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South Florida Taste of the Nation at Soho Studios

Every single day a child goes hungry in America. Thankfully, there are people and organizations willing to help by gathering the collective resources needed to curb childhood hunger. One such organization is Share Our Strength, more famously recognized as the No Kid Hungry campaign. Here in Miami, Soho Studios will be the 2016 site of the next No Kid Hungry fundraising event.

Helping to Fight Childhood Hunger

South Florida’s Taste of the Nation, hosted on behalf of the nonprofit organization Share Our Strength, brings attention to the importance of ending childhood hunger in America. This culinary extravaganza is the nation’s finest night for all things food. Taking place on June 17, 2016, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Make your plans now to attend this culinary showcase while supporting a great cause. VIP tickets are $250 and offer early admission at 6 pm. General admission is $125 for entrance at 7 pm. The event ends at 10 pm.

No Kid Hungry Dinner in Little Rock

Last year, the Little Rock No Kid Hungry Dinner raised $70,000 to support the fight against childhood hunger in Arkansas. At this fundraiser, chefs from Arkansas dominated the stage alongside Chef Cassidee Dabnet from The Barn at Blackberry Farm, one of the best places to dine in Tennessee. The goal of the 2016 Taste of the Nation is to exceed the financial reaches of Little Rock’s success.


What to Expect in 2016

Taste of the Nation is bringing out the culinary champions. Legends in the kitchen, Chef Allen Susser and Chef Timon Balloo are teaming up for the evening. Following the theme of Taste of the Nation, the event will showcase the fine dining experiences of more than 50 restaurants and food vendors from Fort Lauderdale and Miami. As Chef Susser has lead Taste of the Nation here in Miami for almost three decades, his talents and experience will shine, as he helps host one of the city’s favorite culinary events.

The evening involves more than just excellent wine and gourmet cuisine. Prepare to participate in a variety of auctions including a wine, silent and live auction, with all proceeds going to support the campaign. One hundred percent of ticket sales are going directly to the Share Our Strength organization. The Taste of the Nation is a long formed tradition here in South Florida, following its inception in 1988. Become a part of the local community while enjoying a fabulous night out in Miami.

Jack Daniel's Motel No. 7 at Soho Studios

Photo Credit: Jack Daniels

Photo Credit: Jack Daniels

America's passion for Jack Daniels was recently celebrated in style with a pop-up Motel No. 7 at Soho Studios. Access to Motel No. 7 was granted through the event website, via secret limited registration codes, and referrals from friends with tickets. Prior to the event, the motel's address was only given to those on the registration list. In the lead-up to Motel No. 7's launch, over 9,000 Jack Daniel's enthusiasts RSVP'd for the exclusive event. These guests were only allowed to check in if they presented a special motel key. Upon checking in to the pop-up motel, attendees were granted RFID tags that allowed them to upload personal pictures from the numerous photo booths stationed at the event. Throughout the evening, guests made amazing memories and celebrated with the premium whiskey brand that has added cheer to American parties for well over a century.

Free Drinks

No Jack Daniel's event would be complete without lots of liquor. Based on this criteria, the event at Soho Studios was a huge success, as its lucky attendees were given free drink tickets. Nearly every variety of Jack Daniel's was served, although many guests preferred to stick with traditional shots of Old No. 7. Whiskey was clearly the drink of the evening, but several guests also indulged in craft cocktails, which were served in one of the motel's themed rooms.  In addition to downing free drinks, guests were able to see how Jack Daniel's whiskey is stored. Real whiskey barrels were transported from Lynchburg, Tennessee (home of the Jack Daniel's distillery) to Soho Studios, where they were examined by numerous whiskey enthusiasts.

Themed Rooms

The overarching theme of Soho Studios event was Motel No. 7, with the old school Americana vibe mixed with modern technology to great effect. Within the pop-up motel, rooms were given a variety of additional themes. Several guests let loose in a room entirely dedicated to pillow fights. Attendees were also invited to lounge in or alongside a small pool that was created specifically for the event.  The motel featured a chapel, in which four couples tied the knot! Prior to getting hitched, these couples (as well as their fellow event attendees) were given the chance to have their hair cut in the motel's exclusive barbershop. One of the most unique and appealing rooms in the motel featured a group of bachelorettes singing karaoke.

Music and Entertainment

From the beginning, Jack Daniel's has been associated with good music. This tradition was upheld at Motel No. 7, which featured a Frank Sinatra cover band and two EDM DJs. The act of the night, however, was Ja Rule, who offered a blast to the past with such hits as Put it on Me and What's Luv.

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Miami's edition of Jack Daniel's Motel No. 7 tour was a clear success, on par with the well-attended Brooklyn event last November. After the motel was taken down and moved to its next location, guests enjoyed reliving the memorable party by viewing the photo booth shots taken throughout the venue's many interactive rooms. The Wynwood-based Jack Daniel's fun may be over for now, but additional events are set to take place in Chicago, Austin, and Los Angeles.