Events / Taste America


Sat, February 26, 2022

6:30 PM
La Central by Mario Pagán
Price: $350 per pair (single tickets not available) Tickets on sale now!

La Central by Mario Pagán
250 Convention Boulevard
San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Dressy casual attire

Please note: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of the event is 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 La Central will be an intimate gathering with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. Chef Mario Pagán of La Central by Mario Pagán and Chef María Mercedes Grubb of Underground Dining Club will prepare a multi-course menu that reflects their signature styles, and highlights the uniqueness of their restaurants and the San Juan community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course as well as a swag bag to take home.

Get Tickets



Mario Pagán
La Central by Mario Pagán
San Juan, PR


María Mercedes Grubb
Underground Dining Club
San Juan, PR


Prince Laurent Brut Champagne NV
Ron y Especias > Bacardi 8 with Spice Syrup, Black Walnut Bitters, and Flamed Star Anise


Kerrygold Chicken Liver Pâté with Pickled-Pearl Onion

** Gluten-free and nut-free; contains dairy

Cheese Croquette with Kerrygold Dunmore Irish Cheddar, PapayaCoriander Dulce, and Maldon

*** Gluten-free and nut-free; contains coriander seed and dairy

Salmon Gravlax with CocoYam Fritura, Avocado, and Kerrygold Cashel Blue 

** Gluten-free and nut-free; contains dairy


Kibbeh Tartare Otoro with Seven Spice, Sumac, Mint, and Caviar

** Dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free; contains sesame


Yautía Bisque with Chili Oil, Fresh Truffles, and Crispy Garlic

** Gluten-free, nut-free, and vegetarian; contains dairy

Patz & Hall Chardonnay 2017


Adobo Cochinillo Terrine with Apio Buñuelos, Tamarind, and Chicharrón

**Gluten free and nut-free; contains egg whites, anise seed, dairy, and sesame

Cillar de Silos Crianza 2018


La Central Cauliflower with Scallion Vinaigrette and Lime

** Gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan

Cillar de Silos Crianza 2018


Kerrygold Cheese Plate with Mostarda and Arepas de Coco

** Gluten-free and nut-free; contains anise seed, dairy, and mustard seed


Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Cloud Cake and Sable Crémeux

**Contains dairy, gluten, and nuts

Ron del Barrilito Cuatro Estrellas

Featured Beverage Partners
Rums of Puerto Rico

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.


Special Thanks

Related Info

COVID-19 SAFETY (Proof of Vaccination/Negative COVID-19 Test Required to Attend)

Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our guests, chefs, and restaurant teams to experience our events is a top priority for the James Beard Foundation. In accordance with La Central by Mario Pagán to combat the rise of COVID-19 cases in the area, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination to attend the event. You may show the following as proof of vaccination: physical vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, or a state-issued digital record proving vaccination status. A negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to event start time is also sufficient.

If you’re dining indoors, masks are required to be worn (vaccinated or not). We encourage all guests to wear masks when not actively eating or drinking, and when speaking with restaurant staff. Please note, this policy is subject to change. Ticket buyers attending the event will be alerted of the final policy in an email at least two (2) days prior to the event date. Thank you for your continued understanding and compliance with these measures for your safety and the safety of those around you.

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, La Central by Mario Pagán, 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.

To view the James Beard Foundation's full list of COVID-19 policies, please click here.

For more information, please contact