience to be part of this wonderful event! I loved seeing the pictures of all the delicious food!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Poppy Seed Slices =-.

  15. Conor @ HoldtheBeefon 10 Jun 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Such a positive event! Sounds like a fantastic cause, and everyone looks so happy to be involved in it. How can you blame them, really? :)
    .-= Conor @ HoldtheBeef´s last blog ..Air NZ may have the champagne, but United has the champagne comedy =-.

  16. FrenchPressMemoson 12 Jun 2010 at 6:29 pm

    What a beautiful event! I am a little jealous although I will tell you a little secret…next weekend I am going somewhere big and I am just a guest. I am not ready to say where but it is huge! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= FrenchPressMemos´s last blog ..Confession Wednesday- Cover-ups =-.

  17. Esion 16 Jun 2010 at 10:03 pm

    It was great seeing you guys!! I ate so much, I’m still full. Can’t wait to see you at the next event :)
    .-= Esi´s last blog ..Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Kale and Quinoa =-.

  18. Kung Food Pandaon 18 Jun 2010 at 2:48 am

    Looks like a fantastic experience. I hope to go next year!
    .-= Kung Food Panda´s last blog ..Providence – A Full Tasting Experience (Los Angeles) =-.

  19. Marticaon 30 Jul 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I was able to attend the Taste of the Nation event in Lauderdale thanks to Foodbuzz who provided 3 VIP tickets for me and my contest winners. http://marticasjourney.com/?p=1158
    I love that this was outside.

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