American Express, Sysco and the Food Network are the national sponsors of this event and there are a host of local sponsors. This is the list of local restaurants who participated. Each brought a small sample of their food for the participants to try.
Here are some photos of the event and the food.
|A selection of cheese.|
|Jack Daniels, 'nuff said.|
|The Bacardi table.|
|Boone of Queen City Q making deviled eggs.|
|BBQ pork in a baked potato over a purée of smoked vegetables.|
|Braised fatback over collards.|
|Sashimi. Soooooo good.|
|It was made by the folks at the culinary school.|
|Johnson and Wales serving up more food.|
|Yummy summer rolls.|
|Sliders from the American Roadside.|
|Braised pork cheek from e2 emeril's eatery.|
|A chocolate sculpture.|
|Another chocolate sculpture.|
|A detail of the chocolate sculpture.|
|lobster cakes on a bed of brown sugar.|
|Bacon wrapped shrimp|
|The dessert table has been well picked over.|
If you ever get a chance to go to a Taste of the Nation event, DO! I highly recommend it. It is great fun and great food. You get to learn about your local eateries and help a good cause at the same time.