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Diner en Blanc Philadelphia 2017 Picnic ideas

Diner en blanc in Philadelphia is almost here.  I’m beyond excited because it’s the most magical night. Here is a little inside scoop on what to expect.

At the last minute before the event begins, the top secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Dîner en Blanc” will take place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in that public space.
 
Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city’s public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamor of high French society, and guests engage one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from passersby observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it’s all not a dream…
 I wanted to share some ideas for my last minute friends who have no idea what to pack in those picnic baskets. Diner en blanc is all about elegance so a P&J sandwich will not cut it. Below I have some appetizers, a main course and dessert that will make guests next to you want to try. I hope you enjoy and for more information visit https://philadelphia.
Appetizers:
Watermelon and Feta skewers 
Ingredients:
  • 2 lb. seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into cubes
  • 4-6 oz of Feta cheese cut into cubes 
  • Mint leaves 
  • Wooden toothpick or Bamboo skewers 
  • Preparation:
Thread a piece of watermelon onto a skewer, followed by a chunk of feta and a mint leaf, Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Store covered in the refrigerator for up 1 hour, if desired. 
Cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto 
Ingredients:
  • 1 cantaloupe – seeded, rind removed and cut into cubes 
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto, cut into slices 
  • Preparation:
  • Remove the flesh from the rind of the cantaloupe; wrap each piece of cantaloupe with a slice of the ham. Serve cold.

  • Main course 
  • Roasted shrimp with orzo salad 
  • Salt & pepper, to taste 
  • Evoo
  • 2 cups orzo
  • 2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup seedless cucumber, cubed
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup tarragon, finely chopped 
  • Feta, cut into large cubes or you can use crumbles 

  • Preparation:
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Fill a large pot with water, bring it to a boil add salt. Next add orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it’s cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Let cool. Whisk together the lemon juice, red wine vinegar, 2/4 cups olive oil, 2 salt and pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well. Set aside.

    Now place the cleaned shrimp in a large bowl and drizzle with evoo, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out on s baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Let shrimp cool. 

Add the shrimp to the orzo and add chives, tarragon, cucumber, salt and pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and toss together. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight.
Finally the dessert 
Apple baked rose 
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 sheet thawed puff pastry 
1/3 unsalted butter, melted 
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 tablespoons water
1 large red apple, cores and thinly sliced 
1/4 cup white sugar 
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375 F degrees 
Grease 4 cupcake tins. Set aside.
Cut the apple in half and remove core and thinly slice apples. Place them in a microwave safe bowl toss with lemon juice and water. Set in the microwave for 2 minutes until the apples have soften.
Next mix together cinnamon and sugar. Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 4 pieces. 
Brush melted butter over dough; top with a cinnamon-sugar. Place apple slices along 1 long edge of dough, about 1/4 inch beyond edge of dough, overlapping slices slightly. Fold bottom half of dough over the apple slices to form a long “folder” of dough with rounded edges of apple slices exposed.
Brush painted surface with a little more butter and sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar.  Starting from one end, roll dough not too tightly to form a rose shaped pastry. Place in muffin tins and set in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove and serve. 
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Flourless Peanut Butter & Chocolate chip cookie in a Mug

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This will be a short and sweet post. I rarely use my microwave but tonight it came in hand making this flourless peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie in a mug. If you want something quick and love peanut butter this recipe will not disappoint. Don’t forget a glass of milk or maybe even a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients:

1 egg, whisked
1 tablespoon, brown sugar
3 tablespoons, unsalted crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

Preparation:
Place everything in a mug, mix until everything is well incorporated. Set in the microwave for 1 minute 25 seconds. Enjoy! 😊

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Monsoon Indian Restaurant

I have been on the hunt for a delicious Indian restaurant for the past 2 years.  I hadn’t had much luck, but recently that has changed.  When I was invited to Monsoon in Cherry Hill, NJ it more than met my expectations for fine cuisine.  The restaurant is located on the corner of a cute little shopping center. During the summer months they have outside seating on the patio, and inside the décor is contemporary with a little Indian flare.  They also offer a private room for parties or business meeting dining.

