Last night we took part in the Taste Of The Nation event. This event gathered together the area's top chefs, restaurants and culinary schools all to raise funds to end childhood hunger in America and in Charlotte. The night was filled with samplings of great food, as well as fine wines, beers and premium spirits. I also had the opportunity to mix my own cocktail at the Mixologist bar. There was also a silent auction where you could bid on some great items from tickets to sporting events to gift cards for some local restaurants (I bid on the Ikea gift basket, and won). This annual benefit for Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign began in 1988. The first event raised nearly $250,000 in a single day.
At the event, we served up our Crab and Goat Cheese Guacamole as well as our Carnitas 1511; petite pork shanks, marinated then flash-fried, and topped with a salted caramel sauce. At last years Taste of the Nation, the Carnitas 1511 won “Best Hot Food”. If you have ever had them, you understand why. Chef Vince Giancarlo, Chef Sigifredo Ortiz, and East Blvd’s General Manager Vince Ponzio took the helm at the Cantina 1511 table. We also doled out samples of one of our most popular signature margaritas, the Orange Tijuana Taxi as well as our Cilantro and Serrano infused Finlandia Vodka Bloody Mary.