Taste of the Nation May 7

Brett Burmeister

Taste of the Nation is back and better than ever. This annual event brings together some of the best chefs, winemakers, brewers and distillers to end childhood hunger. Imagine an evening of wandering from table to table trying bites from Aviary or Departure or Lardo and mixing in sweets from Batch Chocolates or Fifty Licks while washing it all down with something from Cana’s Feast or maybe a House Spirits cocktail. For me, it is a night of fun, a bit of gluttony and a way to give back to the community. Share Our Strength is bringing Portland’s finest to the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday evening, May 7. This year, 100% of ticket sales will go to local beneficiaries – Oregon Food Bank, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, St. Vincent DePaul and Klamath/Lake Counties Food Bank.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending this event for a couple of years now and everyone involved is passionate about their craft and about ending childhood hunger. Tickets are $85 for General Admission and VIP and LUXE tickets are also available. 60 purveyors of their craft – a bargain.

We have 2 VIP tickets to give away for this wonderful event. Just leave a comment stating which of the 60 purveyors you’re most excited to indulge. We’ll pick a winner on Friday morning. You can find more details about Taste of the Nation and the list of restaurants, wineries, breweries and distillers at Strength.org/Portland.

We have a winner-  Ann wants to try some Broder and Lardo. Congrats Ann.



  1. Definitely OX!
    -meat eater

  2. Shammarie says

    Bollywood, no doubt!

  3. Gotta be Bamboo Sushi 🙂

  4. Imperial’s been elusive on my list of must try so it gets my vote.

  5. Toss up between Riffle NW and Batch Chocolates…

  6. Veronica says

    I’m most excited about places I haven’t been yet: Aviary, Bamboo, Firehouse and Racion are top of the list.

  7. Border and Lardo. Both have been on the list for quite some time!

  8. cartwhisperer says

    Ox for me!

  9. Smokehouse 21 FTW!

  10. Kenneth Schmidt says

    I gotta say Imperial or Ox!

  11. Its close for me – Ox is no. 1, but Roe would be 1a.

  12. Definitely dessert…fifty licks and salt and straw!

  13. Who am I NOT excited to eat at this thing?! If I had to narrow down, I would say very curious to see what Bollywood Theater, Double Dragon and Laurelhurst Market come up with this year!

  14. Rachael says

    50 Licks!

  15. Can’t decide so an imperial ox it is!

  16. Smallwares!

  17. L.O.L.O.S. Lardo & Olympic Provisions & Laurelhurst Market & Ox & St. Jack. Can you see the carnivore glint in my eye?

  18. This is tough! I’d have to say either Andina or Ox.

  19. SO hard to choose….Olympic provision

  20. Aviary and Racion are on my top!!
    OP, Lardo, Smallwares?? So many who can pick just one?

  21. Scott Gerlach says

    Based purely on alliteration, I’ll choose Petunia’s Pies & Pastries.

  22. Rachel Good says

    Trigger, because why not? Tommy Habetz will have something good up his sleeve.

  23. Michelle C. says

    Laurelhurst Market, Andina, lots of them are interesting to me.

  24. Andina and Bamboo and Aviary, oh my!