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Top chefs fight hunger at Taste of the Nation

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Hungry AND want to support a good cause? On April 29, Share Our Strength will put on its 26th annual Taste of the Nation event at Cruiseport Boston, featuring over 60 of Boston's top chefs, including Honorary Chefs Jody Adams, Joanne Chang, Gordon Hamersley, Andy Husbands and Tony Maws, in order to raise money to help end childhood hunger.

In Massachusetts, 17 percent of kids struggle with hunger. There are 288,000 low-income children who receive free or reduced-price school lunch. Only 43 percent of children eating free or reduced-price school lunch are getting school breakfast. Only 18 percent of children eating free or reduced-price school lunch are getting summer meals.

Each year, Taste of the Nation brings together cooks from around America to help raise awareness and money to help our most vulnerable...America's hungry children,” said Chef Gordon Hamersley, who has been involved with this charity since the beginning.

What draws him to the event, he said, is “the basic philosophy that centers around the concept that everyone, no matter whether you are rich or poor, educated or not, busy or bored can help contribute to the issue of solving the problem of childhood hunger in this country. Sharing what you have. Through the efforts of the multi-talented many, much can be accomplished. It is powerful and humbling to know that so many are doing the same thing throughout the country.”

“Being a chef, and having the privilege of working with an abundance of food at my fingertips makes helping to solve childhood hunger a compelling inspiration.”

What’s also compelling is what he’s making for the event: charred calamari with a spring salad and Moroccan-spiced vinaigrette. It’s an example of a simple yet flavorful meal that, as Gordon and other chefs like to point out, is an example of how to eat well with relatively inexpensive ingredients.

For families looking to stretch their grocery dollars, Gordon offers a few tips. “Buy your food in season and cook it simply,” said Gordon. “Try to use all the leftovers. I like to use lots of eggs — the perfect food — and there are at least one zillion recipes for eggs out there.”

Last year, the event raised over $95,000 in the fight to end childhood hunger as 100% of ticket sales support No Kid Hungry's efforts.

For a list of the participating restaurants, go here.

The event:
Taste of the Nation

Cruiseport Boston
April 29, 2014
General Admission: $95
7pm - 9:30pm
VIP Admission : $150
6pm - 9:30pm
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