No Kid Hungry event raises an estimated $200,000: guests enjoy chefs’ choices at Montage Laguna Beach

Story by LAURA BUCKLE

On May 20, guests gathered to support Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungryevent taking place at Montage Laguna Beach, marking the 10th anniversary of this event 

It is a truly indulgent afternoon and evening, made even more special by knowing that one hundred percent of ticket proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry. 

Nearly one in five children in the USA struggles with hunger, including more than 2,487,750 children in California. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. 

Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger to more than 500 million meals.

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The No Kid Hungry event took place at beautiful Montage Laguna Beach

A number of celebrity chefs came together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further share in the mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. 

The enigmatic celebrity chef Fabio Viviani hosted the event. Hailing from Florence, Chef Fabio Viviani has opened numerous restaurants in Italy, as well as in the US. His most famed restaurants include Café Firenze in Moorpark (his first North American opening), as well as Chicago
 favorites and celebrity hotspots, Bar Siena and Siena Tavern.

Vivani continues to make a name for himself with the launch of
Lobster by Fabio, a seafood home delivery service, and a new
restaurant in upstate New York, Portico by Fabio Viviani.

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Delicious dishes were served to guests

The host chefs were none other than the wonderfully talented Craig Strong, Executive chef at The Studio at Montage Laguna Beach and a fellow Brit, Lee Smith who is the equally talented pastry chef at Montage Laguna Beach.

They were joined by a host of guest chefs: Chef Bruce Kalman, Union Pasadena;

Chef Bryant Taylor, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach; Chef Dakota Weiss, Sweetfin Poke, Los Angeles; Chef Eric Samaniego, Michael’s On Naples, Long Beach; Chef Jason Neroni, Rose Café, Venice; and Chef Tin Vuong, Blackhouse Hospitality.

The afternoon was spent enjoying delectable tastings of all the Chef’s dishes, which were seriously out of this world good, sipping fine wines, signature cocktails, and enjoying panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach.

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Delectable tastings in a gorgeous setting

In addition to delicious food and drinks, we were entertained by a local band, the Kalama Brothers, who were fun and added to the already beautiful day.

The event continued into the evening with yet more eating and drinking while mingling with the chefs and hopping in and out of the photo booth.

Habit Burgers ensured that we all received an amazing burger to soak up a little of the alcohol before we made our way home.

It is estimated that the event raised approx. $200,000.

For more information on the charity, visit NoKidHungry.org.

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