This post is in partnership with LG Electronics.
There are Taste of the Nation events held in cities across America to benefit No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. They bring together local chefs to serve up samples of familiar foods, more exotic fare, amazing bite-sized desserts, and plenty of drinks. LG was here for Taste of the Nation Chicago as a sponsor in a booth showcasing their new Black Stainless Steel appliances, partnering with chef Jason Vincent of Giant. I was there too, and the place was packed!
Chef Vincent (named Food & Wine Best New Chef, Cochon 555 King of Pork, a James Beard Award semi-finalist, and received Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award) told me he has been supporting No Kid Hungry for years because obviously it’s for a great cause, and with their events “they do it right and they make it fun.” Now that he has children, Vincent thought of them while coming up with his menu for the night — an easy, inexpensive meal that both kids and adults would love.
Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad
serves four for about $8
• 1 can of black beans (or dried=cheaper) • 1 ripe avocado • 2 ears of corn • 4 small, ripe tomatoes (cherry tomatoes) • 1 lime
Chicken & Zucchini Quesadillas
serves four for $8
• 1 pack white corn tortillas • 2 chicken thighs • 1 large zucchini • 2 oz queso fresco • 2 oz queso chihuahua • 1 large, juicy tomato • garlic salt • onion powder • whole milk sour cream
I got my photo taken and an instant print of it while I was there. LG is also doing this thing they call a ‘Selfless Selfie’ to benefit No Kid Hungry. Visit participating Sears locations in Chicago, take your photo in front of the display they’ve set up, and share it on social media with the hashtag #LGFillThePlate. LG is donating 10 meals to No Kid Hungry for each post, and 5 more each time a post is shared (here’s mine).
I saw the new LG Black Stainless Steel appliances in store, and they were also on display at the event. The finish is smudge-resistant, and the dark color is a more modern alternative to the classic stainless steel options we’ve seen for so long. You can play around with the Virtual Kitchen Design Tool they’ve developed to place their appliances in a variety of kitchens, changing the walls, flooring, cabinets, and so on (apparently there are over a million ways to change things up). Plus the fridge has a (seemingly) magic door that you can knock on to see inside, and then open it either all the way, or just the front portion.
You can check out the LG Black Stainless Steel appliances in Sears stores, and be sure to take a ‘Selfless Selfie’ if you visit the Chicago Ridge, Schaumburg, or Oakbrook locations. You’ll be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win one of two $500 Sears gift cards, and more importantly, you’ll be helping LG provide meals for No Kid Hungry.