James Beard Foundation's Taste America®: Think Local

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

Between its cadre of celebrity chefs, delicious local tastings, and fun-filled culinary activities, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® is giving us plenty of reasons to get excited. But perhaps most important, this festival will be supporting a number of worthy causes as it makes its way around the country. Here’s a snapshot of the local charities Taste America will be partnering with in each city.


Careers through Culinary Arts Program 


Operating programs across the country, “C-CAP” prepares underserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry.


Common Threads


Established by chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro, Common Threads teaches children from Chicago’s... Read more >

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Dine Out for the Gulf Coast

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has devastated the Gulf Coast's fishing industry and sea life, and will continue to affect the region and the livelihoods of its residents for many years. The James Beard Foundation has always cherished the area's rich culinary traditions, which are also threatened by this disaster. To show our support, we're spreading the word about Dine Out for the Gulf Coast, which is taking place June 10–12 at restaurants across the country. For three straight days, participating eateries will donate a portion of their sales to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, an organization that gives grants to nonprofits helping victims of the spill. (You can learn more from

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