Aug 252009


Annual Share
Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Minneapolis
to Take Place
at the Graves 601 Hotel on Sunday, September 13th



flavorful food and a passion for helping hungry children, Minneapolis’s
hottest chefs and restaurants will gather for the annual fall event of Share
Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation. Taste of the Nation Minneapolis will raise
the critical funds needed to support the national organization’s efforts to end
childhood hunger in Minneapolis and across America. This year’s event will take
place on September 13, 2009 at the Graves 601 Hotel, from 5:30
to 9:00 pm. 


than fifteen of the metro area’s finest restaurants and chefs will participate
in the gastronomic event including chefs from Cosmos, La Belle Vie, Restaurant
Alma, Sea Change, Red Stag Supper Club, Solera, Barrio, Mystic Lake Casino
Hotel, and Bradstreet Crafthouse. Guests will enjoy the city’s finest cuisine at
a five-course, sit-down dinner with wine pairings prepared by one of the event


addition to fabulous food and drinks, the event will feature both a silent and
a live auction with unique items, including premium spirits packages from Brown
Foreman, hotel stay with dining gift certificate packages, a fitness package
with personal training sessions, and unique dining experiences, all to benefit
hunger relief efforts.


“The Taste of the Nation Minneapolis event gives
attendees a truly unique dining experience where they can indulge in a fabulous
meal while helping put an end to childhood hunger,” said Amy Edens, Co-Chair of
Taste of the Nation Minneapolis. “Having over fifteen of the Twin Cities best
chefs creating multi-course dinners in the same room creates a memorable
evening and a fun event for everyone.”


With 100 percent of ticket proceeds going back
to fight hunger, this is a cause everyone can rally behind.  This year’s proceeds will go to support
hunger relief efforts in the Twin Cities by Second Harvest Heartland, Legal Aid
and the Minnesota Food Share.   Since its inception 20 years ago, Taste
of the Nation has raised more than $70 million for organizations in the United
States, Canada and abroad.


Generous support from national sponsors
American Express, SYSCO Corporation and Food Network; product-level sponsors
Brown-Forman and Aqua Panna; and local sponsors Graves 601 Hotel, POM Wonderful
and Diamond Crystal ensures that 100 percent of ticket proceeds go to Share Our
Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.


The statistics
are staggering; over the course of a year, more than 12 million children in
America will worry about when their next meal will come. That’s one in six who
are at risk of hunger and who have limited or uncertain access to the
nutritious foods they need to thrive.  In Minneapolis alone, 22% of people live below the poverty
line (vs. a national average of 18%) and nearly 1 in 10 Minnesota households are
food insecure and lack access to enough food for an active, healthy life..  Taste of the Nation events such as the Minneapolis
event aim to promote awareness of these issues and raise critical funds to support
the most effective organizations that feed hungry children, as well as support
advocates that are pursuing long-term solutions for hunger relief, both locally
and nationally


“An end to
childhood hunger in the United States is within reach,” said Bill Shore,
Founder and Executive Director of Share Our Strength. “With all the
participants in Taste of the Nation Minneapolis sharing their strengths, we are
creating more resources for the greater good of the Twin Cities and our great


Individual tickets
for Taste of the
Nation Minneapolis start at $150 and can be
purchased now by visiting

or by calling 1-877-26-Taste.

can also be purchased for groups of 5-10 people who would like to sit at the
same table for $200 per person.  Groups
of 10 that are interested in purchasing a table and also selecting their chef
of choice can do so for $3,000.  Anyone
interested in this option is urged to act fast as chefs will be assigned on a first
come, first served basis.  This
option has been a popular team event for some local organizations, combining
business with pleasure for a great cause.


About Share
Our Strength®

Share Our Strength is a
national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.
We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to
catch children at risk of hunger, and surround them with nutritious food where
they live, learn and play. We work with the culinary industry to create
engaging, pioneering programs like Taste of the Nation, Share Our Strength’s Great
American Bake Sale®, Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline®
and Share Our Strength’s A Tasteful Pursuit®. For more information,
please visit


To schedule
interviews with chefs or grant recipient representatives, please call: Anna
Sandquist at 651-295-2425 or Dina Goodman at 651.295.6814.

  2 Responses to “Taste of the Nation September 13 ~ Graves 601 Hotel”

  1. What a great cause! Does Graves 601 host benefits like this regularly? I recently wrote an article about this hotel and saw that they have other charitable promotions such as the Giving Room which guests can book at the price of a regular standard room and in exchange, the hotel will donate a night of housing for a homeless child or family. Have you encountered any other establishments that participate in these types of benefits?

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