James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Chicago Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Chicago


The first weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is a wrap! On Friday our team headed to Chicago, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by James Beard Award–winning and other top Midwestern chefs, an after-party featuring up-and-coming Chicago talent, and cooking demonstrations by Paul Kahan and Taste America All-Star Richard Blais, who, naturally, brandished a canister of liquid nitrogen during a margarita demonstration.


We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Chicago participants! And don't forget: Taste America is swinging through many more cities during the coming weekends.




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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Chicago

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®


As the first weekend of James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® approaches, we’re starting to highlight what’s happening in each of the fantastic food destinations on our tour. First up: the dynamic city of Chicago.


On Friday, September 20, Taste America All-Star Richard Blais will join a lineup of top Midwestern chef talent, including a number of Beard Award winners and nominees, at Chicago’s historic Union Station. Dubbed “Journey through the Great Lakes”, the dinner will highlight the best regional bounty and products, and will kick off with a cocktail reception by the Violet Hour, a 2013 JBF Award nominee for Outstanding Bar Program. JBF Award–winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky of ABC 7's Hungry Hound will be on hand to emcee.


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JBF and Vermilion Scholarship Dinner Coming to Chicago

Support the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Scholarship


Our friends and partners at the Chicago location of Vermilion and the Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet festival are hosting a dinner that supports one of our most important financial awards: the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Scholarship. Open to the public, the September 25 event is tapping female chefs from the Chicago area—Carrie Nahabedian, Ina Pinkney, JBF Award winner Mindy Segal, and Vermilion's own Rohini Dey, specifically—to prepare a not-to-be-missed multi-course dinner paired with fine wines and cocktails, courtesy of master mixologists Debbi Peek and Bridget Albert and sommelier Wanda Cole. Michelin-starred Latvian chef Svetlana Rišcova will also be in attendance. Tickets can be purchased by... Read more >

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Q & A with Curtis Duffy of JBF Award–Nominated Grace

Elena North-Kelly interviews Curtis Duffy of Chicago's Grace Restaurant


After coming up the ranks in some of Chicago's most prestigious kitchens, Curtis Duffy opened his own restaurant, Grace, to rave reviews. A 2013 nominee for Best New Restaurant, Grace attracts diners from all over the country who are seeking a taste of Duffy's thoughtful, sophisticated cuisine. In our interview below, he fills us in on his progressive approach to cooking, the dish that took years to come to fruition, and the unconventional tasting menu devoted almost entirely to flora.     




JBF: Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration and philosophy behind Grace?


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