Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation returns May 5 at the Montage

Montage Laguna Beach is once again hosting Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, May 5, to help raise funds for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry. 

Host chefs for the 12th annual event Benjamin Martinek, chef de cuisine of award-winning Studio, and Lee Smith, pastry chef for Montage Laguna Beach, will welcome Australian award-winning Chef Curtis Stone as a special guest, along with other visiting chefs.

From 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., guests will savor featured bites created by celebrity chefs from California and two outstanding chefs visiting from Montage Los Cabos, Mexico. Excellent wines and champagne for sipping and crafted cocktails, including Cinco de Mayo celebration cocktails provided by Casamigos at the Margarita Bar, will be served.

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The iconic Montage Laguna Beach will hold Taste of the Nation on May 5 

The full roster of visiting chefs who will be preparing gourmet delicacies includes: host chefs Benjamin Martinek and Lee Smith of Montage Laguna Beach; Xavier Solomon and Alexis Palacios of Montage Los Cabos; Eric Samaniego of Michael’s on Naples Ristorante; Bryant Taylor of Chianina Steakhouse; Brother Luck of Four by Brother Luck; and Bryan Brown of Bourbon Steak, A Michael Mina Restaurant.

Along with craft cocktails from Tito’s and wines from ZD Wines and MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, will be champagne and a visiting champagne specialist from Veuve Clicquot. There will be a silent auction, an exciting live auction, and an after-party with more gourmet offerings. 

Additional highlights include one-of-a-kind wine tastings, a champagne toast, parting gift, and mingling with celebrity chefs. Sponsors of the event are Citi, Sysco, Food Network, OpenTable, Montage Laguna Beach, Orange Coast Magazine, Moss Adams, Southern California Gas Company, BJ’s Restaurants, Pirch, Epstein Becker & Green, and Villa Real Estate.

The beneficiary of Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation is Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program, established to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by ensuring kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, and families learn skills to shop and cook on a budget. To date, No Kid Hungry and its partners have provided more than 500 million meals.

Ticket are $250 per person for general admission from 3 to 7:30 p.m. or $275 for VIP admission from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Additional information can be found at https://events.nokidhungry.org/events/laguna-beachs-taste-nation/

Montage Laguna Beach is located at 30801 Coast Hwy.