The Best Things to Eat at Taste of The Nation 2014

Discover the top bites that await at one of the year's most chef-studded charity events fighting hunger
March 21, 2014
by Tamara Palmer

One of the most important philanthropic events each year in the world of food is Taste of The Nation, the annual benefit supporting Share Our Strength's mission to eliminate childhood hunger. It also just so happens to be one of the events with the best lineups of food. The party moves to City View at the Metreon this year, where the restaurants will be divided up according to their SF neighborhood. So, for example, you can visit the "Mid-Market" neighborhood for bites from Alta CA and a preview of the forthcoming Bon Marche. A few other restaurants to look out for: the new Dirty Habit, from David Bazirgan and KronnerBurger, which is headed to Oakland. Now to further whet your palate, Zagat got a first look at some of the best bites to be served this year. Note that over half of the restaurants listed here are 2014 James Beard Foundation finalists or semi-finalists. 

A16 (Christopher Thompson): House-cured bresaola, shaved Sacramento delta asparagus, cave-aged sheep’s milk cheese

B. Patisserie (Belinda Leong): Triple chocolate cake, coffee and mint

Boulevard (Nancy Oakes):  Polenta al Nero, Dungeness crab, uni, lardo panzanella, Laudemio olive oil

Central Kitchen (Thomas McNaughton): Spring vegetable porridge, preserved lemon, egg yolk

The Coachman (Charles Phan): Carrots, lentils, smoked date jam

Foreign Cinema (John Clark & Gayle Pirie): House-made pate & charcuterie

• Hakkasan (Ho Chee Boon): Poached Peking dumplings

Quince (Pastry Chefs Alen Ramos, Carolyn Nugent): Almond cake, cultured yogurt, candied rhubarb, green strawberry preserve

Rich Table (Evan Rich): Raw carrots, carrot honey, brown butter

Wayfare Tavern (Joey Elenterio): Truffled egg salad tartines

This year's gala takes place on March 27 and we're told tickets ($125-500) are still available. Buy yours here.