What You Missed at Taste of the Nation


Taste of the Nation united over 40 of L.A.’s most talented chefs and restaurateurs on Sunday afternoon in Culver City’s Media Park to raise funds for Share Our Strength, in its ongoing mission to end childhood hunger in the U.S. Though First & Hope failed to appear, Church & State quickly ran out of food, and the weather looked a little ominous at points, TOTN still managed to be one of the town’s best tasting events when it came to the food being served and sense of commitment from the players. Ticket holders got an early taste of Ricardo Zarate’s chicken anticucho at Picca and of Nancy Silverton’s sliders at Short Order, while dishes like the lamp chops and mint pesto from Culina, Campanile’s olive oil fried egg, and Hatfield’s warm octopus salad were all big hits with the crowd. Meanwhile, a craft brew garden organized by Food GPS vied for drinkers’ affections with cocktails from 1886 at the Raymond, Julian Cox, and La Descarga, while Michael Voltaggio made ice cream in VIP. Come take a look at the food and personalities that helped make Taste of the Nation a smash success in our slideshow.