Eat and drink May 1 to fight childhood hunger

April 24. 2013 2:37AM

MANCHESTER - Dozens of New Hampshire's top chefs, restaurants, and mixologists will gather next Wednesday, May 1, for Taste of the Nation Manchester, raising funds to support Share Our Strength's efforts to end childhood hunger in New Hampshire and across the nation.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at the Radisson Hotel Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm St., from 6 to 9 p.m. with a VIP reception beginning at 5 p.m.

The special guest will be Melissa d'Arabian, Food Network and Cooking Channel star and New York Times best-selling cookbook author.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $100 for VIP and can be purchased by visiting

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 fine 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 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-chairman 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 nationwide,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.

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