Events / Taste America

Taste America: Houston

Wed, June 29, 2022

6:00 PM
Silver Street Studios
Price: $175 (general); $225 (Premier) Tickets on sale now!

Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street
Houston, TX 77007

6:00 P.M. – Premier ticket holder arrivals
7:00 P.M. – General ticket holder arrivals

A national tasting event celebrating your local restaurant community.

Taste America, presented by Capital One, is a nationwide initiative to bring together chefs, special guests, and diners from across the country to celebrate the local independent restaurants at the heart of our communities.

The walk-around tasting at Silver Street Studios will be an exciting gathering of chefs from the Houston culinary community and beyond. Food stations will be hosted by Chef Michelle Wallace of Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston, Chef Cassie Shortino from Phoenix, and many more. Each station’s offering will reflect the chef’s signature style and highlight the uniqueness of their restaurant and community. The tasting will also have beverage stations and other activations from our national and local sponsors.



Michelle Wallace
Gatlin’s BBQ

Cassie Shortino

Gustavo Baharona
Hinoki Sushiko
Presented by Choose Chicago 

Dawn Burrell
Late August

Evelyn Garcia and Henry Lu

Christine Ha & Tony Nguyen
Xin Chao

Ruben Ortega

Rebecca Masson
Fluff Bake Bar

Kaitlin Steets
Theodore Rex


Michelle Wallace:
Hickory-Smoked Catfish with Deconstructed Dirty Rice
**Gluten-free, nut-free, shellfish-free; contains dairy

Cassie Shortino:
Smoked Pork Loin with Pickled Blueberries, Tonnato, and Fennel Frond
**Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and shellfish-free; contains fish sauce

Gustavo Baharona
Squid Noodles with Wagyu XO Sauce
**Dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free; contains shellfish

Dawn Burrell:
Cured Salmon with Tamarind Tiger Fry, Cucumber, and Crunchy Salmon Skin
**Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and shellfish free 

Evelyn Garcia and Henry Lu:
Ceviche with Lemongrass Leche de Tigre, Chili Oil, and Sesame Crisp 
**Dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free; contains alliums and nightshades

Christine Ha and Tony Nguyen:
Vietnamese Wagyu Meatball 
**Dairy-free, gluten-free, and shellfish-free; contains fish, gluten, and nuts 

Rebecca Masson:
Star Crossed Lover Bars > Puffed Rice Squares with Salted Caramel and Chocolate
**Nut-free; contains dairy and gluten

Ruben Ortega:
Lemon–Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Consommé, Vanilla–Orange Blossom Cream, and Lemon Verbena Gel
**Contains dairy, gluten, and nuts

Kaitlin Steets:
Tomato Toast
**Vegetarian; nut-free; contains dairy and gluten

Food and beverage offerings are 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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