Social briefs 07.10.14

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Fight hunger with Taste of Nation

Returning for its 25th year, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Orlando, locally presented by Quality One Wireless, is from 6:45-11 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. It will celebrate Orlando’s culinary excellence and Taste of the Nation’s legacy of combating childhood hunger.

Showing the culinary delights of 35 of Central Florida’s leading chefs and restaurants, this year’s event will feature three James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists: Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant and Wine Bar and Henry Salgado of Txokos Basque Kitchen.

Along with appetizers, entrees and desserts from the area’s finest chefs and restaurants, guests can sample wines, beers and spirits while enjoying the silent auction, raffle prizes and entertainment by the Mud Rooster Band. This year’s event will also be home to a European-style bier garden sponsored by World of Beer.

Food Network celebrity chef Melissa d’Arabian, best known for her TV series “Ten Dollar Dinners,” is the featured guest.

Tickets are $150, and all proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s efforts to eradicate childhood hunger. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Participating restaurants are: BB Kings Blues Club, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, The Capital Grille, Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, Cress Restaurant, Crimson Tavern at Orlando Airport Marriott, Cuisiniers Catering, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Emeril's Orlando, Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties, Journeys Catering, JW Marriott Orlando - Grande Lakes, K Restaurant and Wine Bar and Kobe Japanese Steakhouse;

And LongHorn Steakhouse, Marlow's Tavern, Pirate Chefs of Central Florida sponsored by Nestlé Professional, Orlando World Center Marriott, RA Sushi, Red Wing Restaurant, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, SeaWorld Orlando, Second Harvest Food Bank Culinary Training Program, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, A Land Remembered Restaurant, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Cala Bella Restaurant, Sushi Pop Restaurant, Taverna Opa, Thornton Park Restaurant Group, T-Rex Orlando at Downtown Disney and Txokos Basque Kitchen.

Dean’s list

Ranbir Ahluwalia, Zayne Lakhani and Renuka Reddy, all of the Dr. Phillips area, were named to the dean’s list of Emory College of Arts and Sciences for the spring semester. This is the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University, Atlanta.

Graduating from Emory

The following West Orange County residents received a degree from Emory University in Atlanta at its 169th commencement ceremony.

Donae Fourth, of Orlando, received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School.

Meghan Harris, of Winter Garden, earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the School of Medicine.

John Ladd, of Gotha, received a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology.

Sehar Ali, Zayne Lakhani and Andrea Levreault, all of Orlando, received a Bachelor of Arts from Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

Kudrit Riana Kahlon and Renuka Reddy, both of Orlando, each earned a Bachelor of Science from Emory College of Arts and Sciences.