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  • Age Of Innocence

  • Nunez working on the Snow Leopard

  • Nunez and Jim Belushi


Nunez, paints live in New Hapshire - May 1st


Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Manchester Hosts Annual Culinary Event on May 1

Manchester, NH — New Hampshire’s hottest chefs, restaurants, and mixologists will gather for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, the premier culinary benefit of the year. Taste of the Nation Manchester raises critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in New Hampshire and across the nation.  This year’s event will be held on May 1st at The Radisson Hotel Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a VIP reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. Food Network and Cooking Channel star and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Melissa d'Arabian will attend the event as a special guest.  Tickets for Taste of the Nation Manchester are $75 for General Admission and $100 for VIP and can be purchased by visiting www.tasteofthenation.org/manchester.

Nearly 50 of New Hampshire’s hottest chefs and restaurants will participate in the event.  Guests will enjoy the state’s finest foods paired with wines from 25 of the country’s foremost vineyards and spirits provided by Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire.

In addition to fabulous food and drinks, the event will feature a silent auction of a one of a kind, signed painting of Jeff Bridges, national spokesperson for Share Our Strength. Taste of the Nation Manchester commissioned the painting from Richard Nunez, an internationally renowned Native American artist who will also paint live at the event. Nunez has painted live at the House of Blues in Boston, III Forks in Dallas and wineries throughout Napa Valley California. Additional auction items include a custom-set diamond pendant from Jonathan’s Jewelers (valued at $2,700), an overnight stay at Mill Falls at the Lake and other great prizes. The event will also feature an exclusive VIP section and live entertainment by the Lakes Region Big Band.

Taste of the Nation brings together the finest of New Hampshire’s culinary world, and helps the children in our community who suffer from hunger every day,” said Basil Stergiou, Co-Chair of Taste of the Nation Manchester. “This is the largest food and wine event in New Hampshire. We expect over 800 guests to eat, drink and support our efforts to end childhood hunger.

Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $75 million and the Manchester event has raised more than $800,000 to fund programs to combat childhood hunger in New Hampshire. Area charities that benefit from the event include The New Hampshire Food Bank, Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Farm to School Program and the Manchester Boys and Girls Club. 

With nearly 16 million children facing hunger in America (that’s almost one in four), and more than 12% of children in Manchester with inadequate access to nutritious foods, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is more vital than ever. The event raises funds to help end childhood hunger in America by ensuring that at-risk children and their families have reliable access to enough nutritious food to thrive. Funds raised through Taste of the Nation events support No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

Despite these daunting numbers there has been progress. “Since Summer 2011, No Kid Hungry efforts have helped bring more than 34 million additional meals to kids who need them,” said Kim Tufts, co-chair of Taste of the Nation Manchester. “You can make a difference in New Hampshire simply by purchasing a ticket to this wonderful event.”

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 Manchester sharing their strength, we are creating more resources to help the children of New Hampshire and our great nation get the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives.

Taste of the Nation Manchester is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, and is presented locally by Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire.

Additional local sponsors include: Platinum: Regency Mortgage Company. Gold: Granite Investment Advisors; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Jonathan’s Jewelers; New Hampshire Magazine; WZID 95.7; Union Leader. Silver: Anagnost Companies; Merchants Automotive Bronze: Dr. Thomas Borbotsina, DDS; Catholic Medical Center; Curbstone Financial Corporation; The Courville Communities, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Hospital; Delta Dental; Montagne Communications.

Participating restaurants to-date includes:

  • 11 Eleven Bistro (Manchester)
  • 900 Degrees Pizzeria (Manchester)
  • Amphora Fine Greek Dining (Derry)
  • Bedford Village Inn (Bedford)
  • Black Water Grille (Salem)
  • Blue Aqua (Amherst)
  • Cactus Jacks (Bedford)
  • Castle Caterers (Manchester)
  • Common Man (Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Portsmouth, Merrimack, Windham, Claremeont)
  • Copper Door (Bedford)
  • Cotton (Manchester)
  • Edible Arrangements (Manchester)
  • Firefly Bistro & Bar (Manchester)
  • Fratello’s Ristorante (Manchester)
  • Fresh Market (Bedford)
  • Granite Restaurant & Bar (Concord)
  • Ignite Bar and Grille (Manchester)
  • Hanover Street Chop House (Manchester)
  • Hooked Seafood Restaurant (Manchester)
  • Jake’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream (Amherst)
  • Java Tree Gourmet Coffees (Manchester)
  • JD’s Tavern (Manchester)
  • Lazy Lion Café (Deerfield)
  • Michael Timothy’s Restaurant Group (Merrimack, Nashua, Portsmouth)
  • Mint Bistro (Manchester)
  • Molly’s Tavern and Restaurant (New Boston)
  • Napa East Wine Lounge & Shop (Nashua)
  • Pasquales Ristorante (Candia)
  • Piccola Italia Ristorante  (Manchester)
  • Poppers Restaurant at the Mill (Newmarket)
  • Queen City Cupcakes (Manchester)
  • Red Sauce Restaurant (Manchester)
  • Restaurant Tek-Nique (Bedford)
  • Rouge Grille (Manchester)
  • Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse (Bedford)
  • Sizzle Bistro (Manchester)
  • Stella Blu (Nashua)
  • Sugar Hill Inn (Sugar Hill)
  • Sunset Hill House (Sugar Hill)
  • T-Bones Great American Eatery (Bedford)
  • The Cozy Tea Cart (Brookline)
  • The Manor on Golden Pond (Holderness)
  • Tidewater Catering (Manchester)
  • Tuscan Kitchen (Salem)

Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire is featuring vineyards and spirits from around the country including:

  • Antares/585
  • Bogle Vineyards, Inc.
  • Candia Vineyards
  • Cannonball
  • Castle Rock
  • Classical Wines
  • Constellation Wines
  • Custom Spirits, LLC/Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey
  • Domaine Napa Wine Company
  • Elite Imports
  • Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • Foley Family Wines
  • Hess Collection
  • J.Lohr Winery
  • Luctor International
  • Luigi Bosca
  • Cold River Vodka & Gin/Maine Distilleries
  • Michael David Winery
  • Palm Bay Imports
  • Remy Cointreau USA, Inc.
  • Rutherford Wine Company
  • Talbott Vineyards
  • Terlato Wines International
  • TGIC Importers
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Trinchero Family Estates
  • Ty Ku
  • Vintage Point
  • William Grant & Sons, Inc.
  • WJ Deutsch & Sons, Ltd.

Visit www.tasteofthenation.org/manchester to purchase tickets and to view the latest list of restaurants. Regular updates are available on Facebook and Twitter.

About Taste of the Nation

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, Brown-Forman Corporation, S.Pellegrino and Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $75 million. Funds raised in 2010 supported 134 organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad. To purchase tickets or to get involved, visit TasteOfTheNation.org

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit Strength.org to get involved.