Hundreds were in attendance as chefs/restaurants, wine and spirit producers and bars around the Bay Area came together in San Francisco on Thursday night for the 22nd annual Taste of the Nation event to fight childhood hunger.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is one of the premier events across the United States and Canada dedicated to making sure “no kid grows up hungry.” Over 40 events are held in different cities during the spring and summer to raise the needed funds to end childhood hunger.

Since 1988, the event has raised more than $73 million. All the proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction go to help the cause.

Participating restaurants and vendors each had a sample dish or cocktail available for those in attendance to try. A “$1 tip” equaled a vote if they thought that item was the best they tasted/drank during the evening. And at the end of the night, the votes were tallied and the people’s choice awards were handed out for best savory (Bar Tartine), best sweet (Boulevard) and best drink (15 Romolo).

It was a great event to get a chance to mingle with others who share a love of food and to be able to talk one-on-one with some of the best chefs in the area. They all made themselves very available and were very accommodating for their hordes of adoring fans.

Overall, it was a great night of food and drinks for a wonderful cause.

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