Thank you for fighting Childhood Hunger!

We're excited to announce that because of YOUR support, Taste! Central Florida raised $252,031 to fund childhood hunger relief programs at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Thanks to the many sponsors, chefs, beverage vendors, donors, volunteers and guests who are committed to fighting childhood hunger in our community!


Taste! Central Florida℠, presented by Uncorked Gourmet 

Saturday, September 8, 2018
6:45 to 10:00 PM

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr.
Orlando, FL 32821

Featuring the area’s most accomplished chefs, brewers, wine purveyors and spirit vendors, Taste! Central Florida℠ invites the community to enjoy an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by fine wines, craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

This annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence is a volunteer-driven event with local chefs, brewers and distilleries donating their time, talent and creations to make this event one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

View this year’s restaurants and beverage vendors. Taste! Central Florida restaurants and vendors donate their time and food to our event. 


Signature Dishes, fine wines, craft beers, and specialty cocktails

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About the Taste! Central Florida Committee

Taste! Central Florida is made possible by the generous in-kind support of  Orlando World Center Marriott .

Taste! Central Florida is made possible by the generous in-kind support of Orlando World Center Marriott.

An all-volunteer steering committee, more than 300 day-of event volunteers, tremendous in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the generous backing of Orlando World Center Marriott who donates the event space each year allows us to direct every dollar raised to our beneficiaries while generating profound awareness and relief for the children of Central Florida who face hunger on a daily basis.

Committee Contacts

Michele Byington, Co-Chair
Bill Sullivan, Co-Chair

Andrea Patenaude, Ticket Chair
Krista Zilizi Logue, Media Chair

Planning Committee

Amanda Smiley, Coalition for the Homeless

Andrea Patenaude, Thirty-One Gifts

Angel Tagudin, Tagudin Consulting

Betsy Dye, Coalition for the Homeless

Brie Rios, Second Harvest Food Bank

Christina Nguyen, Vidi Global

Colleen Herrick, Career Choice

Dan Robertson, Entercom Radio

Dee Dee King, Regions Bank

Ed Nasser, BB&T

Erika Spence, Second Harvest Food Bank

Jen Vargas, Central Florida Top 5

Jenna Dunne, Cuba Libre Restaurant

Jennifer Landress, Second Harvest Food Bank

Jennifer Pence, Community Advocate

Judy Odom, Second Harvest Food Bank

Julie Poluski, ABB Inc.

Katie Moore, Coalition for the Homeless

Kelly Hinkle, Coalition for the Homeless

Krista Logue, Hilton Grand Vacations

Maria Shanley, Second Harvest Food Bank

Mark Charlton, Charlton Investments

Mark Zickefoose, AT&T

Maureen Mikel, Second Harvest Food Bank

Melissa Kear, Second Harvest Food Bank

Michael Kennedy, Heart of Florida United Way

Mike Miller, Coalition for the Homeless

Mimi Goss, Disney Cruise Line

Monique Leroy, USF Credit Union (retired)

Nicole Spooner, Mpact Orlando Marketing

Paul Bodoia, Curtis 1000

Rebecca Leininger, CBC of Central Florida

Ricky Ly, Jacobs Engineering

Sasha Hausman, Second Harvest Food Bank

Shane Smith, LMG

Sherri Avara, Wyndham Vacation Ownership




2018 Participating Restaurants


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2018 Participating Beverage Vendors



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The funds raised by Taste! Central Florida help Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provide shelter and services to more than 140 children and their families each night and serve more than 270,000 nutritious meals in the coming year. 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida directs the funds raised from Taste! Central Florida to childhood hunger relief programs at their agency to assist the 1 in 4 kids in Orlando who struggle with hunger.

"For years, Taste! has been a crucial force in the fight against childhood hunger right here in Central Florida. The impact at the Coalition has been tremendous. Thanks to the passionate committee, sponsors, chefs, donors, and attendees, more than 140 kids wake up each morning to a nutritious breakfast and end the day eating dinner with their families -- never worrying when their next meal will be.”

John E. Hearn, President/CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

“Funds from this event make it possible for our organization to continue to close the gap on childhood hunger in Central Florida, which unfortunately remains far too wide at this time. We are so pleased to be able to multiply this support into more food, for more kids, than at any other time in our history.”

Dave Krepcho, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida