The Hippo


Nov 19, 2019








Taste of the Nation Manchester

When: Wednesday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. (VIP session starts at 5 p.m.)

Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester

Tickets: $65 ($100 for VIP) at or by calling 1-877-268-2783

Participating restaurants will include 36 deLux, 900 Degrees, Amphora Restaurant, Blackwater Grill, Cactus Jack’s, Castle Caterers, Common Man, Concord Food Co-Op/Celery Sticks, Copper Door, Cotton, Epoch at Exeter Inn, Firefly, Fratello’s, Granite Restaurant and Bar, Hanover Street Chop House, Hooked, Ignite, Jake’s Old Fashion Ice Cream, Java Tree, The Lazy Lion, Manchester Country Club, Manor on Golden Pond, Michelle’s Pastry, Mint Bistro, O Steaks and Seafood, Pasquale’s, Piccola Italia, the Quill Restaurant at SNHU, Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse, Stella Blu, Stonyfield Farm, Sunset Hill House, SweetCierra’s, T-Bones, Teknique, Tidewater, Tuscan Kitchen, Villagio, Whippersnappers, Wild Rover Pub, and XO on Elm.

Restaurants help fight hunger
Taste of the Nation Manchester one of Share Our Strength’s longest-running events


Help feed local children by attending Taste of the Nation Manchester at the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday, April 18.

All proceeds from the Queen City event, one of the longest-running in the country connected to the efforts of Share Our Strength, will be donated directly to the New Hampshire Food Bank, Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Farm to School and the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Share Our Strength is a nationwide organization working to end childhood hunger by 2015.

“So many of the local restaurants really come together and the ultimate goal at the end of the day, the motto is ‘No child goes hungry,’” said Kristi Stephens Ammann, owner of Butter’s Fine Food and Wine in Concord. “… Great food, great drink, greater cause.”
Ammann first got involved with Taste of the Nation as a culinary student at Southern New Hampshire University in 2001. She now serves as a board member for the event.

“Is ending childhood hunger in 2015 realistic? I would love to be optimistic about that,” Ammann said. “I think there are a lot of steps involved … I think we need more community awareness and support.”

More than 50 restaurants and 35 wine and liquor distributors have signed on to dole out samples at this year’s Taste of the Nation Manchester, including Cold River vodka and gin from Maine. During the VIP hour, which kicks off an hour before the official event start, guests will also be able to sample high-end wines.

“It’s a really fun time to go around and actually be able to taste some of the samples from the restaurants you don’t get out to very often,” said Kristen Van Horn, who serves both as a Taste of the Nation board member and a wine representative for Martignetti, a sponsor of the event. Van Horn had the opportunity to participate on the restaurant side of the fundraiser for many years. “You see how the restaurant community really bands together and does a great job for this event. Everyone really brings their ‘A’ game,” she said.

Cotton will share with event-goers sips of three martinis that will be featured at the millyard eatery in the summer.

“Helping to give back to the community and helping people in need, that is what I like about this event in particular,” said Cotton chef-owner Jeff Paige, adding that he enjoys the local aspect of the event.

He also noted the camaraderie between chefs at Taste of the Nation Manchester as another reason why he has continued to participate over the years.

“It’s one of the few times when all of our chefs from around the state get together and do this big thing … everybody can participate; it’s not like a fine dining event,” he said.

In addition to food and drink samples, Taste of the Nation Manchester will feature a silent auction, a celebrity guest appearance (Ammann remained mum on who), a photo booth and a performance by the Lakes Region Big Band.

“There won’t be a dance floor, because the room will be pretty full of tables, but it’s nice music to listen to,” Van Horn said of the 14-piece local music ensemble. “It’s fun background music to add something to the event.” Representatives from the New Hampshire Food Bank will likely attend the event to share information about the programs the organization offers.

“The New Hampshire Food Bank is not just a Manchester charity, it’s an umbrella charity ... and is helping out statewide, which, to me, is important,” Van Horn said.

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