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Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

At last night's Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation gastronomic romp, thirty restaurants fed hundreds of bellies at Mile High Station as part of the non-profit's effort to end childhood hunger in Colorado.

Along with sensational foodstuffs, the soiree also pimped some of the city's best star-tenders, who battled in out in a spirited punch competition to raise additional donations to help the cause. Bartenders from Encore, Root Down and Linger, TAG and TAG | RAW BAR, Avenue Grill (pictured above), El Camino, Steuben's and Jonsey's EatBar collected nearly $900 in additional cash for Share Our Strength. The winning team was Root Down and Linger, who raised $256. TAG and TAG | RAW BAR raised $157 and El Camino took third place, generating $133. "It's safe to say that the Mile High Punch Out at this year's Taste of the Nation was quite the success," says Brian Melton, one of the tenders from TAG.

We were there, of course, to capture all the memories.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Tastes from Argyll and Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, which will open in September in the Baur's Ristorante space downtown.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Rolled smoked salmon with creme fraiche from Black Pearl.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

The tatted princess of Breckenridge Vodka poured plenty of liquid at last night's Taste of the Nation, which was as much about libations as it was about food.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Star-tender Bryan Dayton, who's currently consulting on the cocktail list at Madison Street -- and will reopen Oak at 14th, which was consumed by fire in March, in late August or early September.

 

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Ha-may-ka punch with edible flowers from El Camino.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

There weren't any food trucks at last night's culinary extravaganza, but there were street tacos, courtesy of the crew from El Camino.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Cheese spread from Johnson & Wales University.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Cauliflower panna cotta with smoked steelhead caviar and micro shisho from La Tour restaurant in Vail.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Potent rum cocktails from Dancing Pine Distillery, based in Loveland, Colorado.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Parmesan agnolotti, which chef Sean McGaughey, of Opus, paired with sweet corn foam and truffled popcorn.

 

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

The big chief from Oskar Blues.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Cauliflower soup with micro greens from Steuben's.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Scallop ceviche from Strings.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

The TAG cocktail clan monkeyed around with puppets, while collecting donations to ensure that no child goes hungry.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

The culinary crew from Vesta Dipping Grill.

Food lust, punch bowls and eye candy: Share Our Stength's Taste of the Nation
Lori Midson

Goat cheese and heirloom tomato crostini from Ale House at Amato's.

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