TASTE! CENTRAL FLORIDA TO TURN THE TABLE ON LOCAL CHILDHOOD HUNGER DURING HUNGER ACTION MONTH

ORLANDO, FLA. (September 5, 2018) – Central Florida’s most celebrated chefs and beverage purveyors will gather on September 8, 2018 at the Orlando World Center Marriott to serve up support for the annual Taste! Central Florida and raise funds for childhood hunger relief in the community.

Presented by Uncorked Gourmet, Taste! Central Florida is the region’s premier fundraising food and beverage tasting event featuring sample portions of signature dishes accompanied by craft beers, cocktails, fine wines, and specialty beverages. All proceeds from the event help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida fund childhood feeding programs and services locally.

This year's event returns with an impressive roster of more than 50 restaurants and 24 brewers, distilleries, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors. Newcomers include 310 Restaurants, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, The Glass Knife, The Old Jailhouse, Pharmacy Orlando, Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Terralina Crafted Italian, Tiffins at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Big Top Brewing Company, Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout, Playalinda Brewing Company, and Wild Buck Whiskey & Mermaid Rum.

Taste! Central Florida will take place this year during Hunger Action Month, a national movement held annually throughout the month of September designed to raise awareness around the hunger-related issues that affect communities across the nation.

Since making the decision to operate as an independent event last year to advocate solely for hungry and homeless children in Orlando, Taste! Central Florida has been able to make an even greater impact to assist the one in four kids in Central Florida who struggle with hunger.

For the first time last year, 100 percent of event proceeds remained in the community and were directed exclusively to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, amounting to nearly $125,000 for each organization − the largest in event history.

"By holding this year's Taste! Central Florida during Hunger Action Month, we have a tremendous opportunity to elevate the dialogue about the specific hunger challenges children in our own community are facing on a daily basis and remind our guests about the many ways they can support the local anti-hunger efforts of Second Harvest Food Bank and Coalition for the Homeless beyond this one event," said Michele Byington, co-chair for Taste! Central Florida.

In addition to enjoying unlimited sips and samples, guests at Taste! Central Florida can also participate in a mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The Giving Tree raffle, sponsored by Edible Orlando, is also back inviting guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select an envelope hanging from a towering tree containing a concealed gift certificate ranging from $25 to $250 in value.

The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game offers participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $3,000. There are only 300 chances to win this exquisite wine collection. Each key is a $25 donation.

For a $25 donation, guests can buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a stock-the-bar set, complete with dozens of bottles of premium liquors, mixers, bar-themed accessories, and recipe books with signature cocktail recipes, valued at a total of $2,500.

Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with the Ring Toss for Wine fundraiser. Rings are available for purchase to toss onto wine bottles ─ 3 tosses for $15. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home. Wine bottles range from $8 to $50 in value.

Orlando World Center Marriott is offering Taste! Central Florida guests an exclusive rate to stay at the resort during the weekend of the event. A special rate of $139 per night for a standard room (additional $25 daily resort fee applies) is available between September 7 - 9, 2018. Guests can reserve their room at the discounted rate by clicking here.

WHEN:
Saturday, September 8, 2018
6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr., Orlando

TICKETS:
$175 each

ATTIRE:
Cocktail / Semi-Formal

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

  1. 310 Restaurants
  2. 4R Restaurant Group
  3. A Taste of Reunion Resort
  4. American Culinary Federation & Nestle Professional
  5. B Resort & Spa, American Kitchen
  6. Benihana
  7. Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
  8. Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine
  9. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  10. Canvas Restaurant & Market
  11. Catering for Good
  12. CFHLA Food & Beverage Council
  13. Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
  14. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
  15. Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
  16. Eddie V's Prime Seafood
  17. Empress Sissi
  18. Florida Nitro
  19. Fresh Point
  20. Glass Knife, The
  21. Hemisphere Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
  22. Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
  23. JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Whisper Creek Kitchen
  24. K Restaurant
  25. Marlow's Tavern
  26. MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort
  27. Old Hickory Steakhouse Gaylord Palms Resort
  28. Old Jailhouse, The
  29. Orlando Food Department Co.
  30. Orlando World Center Marriott
  31. Pharmacy Orlando
  32. Raglan Road
  33. Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  34. Red Wing Restaurant
  35. Rosen Shingle Creek • A Land Remembered
  36. Rosen Shingle Creek • Cala Bella
  37. Savor at Osceola Heritage Park
  38. Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
  39. SeaWorld Orlando
  40. STK
  41. Sysco
  42. Tapa Toro
  43. Taverna Opa
  44. Terralina Crafted Italian
  45. Tiffins at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  46. T-REX Café
  47. Universal Orlando
  48. Vines Grille & Wine Bar
  49. Whiskey, The
  50. Yak & Yeti

PARTICIPATING BEVERAGE VENDORS

  1. Acqua Panna & San Pellegrino
  2. Big Top Brewing Company
  3. Breakthru Beverage Group
  4. Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants
  5. Crooked Can Brewing Company
  6. Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout
  7. E. & J. Gallo Winery
  8. Florida Farm Distillers Palm Ridge Whiskey
  9. Guinness
  10. Jackson Family Wines
  11. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
  12. Maker's Mark
  13. Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company
  14. NOI CAFFE by Mr. Cappuccino
  15. Not Your Father's Root Beer
  16. Opici Family Distributing
  17. Orange Blossom Brewing Co.
  18. Orlando Brewing Co.
  19. Playalinda Brewing Company
  20. Scavi & Ray
  21. Tito's Handmade Vodka
  22. Tsingtao Beer
  23. Wild Buck Whiskey & Mermaid Rum
  24. Campari America - Wild Turkey
Betsy Dye