Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One Tasty Giveaway

I am so excited to announce the first ever giveaway on The Economical Eater! Now, be warned: You won't see me doing weekly, or even monthly, giveaways here anytime soon - this one just happened to fall in my lap, and it's a very relevant giveaway that supports a very good cause.

I have one ticket available for Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation in Portland, M.E. on June 27th. One lucky winner will join me in sampling cuisine from 25 of Maine's best restaurants, while sipping wine, beer and spirits. The event is from 3 to 8 p.m., and will be held at the Leavitt & Paris Tent Pavillion.

Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has brought together the most creative culinary minds across the nation. Each spring and summer, pioneers of modern American cuisine, national celebrity chefs and mixologists including David Burke, Stephan Pyles, mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, Bravo’s Top Chef Tom Collichio, Food Network stars Tyler Florence and Emeril Lagasse and thousands more like them donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada with one goal in mind: to raise critical funds needed to help end childhood hunger. 100% of supports Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger. (

The beneficiaries for the Share Our Strength 2010 Taste of the Nation in Portland are: Preble Street Teen Center, East End Kids Katering, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Cultivating Communities. Some of the participating restaurants that evening include Back Bay Grill, The Salt Exchange, and Fore Street.

Along with the eats and booze, live entertainment, dancing, and a silent culinary auction will also take place that evening.

So, what the hell are we waiting for? Here are the "rules": Leave a comment on this blog post about why you would like to attend Taste of the Nation in Portland. I will randomly pick a winner on Friday morning. 

Note: Winners must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the event - this giveaway is for the ticket only. The rest is up to you.

Good luck!!


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  2. Let's try this again... :)

    This sounds like a great event and for a wonderful cause! I have no other reason for wanting to go other than it would be great to meet you and sample our way around Portland and there should be plenty of good photo opportunities. In any case, have a great time no matter who you choose! :)

  3. Ooh I'd love to go because I love Share Our Strength, loooved the Boston Taste of the Nation a few years ago, and have recently discovered the culinary yumminess that is Portland!

  4. I would love to go beacuse it sounds like such a good event, for a good cause, and I love to sample my way through any state :)

    Catherine L.

  5. You should pick me!
    The reasoning here is three-fold.
    - Obviously this is a good cause.
    - There will be a lot of good food.
    - I have a comfortable car and would give you a ride.

  6. I'd love to go!
    Portland is a fabulous city, and I'm sure the food is just as good. And of course, ending childhood hunger is an important cause, and this organization sounds like they do a lot of good work in that area.
    (Also, we could rock out to Gaga in the car on the way there.)

  7. I would be honored to accompany you to the event. I admire the work that Preble Street does for homeless teens. This event is inspirational because it is supporting so many organizations who are helping people in need. I think it would be great fun to try different foods from around the region. Thank you.
    lynne at fairpoint dot net

  8. It would be so wonderful to attend this event - great company, great cause, great place and great food. Sounds like heaven, with whipped cream and a cherry on top :)

  9. I've only been to Maine once and never got to try any of the food while there. I'd love to take the road trip to Maine for the cause and taste what they're all about! Sounds like it could be a lot of fun!