Bring in the savory, sweet, libations and creativity, the event featured “40 Bites for 40 Bucks” from Colorado’s great restaurants, chefs, cocktail artists, local wineries, and microbreweries. Bites included creations by event newcomers including Corner House, Leaf & Crumb, Central Bistro and Bar, Session Kitchen, Sugarmill, Los Chingones plus. Denver favorites (and returning participating restaurants) TAG, Black Pearl, Elways, Zengo and more were also serving up delicious eats.
Hosted at the McNichols Building , this year’s Taste of the Nation marked the 26th anniversary with a new price offering of only $40. They were even voted the best food event in Denver in 2010 and it seemed like they’ve kept their expectations since then.
Overtaking all three floors of the building, the third floor consisted of everything savory and the second floor were desserts and local vendors. Both floors were packed with foodies but no one ever waited longer than 30 seconds to savor, say, Zengo’s daikon tacos, Session Kitchen’s waffle, ham and home-made peach jam or The Inventing Room’s coconut ice cream with exploding raspberry candy. In fact, chefs, and line cooks were busy making sure their signature creations were always ready at hand that they were almost always gone within 30 seconds of placing it on the table.
Now, you had to be careful not to knock over or destroy any art piece that were placed throughout the building. They were very intriguing art pieces but it didn’t seem like it was completely fitting for the event especially how there was constant movement of people going back and forth to food and drink booths but nothing damage was reported.
With so many choices of little bites, almost everyone left feeling satisfyingly full, which is what Taste of the Nation is addressing – every kid should be able to eat healthy food and be full after every meal.
Known as the Colorado No Kid Hungry Campaign, this Campaign is a statewide, public-private initiative of Hunger Free Colorado, Share our Strength and the Office of Governor John Hickenlooper. Together, the Colorado No Kid Hungry Campaign partners are working to ensure that all children have nutritious food at home, at school and in their communities.
The Cooking Matters Colorado program is part of the No Kid Hungry campaign, where it educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.
Missed the event? There’s always next year or you can find out more about No Kid Hungry Colorado campaign and see how you can contribute to a child’s breakfast at school or meal plan at home.