Events / Taste America

Taste America: Houston

Tue, October 17, 2023

5:30 PM
Xin Chào
Price: $350 per pair* (table seating) | $300 per pair* (bar seating) *single tickets not available Get Tickets!

Xin Chào

2310 Decatur St
Houston, TX 77007

5:30 P.M. Seated Dinner
8:00 P.M. Second Seating for Dinner

A national dining 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 dinner at Xin Chào will be an intimate gathering with a multi-course menu created by chefs Christine Ha and Tony Nguyen of Xin Chào in Houston and chef Akino West of Rosie’s in Miami. The menu will reflect their signature styles and highlight the uniqueness of their restaurants and communities. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course.


Proceeds from your ticket directly support the local independent restaurants and chefs participating in the event. A portion of proceeds support JBF's national programming that is rooted in advocacy, racial equity, sustainability, and women's leadership for the culinary industry.



Host TasteTwenty Chefs
James Beard Award Nominees
Christine Ha and Tony Nguyen
Xin Chào


Guest TasteTwenty Chef
James Beard Award Semifinalist
Akino West

An Auspicious Afternoon > Fierce Whiskers Rye Whiskey with Lapsang Souchong, Blood Orange, Lemon, and Aged Blanc Balsamic Vinegar

Skillet Cornbread with Blistered Cabbage and Kerrygold Butter
**Vegetarian, nut-free; contains alliums, dairy, gluten

Barbecue Spiny Lobster with Gooseberry, Lemongrass Ponzu, Toasted Peanuts, and Dehydrated Pickle
**Contains dairy, gluten, nuts, and shellfish

The Calling Dutton Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Vietnamese Lemongrass Smoked Beef Rib Bò Kho Stew with Texas Post Oak–Smoked Beef Rib, Kerrygold Butter–Roasted Baby Carrots and Fingerling Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Micro-Cilantro
**Gluten-free, nut-free, and shellfish-free; contains alliums and dairy

The Calling Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Vietnamese Smoked Jackfruit Stew with Lemongrass, Roasted Baby Carrots, Fingerling Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Micro-Cilantro
**Vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free; contains alliums

The Calling Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2021

Strawberry Ube Cake > Ube Sponge Cake with Mascarpone Chantilly Cream and Fresh Lychee
**Vegetarian and nut-free; contains dairy and gluten

Rutherford's Regret: A Fierce Farewell > Fierce Whiskers Rye Whiskey with Meletti Cioccolato, Walnut, Truffle, and Orange Oil

Beau Joie Brut Champagne NV

Featured Beverage Partners
Fierce Whiskers
The Calling


Food and beverage offerings are subject to change. Guests must be 21 years+ with a valid ID to attend the event.

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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, the James Beard Foundation will offer options including ticket exchanges, use of tickets for future events, and option to donate tickets. For more information, contact

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