Events / Taste America


Tue, March 15, 2022

6:30 PM
River Roast
Price: $300 per pair (single tickets not available) Tickets on sale now!

River Roast
315 N LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Dressy casual attire

Please note: Proof of full vaccination and photo ID are required to attend.

A national dining event celebrating your local restaurant community.
Taste America, presented by Capital One, is a nationwide initiative to bring together chefs and diners to support the local restaurants rebuilding a more sustainable and equitable industry.

The dinner at River Roast will be an intimate gathering with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. Chef Cedric Harden of River Roast and Chef Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen will prepare a multi-course menu that reflects their signature styles, and highlights the uniqueness of their restaurants and the Chicago community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course as well as a swag bag to take home.

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Cedric Harden
River Roast


Darnell Reed
Luella’s Southern Kitchen


Old Fashioned > Rabbit Hole Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon with Demerara Syrup and Orange Bitters (created by River Roast)
White Claw® Hard Seltzer (Black Cherry or Mango)


Cornbread, Buttermilk Biscuit, and Seeded Muffuletta Bread with Pimento Cheese and Kerrygold Butter
** Contains dairy, eggs, and wheat

King Crab–Pork Belly Gumbo
** Nut-free (peanuts and tree nuts); contains dairy, shellfish, and wheat

Dough North Coast Chardonnay 2019

Gumbo z’Herbes with Vegan Dirty Rice
** Vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free (peanuts and tree nuts)

Dough North Coast Chardonnay 2019

Crispy Pork Shank with Lentils, Torn Cornbread, and Apple Cider Nage
** Contains dairy, cross-contamination with gluten, fish, and shellfish

Dough Oregon Pinot Noir 2019

Delicata Squash with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Wild Rice, and Pumpkin Seeds
** Gluten-free, nut-free (peanuts and tree nuts) and vegan

Dough Oregon Pinot Noir 2019

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Crispy Carrots, and Cinnamon Caramel
** Vegetarian and nut-free (peanut and tree nuts); contains dairy and gluten

Rabbit Hole Whiskey Flight
Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye
Dareringer Straight Bourbon

Featured Beverage Partners
dough wines
Rabbit Hole Distillery
White Claw® Hard Seltzer

Menu is subject to change. Guests must be 21 years+ with a valid ID to attend the event.

Through our Open for Good campaign, the James Beard Foundation is committed to helping independent restaurants survive this crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term.


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Reservation Policy: All reservations are nonrefundable and must be made in advance. Should the event be cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances, including COVID-19, JBF will offer a range of options, including ticket exchanges, option to donate tickets, or a full refund. For more information, contact

Covid-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place regardless of precautions that may be taken. By purchasing and using tickets, you, on your behalf and on behalf of any accompanying parties, agree to (1) assume all risks associated with Covid-19 and other communicable diseases, (2) comply with all related health and safety policies of the James Beard Foundation, River Roast, as well as all applicable federal, state, and local government laws and recommendations, and (3) expressly release the James Beard Foundation and each of its respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, trustees, officers, directors, partners, employees, and agents from any and all claims arising from or relating to Covid-19.

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