As we sat down and started to browse the menu, the options were endless with delicious choices.  The owner, Ray, was kind enough to chat with us about the different dishes.  I told him I loved spicy food, and he was quick to mention how authentic Indian food is not typically “spicy,” but flavorful with “spices.”  There are plenty of dishes that don’t have any heat at all, but will leave the taste buds wanting more.  Many people hesitate trying different foods because they don’t know this.
We didn’t know what to go for on the menu, so we left the options up to Ray and I’m so glad we did.   My kids also enjoyed the experience and had their very own favorites dishes.  They are 7 and 8 years old, so if they are trying it out and loving it, then you should too.  Below you will find a list of all the dishes we got to try.
Hands down this place has now become my go to place.  We will be returning soon.  If you are new to Indian food or love it, this is the place for you.  It will not disappoint.
Let’s start with the appetizers.
SAMOSA (These have always been a favorite of mine, they also make the dough in house fresh everyday. This is a plus in my book)

Crisp pastry stuffed with spiced peas and potatoes

EGGPLANT CHATT (This was the families absolute favorite dish, so delicious)
Eggplant wafers topped with spiced onions, tomatoes and a perfect blend of sauces.
SALMON RAITA ( I could have had this dish as a main dish, very flavorful)
Salmon with yogurt and mellow spices.
Moving on to the main courses.

LAMB ROGANJOSH (The lamb was seriously melting in my mouth and the spices were on point)

Lamb curry cooked with cardamom

BUTTER CHICKEN ( Ray suggested this dish for the kids and boy was he right the kids loved it)

Tandoori chicken simmered in a creamy tomato gravy

MALAI KOFTA (these marvelous clouds were packed with amazing flavor)

Vegetable dumplings stuffed with fresh basil and herbs

SAAG PANEER (if you love cream of spinach this side dish will take it to the next level. The creaminess and flavor was out of this world)

Cubes of paneer in an herb enriched creamed spinach

We also received some NAAN bread which I’ve only tried plain. But Monsoon kicks it up with different flavors. My daughter could have eaten the whole thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSEMARY NAAN 

GARLIC NAAN 

ONION NAAN (this was my favorite)

KASHMIRI NAAN stuffed with dried fruits and nuts

And of course we can’t end an amazing meal with dessert. At this

point I was so stuffed, but I knew I wanted to try the desserts.

GULAB JAMUN (full of flavor, cardamom is so under used and I love how they incorporated it into this dessert)

Scrumptious deeper fried milk and flour drops soaked in a warm rose water syrup infused with cardamom seeds

ORANGE KULFI (The kids were

obsessed with this dessert. Perfect for the summer time)

A popular Indian style ice cream made with fresh oranges.

GAZAR HALWA (Carrot pudding but it also reminded me of a deconstructed carrot cake)

Made with milk and carrot sprinkled with nuts and sweet raisins

RASMALAI (This dessert was very delightful. If your not into something so sweet this is perfect)

Delicate sponge cheese patties, smothered in a pistachio, cardamom seeds and saffron cream

KHEER ( I grew up eating rice pudding but the flavors in this pudding were outstanding)

Made with rice and milk, flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios and almonds
My mouth is actually watering while I finish this post and share this experience with you. I also forgot to mention its a BYOB which is a plus. For more information visit http://monsoonindiancuisine.com/
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Healthy Kids with Giant Food Stores

Getting our kids to eat healthier can sometimes be tough.  During the summer months we need our kids to stay hydrated and ready to play outside.

