LG Supports Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” at Taste of the Nation Charity Fundraiser Event in NYC

Did you know that more than 16 million American children are affected by childhood hunger? It’s a staggering number, and the reason why Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” Taste of the Nation culinary series exists – to help raise awareness and support in tackling this imperative issue. The Taste of the Nation series takes place in various cities across that nation, and last week, many of NYC’s top chef’s and mixologists came together for NYC’s Taste of the Nation fundraiser. As one of Share Our Strength’s premier national partners, LG had an exciting presence at the event – if you didn’t know, earlier this month LG Electronics USA announced their unique partnership with Share Our Strength, which is committed to help end childhood hunger with No Kid Hungry.

LG Taste of the NationLG No Kid Hungry Event

Thanks to LG, I was able to attend Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Taste of the Nation Charity Fundraiser. LG had setup what looked like a small restaurant in the space, complete with a menu, and a preview of LG’s line of Black Stainless Steel kitchen appliances. In between bites, we were able to put LG’s Virtual Kitchen Design tool to work – the design tool helps visualize how LG’s Black Stainless Steel works in every kitchen environment and design. I also had their 100 Mile NY Filet Mignon which was served with Yukon gold gnocchi, upstate NY spring onion relish, Catskill asparagus, and red pepper coulis.

LG Farm to Table Filet Mignon

It was so good – the filet mignon was perfectly tender and so delicious, I would have kept ordering it if I didn’t have over 30 other restaurants to sample from! Here’s what else I ate:

Sexy Taco Dirty Cash Taste of the NationPublic Restaurant Taste of the Nation

Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash’s Chef Brian Washington-Palmer treated guests to Chile Braised Pork Tostadas with Jicama-Cumin Slaw – I’m adding this spot to my need-to-eat-at list, these tostadas were ridiculously good. I am not a big fan of vegan desserts, my experience with them has been unexciting. However, Public Restaurant’s Chef Brad Farmerie served up a Vegan Dark Chocolate Oat Tart that was shockingly decadent – I was certainly a fan. One hot spot at the event was Chef Jessica Weiss’ (Marta & Maialino) assorted biscotti buffet. Guests were loading up on a variety of her cookies – and I definitely appreciated her salted chocolate cookies the next day!

Marta & Maialino Taste of the Nation NYCUnderwest Donuts Taste of the Nation

Underwest Donuts’ Chef Scott Levine was turning out extremely popular Halva Donuts next door to Root & Bone’s Chef Romina Peixoto’s Kentucky Donuts with Bourbon Cream – they were both the stuff of dreams. The Kentucky Donuts were served warm, which only heightened the experience for me.

OddFellows at Taste of the NationSherry B Dessert Studio Taste of the Nation

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. had an amazing Neopolitan Sundae – I’ve actually never been to OddFellows so this was a real treat for me. It was so good, now I know that I HAVE to go! Sherry B Dessert Studio had an all-star lineup featuring Fluffernutter on Banana Bread (classic peanut butter and marshmallow fluff reimagined as an ice cream, sandwiched between layers of banana bread), Suzy Q (an ice cream sandwich take on the infamous snack cake with Sweet Cream Ice Cream and Devil’s Food Cake), and The Tipsy Lux (Luxardo Maraschino Cherries soaked in maraschino liquor and blended with swirls of Amaretto fudge and Amaretto Candies Almonds, all piled high on a Maraschino Cake).

I went back for seconds thirds of Sessanta’s (Chef Paul DiBari) Spiedini of Marinated Octopus with Chermoula. I even snapped up their last serving. ICE also served up an insane pasta that I unfortunately cannot remember the name of.

Sessanta Taste of the Nation NYC

I almost had to roll myself out of there, haha! There was so much great food, and it was so nice seeing the nation’s top chefs and restaurants get together for a great cause. LG’s partnership with Share Our Strength is a perfect fit, seeing as how LG is a brand that is really dedicated to bringing families together in the kitchen, they hold family mealtime at the core of its values so dedicating themselves to helping make sure that more kids across the country are getting access to the healthy meals that they need makes perfect sense!

To learn more about LG Electronics and No Kid Hungry’s partnership, click here.

Snyder’s of Hanover Review & FLASH Giveaway! Ends 10/24

I consider myself pretty crafty. I mean I’ve been scrapbooking and card making for years, I’m a frequent Michaels shopper, and I even took a Wilton cake decorating class a couple years ago. However, when I set out to create some amazing themed snacks using only the best ingredients- fondants, frostings, decorative icings, sprinkles, and Snyder’s Pretzels – I figured I’d create some fun treats that would be worthy of their own Martha Stewart Living cover. I was wrong. My genius completely failed me- my peep ghosts on pretzel rods drooped, and my chocolate covered harvest pretzels mysteriously disappeared (I wonder where they went? ;)). However, Shawn and Juliet had a blast creating their own fall themed creations.

It was hard to resist eating all the pretzels while making our treats. I have to admit, the Honey Braided Twists were gone long before the sinfully delicious CakeMate frosting made its way out its convenient packaging. Snyder’s Pretzels have a distinct place in my childhood memories – they were (and are) my grandpa’s favorites, and now they’re also mine. There’s nothing like munching on some Snyder’s while studying, watching a movie, or on a car trip.

Anyways, here are the treats that we created:

Me and Jules decided to make our own mini haunted houses out of Snyder’s Pretzels and frosting – in fact we turned it into a bit of a competition – tell me which house you liked best!

This is mine, I loved using sprinkles and frosting to color the windows, and adding the little sprinkle ghosts and bats – it was so fun and cute!

And here’s Jule’s – she added a whole graveyard element to it!

Making treats like these are super duper easy, I loved looking at Snyder’s pinterest board for inspiration. They have so many brilliant (and easy) pretzel treat ideas on there!

Want to try and make your own pretzel treats? The kind folks over at Snyder’s are offering to give one NYC Talon reader their very own box ‘o treats – just like I received!

Here’s what the winner can expect to receive:

Snyder’s of Hanover Snaps

Snyder’s of Hanover Minis

Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Sticks

Snyder’s of Hanover Rods

Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Wheat Braided Twists

Cake Mate Bakery Icing – White, Orange & Black
Cake Mate Writing Icing Halloween
Cake Mate Tips
CM Halloween 4 Cell Jar
CM Fondant – Primary & Bold
CM Gel – Orange, Black, White, Red
CM Halloween Decors – Monster Mix, Ghoul Mix, Harvest Sprinkle

So, as usual, click the image below to head over to the rafflecopter form (if you don’t see it then scroll down) – and enter to win! This FLASH giveaway ends on the 24th at midnight, and the winner must respond within 24 hours!

*US 18+ only! I received a pretzel pack in order to write this post, no other compensation was received. The opinions expressed here belong to The NYC Talon, and are not influenced in any way (for more info see the PR page above).