Helen Schwab

Taste of Nation in Charlotte

Charlotte’s Taste of the Nation event turns 20 this year, helping hunger relief, and guests at April 15’s fundraiser uptown will get to sample tastes from BAKU, Brixx, Chima, Coastal, Dressler’s, Draught, Evoke, Fahrenheit, the Fig Tree, Flipside Cafe, Gallery, ilios Noche, Lumiere, Midwood Smokehouse, Mimosa Grill, Napa on Providence, 300 East, Upstream, Village Tavern, Wolfgang Puck Pizza | Bar and more.

There’ll also be live entertainment and auction items, held at Two Wells Fargo Center’s atrium, and 100 percent of the ticket price – $85 for general admission, $120 for VIP – goes to the national group Share Our Strength’s program to end childhood hunger in this country.

The Food Network’s Melissa d’Arabian will be on hand, along with Share Our Strength co-founder Debbie Shore.

7-9:30 p.m. at 301 S. Tryon St. (with parking at the Center’s parking garage, with entrance on Martin Luther King Boulevard); VIP guests enter an hour early and get access to a lounge with martini and Champagne bar and more. Get tickets at NoKidHungry.org/Charlotte.

This “gives people more than just a unique opportunity to sample dishes and drinks from city’s finest restaurants,” event chair Tom Sasser of Harper’s Restaurant Group said in a news release. “It offers them the chance to use their love of food to give back.” One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 600,000 kids in North Carolina, according to SOS.

Its program, called No Kid Hungry, works to get kids nutritious breakfasts, and teach families skills for shopping and cooking on a budget.