As Passover approaches, our thoughts turn to food. We dream of all of our favorite traditional dishes (Grandma’s brisket! Chocolate macaroons!), but also think about the restrictions on what we can and cannot eat. And at the same time, we’re taught to think about those who aren’t fortunate enough to have choices about which food arrives on the table every day.

In communities across the region, upward of ten percent of homes suffer from food insecurity. To combat hunger, especially among children, the national organization Share Our Strength is hosting its annual Taste of the Nation event in Washington, DC this Monday, March 31.

The goal is simple, the problem complex: ending childhood hunger in America. For more than two decades, Share our Strength, through its No Kid Hungry campaign, has been leading a national movement to do just that. And for almost as long, it has hosted Taste of the Nation, a renowned benefit that provides resources to local and national partners working toward this common purpose.

As one of the premier can’t-miss gastronomic affairs of the season, there’s sure to be plenty of swoon-worthy dishes and drinks. A liberal helping of the area’s most famous and celebrated chefs and restaurateurs will be in attendance, offering their time and expertise to the more than 1,500 foodie attendees. Over 50 restaurants will be represented, from classic institutions, like 1789, to the newest additions to the scene, like doi moi. Several familiar friends of JFE are plating as well: Dino’s Grotto, for instance, and Mon Ami Gabi. Exciting new additions will feature food trucks and vendors from Union Kitchen.

Few things pair better with haute tastings or doing good than a handcrafted sip or two. A dozen talented mixologists, including Alexandra Bookless, using Catoctin Creek ingredients, and Gina Chersevani of Buffalo & Bergen and Hank’s on the Hill, will toss together top-shelf spirits during the evening.

Across the country, Taste of the Nation events have raised over $80 million, funding more than 1,000 anti-hunger organizations. Impressively, through significant sponsorships, all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to these groups. Here in DC, there’s a focus on three worthy institutions: the Capital Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions and Mary’s Center. Each of these works to help our neighbors and community members—especially children—gain access to proper food and nutrients every day.

The Haggadah teaches that we should invite the hungry and needy to our tables of plenty. This opportune, exciting and fashionable event certainly takes a page from our timeless book.

Don your finest and nosh to help end hunger in DC by purchasing tickets and taking part in this festive feast. JFE readers should use the code DCBLOGGER (case sensitive) for 10 percent off both VIP and General Admission. The event takes place at 7 pm on March 31, 2014, at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign works to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring that all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. For more information, visit

Top photo courtesy of Taste the Nation