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Letter from the President: Taste America

Susan Ungaro

Susan Ungaro

June 13, 2013


James Beard Foundation's Taste America

James Beard was an educator, prolific cookbook author, pioneering television personality, and a promoter of American cuisine long before “farm-to-table” and “American regional cooking” were part of our culinary lexicon. He was a tireless traveler, bringing his endorsement of good food and recipes prepared with fresh, wholesome American ingredients, to a country just becoming aware of its own culinary heritage.

As a tribute to his legacy, this fall we are taking our Foundation on the road for a national culinary festival, Taste America. With the help of our presenting sponsor, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature, we’ll be stopping in ten cities: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Joining us will be a team of Taste America All-Stars led by Jacques Pépin, who helped us launch our Taste America celebration on June 12 at the Beard House. Jacques was also a dear friend of James Beard who helped start our Foundation in 1986.

Our All-Stars will participate in once-in-a-lifetime benefit dinners featuring some of those cities’ best chefs and locally sourced ingredients, cooking demonstrations at Sur La Table stores, educational activities, and more.

We hope that you’ll join us on our culinary tour for memorable fundraising dinners and opportunities to meet our Taste America All-Stars, local chefs, and artisans. There will be cookbook signings, chef demonstrations, and educational fun for foodies of all ages.

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The James Beard Foundation would like to thank these additional Taste America sponsors: Lurpak; Every Day with Rachel Ray; Breville; Delta Air Lines; and Gulf Oyster Industry Council.