Events / Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner


Craftsmen: A Minneapolis Dinner

Wed, October 29, 2014

5:00 PM
The Historic Forum Restaurant at Minneapolis City Center
Member Price: $130 Public Price: $150 Phone: 612.372.1539

Host Chef JBF Award Winner Andrew Zimmern

Steven Brown
Tilia and the Third Bird, Minneapolis

Vincent Francoual
Vincent A Restaurant, Minneapolis

Jamie Malone
Brut, Minneapolis

JBF Award Winner Tim McKee
La Belle Vie, Minneapolis

JP Samuelson

Proceeds from this dinner will benefit the Second Chances Scholarship:

The scholarship will offer a student faced with extreme challenges—whether health, addiction, family, unemployment, etc.—a second chance to overcome these hardships and follow a culinary path. Since Andrew was once given a second chance after struggling with addiction, it’s important to him that others are given the same opportunity to turn their lives around. He says, "I can’t think of a better organization to donate to. Devoted to celebrating, nurturing and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage, the James Beard Foundation is very dear to me." 


  • Hors d’Oeuvre
    • Pulled Duck Confit on Chesnut Blini
    • Au Bon Canard Foie Gras with Quince Purée and Nesbitt's Nursery and Orchard Apple Chips
    • Tarte Flambée with Bleu Mont Dairy Bandaged Cheddar and Caraway Mustard
    • Toast Soldiers with Sea Urchin Butter, Watermelon Radishes, Horseradish Gelée, and Baby Sorrel
    • Langoustine Tartare with Toasted Garlic and Osetra Caviar
    • Minnesota-Made Cocktails
  • Dinner
    • Chile–Lemongrass Shrimp with Sticky Rice 
    • Iced Cucumber Lemonade​
    • Leek Salad with Endive, Bleu d'Auvergne Cheese, Leeks Royale, and Sweet Potato Chips 
    • Sileni The Straits Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013
    • Foie Gras Agnolotti with Pumpkin, Apple Cider, and Black Truffles 
    • Michel Picard Vouvray 2012
    • Tuna with Salsify, Stickney Hill Dairy Chèvre, and Wild Mushrooms 
    • Michel Picard Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011
    • Peterson Limousin Farms Beef Short Ribs with Tomatoes, Tamarind, and Pickled Mangoes 
    • Canti Estate Barolo 2009
    • Caramelized Quince Tart with Gingerbread Ice Cream and Pickled Pistachios   

Related Info

If you’re interested in hosting a benefit or would like to learn more, please contact Diane Harris Brown at or 212.627.1128. Proceeds support the Foundation’s scholarships and culinary programs.