My kids love going food shopping with me, which is great because they get to pick out healthy things they love to eat.  One of the things I love that GIANT food stores does is offer free fruit for kids when visiting the store.  My children look forward to this every time.  Another great activity that some GIANT food stores offer are cooking classes, which is another great way to get others excited about all things culinary.  Check your local store to see if they offer classes.

Kids need satisfying and tasty snacks to take to camp, on road trips and to grab at home. But what are some quick, easy and balanced snacks your kids will love and you can feel good about?

Well I sat down for a Q&A with GIANT’S nutritionist Rabiya Bower.  Check out the Q&A below and see what she had to say.  I think these ideas are not just great for summer but will work throughout the school year as well.

GIANT Food Stores is committed to providing health and wellness resources to help their customers eat well, including the expertise of eight in-store nutritionists. Each nutritionist is available to assist customers with questions on healthy eating while they shop, provide one-on-one nutrition consultations and teach health-related classes.

http://giantfoodstores.com/live-well/health-and-wellness/nutritionists/

 

Rabiya Bower, RD, LDN works out of the Flourtown, PA GIANT located at 1874 Bethlehem Pike. With her experience in education and community outreach, she brings knowledge in diabetes management, childhood nutrition and family meal planning to her role with GIANT.

Q&A

1. Any tips for picky eaters? 

Picky eating is so frustrating! For a detailed answer, check out registered dietitian (RD) Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Eating.

Get your child involved in the cooking process! Kids are more likely to try something new if they can claim ownership of the food item. Let your child pick out a new food from the produce department. If you need some tips on preparing it, check out our Savory magazine recipe center, where you can search by food item. Once you’ve found a recipe, let your child help your prepare it. Kids as young as two can help squeeze a lemon or lime, rip herbs into small pieces, or stir together a salad. For a complete list of developmentally appropriate kitchen tasks, check out The Kids Cook Monday.

Don’t forget, a child needs to see a food up to 25 times before they will consider trying it!  

2. What are the perfect summer snacks? 

The best snacks for summertime are always fruits and vegetables! Fresh produce can help you and your kids stay hydrated. Fruits with a high water content include watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe and peaches. You can also try pineapple, cranberries, raspberries and oranges. To make your own fruit popsicles, try this recipe.

Vegetables with high water content are cucumber, zucchini, radishes and celery. Other veggies to include are tomatoes, cauliflower, peppers and broccoli. This Fiesta Veggie Dip is a delicious and easy way for your kids to enjoy vegetables – they can even help you make it!

Don’t forget, shopping in season is your best bet for maximum flavor.  

3. How can I get my child to drink more water?

Make water exciting by flavoring it naturally with fruits and veggies. Place sliced produce in a pitcher of water and keep it ice-cold in the fridge. Some great combinations are orange slices and strawberry tops, sliced cucumber and torn mint, or sliced lemons and limes. You can even freeze fruit into an ice try for a bright pop of color! Try placing 1-2 raspberries or blackberries per section in an ice tray.  

4. Is breakfast still the most important meal of the day for children? 

Definitely! Breakfast is the first fuel that gets your kids body ready to play and learn for the day. Feed your child a healthy mix of protein and energy to power his or her morning. Don’t forget to set a good example! Parents should also start the day with a nutritious breakfast.

A healthy breakfast has three out of the five food groups. Some examples include whole wheat toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas or an omelet with vegetables and low-fat cheddar cheese. How does pizza sound for breakfast? Try this sweet or savory version and watch you kids gobble it up! 

5. What high fiber snacks, veggies or fruits would you recommend? 

Any fruit or veggie is a good source of fiber, so let your child enjoy what he or she loves! Add some variety with different colors of grapes, apples or peppers. Did you know you can buy purple carrots or golden cauliflower? The different colors provide different phytochemicals, so encourage your child to eat a variety of fruits of vegetables – at least 5 a day!

