TASTE! CENTRAL FLORIDA JOINS FORCES WITH LINEUP OF NOTABLE AREA CHEFS TO COMBAT LOCAL CHILDHOOD HUNGER

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ORLANDO, FLA. (August 1, 2017) – Taste! Central Florida, the region’s premier fundraising food and beverage tasting event, returns to Orlando World Center Marriott on August 19 with an impressive roster of 43 restaurants and two dozen brewers, distilleries, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors.

This annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence invites guests to an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by craft beers, cocktails, fine wines, and specialty beverages to help Central Florida children struggling with hunger get access to the meals they need.

Presented by AmeriFactors, Taste! Central Florida is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for children’s feeding programs administered by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Taste! Central Florida is a volunteer-driven event with chefs, brewers, wine purveyors, and beverage vendors donating their time, talent and creations, more than 300 event volunteers, in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the generous backing of Orlando World Center Marriott.

New to this year’s event are 12 of the area’s most noteworthy restaurants including The COOP, Ace Café, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Eleven Restaurant at Reunion Resort, Orlando Food Department Co., Paddlefish, Plancha at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Satu-Li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Savor at Osceola Heritage Parks, Raglan Road, Tommy Bahama, and Urbain 40 American Brasserie.

Several popular brewers, spirit vendors, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors will give guests plenty to sip on including:

  1. Acqua Panna & San Pellegrino
  2. Beam Suntory
  3. Beso Del Sol Sangria
  4. Big Top Brewing
  5. Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
  6. Crooked Can Brewing Company
  7. Florida Dairy Farmers
  8. Jackson Family Wines
  9. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards
  10. Magner's Irish Cider
  11. Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co.
  12. Orange Blossom Brewing Co.
  13. Orlando Brewing Co.
  14. Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey
  15. PepsiCo
  16. Red Cypress Brewery
  17. Rico Foods/NOI Caffe
  18. Rogue Pub
  19. Scavi & Ray Winery
  20. Small Town Brewing
  21. Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
  22. Tito's Handmade Vodka
  23. Tsing Tao
  24. Wild Buck Whiskey/Njoy Spirits

Also new to the event is the way proceeds will benefit childhood feeding programs in Central Florida. With a new name and focus, Taste! Central Florida will direct 100 percent of the funds raised from this year’s event entirely to local anti-hunger efforts to make an even greater impact on hungry children throughout Central Florida.

“In previous years, our event helped battle childhood hunger and food insecurity both locally and around the country,” said Michele Byington, co-chair of Taste! Central Florida. “This year, we are advocating solely for those in our own community, since the fastest growing segment of the hungry and homeless population in Central Florida is families with children.”

Guests will also enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The Giving Tree raffle, sponsored by Edible Orlando, returns for the third year inviting guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select an envelope hanging from a towering tree containing a concealed gift certificate ranging from $25 to $300 in value.

The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game is back offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 300 chances to win this exquisite wine collection. Each key is a $25 donation.

Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with the Ring Toss for Wine fundraiser. Rings are available for purchase to toss onto wine bottles ─ 3 tosses for $15. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home.

Orlando World Center Marriott is offering Taste! Central Florida guests an exclusive rate to stay at the resort during the weekend of the event. A special rate of $129 per night for a standard room (additional $25 daily resort fee applies) is available between August 18 – 20. Guests can reserve their room at the discounted rate by clicking here or calling (888) 789-3090 with the discount code Taste August 2017.

WHEN:
Saturday, August 19, 2017
6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr., Orlando

TICKETS:
$150 each

ATTIRE:
Cocktail / Semi-Formal

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

  1. 4 Rivers and The COOP
  2. Ace Café
  3. ACF Central Florida Chapter sponsored by Nestle Professional
  4. Benihana
  5. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  6. Canvas Restaurant & Market
  7. Catering for Good/Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
  8. Centerplate
  9. CFHLA Food & Beverage Council
  10. Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
  11. Cress Restaurant
  12. Dragonfly Robata Sushi and Grill
  13. Eleven Restaurant at Reunion Resort
  14. Empress Sissi
  15. Florida Nitro
  16. Fresh Point
  17. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
  18. Hemisphere Restaurant at Hyatt OIA
  19. JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes/Primo
  20. Marlow's Tavern
  21. Orlando Food Department Co.
  22. Orlando World Center Marriott
  23. Paddlefish
  24. Plancha at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  25. Raglan Road
  26. Red Wing Restaurant
  27. Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes/Highball & Harvest
  28. Rosen Shingle Creek │A Land Remembered
  29. Rosen Shingle Creek │Cala Bella Restaurant
  30. Satu-Li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  31. Savor at Osceola Heritage Parks
  32. Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
  33. SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando
  34. STK
  35. Sysco
  36. The Capital Grille
  37. The Ravenous Pig
  38. The Whiskey
  39. Tommy Bahama
  40. Universal Orlando
  41. Urbain 40 American Brasserie
  42. Yak & Yeti

For more information, visit tastecfl.org.

