Win Tickets ($300): Taste of the Nation @ Crystal Ballroom | Food, Beer, Wine, Liquor, Benefit for Share of Strength

We are giving away a pair of VIP tickets to Taste of the Nation at the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, May 6.

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From our sponsors:
Taste of the Nation @ Crystal BallroomTaste of the Nation
May 7, 2013
6:30 p.m. | $85-$200 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047 | More Info:

Enjoy an evening with Oregon’s Best Chefs, Winemakers, Brewers & Distillers as they come together to end childhood hunger. Each ticket purchased helps support Share Our Strength’s efforts in eliminating childhood hunger as well as our local beneficiaries. In the wake of staggering reports that nearly half of all children in the U.S. will be on food stamps at the some point in their life, there is no time to waste. The time to act is now.

Thank you for your continued support in our mission to ensure that no kid goes hungry and we look forward to seeing you at the Taste of the Nation Portland 2013!

Portland General Admission * 6:30 – 9:00 PM * $85
General Admission includes entrance to the event at 6:30 p.m., samples from over 40 restaurants and 30 beverage vendors, silent auction, and more!

Portland VIP Admission * 5:30 – 9:00 PM * $150
Enjoy everything the event has to offer with a little extra elbow room and make sure you get to try all the delicious tastes first! Early entrance to the event at 5:30 p.m., sample bites from the GEM restaurants and complementary valet parking.

Portland LUXE Ticket Admission * 5:00 – 9:00 PM * $200
Enjoy everything the event has to offer with even more elbow room. Earliest entrance to the event at 5 p.m., complementary valet parking, sample bites from the GEM restaurants and admittance to the LUXE lounge.

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80 Responses to Win Tickets ($300): Taste of the Nation @ Crystal Ballroom | Food, Beer, Wine, Liquor, Benefit for Share of Strength

  1. Anthony May 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Because this would be the best week ever!!

    • Kyle May 5, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      I’m new to Portland and this would allow me to try all the awesome restaurants in town without bankrupting me

  2. carolyn May 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    I would love to go to this event. I love food, especially local, well-crafted food. Isn’t Portland the best place for food? I actually volunteered but never heard back.

  3. Sheri Castle May 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    This would be one hell of an awesome date night with my husband!

  4. Steve Ferrero May 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    To be able to taste from all those restaurants…priceless!

  5. Michele May 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    I’ve taken the pledge and volunteer to help end child hunger, so how about ending my hunger for some fun?

  6. KJ May 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I can’t afford most of these places! nom.

  7. Melissa Fricke May 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Does this include a wheel barrow and a strong helper to wheel me out when it’s over?

  8. KJ May 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    (sorry if this is a duplicate but it doesn’t look like my other post..posted.) Because I can’t afford to try most of these places! Nom!

  9. Gigi May 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    This sounds amazing! I would eat all the things.

    • Danny May 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      What better than food and drink to support a good cause.

  10. Nathan May 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I’d love a pair of these VIP’s, please!

  11. Chris May 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    It sounds like a great time to spend with my bride.

  12. Maxwell May 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    i just asked out a girl i’ve had a crush on for over a year and she said yes. this would help me make sure the first date is awesome. give my game a boost?

  13. JenG May 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Would love to be able to try all of the amazing Oregon food I haven’t had time to tour and sample!

  14. Erin V May 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Because this sounds like a fascinating event and is certainly a worthwhile cause. Also, because I would support the program through the auction, as well.

  15. Teresa May 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I attended 2 years ago on a volunteer ticket and loved it. I attempted to volunteer this year but they were fully staffed! It’s an amazing event and I would love to experience it again, as well as be able to surprise my husband with tickets (he’s never attended and would be overjoyed).

  16. Dan May 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Because it is about the children.

  17. Kat May 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    This sounds like an amazing event for a great cause. I’d love to go and support this.

  18. Sarah May 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I want to go! This sounds like such a great event and I love supporting local restaurants.

  19. Gayleen Williams May 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    I (or my stomach) would definitely benefit from attending this event. I (and a friend) would, otherwise, not be able to afford.

