Thursday, July 22, 2010

GIVEAWAY! Share our Strength: Taste of the Nation Chicago

In less than a month, Chicago will be hosting a special charity event dedicated to raise awareness and funds needed to help end childhood hunger. This event is the highly respected and well known, Share Our Strength: Taste of the Nation charity benefit. Participating in this amazing event are national celebrity chefs, mixologists and individuals well known in the food industry. I'll be attending the event... and I have tickets for two lucky readers/fans to accompany me! So, if you're free on August 12th and are in the Chicagoland area, read on to learn more about the Share Our Strength charity event and how you can join me...

Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has brought together the most creative culinary minds across the nation. Each spring and summer, pioneers of modern American cuisine, national celebrity chefs and mixologists including David Burke, Stephan Pyles, mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, Bravo’s Top Chef Tom Collichio, Food Network stars Tyler Florence and Emeril Lagasse and thousands more like them donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada with one goal in mind: to raise critical funds needed to help end childhood hunger. 100% of supports Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.

Taste of the Nation’s success is due to the thousands of dedicated volunteers in cities across the United States. These volunteers—chefs, corporate sponsors, marketing and public relations professionals, event planners, financiers and individuals who believe that no child should know hunger-- have helped raised more than $73 million for anti-hunger organizations that run or advocate for programs that connect at-risk families with the food they need to thrive. This year, funds raised through Taste of the Nation will support No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015, as well as selected international efforts.

Various cities all around the country are hosting this culinary event and for Chicago, our hottest chefs, restaurants, and mixologists will gather together at the Aragon Ballroom on Thursday, August 12th. It's the city’s most trend-forward culinary experience! This year’s event will feature 50 of Chicago’s best chefs and restaurants in a celebration of street food. Savor delicious craft beers from Stella Artois and Chicago’s own Goose Island, along with many other brews and wines, and specialty cocktails created by 25 of Chicago’s best mixologists. There's even a decadent Dessert Lounge planned for folks to indulge in! Attendees will be able to enjoy all the sweets, savories and drinks provided as well as enjoy street-themed entertainment from a variety of Chicago’s most cutting edge artists and performers. And if you like you dance, you can also dance the night away to the hottest beats from Chicago’s best local DJs. It's quite the event that you won't want to miss!

Share Our Strength: Taste of the Nation Chicago
August 12, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Aragon Ballroom
1106 W Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60640

General Admission includes access to Main Floor, Dessert Lounge, Mixology, Wine and Beer Areas plus a General Admission Goody Bag. The price of the ticket is $120 at the door but I'm giving away 2 of these general admission tickets for FREE, compliments of FoodBuzz! So if you're in the area and are able to attend this amazing culinary experience, leave a comment answering the question posed on our site and/or join us on Facebook and comment on our Facebook page. Two winners will be chosen - one from our website and one from our Facebook page. Feel free to comment on both to increase your chances!

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the Chicagoland area since the winner must be able to pick up the tickets and attend the event.
- For comments left on our website, you must have a valid email address (within your comment or blog link) so that you can be contacted if you win.
- For comments left on our Facebook page, you must be a fan or 'like' our page.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering:
What is one of your favorite Chicago restaurants and why?
Deadline: Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12 midnight CST.

TWO WINNERS will be randomly chosen by Random. Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment on our site and our Facebook page and will be announced on Friday, July 30, 2010. Good luck!