The Hippo


Jun 2, 2020








Taste of the Nation Manchester founder and Share our Strength board member Will Kanteres greets NH Governor John Lynch at the 2010 Taste of the Nation event in Manchester. Curtesy photo.

Restaurants participating in the 2011 Taste of the Nation Manchester
900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Associated Grocers of New England, Bedford Village Inn, The Black Water Grill, BML Catering, Buckwheat’s Gluten Free, Butter’s Fine Food and Wine, Cactus Jack’s, Castle Caterers, Celery Sticks Cafe, Cotton, Drumlin’s at Stonebridge Country Club, Eden Restaurant and Lounge, Edible Arrangements, Firefly American Bistro & Bar, Fratello’s Ristorante Italiano, Hanover Street Chop House, Hart’s Turkey Farm, Harvest Market, Hermano’s, Hooked, Ignite, Jacques Fine European Pastries, Jake’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe, J.D. Tavern at the Radisson, J.W. Hill’s, Lazy Lion Café, Manchester Country Club, Manor on Golden Pond, Mill City Roasting/Java Tree Gourmet Coffee, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, Murphy’s Taproom, Nonni’s Italian Eatery, O Steaks and Seafood, Piccola Italia Ristorante, Republic, Richard’s Bistro, Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse, Slice of Heaven Catering, Stella Blu, Sugar Hill Inn, Sunset Hill House, Sweet Cierra’s, T-Bones Great American Eatery, The Common Man, The Cozy Tea Cart, The Gallery Hatch, The Granite Restaurant, Centennial Inn, Tidewater Catering, Tuscan Kitchen, Whippersnappers, Southern New Hampshire University Culinary Program, Wild Rover Restaurant and Pub and XO on Elm.

Wineries participating in the 2011 Taste of the Nation Manchester:
Ascentia Wine Estates, Benton Lane, Bogle Vineyards, Cannonball, Castle Rock, Classical Wines, Cline Cellars, Conde de Valdemar, Constellation, Custom Spirits LLC, Domaine Napa Wine Company, Duckhorn Vineyards, Foley Family Wines, J. Lohr Winery, Maine Distilleries LLC, Michael David Winery, OWS / MHW, Palm Bay Imports, Phillips Products Co., Remy Cointreau USA, Riedel, Seghesio Winery, Serge Dore Selections, Terlato Wines International, TGIC Importers, Tito’s Handmade Vodka / Fifth Generation, Trinchero Family Estates, Vermont Spirits, Vintage Point, WJ Deutsch & Sons, Inc. and William Grant & Sons, Inc.

Eat to fight hunger
Taste of the Nation will benefit kids, food bank


Local restaurants and wine and spirit distributors are joining forces with a national organization to fight childhood hunger in the Granite State.

The Taste of the Nation will be held at the Grappone Conference Center on Wednesday, April 20, with all proceeds directly benefitting the New Hampshire Food Bank, Backpacks for Kids (which gives food to low-income families so they are able to feed their children healthy meals on the weekends) and the state’s Farm to Table program. The event is organized by Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that has taken on a mission of ending child hunger by 2015. Since 1988, Share Our Strength has raised more than $73 million from the 40 Taste of the Nation events held annually throughout the United States and Canada.

“Taste of the Nation is a really great event,” said Kristi Stephens Ammann, owner of Butter’s Fine Food and Wine in Concord. “It’s a great way to let a lot of great New Hampshire restaurants not only showcase themselves but participate in an event to raise money and the awareness of this problem…. Statistics show that one in five kids are hungry at the end of the day; that just doesn’t seem right in this society.”

Ammann has participated in New Hampshire’s Taste of the Nation event since 2000 (the Granite State has hosted the event for more than 20 years), when she was a culinary student at Southern New Hampshire University. Over the past decade, she has continued to be involved in various aspects of the event, and she now serves as a committee member.

At this year’s event, Ammann will bring samples of a variety of cheeses and will construct a wedding cake of cheese wheels, candied lemon and orange peels and grapes.

Cheese will also be a prominent feature at the O Steaks and Seafood table at the event, as restaurant owner Scott Ouellette said he would get in trouble if he did not serve his “famous mac & cheese.” While his Concord restaurant only opened late last year, Ouellette has been participating in the Taste of the Nation with his restaurant group for three years.

“We like to try to stay involved in a lot of community programs … it’s good exposure for us and it’s a good fundraiser,” Ouelette said.

Between 800 and 1,000 people attended last year’s sold-out event, said committee member Kristen Van Horn, who also works as a representative for Martignetti, the event’s wine sponsor.

“Each year we set a goal that we want to raise more money … we don’t set an actual number — the goal is really just to put the pedal to the metal and sell as many tickets as we can,” Van Horn said. “Really our goal is to just build a really good quality event.” The 2010 Taste of the Nation also drew 50 restaurant participants and 32 wine and spirit suppliers. More have signed on to participate this year.

The event, Van Horn said, stands out from other local “Taste of” events because it includes restaurants from all over the state, not just one specific area.

“It’s really the biggest food and wine event in the state,” she said. “If you haven’t had a chance to try a restaurant, they definitely put their best foot forward as far as the food they are serving. It’s a great way to kind of get out there and maybe discover a hidden gem in your community and support a great cause.”

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