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Twenty-five years ago, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group founder Pano Karatassos got a phone call from food writer John Mariani that would eventually make a major difference in the lives of children without ample access to food. On that call, Mariani asked Karatassos to start Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Atlanta event in an effort to end childhood hunger.
ATL Food Chatter: April 18, 2011 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter) Last week’s twenty-third annual event supporting the Atlanta chapter of Share Our Strength’s Taste Of The Nation, the national fundraiser to fight childhood hunger, showcased the skills of over fifty of Atlanta’s top chefs in a packed Georgia Aquarium ballroom. The event’s co-chairs, Buckhead Life’s Pano Karatassos and George McKerrow, Jr., co-founder Ted’s Montana Grill, named Danny Meyer as the event’s honorary chairperson. Meyer, the legend behind New York-based Union Square Hospitality Group, whose restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented twenty-one James Beard awards, has served on the New York boards of Share Our Strength, City Harvest, and the Madison Square Park Conservancy. He said that he has long admired the Atlanta chapter’s fundraising prowess and felt honored to be asked to serve as its honorary chair.