  20. Mari May 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    This would be so amazing! I already love you guys, but winning these tickets would put you over the top!

  21. Tasha May 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    I’d love to win because it would be a great way for my sister and I to support a good cause AND local vendors!

  22. April Lara May 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing event for a great cause! I wanna go!

  23. Lisa K May 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Pick me because 1)I really want to come out and support this awesome cause, 2)it’s my date night and 3) I would like to experience the Diabeetus.

  24. Latosha Bowles May 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I would love to win these tickets because my fiancé’s birthday is on Monday the 6th. It would be awesome to celebrate his birthday by sampling delicious food and drink!

  25. Sache May 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    This is make for such a perfect date night!

  26. Grifty McGrabapple May 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm #


  27. Brian May 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Love of food = good. Love of humanity = really good. Taste of Nation to end childhood hunger = super-mega-good. <—– that's a great combination. I'd love to join – PICK ME!

  28. Rob May 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    because food is good. duh.

  29. Rob May 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    because food keeps me alive.

  30. max weinstein May 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    too cool!! you guys rock..!

  31. max weinstein May 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    why id like to attend: because i LOVE food and this looks devine, =)

  32. laura May 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I would love to feast on delicious morsels at an event I could not otherwise afford.

  33. Monica May 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    This would be awesome.

  34. Cyndy May 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    To sample so many delicious eats.

  35. Scott May 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    I love food, this would be a blast. The way thing are going, I could use the food.

  36. Apollo May 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    I’ll auction off one of the tickets among my friends and then donate that cash to the cause. I believe in feeding kids.

  37. Julian May 3, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    I would love to go!

  38. Alan May 3, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    what an awesome experience this would be

  39. Emily May 3, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    my boyfriend would love this!!!!

  40. Allysa May 3, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Because this would be the best date night ever!

  41. Kristen Long May 3, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Sounds great and a wonderful cause! I would love to go and taste some of our local fair!

  42. Carly May 3, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Because it would be a great chance to give back to the community while having fun!

  43. Dave May 3, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    I am opening a new restaurant in the Portland this summer. My plan is to employ people who need a “second chance” in life (at risk youth, homeless, etc.) with the goal to provide an opportunity for them to get their life back on track. Additionally, as it relates to addressing hunger, our business model will operate as a “buy one, give one”. Essentially, for every meal purchased, an equivalent meal will be donated to someone in need. I would love to attend this event as a way to network with like minded folks and spread the word about what I’m doing :) Thanks for the consideration! -Dave

  44. Brittney May 3, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I would like to win because I LOVE food!!! It would be a dream come true to taste so many delightful things in one night ;)

  45. Lans May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Ooh ooh ooh! Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kot-TERRR! Pick me!

  46. Tina Baumann May 3, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    I would love to attend this event on May 7th, 2013 because I really enjoy Portland and would like to move there. I was just there April 17th until the 23rd and would fly back in a heart beat. We tried many restaurants and found some really great food such as Mother’s for breakfast, a wonderful Italian sandwich at The Hair of The Dog, we enjoyed all the food at Besaw’s, and especially the food at Shirley’s Tippy Canoe in Troutdale and the delicious pizza at Double Mountain Brewing in Hood River. There are so many places we didn’t get to try, so when I mentioned this contest to my husband, he said to enter, so here I am!

  47. Claire May 3, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    So many good things to try! What an awesome weekend!

  48. Andrea May 3, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Because what could possibly be better than sampling the best food from the best chefs in the best city in the world? Dream come true!

  49. Katie May 3, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    I WANT THIS! As a cook I love trying other food, this is ideal for me!

  50. Jeanne Duncan May 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I just relocated here from Atlanta Georgia and would love to check out the best eateries in Portland! I am a major foodie and need to find some local hangouts!

  51. Amanda May 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    I cant imagine a better night to break a Paleo streak…

  52. Aaron Levinson May 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Oh my god this looks like the best event ever! I just felt a chill go through my body as I read about this event! So much deliciousness!!!!

  53. Rachel May 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I was lucky enough to have a very nice and impressive 2nd date with someone.Winning these tockets would be a great way to return the favor with a super impressive 3rd date. And it would be super fun.

