I was lucky enough to attend the 12th annual Taste of the Nation-Utah event at Solitude on Sunday, and it was a blast, as always. More importantly, it proved the third most successful Taste of the Nation fundraiser in the entire country.
If you're not familiar, Taste of the Nation brings together a bevy of chefs from restaurants around the state who donate their time and skills to cooking up all manner of tasty vittles for a four-hour party at Solitude Mountain Resort once a year. The public buys tickets for the culinary wares and gets to sample some of the best food in the state, all in one place. All the proceeds--that's 100 percent--goes to fighting hunger in Utah.
The real winners, though, are organizations who work with hungry children across the state. This year's event reportedly drew more than 1,200 people and raised more than $100,000, making it the most successful year in the history of the event here in Utah, and the third-most successful Taste of the Nation event in the country this year. In the dozen years it's been going on, the Taste of the Nation-Utah event has raised more than $1.3 million to fight hunger.
Obviously, the food was amazing. I particularly liked Spencer's for Steaks and Chops' kobe short ribs with truffle smashed potatoes and huckleberry demi-glace. And I couldn't stay away from Red Iguana's green pipian, either.
The only bummer o the beautiful Sunday afternoon was hearing that long-standing downtown restaurant Metropolitan is closing its doors in a week. Major props to them for taking part in Taste of the Nation during what has to be a rough time. Metropolitan's pork rind nachos were none too shabby, either.