Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Organization

 

Taste of the South is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that raises over half a million dollars annually for charities throughout the Southern states we proudly represent: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Taste of the South hosts an annual gala to support charitable causes in our member states and to celebrate good Southern food, music, and traditions.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Taste of the South Gala

When is the 38th Taste of the South gala?

  • This year, the Taste of the South gala will be on July 24, 2021.

Where is the Taste of the South gala?

  • This year, the Taste of the South gala will be moving to our new home at the Anthem at District Wharf, located at 901 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024.
  • Please use the entrance located behind the 900 Block of Maine Avenue SW on the waterfront.

What time does the Gala start?

  • 7:00 pm – Entry for VIP Ticket Holders
  • 8:00 pm – Entry for General Admission Ticket Holders
  • No guests will be admitted prior to the time designated on their ticket.
  • No guests will be admitted after 10:00 pm.

How do I get there?

  • Metro: Both the L’Enfant Metro on the Blue, Orange, Green, Silver, and Yellow lines and the Waterfront Metro on the Green line are four blocks away.
  • Taxi & Rideshare: There are designated drop-off and pick-up locations for rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft and the Taxi Commission. Check your app for specific locations.
  • The Anthem’s address is 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024, on a primarily pedestrian street one block south of Maine Avenue. Admission to the Taste of the South Gala is at the entrance located behind the 900 Block of Maine Avenue SW on the waterfront.

How do I get a ticket to the 2020 Taste of the South Gala?

  • Tickets are given as benefits to donors of Taste of the South. If you are interested in becoming a donor, please contact donate@tasteofthesouth.org.
  • General admission tickets will go on sale to the public roughly one month before the gala. Check back for updates on timing and additional information.

What benefits do I receive as a VIP ticket holder?

  • VIP ticket holders enjoy early entry to the gala and access to our separate VIP suite which includes a silent auction, additional seating, premium bars, upscale eats, and VIP-exclusive swag.
  • VIP tickets are included in the sponsorship benefits of donations $5,000 and above, and are not made available for sale at any time.

What do I need to bring to attend the Gala?

  • Physical Ticket: No guest will be admitted without a physical ticket in hand. No exceptions will be made.
  • Photo Identification: IDs for all guests will be checked at the door. No guests under 21 will be admitted, and no guests will be admitted without an ID. No exceptions will be made.

What is the attire for Taste of the South?

  • Taste of the South is a black-tie event. Inappropriately attired guests will not be admitted.

Is there a coat check?

  • Yes, a coat check is available for guests.

This is my first time, what can I expect at the Taste of the South gala?

  • Come hungry!  We suggest arriving as close to your ticket time as possible to enjoy the best food from around the South.
  • Each of our thirteen member states will welcome you with food, beverages, goods, and swag from their home states.
  • Bring your dancing shoes! We have a great live band that plays throughout the night and keeps the party going.

What other events does Taste of the South hold?

Taste of the South holds a handful of signature events outside of the gala each year. Typically, these events include an official pre-party and a reception on Capitol Hill the week of the gala, an opportunity for our donors, guests, and Honorary Congressional Host Committee to meet and learn more about our Featured and D.C. charities.

Is there something we didn’t answer for you?

  • Please email info@tasteofthesouth for any additional questions or assistance.

Sponsorship of Taste of the South

How can I support Taste of the South?

  • You can support the 13 charities located in our member states and our DC-based charity by becoming a donor to our organization.
  • Read more about the charities we’re giving to for our 38th year here.

What are the benefits for being a Taste of the South donor?

  • Taste of the South sponsorship packages include ticket benefits for our annual gala, signage and recognition at the gala, and branding opportunities in Taste of the South pre-event materials.
  • Taste of the South is proud to welcome over 2,300 guests to our gala, spanning business and policy professionals, executives and CEOs, Congressional staff, and friends from around the country.
  • To see all of our levels and benefits here.

I’m interested in giving something else other than a monetary donation. Do you take other types of donations?

  • Yes!  Aside from monetary donations, we gratefully accept food and in-kind giveaways donations. We also accept silent auction items for our auction in the VIP suite.
  • Food: Each state serves a menu graciously donated by our food donors that reminds us of a taste from home. Check out what we served last year by clicking through the gala menu.
  • In-Kind: Each state also has an array of giveaway items for our party-goers to fill their take-home bags! There’s always a rush to grab up swag from universities and items from the home-state companies our party-goers know and love. These items include giveaways like sample-size products, sealed food items (think jams or packaged candies), candles, koozies, notepads, frisbees… be creative!
  • Silent Auction: Silent auction items are featured in our VIP suite and are available for bidding during the event. Previous silent auction items have included vacations, event tickets, jewelry, tailgate goods, artwork, and much more.

When are donations due?

  • Please keep in mind that all benefits for the 2021 gala, including tickets, cannot be guaranteed beyond March 24, 2021.
  • Monetary: Taste of the South can accept cash donations at any time, but a number of our benefits have specific printing deadlines. Check with your Taste of the South contact for full deadline details.
  • In-Kind & Silent Auction: For the 2021 gala, we ask that donors ensure their items arrive by May 30, 2021.  Please coordinate with your Taste of the South contact for specific delivery instructions and dates.
  • Food: For the 2021 gala, please confirm your food donations by May 18, 2021. Delivery is coordinated with our catering partner, Occasions Caterers. Please coordinate with your Taste of the South contact for specific delivery instructions and dates.

Is there something we didn’t answer for you?

  • Please email donate@tasteofthesouth for any additional questions or assistance.