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ABOUT TASTE! CENTRAL FLORIDA
Featuring the area’s most accomplished chefs, brewers, wine purveyors, and beverage vendors, Taste! Central Florida is an annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence offering an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by fine wines, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty beverages. This volunteer-driven event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the children’s feeding programs of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Taste! Central Florida Goes Totally Local August 19

By Kelly Green for Edible Orlando on March 2, 2017


Edible Orlando has long been a proud supporter of Taste of The Nation, a food and wine benefit held at Orlando World Center Marriott. Proceeds have impacted thousands of lives both locally and around the country. This year, organizers are making a change that means an even greater impact on the hungry right here in Central Florida by giving all local at the newly re-branded TASTE! Central Florida.

LOCAL EVENT. LOCAL CHEFS. LOCAL CAUSE.

Guests enjoy bite-sized samples, but never fear. Seconds (and thirds) are par for the course.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. event-goers will enjoy what they’ve come to expect: creative and culinary offerings from some of the top chefs/restaurants in the area, plus beer, wine and specially-crafted libations. What will change is the distribution of funds. In previous years, a portion of the proceeds was disseminated to anti-hunger efforts nationally, as hunger reaches every corner of our nation. Organizers have decided to further pinpoint the direction this year by advocating more directly for those in our neighboring communities struggling to put food on their plates. TASTE! Central Florida is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Orlando World Center Marriott went retro in 2016 with diner-inspired gourmet bites.

Special Features

In addition to indulging in the bountiful, fun, and creative food and drink options available, they’re not the only offerings. Guests can participate in a fully-automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.

Taste! Central Florida is also bringing back the Giving Tree, where guests can win certificates and gift cards to Orlando’s most popular establishments. Donate $50 for the chance to select envelopes hanging from a towering tree. Prizes range from $25 to $300 in value.

Wine lovers will enjoy the Instant Wine Cellar game where participants have a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500!

Guests can also take their chances on winning a bottle of wine with a Ring Toss For Wine fundraiser. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home.

Tickets

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased here. Hurry: Use the code KICKOFFORL through March 14, 2017 and get 25 percent off.

Press Release

DISCOVER A TASTE WHAT’S TO COME FOR LOCAL CHILDHOOD HUNGER RELIEF AT THE NEW TASTE! CENTRAL FLORIDA


ORLANDO, FLA. (March 1, 2017) – The region’s premier food and beverage tasting event, Taste! Central Florida is bringing a supremely delicious culinary experience to our community, for our community, with a positively local flavor.

An evening featuring talented local chefs, signature dishes and specialty drinks, Taste! Central Florida is the same annual culinary event guests have come to know and love, returning this year with a new look and name and a completely local focus.

For the first time, Taste! Central Florida will be a truly local event with 100 percent of proceeds remaining in the community.

In Central Florida, the fastest growing segment of the hungry and homeless population is families with children.

“Childhood hunger touches thousands of residents in Central Florida, and Taste! Central Florida wants to direct every dollar we raise to those who need it in our own community,” said Michele Byington, co-chair for Taste! Central Florida.

The launch of Taste! Central Florida makes that possible while continuing to build on the critical work of battling hunger and food insecurity in our region that longtime local beneficiaries Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida do as the leading nonprofits in the region for fighting childhood hunger and providing homeless services.

As a volunteer-driven event, Taste! Central Florida is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, thanks to the local chefs, brewers and distilleries who donate their time, talent and creations, an all-volunteer steering committee, more than 300 day-of event volunteers, in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the backing of Orlando World Center Marriott who donates the event space.

Beyond its local charitable focus, Taste! Central Florida will tap into the local foodie culture by showcasing an extensive lineup of local celebrity chefs and eateries and highlighting local farmers, food purveyors, brewers and distilleries through samples and sips of gourmet fare, fine wines, craft beers, and signature spirits.

While the new Taste! Central Florida has cooked up a feast of changes to this year’s culinary fundraiser, the proven event format will remain unchanged.

Taste! Central Florida will continue to attract some of the most sought-after and respected chefs, eateries and mixologists in the region. The event will also return to the same elegant location at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

In addition, Taste! Central Florida will delights guests with many of the hallmark entertainment and fundraising games guests anticipate each year.

The automated mobile silent auction will once again feature signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The Giving Tree will invite guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a donation, guests can select envelopes hanging from a towering tree containing dining and beverage gift certificates.

The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game will offer participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine from an exquisite wine cellar valued at more than $2,500. “The same enthusiastic and devoted event planning committee is at the helm as well as the volunteers who helped make last year’s event a success,” Byington said. “Guests will be able to enjoy Taste! Central Florida as they have always known it.”

Last year’s event attracted more than 3,000 guests and is expected to grow in attendance with its transition to Taste! Central Florida.

The funds raised by Taste! Central Florida will help Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, where families make up 63 percent of their residents. The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provides shelter and services to more than 150 children and their families each night and serves more than 250,000 meals each year.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will direct the funds raised from Taste! Central Florida to childhood hunger relief programs at their agency. The largest food bank in Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 feeding partners in six Central Florida counties including Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. Of all the clients served by Second Harvest Food Bank, 27 percent are children under the age of 18.

WHEN
Saturday, August 19, 2017
6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

WHERE
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr., Orlando

TICKETS
$150 each

CURRENT TICKET PROMOTION
Use code KICKOFFORL for 25% off
Valid 3/1 - 3/14/17

ATTIRE
Cocktail / Semi-Formal

BENEFICIARIES
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

MEDIA CONTACT:
Krista Zilizi Logue
kristazilizi@hotmail.com
407-620-5799