No child should have to go hungry. That's where Share Our Strength's campaign to end childhood hunger in America comes in. In its 16th year, its Taste of the Nation benefit raises funds to help stop such tragedies. The hefty ticket price gets you food from more than 30 restaurants (Blue Restaurant, Mez, The Capital Grille and Upsteam are just a few on the roster) and culinary schools, wine (and other beverages) and live entertainment. This year, Hot Sauce will be performing and there will also be live and silent auctions. $100 for preview hour, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $85 for main event, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The Atrium Uptown, 401 S. Tryon St. 1-877-268-2783. www.charlottetasteofthenation.com.