Tasting the Night Away

Saturday was the Taste of the Nation event. This was one of those rare occasions when Alan actually put on a tie. He was looking hot in his dress pants, white shirt, jacket, and, of course, his tie. I wore a long, black dress with heels.

Taste of the Nation was from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. We were assigned a two hour shift beginning at 5:30 pm directing people who were arriving to the ballroom. Our volunteer assignment was not challenging or difficult, and the most uncomfortable thing about it for me was standing in heels for two hours. As Alan and I assisted others, we noticed some interesting outfits, such as about nine different people, both male and female, arriving in pirate attire. As it later turned out, these individuals were serving food for the restaurant Dakota Food Group and Signature by the Lake, whose creations were all pirate related.

After our volunteer shift ended, I kicked off my shoes as we were allowed to enjoy all of the pleasures of the event which included food, drinks, a silent auction, and live music, provided by The Forefathers. Some of the more expensive restaurants providing food were The Capital Grille, Season’s 52, Norman’s, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Although there were multiple venues like the ones mentioned above, I mostly focused my attentions on the various food options. As I moved from table to table sampling various dishes, I felt like I was on Top Chef. I enjoyed the centre crab and mango in a martini glass from Everglades, the lobster slider (Maine lobster patty served on a brioche bun) and tropical chips from Jeffery’s Restaurant and Piano Bar, something like scalloped potatoes and caviar from Manuel’s, jumbo lump crab cakes and a tropical mango sauce from Sharks Underwater Grill, Thai chili shrimp and squid salad by Whole Foods Market, and pan-seared gator cakes with raspberry melba sauce from Champions Gate Golf Club. There were also many delectable deserts like Chef Jean-Louis’ famous bananas foster, a peanut butter and chocolate shot glass desert from Season’s 52, and the watermelon soda from Norman’s.

With fifteen hundred paying attendees and around one-hundred fifty volunteers in attendance, it was quite crowded at times. Although some of the food tables had long lines which we didn’t take the time to wait in, the large crowd was a very good thing. The true purpose of the Taste of the Nation event was to raise money to end childhood hunger. And that’s exactly what happened. Over $132,000 was raised on Saturday night to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and Coalition for the Homeless, both of Central Florida. This money will be used to feed individuals, both the homeless and the poor, here in the Orlando area. Yeah!!



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Filed under alan, Coalition for the Homeless, food, Second Harvest Food Bank, Taste of the Nation, Tywonn

One response to “Tasting the Night Away

  1. Alvie L. Davidson CG

    Hey Guys…that event must have been an awesome spot in your lives. I almost find myself envying…
    Just arrived back home from traveling over the US. Stayed in Fort Wayne for five days; Kim drove us back to Louisville where we spent the night with a very nice couple. The next day she dropped me off at the Atlanta, GA airport from which I flew to Fort Lauderdale to meet with my attorney. We had a Monday morning court date. Got the judge pursuaded to sign all our paperwork. Then a drive to Lakeland. I was pooped…but it was nice to rest good last night.
    Keep up the good blogging..

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