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® Washington, D.C.

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

 

Now in full swing, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® continues its cross-country tour this coming weekend. Here's a preview of what’s happening in Washington, D.C., one of the two cities that are on deck.

 

On Friday, September 27, Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Sean Brock is joining some of the capital’s best chefs for a fabulous night of food at the Italian Embassy. This very special evening will include live and silent auctions and will honor Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, former United States Chief of Protocol, for her leadership of the Culinary Diplomacy Program. Veteran political strategist, author, educator, and syndicated newspaper columnist Donna Brazile will emcee the festivities.

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On the Menu: Week of September 22

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Here's what we're up to next week:

 

Monday, September 23, 7:00 P.M.

Back Bay Elegance

After an impressive seven-year run in the kitchen of L’Espalier and a turn at Noma, chef Alex Crabb has created one of Boston’s hottest spots, Asta, where he celebrates the bounty of New England’s agrarian renaissance with an ingredient-driven approach and whimsical presentations.

 

Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 P.M.

From the Farm

As a protégé of industry icons Daniel Boulud, Marc Vetri, José Andrés, and Sean Brock, chef Matt McCallister came up the ranks with some serious street cred. But at his first solo venture, FT33, McCallister has received rave reviews based purely on his signature progressive technique and modern, farmers’ market–inspired fare.... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Miami

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

 

It’s time to take a look this weekend’s other Taste America destination: Miami!

 

On Friday, September 20, Taste America All-Star, JBF Award winner, and Chopped host Ted Allen is joining some of Florida’s best chefs for a multicourse dinner at the Spanish Monastery, a treasured historical and architectural landmark. This very special evening will include a cocktail reception featuring libations from Khong River House, MC Kitchen, Pubbelly Restaurant Group, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, and Eating House.

 

On Saturday, join us at Sur La Table in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park for a day of free cooking demos, tastings, cookbook signings, and more. Ted Allen will start the day with a demonstration in Sur La Table’s... Read more >

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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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On the Menu: Week of September 15

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Here's what's happening at the James Beard House next week:

 

Sunday, September 15, 12:00 noon

Brunch-B-Q

Thanks to the recent boom in low-and-slow joints throughout New York, city dwellers no longer need a boarding pass to get a taste of bona fide ’cue. We’ve rounded up chefs from this new wave of restaurants for an all-out, barbecue-centric Beard House brunch.

 

Monday, September 16, 7:00 P.M.

Carolina Grandeur

At the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, chef Adam Hayes has pioneered a contemporary menu of sustainable and locally sourced European comfort food that’s a perfect fit for the hotel's chic, hunting-lodge setting. It’s no wonder that Red Stag Grill is lauded as one of Appalachia’s premier dining destinations.

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On the Menu: Week of September 8

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JBF is back in full swing next week! Here's what's coming up on our calendar:

 

Monday, September 9, 7:00 P.M.

Heartland Classic Revisited

Join us at the Beard House when two-time JBF Award nominee Justin Aprahamian comes to share the critically acclaimed cuisine of Sanford, known as one of the Midwest’s paramount dining experiences. Aprahamian’s unique twist on global flavors creates stunning New American dishes that are sure to dazzle even the most seasoned palate.

 

Tuesday, September 10, 5:30 P.M.

Friends of James Beard Benefit: Nashville

Graciously hosted by the team behind Green Door Gourmet–a farm cooperative in western Nashville–this unique Friends of James Beard Benefit will spotlight all things honey,... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of August 18

Upcoming events at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House and beyond next week:

 

Sunday, August 18, 5:30 P.M.

Friends of James Beard Benefit: Sunday Supper Washington, D.C.

Join us for our second annual Sunday Supper at Union Market, where this year's festivities include the Good Food Awards cocktail reception and an intimate, family-style dinner prepared by eight renowned chefs in the newly re-opened Union Market. This event will benefit the James Beard Foundation and Good Food Awards Merchants Guild.

 

Monday, August 19, 7:00 P.M.

Modern Mediterranean

Inspired by the delicious simplicity of the dishes served in restaurants in Florence, former Top Chef contestant Fabio Viviani... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of August 11

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Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 P.M.

Soulful Supper

In recent years, Philadelphia has emerged as one of the country’s most exciting food scenes, thanks in part to locavore favorite Supper, where Daniel alum Mitch Prensky creates his soulful American cuisine with a modern twist—sourced almost exclusively from the nearby Blue Elephant Farm.

 

Wednesday, August 14, 12:00 noon

Enlightened Eaters: Suzanne Landry

Known as the "Fresh Food Chef," author and educator Suzanne Landry joins us after the release of the second edition of her book, The Passionate Vegetable, to discuss how food choices drastically affect our quality of life. From her wealth of professional and personal... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of August 4

Chefs in the James Beard House kitchen

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week:

 

Monday, August 5, 7:00 P.M.

Momofuku Collective

It’s been nine years since Momofuku Noodle Bar opened, setting off a fuse of inspiration that led to the creation of David Chang’s eclectic empire. At this can’t-miss event, the chefs at the helm of each of Chang’s seminal New York restaurants will join us for a dynamic dinner representing Momofuku’s signature concepts.

 

Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 P.M.

Rustic Farmhouse Feast

Agricola has the farm-to-table philosophy down pat: each day its affiliated Great Road Farm delivers just-plucked produce to the restaurant’s kitchen, where French Laundry alum Josh Thomsen spins it into irresistible cuisine. Join us when Great Road’s... Read more >

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