  54. Dinesh Dhesabandu May 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm #


  55. Leonard May 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    SOS is a great event!

  56. Amanda May 4, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    I would love to go here with my long term partner. He’s been down on himself lately so I really want to show him a good time.

  57. Matt May 4, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    I would love to sample all of that delicious food!

  58. Pam C May 4, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    I’ve never been to an event like this, and quite honestly I need and deserve a break ! Please!

  59. Dave May 4, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I would love to attend this spectacular event because, living in Eugene, I don’t get to go to all the amazing restaurants that you people in Portland are so fortunate to have. This would be an amazing date night for my wife and me and we will make a very generous donation to Share our Strength if we win these tickets.

  60. Jessica Hornby May 4, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I would be honored to attend such a prestigious gala for such a good cause. It would be a treat beyond words to mingle with some of our best local food artisans.

  61. Michelle Taube May 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I would really love to win as it is a great way to try some amazing food while raising money for a fantastic charity!

  62. Michelle Taube May 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I would love to win as this event is a great way to raise money for SOS while tasting fantastic food!

  63. Matthew May 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    Looking to save money going out with my date. Yummy food? Yes please!

  64. Jeannie May 5, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    I am always looking for new ideas for our group of friends to enjoy a night out. What better than to have the opportunity to taste a little bit of everywhere to pin point the next place to go! How inviting!

  65. Char May 5, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I’m new to Portland and I am looking for opportunities to volunteer for a worthwhile cause, as well as new opportunities to treat my palate! This event-while ironic- seems like an amazing chance to learn about both!

    • Chelle Hesla May 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      I love your response!

  66. Rachael May 5, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    I’d like to attend because I’m finally going to the gym and my body demands recompense.

  67. Chelle Hesla May 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    I would love to attend this event and here is why: In November I lost my job, for the second time in just over a year. Subsequently, we lost our house and had to move in with friends. Although our daughter is 20, she was still living at home. She was able to move in with my parents but it was very difficult to split up our family.

    I found out yesterday that I got a job a job at Hollywood Fred Meyer! I feel very blessed to have found a job, even if it’s not in my field. This would be a lovely way to give back to my husband, who has been a source of immense support through all of this. He has shouldered this with the grace and strength I have come to respect so deeply about him.

    It would be a pleasure to be able to attend this with him.

    Thank you.

  68. Chelle Hesla May 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    I would like to withdraw my entry. I apologize for taking up your time with it. I did not realize the event was on Tuesday night and my husband would not be available to attend.

    Thank you again.

  69. Jeannie May 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    I have gone the past 3 years, and loved it! I was hurt this year at work, and don’t think I can afford to go on my own. I would love to attend, and support the cause via the auctions. I would take a friend who isn’t currently working either, so he could enjoy the wonderful food & drink.

  70. Lisa Satin May 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I would like to win a pair of tickets because, like most everyone else, I love delicious foods! I am new to Portland and this seems a great way to experience a new venue and some of the finest eats in one fun bash! But… it’s not just about the food. I have seen childhood hunger first hand while volunteering at the Thai/Burmese border for a true grassroots organization called Childlife for 1.5 years. Fundraising was my main self-appointed duty. Although I am now in amazing Portland, giving back is a life-long process, no matter where I am in the world. If eating amazing food helps raise funds and awareness to the cause, all the better!

  71. Liza M May 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    I moved to portland a year and a half ago for culinary school and have not been able to afford or have the time for any of portland’s wonderful events and food. i just graduated and this would be a great honor if i could go. plus my birthday is sunday – mothers day and this would be a great start to the week. :)

  72. Lynn May 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    My husband & I will be really hungry on the 7th.

  73. Ian May 6, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    I’d love to go!

  74. sean May 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I’d like to be a part of this wonderful cause.

  75. Allison Vasquez May 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    It’s my birthday! Congratulate me with a pair of tickets!

  76. Abby May 7, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    This looks like a delicious event for an even better cause!

  77. Andelain P. May 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    This would make a great relaxing night away!

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