For other high-fiber snacks, choose whole grains. Try whole grain crackers, tortilla chips, or pita bread with hummus for a fiber and protein filled snack. My favorite is the Belvita breakfast bars. They contain fiber and not too much sugar, and are yummy on-the-go snack! Fiber is important for a healthy heart and healthy gut, so look for 3 g of fiber or more per serving of food.

 

 

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Easy Lime Cookies

I know during the summer months none of us really like to bake, but sometimes we just want that quick recipe to make a delicious cookie. If you’re like me and love some citrus then these lime cookies will not disappoint. It will be perfect for your next BBQ or family get together. The only problem you will have is sharing. I hope all of you are having a great summer so far.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, lime juice, and lime zest and stir to combine.

Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix just until combined.

Using a ice cream scooper. Scoop out dough onto baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle with extra lime zest. Enjoy!

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Whole Foods Market Catering

 

Last month was my son’s birthday.  I can’t believe my little guy is 7!   Time sure does fly.  For his big day I wanted to entertain our guests with something other than pizza and chips.  My local Whole Foods market, which is located in Jenkintown, Pa, showed me that they have some amazing catering platters. 

I have done catering platters from other markets, but hands down Whole Foods market really brings it to the table.  The platters weren’t just delicious they were beautiful and colorful, and had the guests raving about how nice they were.  Below I will give you a description of the platters I ordered.
If you’re entertaining this summer and want a crowd pleasing platter you have to visit your local Whole Foods market and check the selections out. 
ANTIPASTO Platter
An array of prosciutto, sopressata, salami, provolone cheese, marinated fresh mozzarella, grilled vegetables, marinated artichokes and olives. Served with crusty bread, saffron aioli and green olive tapenade to spread. Small (Serves 8) Large (Serves 16)
 
CHEESE & MEATS Platter
A cheeses to delight the palate: cheddar, provolone and fresh turkey and roast beef served with baguette and aioli and saffron aioli. Small (Serves 8-10) Large (Serves 15-18)
Visit a Whole Foods market near you. http://m.wholefoodsmarket.com/
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Sabbia on the Roof at Eataly NYC

If there’s one place you can call foodie heaven, it’s Eataly New York Flatiron.  It was my first time visiting, and I did not want to leave.  This place is huge, and has everything you want under one roof.  Speaking of roof, we enjoyed a delicious dinner on the rooftop Sabbia

I don’t even know where to start with this delicious restaurant.  Sabbia is a laid back dining experience that provides you with a summer feel. 
Sabbia is La Birreria’s summer pop-up concept, and transports one from the bustling streets of Flatiron, New York City to the Italian seaside. The rooftop is enclosed with clear glass that opens up on those beautiful summer days. 
As we arrived we were greeted with a very accommodating hostess.  The menu had so many amazing choices and the wine/cocktail/beer list was on point.  The hubby and I decided to order some red wine.  My kids don’t drink soda but that night we figured that they could have a treat and enjoy some Italian soda.  Our waiter Kevin was super friendly and gave us some recommendations on what to order. 
We started off with some SALUMI-FORMAGGI platter (cheese and salami), INSALATA D’ORZO E TONNATO (Orzo with Roasted Tomatoes, Capers, Grilled Onions, Artichoke & Preserved Tuna Based Sauce) and FRITTO MISTO ALLA LIGURE Assorted Fried Seafood Ligurian Style.  This was the perfect starter and I couldn’t stop eating it.  Even my kids were in on all the delicious cheeses and seafood. 
Main course was the perfect amount after enjoying all of the appetizers. I went with the POLPO ALLA PLANCHA S(eared Octopus with Chickpea, Almonds, Marinated Peppers & Taggiasca Olives), the hubby enjoyed some PESCE SPADA CON CIAMBOTTA (Grilled Sword fish with Braised Vegetables in a Tomato Broth) which he couldn’t stop raving about, and finally the kids both wanted steak so they had TAGLIATA DI MANZO (Grilled Wagyu Bohemian Steak with Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano) and loved every bite. 
At this point we were feeling pretty satisfied, but of course you can’t finish a fantastic dinner and not have some dessert.  The kids both shared gelato and sorbetti flavors of Cioccolato and Limone, and the hubby and I shared a chocolate bunet, which was out of this world delicious. 
Overall my experience at Sabbia was amazing.  I’ll definitely be returning there the next time I’m in NYC.
Here are some of their upcoming events:
 

ROSEì ON THE ROOF | Thursday, May 25, 8-11 p.m.

