Gala Awards General Information

How long is the Awards ceremony?
The Awards ceremony begins at 6:00 P.M. and lasts approximately three hours. The Awards reception immediately follows the ceremony.

Can I come late?
We ask that all guests arrive at Lyric Opera of Chicago before 5:30 P.M. This will help us begin the ceremony on time. Guests arriving late will be seated during appropriate breaks in the program.

Can I volunteer at the Awards?
Event and culinary volunteering opportunities are available at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago. Check back in January 2018 for more details. 

Is the gala reception seated?
The gala reception is a walk-around tasting. For more information, please call 914.231.6180.

What food is being served?
Our walk-around reception will feature at least 20 recent James Beard Award-winning chefs from around the country who create special tasting dishes for the occasion.

Is the Lyric Opera of Chicago handicapped accessible?
Yes, Lyric Opera of Chicago is handicapped accessible and offers handicapped-accessible seating. When ordering tickets, please inform the box office if you require special seating. For more details, please visit the Lyric Opera website.

Are children permitted to attend?
Alcoholic beverages will be served on the premises. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Is there an after party?
While many local chefs and restaurants host parties after the Awards for their friends, colleagues, and clients, none of these parties are “official” Foundation events. We encourage everyone to celebrate the achievements of the nominees and winners at the gala reception before going to any after parties.

 

Media Awards General Information

What's the format of the Media Awards Dinner?
The cocktail reception begins at 6:00 P.M.; the seated dinner begins at 7:00 P.M. Guest chefs will create a four-course menu to be served during the ceremony, which usually concludes between 9:00 and 10:00 P.M.

How do I get my tickets?
Tickets will be available online in March. Please call event producers, Bowen & Company, at 914.231.6180 or email boxoffice@jamesbeard.org for further details. No printed tickets will be issued for the event. Guest names appear on a check-in list at the door.

Can I volunteer at the Media Awards?
Unlike the James Beard Awards Gala, no event staff or administrative volunteers are needed at this event. Volunteers with wine training and/or experience can check back for more details in January 2018. 

Is Pier Sixty handicapped accessible?
Yes, Pier Sixty is handicapped accessible. When purchasing tickets, please inform the box office if you require special seating. For more details please call 914.231.6180.

Are children permitted to attend?
Alcoholic beverages will be served on the premises. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

 

Gala Awards Tickets

Are there assigned seats for the event? Will I be able to sit with everyone in my party?
Yes, there is assigned seating. We will try our best to seat you with everyone in your party.

How do I get my tickets for the event?
E-tickets will be distributed via email approximately two weeks prior to the event.

Can I pick my tickets up the day of the event?
E-tickets will be distributed via email approximately two weeks prior to the event. However, a “will call” desk will be in the lobby to accommodate last minute requests.

What do I do if I lose my ticket?
Please call the box office at 914.231.6180 to inform us of a lost ticket. You will be asked to arrive early to Lyric Opera of Chicago the day of the Awards where we will issue you a location pass at the check-in desk.

Does this event sell out?
Yes, this event may sell out.

Are tickets refundable?
Tickets are non-refundable.

I'm a journalist who wants to cover the James Beard Awards Gala. Are there tickets for the media?
For press-related inquiries, please email mary.blanton@smapr.com.