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Taste of the Nation offers 40 Bites for 40 Bucks, September 29

Be the first to taste what The Matador will be serving at 32nd and Lowell.
Be the first to taste what The Matador will be serving at 32nd and Lowell.
photo credit, The Matador

There is not a better event in town to sample fare from Denver's premier chefs and bartenders, and it's all for charity. Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Denver is the largest and finest culinary benefit supporting the effort to end childhood hunger in Colorado. The tasting event features 40 Bites for 40 Bucks from Colorado's great restaurants, chefs, cocktail artists, local wineries, and microbreweries. Taste of the Nation will be held Sunday, September 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at new McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue.

Culinary experts plating sensational food
Culinary experts plating sensational food
Share our Strength

Taste of the Nation funds Colorado's No Kid Hungry Campaign, a statewide, public-private initiative of Hunger Free Colorado, Share our Strength and the Office of Governor John Hickenlooper. Together, Colorado's No Kid Hungry Campaign partners are working to ensure that all children have nutritious food at home, school and in their communities throughout the state.

This year's event marks the 26th anniversary and promises to be spectacular in its new venue, new price offering a $75 VIP ticket and $30 Industry ticket with more than 40 of Denver's top chefs, mixologists and Colorado-based food and spirit companies gathering for one special night. With newcomers Central Bistro and Bar, Leaf & Crumb and The Matador to crowd favorites of Slotted Spoon, TAG and Tamayo, as well as Denver's best bartenders creating unique cocktails, Colorado wine and a tasting area hosted by Whole Foods, the event offers a cornucopia of delicious food, drink and music.

Debuting this year, VIP tickets are available for $75 per person, which offers an intimate gathering of only 100 people for the first hour, 5 to 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a demo by Chef Mark DeNittis, the announcement of the Noel Cunningham award by Matt Selby, a champagne toast and an exclusive raffle.

The event opens to the general public at 6 p.m, and tickets are $40. To purchase, visit http://ce.strength.org/events/taste-nation-denver#. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.