Taste America Local Dish Challenge: Current Standings

The James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Local Dish Challenge

We think you know the Local Dish drill by now: order a "Taste America Local Dish" at one of the contest's participating restaurants, snap it on your phone and upload it to Instagram, tagging your image with #JBFTasteAmerica and the suggested hashtag for your city. After the promotion ends on October 31, the city with the most uploads will receive $10,000 or 10 percent of funds raised nationally, whichever amount is higher, in the form of a donation to a local food charity.

 

Above is a snapshot of the current standings. Chicago has increased its lead, but there's still more than a month left for you to help your town win.

 

We'll keep posting updated standings every Monday until the fundraiser ends.

 

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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

Upcoming events at the James Beard House

 

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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James Beard Foundation's Taste America®: Local Flavor

 

When we decided to embark on James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, a national culinary tour of ten great American cities, there was a lot of discussion about which of our country’s amazing food towns we would go to first. The upshot: ten surefire winners. We asked chefs and food experts in the cities where we’ll be touching down to tell us what makes their hometowns so delicious.

 

Boston (October 18-19)

 

“Boston has some great influences—it’s been a port city since the Colonial period, which brings a diverse population. We’re a small area packed with great places. I would eat a lobster roll at Neptune Oyster Bar in the North End, hit the Copley farmers’ market for some bread and cheese, Flour for a sticky bun, and late at night, eat in Chinatown at the Gourmet Dumpling House.”... Read more >

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