Events / Taste America

Taste America: Chicago

Fri, October 25, 2019

6:00 PM
Zhou B Art Center
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Zhou B Art Center
1029 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609


6:00 PM Cocktail and Tasting Reception
7:00 PM Dinner and Dessert Reception to Follow
Cocktail Attire


Reception Hors d'Oeuvre

Carlos Gaytan, Tzuco and Tales of Carlos Gaytan, Chicago
Pied de Porc de Cochon with Pickled Vegetables, Salsa Macha Aïoli, and Tostaditas 

Gene Kato, Momotaro, Chicago
Wagyu Beef Sushi

Jennifer Kim, Passerotto, Chicago
Lightly Pickled Oysters with Smoked Tofu and Baek Kimchi

John B. Shields, SMYTH and The Loyalist, Chicago
Duck Tartare on Sweet Dried Corn

Townsend Wentz, Townsend and Oloroso, in partnership with Visit Philadelphia
Marinated Arctic Char with Pickled Radishes, Red Plum, Cucumber, and Lime

Erick Williams, Virtue Restaurant, Chicago
Pickled Beets with Rabbit Hole Heigold Bourbon Apple Butter, Benne Seed Brittle, and Petite Mustard Greens

Sponsored by Kerrygold USA
Assorted Cheeses

Alison Hangen, Oloroso and Pearl Tavern in partnership with Visit Philadelphia
Sake with Vodka, Green Apple Syrup, Lemon Juice, and Absinthe Rinse

Reception Beverages Courtesy of
La Colombe Coffee
El Tesoro Tequila
Rabbit Hole Distillery
Robert Mondavi Winery
San Pellegrino


JBF Award Winner Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread, Chicago  
Bread Service featuring Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter 

JBF Award Winner Stephanie Izard, Cabra and Duck Duck Goat, Chicago
Duck Ceviche with Crispy Quinoa, Pickled Mango, Gooseberries, Salsa Criolla, Pickled Cucumbers, and Herbed Vinaigrette

Diana Dávila, Mi Tocaya Antojería, Chicago
Seafood Pozole Negro with Shrimp and Squid

Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie, Austin
Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Rye–Brined Pork Loin with Apple, Pecan, and Sorghum

Wines Courtesy of
Robert Mondavi Winery

Dessert Reception

Abraham Conlon, The Bakery at Fat Rice, Chicago
Macau Rice Crisp > Marshmallow with Pork Floss, Nori, Sesame, and Fish Caramel Sauce

Aya Fukai, Aya Pastry, Chicago
Miniature Cream Puffs with Chocolate Crémeux, Rabbit Hole Heigold Bourbon Bananas, and Pecan Streusel

Meg Galus, Boka Restaurant, Chicago
Dark Milk Chocolate Namelaka with Whipped Coconut–Chartreuse Cream, Lime Gel, and Chocolate Crumble

Anna Posey, Elske, Chicago
Sunflower Seed with Bee Pollen, Licorice, and Sour Honey

Dana Salls Cree, Pretty Cool Ice Cream, Chicago
Ricky's Coffee Pretzel Toffee Ice Cream Bar
Dark Chocolate Plant Pop
Litchi Lemon Tea Truck Pop

Sponsored by Capital One®
Garrett Popcorn Station 

Dessert Beverages Courtesy of
El Tesoro Tequila
La Colombe Coffee
Rabbit Hole Distillery
Robert Mondavi Winery
San Pellegrino

Alpana Singh, MS
Host of WTTW’s Check, Please! and Terre & Vine, Evanston

Honorary Co-Chairs

Sam Toia and Mary Kay Bonoma, President & CEO and Executive Vice President, Illinois Restaurant Association
David Whitaker and Glenn Eden, CEO and Chairman, Choose Chicago


Charles N. Besser, Chairmen and CEO, Intersport
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Co-Founders, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago
Sandy Chen, Proprietor, Le Sud and Club 77
Rohini Dey, Ph.D, Founder, Vermilion Restaurant, Chicago; James Beard Foundation Trustee
Jodi Fyfe, Founder and CEO, The Paramount Group
Morgan Olszewski, General Manager, Yugen and Kaisho, Chicago


Local Partners

Special Thanks

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Related Info

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For more information on events or local sponsorship in Chicago, please contact John Parrino Wilkerson at or 305.260.6214.

Please note, tickets are non-refundable.

The James Beard Foundation is proud to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Scholarship Fund.