Events / Taste America


Tue, February 08, 2022

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

807 Taft Street
Houston, TX 77019
Dressy casual attire

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 Bludorn will be an intimate gathering with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. Chef Aaron Bludorn of Bludorn and and Chef Nick Wong of Georgia James Tavern will prepare a multi-course menu that reflects their signature styles, and highlights the uniqueness of their restaurants and the Houston community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course as well as a swag bag to take home.

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Aaron Bludorn


Nick Wong
Georgia James Tavern


Aaron Bludorn
Crawfish Arancini with Tabasco Aïoli
** Dairy-free; contains eggs, gluten and shellfish

Panisse with Sea Urchin and Romesco
** Dairy-free and gluten-free; contains nuts and shellfish

Nick Wong
Fried Gulf Oyster with Nam Jim Mayonnaise
** Dairy-free and nut-free; contains eggs and shellfish

Smoked Trout Roe with Mochi and Yuzu Kosho Crème Fraîche
** Gluten-free and nut-free; contains dairy

Buffalo Bayou Punch > Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Oleo Saccharum, Grapefruit-Lemon Juice, Poire Eau de Vie, Oloroso Sherry, and Earl Grey Tea (created by Bludorn)

Created by: Aaron Bludorn

R+C Wagyu Beef Tongue with Beet Salad, Chrysanthemum, Black Garlic, Pistachio, and Horseradish
** Gluten-free; contains dairy and nuts

Created by: Nick Wong

Seared Scallops with Benton’s Bacon XO and Congee
** Contains dairy, gluten, pork and shellfish

William Chris Vineyards La Pradera Vineyard Blend 2019

Created by: Nick Wong

Roasted Mushroom Congee with Mushroom XO
** Gluten-free and vegan; contains soy

William Chris Vineyards La Pradera Vineyard Blend 2019

Created by: Aaron Bludorn

Sesame-Roasted Duck with Natural Jus
** Dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free; contains seeds

William Chris Vineyards 500 Block Granite Hill Vineyards Merlot 2018

Created by: Aaron Bludorn

Wild Mushroom Gnocchi
** Nut-free and vegetarian; contains dairy and gluten

William Chris Vineyards 500 Block Granite Hill Vineyards Merlot 2018

Aaron Bludorn

Assorted Brassicas 
** Gluten-free and vegetarian; contains dairy and nuts

Roasted Carrots
** Gluten-free and vegetarian; contains dairy and nuts

Nick Wong
Triple-Fried Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Sambal
** Gluten-free and vegan

Duck Leg Confit Rice
**Nut free; contains dairy and gluten

Created by: Rob Lough

Citrus Tart with Buddha’s Hand, Bergamot, and Earl Grey Ice Cream
** Nut-free; contains dairy and gluten

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

Featured Beverage Partners
Rabbit Hole Distillery
William Chris Vineyards

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, Bludorn, 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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