Taste of the Nation Event

Featuring Photos from Attendees

This past Sunday I attended the delicious Taste of the Nation event in Culver City, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger with their No Kid Hungry campaign.

The event had some heavy-hitting restaurants and chefs in the lineup, such as José Andrés’ The Bazaar (if you’ve never had one of his Philly steaks, you’re not living. Seriously.), and Kris Morningstar’s Terrine. A solid beverage selection rounded out the offerings with craft drinks and tasty beers (I’m really diggin’ the apricot sour from The Bruery!)

Unlike other food events, this one was not only easier than others to navigate around, but had shorter lines. I was able to eat at every vendor, sample numerous beverages and not wait in a line longer than a few minutes. The location at Media Park was perfect, the weather was great, and overall I highly recommend attending further events!

Like every event, I brought my camera to take photos, but I was inspired by the “tweet while you eat” signs at every vendor booth. So rather than snap my own pics, I decided to take a gamble and use tweeted photos from attendees of the event.

Here are some of my favorite dishes and photos from Sunday:

My favorites? In the sweet department, I’m totally in love with everything Hinoki and the Bird does, and their honeydew panna cotta was crisp, refreshing and full of flavor. For the savory, I’d have to go with the salmon poke from Mainland Poke (plus, extra points for the dude dressed as a banana serving all us hungry people!).

Kudos on an awesome event, Taste of the Nation!

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You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

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