Taste of the Nation Returns to NYC

On Monday, April 25th, Taste of the Nation returns to New York City. The annual tasting event from Share Our Strength unites the city’s top chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers and mixologists in an effort to end childhood hunger, which affects one in five American children.

Teaming up this year is a range of top local talent curated by honorary chair Danny Meyer, culinary co-chairs Anita Lo and Bryce Shuman and spirits chair Eamon Rockey.

“This issue is very real, but luckily it is solvable in our time,” Betony’s Rockey says. Of his participation in the event, now two years strong, he says, “It’s remarkable hearing that your time has actually led to feeding a child for making a change that will be solved and make an impact.”

Rockey’s bar team will be on hand serving up the Tigrita, a tepache-laced cocktail named for longtime Betony bartender Diego Livera. “His nickname for the longest time has been ‘Tiger’: He’s big and good looking and smart,” says Rockey. Livera contributed the recipe for a home-brewed Mexican tepache—made from pineapple skins and raw sugar left to ferment—which the two then paired with classic flavors of beer and lime.

Alongside Betony, this year’s event features drinks from a selection of top New York cocktail bars, including Suffolk Arms, Bar Goto, Leyenda, The Up & Up and The Dead Rabbit, as well as a pink-lit, outdoor “rosé garden” in addition to food from over forty restaurants. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, visit their website.

[Image: Conor Harrigan Photography/No Kid Hungry]