Taste of the Nation Los Angeles June 2010

Taste Nation Los Angeles
Torchon foie gras with organic apple gastrique and marcona almond brittle from Bottega Louie 

This past weekend was as much a trial of strength and endurance as it was a trial of cooking and eating for us. On Saturday we hosted a dinner party for about 30 guests and the very next morning 9am we showed up for duty at Media Park in Culver City to volunteer for one of our favorite culinary events, Taste of the Nation Los Angeles.   Dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America, Share our Strength, organizes various Taste of the Nation events across America.  We volunteered at last year’s Taste of the Nation Los Angeles 2009 as well and had a wonderful time and so this year brought along several more volunteers including our friend Tifany and Krissy and Daniel of The Food Addicts.

While the main focus is to raise as much money as possible with 100% of ticket sales going towards ending childhood hunger, the secondary focus was to showcase the culinary talents, generosity, and comaraderie of the Los Angeles community.   Auctions for private dinners with the Border Grill Truck hosted by Susan Feninger and or Mary Sue Milliken fetched upwards of 4500 a piece. And that’s just one live auction item.  With over 40 restaurants and numerous wine and spirits booths, there were so many awesome bites, too many to possibly show, but we’ll hight a few that kept us coming back for more.

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Mark Gold’s (Eva Restaurant) charcoaled grilled prime beef with a sweet soy sauce and grated radish was simple and excellent. Loved that he put this right on the table in front of everyone. 

Taste Nation Los Angeles

Unfortunately can’t remember who this braised short ribs dish belongs to but it was delicious! Any readers know who made this dish? 

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Micro Plane Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette by chef Alex Reznik of Ivan Kane’s Cafe Was had a pretty presentation on a half shell.  Keep an eye out for Alex Reznik as he will be on Top Chef 7. 

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Lingua in salsa verde (braised beef tongue with fresh parsley pesto) from Lago in Santa Monica was great because we love tongue 🙂 

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Suzanne Goin’s Olive Oil Cake with creme fraiche, pistachios and candied tangerines was soo delicious and light especially on the hot day..this cake was made using California Olive Ranch olive oil and since we won a year’s worth of this olive oil we’re definitely going to try to make this.   We also love the fact that there were recipe cards on each table and took one from each table! 

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We met many of the awesome organizing committee and saw many familiar volunteers from last year. Paul the volunteer guy is always a joy to work with.  It’s no wonder why this is one of the best culinary events since so many talented and dedicated people are involved. Even Michael Voltaggio, the winner of Top Chef 6, got a tattoo of the logo to show his support for Share our Strength and Taste of the Nation Los Angeles.  We thoroughly enjoyed this year’s event and loved volunteering alongside The Food Addicts. We survived the weekend and can’t wait to do it all again next year!

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13 Responses to “Taste of the Nation Los Angeles June 2010”

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    food je t'aime — June 9, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

    BEAUTIFUL pictures!

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    Fresh Local and Best — June 9, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

    The food look amazing! There's so much meat in this post and it's making me hungry!

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    Daniel @ The Food Addicts — June 10, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    Great racap of the event, we had a great time hanging out with you guys as always.

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    Ravenous Couple — June 10, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

    food je'taime:sorry we missed you there

    FLB: it looked and tasted amazing!

    Daniel: too bad we come away with the sushi boat!

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    Cafe Pasadena — June 10, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    Ditto the above.
    I was just to busy to attend this year, but looks awfully tasty!

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    Sippity Sup — June 11, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    I am so sorry I missed it this year, but your post almost makes up for it. GREG

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    Jackie at Phamfatale.com — June 12, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    Yum! BTW, love your new background 😉

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    lily's wai sek hong — June 12, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    your pictures are really so good.

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    Ravenous Couple — June 12, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    Mike, Greg: Definitely try to make it next year. In our humble opinion, it's the best culinary event in socal.

    Jackie: Thank you! It's a new change we hope readers enjoy.

    Lily: thank you!

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    stuffycheaks — June 15, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

    I think the short ribs were from Westside Tavern. That foie from Bottega Louie was my fav1

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    nelehelen — June 16, 2010 @ 12:03 am

    great pictures!!! I STILL haven't put up my review for TOTNLA yet.. but i'm working on it… I barely got to enjoy the event, but it was so good seeing you two!! 🙂

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    Kung Food Panda — June 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    The food looks delicious! Those were some wonderful shots!

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    Quick and Easy Entertaining tips — June 13, 2011 @ 9:18 am

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