Orlando’s Taste of the Nation – A Food Lover’s Wonderland

Recently, we got to attend the ever fabulous Orlando’s Taste of the Nation Event. If you have never been to this event you’re really missing out! It is a foodie’s wonderland with culinary delights from the best restaurants in Orlando. 44 awesome restaurants from around Orlando came together to cook up signature dishes for an amazing cause to benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Not only was there lots of food and beverages, there was also lots of entertainment. A live DJ was playing upbeat music and unique characters were walking around entertaining guests. We had so much fun in the photo booth with a bunch of props to take a keepsake photo to remember the night.

Each table inside the event was represented by the chefs from each restaurant. It was so fun chatting it up with them and learning about their cooking techniques. All of them were so friendly and were eager to answer any questions about the dish or their restaurant. That was one of the best parts of the night, the great interaction with the chefs.

 

Let me take you through some pictures of the dishes we tasted…
 
These cakes was epic! The magical Red Velvet was my favorite.

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Like I said before the chefs were so much fun to talk to and I can’t wait to visit some of them again at their restaurants.

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I am huge lover of craft beers and this one was really special. Surplus Ale was literally sunshine in a glass. A lot of the local breweries Cigar City, Crooked Can, Orlando Brewery and Funky Buddha had great selections of ales. I was really happy with the huge selection of craft beers. If you don’t drink alcohol they had plenty of options for non-alcoholic beverages as well.
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Some of favorite dishes of the night was the Shrimp n Grits and Peanut Butter & Jelly Hummus from Highball & Harvest and the Pulled pork, red cabbage slaw with cucumber kim chi on a mini pancake from K Restaurant.

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Amazing dessert collection from the awesome pastry chefs at the JW Marriott. Hooray for the wonderful blueberry macarons! They rocked!!!

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These little beauties packed such a flavor punch. Deviled lump crab eggs with spiced aioli from Marriott. I could have eaten a dozen of them.

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Another fave was the Rock Shrimp from Moor at Gaylord Palms.

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I really hope this post makes you want to come out and join us for next year’s event. All of this glorious food is included in your ticket to the event and the best part is all the proceeds go to an amazing cause to end childhood hunger. I can’t wait to go again next year and I really hope I see you there! For more information  http://ce.strength.org/orlando

 

Thank you so much to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for hosting us! I am a Member of their Social Media Ambassador Program and was given complimentary tickets to this event for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Ashley
About Ashley
Ashley is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. She is a passionate foodie and loves sharing her affinity for cuisine through her writing. She vows that nothing brings people together like a wonderful meal and great conversation. She enjoys cooking, fine dining, photography and traveling. She is also a co-host on Designed by Magic a podcast on 407 the PARX.

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