Top Houston Chefs Rally Again For Tasting Event Benefiting “No Kid Hungry”

Annual charitable event Taste of the Nation returns on May 22 and Houston chefs are lending their time and considerable culinary skill to make sure it’s a night to remember. Proceeds go to No Kid Hungry, a national organization dedicated to providing meals for children in need. Hosted this year at Silver Street Studios, the event features the innovative cuisine and creative drinks from more than 40 of Houston’s hottest restaurants.

VIP tickets for Taste of the Nation are $200 and include early admission, which starts at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $125, with a 6:30 p.m. entry time. The event ends at 9 p.m.

“This is a chance for people to get to know the faces behind the food,” said Ryan Pera of Coltivare, Eight Row Flint and Revival Market. He’s one of three co-chairs, along with Julep’s Alba Huerta and Fluff Bake Bar’s Rebecca Masson. “Guests will get to chat with them face to face. It’s going to be a fun time.”

Ryan Pera
Chef Ryan Pera in the kitchen of Coltivare. Photo by Julie Soefer

The restaurant list reads like a who’s who of Houston’s best. Pera said it’s a great way for guests to experience their favorites or get an idea of what chefs are doing at eateries they haven’t been to yet.

At publication time, the list of participating restaurants is:

  • BCN Taste & Tradition
  • Beaver’s
  • Bernie’s Burger Bus
  • Brasserie 19
  • Brennan’s of Houston
  • Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier
  • Dolce Neve
  • Fluff Bake Bar
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Indianola
  • Izakaya
  • Johnny’s Gold Brick
  • KUU Restaurant
  • La Table
  • Louie Mueller Barbecue
  • Main Kitchen
  • Mala Sichuan Bistro
  • Michael’s Cookie Jar
  • Nancy’s Hustle
  • Night Heron
  • Pax Americana
  • REEF
  • Riel
  • Roegels Barbecue Co.
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company
  • Shake Shack
  • Sonoma in the Heights & Sonoma Wine Bar
  • State Fare Kitchen & Bar
  • Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen
  • Swift + Company
  • Tacos A Go Go
  • Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue
  • Theodore Rex
  • Tiny’s Milk & Cookies
  • UB Preserv
  • Uchi
  • Weights and Measures

The annual Taste of the Nation was postponed last year after Hurricane Harvey and Pera said he’s excited to have it back on the Bayou City calendar. “Come ready to eat,” he said. “Meet lots of people and do some good in the community.”

Funds from the evening will be split between No Kid Hungry’s national organization and local beneficiaries, including the Houston Food Bank, Kids’ Meals and grants supporting school breakfast programs in the greater Houston area.

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