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In the heart of Downtown Houston’s Historic District, history was indeed made. Crowds flooded to the Corinthian for Taste of the Nation benefiting No Kid Hungry. The No Kid Hungry campaign provides kids and families in need with nutritious food, as well as the knowledge to make healthy, affordable choices. They strive to get the public involved in combating this issue and spread awareness for this battle being fought in our own backyard. In Texas, specifically, 1 in 4 kids are struggling with hunger, and Taste of the Nation was able to raise $100,000, with each dollar providing up to 10 healthy meals for our kids!

Big culinary names teamed up for this beautiful cause. Over 40 of Houston’s top chefs and mixologists came and showcased their best. With an all star culinary council of masterminds behind it all, the best was to be expected. Chef Randy Evans of Table 57, Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Alba Huerta of Julep, and Daniel Vaughn of Texas Monthly cultivated a roster that resulted in the biggest tasting of the year.

Whiplash was imminent the second you walked in. With tantalizing sights and smells pulling you in every direction, the hardest part was finding a starting point. Standouts were the flavorful braised goat and Korean dumpling dish from Underbelly, perfectly cooked brisket from Killen’s, and the most popular dish of the night: Coltivare’s butternut squash and kale salad with Texas pecans. It was like the perfect Fall bite! Everywhere I turned, I overheard raves about this salad, so of course I had to find it. There, I found people shamelessly coming back for seconds and thirds – and rightly so! Luckily for us, it’s a regular fixture on their menu.

Desserts and libations were in no short supply either. With butter ice cream from Cloud 10 Creamery and an absolutely dreamy Panna Cotta with apricot gel and almond streusel from the Houstonian Hotel, I was reeling. To cut the richness, Pass & Provisions was on hand with their prosciutto infused gin number, and Leslie Ross, mixology queen of Treadsack, came to our rescue with a light, refreshing, floral cocktail.

Taste of the Nation brought it all to the table – literally. Lavish bites, innovative drinks, generous auctions, and most importantly an amazing cause, it was undoubtedly a night to remember.

Isabel Protomartir

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