Events / Taste America


Wed, March 16, 2022

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

423 W Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Dressy casual attire

Please note: Proof of full vaccination 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 Lantern will be an intimate gathering with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. Chef Andrea Reusing of Lantern and Chef Cheetie Kumar of Garland will prepare a multi-course menu that reflects their signature styles, and highlights the uniqueness of their restaurants and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course as well as a swag bag to take home.

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Andrea Reusing
Chapel Hill, NC


Cheetie Kumar
Raleigh, NC


Cured Skuna Bay Salmon with Fermented Beets, Onion Seed, and Chive

** Gluten-free and nut-free; contains allium, dairy, and fish

Black Sea Bass Aguachile with Lime and Popped Black Mountain Rice

** Dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free; contains citrus and fish

Mushrooms Malai Masala with Toast and Local Cheese

** Nut-free; contains dairy, gluten, and mushrooms


Blonde Redhead > Strawberry Kombucha with Rabbit Hole Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Zucca



Crispy NC Rainbow Trout Paanch Phoran with Cilantro, Red Onion, and Tomato Relish

** Gluten-free and nut-free; contains alliums, dairy, and fish


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

Barbecued Wild Shrimp with Pickled Louisiana Lemon and Coriander

** Dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free; contains alliums, citrus, and shellfish,

Lamb Skewers with Curry Leaves, Yogurt, and Cracked Black Pepper

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

Naan with Black and Green Garlic

** Nut-free; contains alliums, dairy, and gluten; can be made vegan 


Fattoria Castellina “Solare” Vermentino Bianco Toscano IGT 2018



Charcoal Grilled-Pork ‘Secreto’ with Tamarind and Mint

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

 Confit-Whey Potatoes with Spinach, Fenugreek, and Pickled Apples

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

Red Kuri Squash with Pink Lentils and Basil

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


Thurnhof Merlau Lagrein Sudtirol 2019



Local Spring Vegetable Stew > Preserved Heirloom Tomato, Chickpeas, Saffron, and Chapel Hill Creamery Paneer

** Gluten-free, nut-free, and vegetarian; contains alliums and dairy; can be made vegan 


Thurnhof Merlau Lagrein Sudtirol 2019



Monica’s Fresh Coconut Cake with Strawberries, Hibiscus, and Rose

** Contains coconut, 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
Rabbit Hole Distillery

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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COVID-19 SAFETY (Proof of Full Vaccination 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 Lantern 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: CDC vaccination card; digital copy or photo of a CDC vaccination card; documentation from a healthcare provider; or a digital COVID-19 vaccine record, issued by the state or an approved private company.

We ask that you please continue to wear masks upon arrival, when not eating or drinking at the pre-reception, and when you are not seated at your table. 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, Lantern, 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.

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