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.

Our 37th annual black-tie gala will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the historic Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Taste of the South Gala

When is the Taste of the South gala?

  • Our 37th annual gala will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Where is the Taste of the South gala?

  • For the sixth year, the Taste of the South gala will be at the historic Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Please note that entry for the gala is at the Washington Hilton’s T Street Entrance.

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 a ticket to the 2019 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
  • 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 on the concourse level just outside the main entrance to the ballroom. The coat check is cash-only and billed to guests at $5 for the first item and $3 for each additional item checked.

How can I get there?

  • Metro: the DuPont Circle Metro stop is  0.4 miles away.
  • Taxi/Uber/Lyft: Please tell your driver to drop you off at the Hilton’s T Street Entrance
  • The Washington Hilton’s address is 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20009, and admission to the Taste of the South Gala is at the Hilton’s T Street Entrance.

How can I stay the night?

  • Taste of the South has a room block at the Washington Hilton.
  • Visit this link to book by March 13, 2019 and receive TOTS pricing.

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.

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 37th 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 on 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 homestate 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 2019 gala, including tickets, cannot be guaranteed beyond February 15, 2019.
  • 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 2019 gala, we ask that donors ensure their items arrive by March 22, 2019.  Please coordinate with your Taste of the South contact for specific delivery instructions and dates.
  • Food: For the 2019 gala, please confirm your food donations by March 22, 2019. 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.