Finger Lickin' Good

More than 50 chefs, pitmasters and mixologists deliver unbelievable spread for Taste of the Nation

50 major food, drink stars provide amazing spread for hunger fight

Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Mallory Buford, Chris Shepherd, Ryan Pera
Chefs Mallory Buford, Chris Shepherd, and Ryan Pera.  Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Iman Farrior, James Farrior
Iman Farrior, James Farrior. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Rebecca Masson and team
Fluff Bake Bar's Rebecca Masson flankedby helpers. Photo by Michael Ramos
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Elliott Kelly, Robert Del Grande
Chef Elliott Kelly, chef Robert Del Grande. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Dr. Ken Ellis, Julie Oliver
Dr. Lee Ellis, Julie Oliver. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Brinston Brown, Fanny Brown, Matthew Kerr
Brinston Brown, Fanny Brown, Matthew Kerr. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Mark Holley
Chef Mark Holley of Holley's. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Taylor Cruse, Antonio Zamora, Jodi Patterson
Taylor Cruse, Antonio Zamora, Jodi Patterson. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Greg Gatlin
Barbecue chef Greg Gatlin and staff. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Josh Lewis, Jessica Lewis, Scott Hunter, Jennifer Hunter
Josh Lewis, Jessica Lewis, Scott Hunter, Jennifer Hunter. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Wayne Mueller, right
Barbecue chef Wayne Mueller, right. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Warren Moon, Blair Moon
Warren Moon, Blair Moon. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Chris Shepherd, XXX, Marcy de Luna, Eric Sandler, Stef Shapir
Chef Chris Shepherd, Sarah Lieberman, Marcy de Luna, Eric Sandler, Stef Shapira. Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Chuck Scofield
Chuck Scofield Photo by Quy Tran
Taste of the Nation, 9/16,
The Corinthian plays host to Taste of the Nation "No Kid Hungry" fundraiser. Photo by Michael Ramos
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Mallory Buford, Chris Shepherd, Ryan Pera
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Iman Farrior, James Farrior
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Rebecca Masson and team
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Elliott Kelly, Robert Del Grande
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Dr. Ken Ellis, Julie Oliver
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Brinston Brown, Fanny Brown, Matthew Kerr
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Mark Holley
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Taylor Cruse, Antonio Zamora, Jodi Patterson
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Greg Gatlin
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Josh Lewis, Jessica Lewis, Scott Hunter, Jennifer Hunter
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Wayne Mueller, right
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Warren Moon, Blair Moon
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Chris Shepherd, XXX, Marcy de Luna, Eric Sandler, Stef Shapir
Taste of the Nation, 9/16, Chuck Scofield
Taste of the Nation, 9/16,

The Corinthian never smelled so good as it did Tuesday night. The moment the doors opened on the Taste of the Nation for "No Kid Hungry" fundraiser, guests were enveloped in wonderful aromas emanating from more than 50 food and drink stations. 

By night's end, more than 600 charity-minded foodies had wandered through the seductive maze of scrumptious food like ants through a picnic. They were tempted by Coltivare's braised duck, Underbelly's sophisticated BLTs, Holley's crab hors d'oeuvres and Cafe Annie's roasted eggplant tartare.

And the barbecue dishes! The pitmasters provided the biggest aromas and the biggest tastes of the night — Louis Mueller's Wayne Mueller, Gatlin's Greg Gatlin, Pappa Charlies' Wesley Jurena, Roegels' Russell Roegels, Midtown Barbeque's Brett Jackson, and the Brisket House's Wayne Kammerl.

Among others putting their best plates forward were BCN's Louis Roger, Arthur Ave's William Wright, Izakaya's Philippe Gaston and so many more. As Brennan's chef Danny Trace, a first-timer, noted, "I knew that it was a great event . . . It's beyond what I expected, there are so many booths, such great food here, so much talent and we're certainly glad to be a part of it." His team handed out steaming bowls of hunter's duck and collard greens gumbo.

While grazing through the Corinthian, guests had plenty of opportunities for bottled water, Karbach beer and creative cocktails such as Mongoose versus Cobra's gin punch, Moving Sidewalk's watermelon daiquiri, and Julep's Snake Pit Sprout, featuring gin.

And then there were the desserts, such temptation, from Weights & Measures, Michael's Cookies, Le Table, Fat Cat Creamery and on and on.

In the process of all that tasting from top chefs and pitmasters and sipping from leading mixologists and breweries, the very well-fed raised close to $100,000.

Applause, applause for chef chair Ryan Pera, beverage chair Alba Huerta, pastry chair Rebecca Masson and barbecue chair Daniel Vaughn of Texas Monthly.

Adding to the night's fun were the country tunes of VinylRanch DJ David Wrangler, sounds that kept the energy high as guests perused the myriad silent auction items. The Glenlivet Dram Room and the NFL Homegating "Slider Zone" for creating your own mini-burgers provided extra entertainment.

Notable guests in the mix included platinum sponsors Marta and Bill Marko, NFL retirees Warren Moon and James Farrior, and No Kid Hungry executive vice president of strategy Chuck Scofield.

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