Utah chefs will cook up a feast in the "Taste of the Nation" buffet to raise funds for the Salt Lake homeless shelter.

More than 20 members of the Beehive State Chef's Association have joined forces with the national organization, Share Our Strength, a Washington D.C.-based network of chefs and restaurants working to raise funds for groups fighting hunger and homelessness across the United States, according to Bud Horne, Liaison Restaurant.The Taste of the Nation Buffet will be May 17 in 38 cities. Proceeds from the local event will go directly to the renovation of the new transitional shelter for the homeless in Salt Lake City.

Marquita will provide music for the buffet from 6-10 p.m. in the North Auditorium of the Salt Palace. Foods from the event will also be distributed to St. Vincent DePaul's Center and the Volunteers of America detox unit.

Participating restaurants and chefs include Alta Club, Aposh Caterers, Birds Cafe, Bagley Ice, Brumby's, Cafe Alicia, D.B. Cooper's, Hidden Valley Country Club, Homestead, La Parisien, Liaison, Gary Pankow, Park Cafe, The Peery Pub, Red Lion, Riverhorse Cafe, Ruby's Catering, Santa Fe Restaurant, Spring Lake Trout Farms, TLC Bakery, University Park Hotel, Upper Crust and Utah Food and Catering.

Landures Produce, Dan's Food King, Nicholas Dry Goods and Ariel Vineyards have also contributed to the event.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They can be purchased at area restaurants, through Horne at the Liaison Restaurant, or from Ella Westley of the Shelter the Homeless Committee, 328-0211.