Uncork summer with this all-access roseì event. The $95 General Admission tickets include an unlimited tasting of more than 30 featured roseì wines, dance floor with live DJ pumping the best summer beats, and unlimited access to beach-inspired Southern Italian bites. For $40 more, enjoy the VIP Package (limited availability) that includes everything in General Admission plus access to the event an hour early, a pink-themed swag bag for hitting the beach, and special one-time Wine Club access with three bottles of roseì curated by Eataly’s wine specialists. Tickets available at Eataly.com.

COCKTAIL TAKEOVERS | Monthly, After-hours

Monthly cocktail takeovers featuring partnerships with local cocktail bars showing off their mixed drinks. These speakeasy-type takeovers will be held after-hours monthly, with delicious food to match. Starting May 26.

PERONI CINEMA NIGHTS | Monthly at Midnight

Rooftop movie nights featuring housemade popcorn (think: Cacio e Pepe popcorn) and drinks. Starting in June.

 SABBIA will be open through October. The current hours are 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. From May 15 onward, the hours will be MondaySunday 11:30 a.m.-midnight, and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Reservations aren’t necessary but are available on Open Table.

About Eataly

Eataly is a bustling Italian marketplace featuring quality products from Italy’s many regions, alongside artisan creations from local producers. Guests are invited to “Eat, Shop, and Learn” about Italian culture and cuisine through the market, restaurants, cafeìs, guided tours, live demos, and classes.

 

Founded by Oscar Farinetti, Eataly opened its first location in Torino, Italy in 2007. Three years later, his son, Eataly U.S.A. CEO Nicola Farinetti brought the concept to the U.S. opening a flagship store in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood. With the help of their partners, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, Adam Saper, and Alex Saper, Eataly’s U.S. presence has grown to include a Chicago location, a second New York location in Lower Manhattan, and a Boston location.

 At Eataly, the saying goes, “We cook what we sell, and we sell what we cook.” The unique format of the store invites guests to taste authentic dishes in the restaurants, find the same ingredients in the marketplace, and then discover how to recreate the recipes at home. Dining options at Eataly range from breakfast to lunch, dinner and dessert, including casual take-away choices as well as more refined sit-down experiences. Skilled artisans are at Eataly 24 hours a day making fresh bread, mozzarella, pasta, gelato, and more, for Eataly’s restaurants and retail

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Edible Flowerpot Cake

Surprise mom with this delicious edible flower pot.  This isn’t just a pretty arrangement, it tastes delicious too.  I think any mom would love this gift.  This doesn’t take a lot of time and it’s super cool to share or enjoy on your own.  These flowers are completely edible.  You can find them now in a lot of grocery stores.  The soil is made from yummy chocolate cake or brownies.

Ingredients
Store bought or homemade chocolate cake/brownie
Edible flowers
Chocolate pudding, store bought or homemade
1 1/2 cups crushed Oreo cookies
Medium size Flower pot (terra-cotta)

Preparation:

In a medium bowl break up chocolate cake or brownies into pieces. Mix in the chocolate pudding. This will give you a dirt/mud texture (but this tastes really good). Next place the mixture into a clean flower pot and top with crumbled Oreos. Finally add the edible flowers. Enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

For all my chocolate lovers out there, and to all my gluten free friends this recipe is for you.  It’s a decadent chocolate cake which is sure to satisfy all those chocolate cravings.  I love to top this with some fresh fruit, but I also find vanilla ice cream to be the perfect pairing; or maybe even a glass of vino.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into cubes
2/3 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder (plus additional for dusting pan)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Grease a 9-inch springform pan with butter or cooking spray.  Line the bottom of the pan with parchment and grease the paper.

