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Hey New Yorkers, if there’s one epic tasting event you attend this year, make it Taste of the Nation in SoHo on April 29th. The lines are short, food is plentiful, fine wine and cocktails free-flowing and you’ll definitely have a celebrity sighting or two.

TOTN, now in its 26th year in cities across the country, is undoubtedly America’s most decked-out tasting event. New York’s best chefs and their staff are on-board to raise funds and awareness for Save Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, helping to end childhood hunger by 2015. You can buy a ticket right here (use code NYFF for 25% off your ticket), to grub down on unlimited food from over 70 restaurants, fine wine and specialty cocktail tastings in addition to live, silent and wine auctions all night. Check out our coverage of last year’s event.

Speaking of the silent auction, there’s are a couple of exclusive items up for grabs you won’t find anywhere else: a day as a chef-assistant (otherwise known as a commis) to pastry chef Dominique Ansel, and a confirmed reservation for an eight person table at Rao’s on Friday, June 28th — the “premier” table in the impossible-to-get-into joint. So dress up, work up an appetite and join Chef-chairs Marc Murphy and Alex Guarnaschelli and honorary chairs Chefs Danny Meyer and Charlie Palmer for this year’s Taste of the Nation. We’ll see you there!

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