• TASTE 2019 is Nashville LGBT Chamber's Biggest Fundraising Event to Date





    Nashville, Tennessee – November 26, 2019 – The Nashville LGBT Chamber welcomed a record-breaking sell-out crowd of 400 guests to sample food and drink from 21 vendors at their eighth annual fundraiser TASTE on Sunday, November 24th grows every year. This year, over 100 items were available ranging from gift certificates from TASTE vendors and local members to art and merchandise from community supporters. Auction highlights were a ride on the Zamboni for Predators Pride night, a week stay in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic that was donated by Ron Sanford, and a puppet karaoke brunch featuring food from The Mockingbird to the top two bidders. 


    Judges for the event this year included sponsors and community partners of the Chamber. Sponsors were Nissan, Dell Technologies, Amazon, Good Neighbor Festivals, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Liberty Party Rental, Comcast, Nashville Area Chamber, and SunTrust. 


    “It’s my honor to take part in an event that celebrates two treasures of this town: the LGBT community and the decadent food and beverage scene. Being a judge was no easy task with our group of impressive vendors,” Woolley said. 


    Judges scored 21 vendors who competed in eight award categories. Winners of the coveted awards were: 

    • Best Food Presentation: Jack Daniels (Tennessee Apple “Rainbow and Roses” cocktail) 

    • Best Booth Decor: Dream Events and Catering 

    • Best Beer: Diskin Cider “Lil Blondie” 

    • Best Cocktail: PM “Sake and Spice” 

    • Best Appetizer: And 3 Foods “Fall Barbecue Bowl” 

    • Best Entree: D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe “Bear Creek Farm Pork Belly with Kohlrabi Chow Chow 

    • Best Dessert: UP, a rooftop lounge at Fairfield Inn Nashville Downtown, “Coconut Cheesecake” 

    • People’s Choice (chosen by a vote of all guests): D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe 


    “Over the last eight years, TASTE has grown into something special to look forward to in Nashville,” said Ron Snitker, LGBT Chamber Board President. “Given the astounding success of the foundation’s eighth annual fundraiser, we hope the coming years will provide even greater chances to provide programming, education, and scholarships to business professionals in the community.” 


    Community ally partners were AllianceBernsteinConexión Américas, Culture Shift Team, Metro Business Assistance Office, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Marcum, Mayor's Office, Metro Police, Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Predators, Nashville SC, and Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce. LGBT community partners included Human Rights Campaign, Nashville Black Pride, Nashville Pride, and Tennessee Equality Project. 


    The Nashville LGBT Chamber would like to thank our sponsors and partners: Presenting Sponsor Nissan;  Silent Auction Title Sponsor Dell Technologies; Gold Chef Sponsors Amazon, Good Neighbor Festivals, Liberty Party Rental, and Tito's Handmade Vodka; Award Sponsors Comcast, Nashville Area Chamber, and SunTrust; Venue Sponsor OZ Arts Nashville; Media Partner Focus; and Event Partners Inspired Concepts and Events and Music 4U DJ & Event Services. 
    See more at 
    www.tastenashville.org or www.nashvillelgbtchamber.org. 

    Photos from TASTE 2019



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    About the Nashville LGBT Chamber 

    The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce advances common business interests, economic development, and equality in the workplace for its LGBT members, business, and allies by providing networking, educational, and community building opportunities.