Fill a pot with about 2-inches of water and bring to a slow boil. Place a glass bowl over the pot and add the butter and chocolate. Let that melt while stirring occasionally until smooth. Next remove mixture from the heat.  Add the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt and whisk until well incorporated. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until incorporated.

Pour into springform pan, place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until the top has formed a little crust. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Finally remove from pan and enjoy with fruit, whipped cream or ice cream.

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Taste of the Nation NYC

New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, the signature tasting event featuring NYC’s best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists, takes place Monday, April 24, on the East River Waterfront at the stunning 180 Maiden Lane. The evening is led by Honorary Chair Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group) along with Culinary Co-Chairs Anita Lo (Annisa) and Bryce Schuman (Betony), and Host Committee members Eli Sussman (Samesa), Chris Jaeckle (Uma Temakeria), William Elliot (Maison Premiere and Sauvage), Jack Logue (Betony), Flynn McGarry (Eureka) and Oskar Kostecki (Union Square Wines). United for a cause, these and other culinary tastemakers lend their talent and time to ensure a future where every child in this country gets the healthy food they need, every day. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

Taste of the Nation 2017 will feature more than 40 of the city’s most popular eateries, offering guests bite-size fare, craft cocktails and inventive desserts. Participating restaurants and bars include Lalito, Union Square Cafe, Atoboy, Massoni, Pig Bleecker, Dead Rabbit, Black Tail, Pig & Khao and Daily Provisions, among others (full list below).

 

This year, Taste of the Nation is introducing new special culinary programming such as The Candy Carnival featuring a colorful selection of local, handmade candies and cotton candy making from Brooklyn Floss. The event is also bringing back favorites from previous years such as The Donut Derby with creations from the city’s best donut shops and the always-popular Rosé Garden.

In support of No Kid Hungry, alt-rock chart topping band The Strumbellas will perform a special acoustic set during the event, presented by Citi.  Listen to their new single “Young & Wild” here.

Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry tickets start at $250. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/nyc-taste-nation

Every Kid, Healthy Food, Every Day

One in six children in this country struggles with hunger, including 22% of children in New York. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast in the classroom, have access to the food they need in the summer, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids facing hunger to more than 500 million meals.

In 2016, New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to help feed children in need more than one million healthy meals. Local beneficiaries include: City Harvest, Hunger Solutions NY, Food Bank for New York City and Hunger Free America.

New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco®, national media sponsor Food Network, national sponsors OpenTable and The Glenlivet, and local sponsors Bazzini, Empire City Casino, Fenton Models, Lifeway, Loacker USA, Moishe’s Moving and Storage, Nobletree, Prosciutto di Parma, PTG, Shawmut Design and Construction, S. Pellegrino, Tito’s, TouchBistro, Virgil Kaine and Zwilling J.A. Henckles.

The best eateries in the New York City area will be represented at the event, including: 21 Greenpoint, A&E Supply Co., Acme, American Cut, Atoboy, Bay Kitchen Bar, Bessou, Blacktail, Cafe Clover, Cafe2 & Terrace5 at MoMA, Cienfuegos, CUT, Daily Provisions, Davio’s, Dead Rabbit, DOE Mobile Meals Truck, El Atoradero, Fifty, Finback Brewing, Freek’s Mill, Fresh Kills, Huertas, Karasu, Lalito, La New Yorkina, Le Compagnie, Le District, Maialino, Maison Premiere, Marta, Maialino, Massoni, Oddfellows Ice Cream, Pig & Khao, Pig Bleeker, Samesa, Talde Brooklyn, The Jones, The Vnyl, Union Square Cafe , Union Square Events, Up & Up,