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Women in Whites: The 2013 James Beard Foundation Gala

Fri, November 15, 2013

8:00 PM
The Four Seasons
Member Price: $750 Public Price: $1000 Phone: 212.627.2308

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James Beard was a passionate champion of female cooks. Many of the women he supported, like Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, and Alice Waters, went on to become some of the most legendary figures in American food.

In honor of the accomplishments of women in our industry, the theme of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Gala is Women in Whites. We’ve invited some of the country’s most talented and successful female toques to craft an unforgettable multicourse meal, which will be complemented with exquisite pairings from renowned female winemakers.

Our outstanding female participants:

Dominique Crenn
Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

JBF Award Winner Melissa Kelly
Primo, Rockland, ME

Kristen Kish
Menton, Boston

JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch
No. 9 Park, Boston

JBF Award Winner Sherry Yard
Helms Bakery, Los Angeles

JBF Award Winner Merry Edwards
Merry Edwards Winery, Sebastopol, CA

Mixologist and Owner Audrey Saunders
Pegu Club, NYC

And featuring auctioneer Billy Harris!

The Four Seasons
99 East 52nd Street

Reception and Silent Auction 7:00 P.M.
Dinner and Live Auction 8:00 P.M.

Event chair table of 10: $25,000
Vice chair table of 10: $20,000
Benefactor table of 10: $15,000
Benefactor ticket: $1,500
Host member ticket: $750
Host general public ticket: $1,000

Support at the benefactor level and above includes exclusive access to the kitchen during the reception, premier seating at the gala, and a special gift bag as outlined on the enclosed form. 

Event Chairs
Kimberly Grillo Bernstein
Henni and John Kessler

Honorary Event Chairs
Tyra Banks
Gail Simmons
Martha Stewart​

Host Committee Chairs
Zachary and Lori Pomerantz

Host Committee
Louis Backe
Nicole Delma
Josh Elkes
Jennifer Oz LeRoy
Sara Pandolfi

Featuring live music by Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio.


For table purchases: Kris Moon at 212.627.5252 or

For ticket purchases: JBF Reservations at 212.627.2308 

Black-tie attire suggested.


  • Reception
    • Pecko Zantilaveevan and Richard Brower, The Four Seasons, NYC​
  • VIP Reception
    • Foie Gras and Spiced Bread Sandwiches
    • Nantucket Bay Scallops with Lime Dashi
    • Veal Pâté
    • Chestnut Soup
  • Reception
    • Tuna Niçoise
    • Fried Oysters with Pickled Peppers
    • Marinated Anchovies and Radishes on Toast
    • Salmon Tartare with Apples and Fennel
    • Spicy Grilled Sepia
    • Korean Beef Tacos
    • Domaine Carneros Brut 2009
    • Pellegrini Pinot Noir 2011
    • Lasseter Family Winery Enjoué Rosé Blend 2012
  • Audrey Saunders, Pegu Club, NYC
    • Eve > McIntosh Apple–Infused Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
    • Autumnal Martinez > Tanqueray Gin with Rainwater Madeira, Amontillado Sherry, Bay Leaf, Cacao, and Orange Essence
    • Applejack Cobbler > Laird’s Applejack with Fresh Cranberry, Orange, Pomegranate, Apple, Bittersweet Vermouth, and Bitters
    • The Old Cuban > Bacardi 8 Años Rum with Lime, Mint, Bitters, and Champagne
  • Dinner
    • Dominque Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
    • Land and Sea > Razor Clams with Plankton, Seaweed, Bone Marrow, and Pork Belly
    • Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2012 
    • Kristen Kish, Menton, Boston
    • Foie Gras Terrine with Walnut, Brioche Sablé, Persimmon, and Apple
    • Riverbench Reserve Chardonnay 2010
    • Riverbench Mesa Pinot Noir 2010
    • Barbara Lynch, No. 9 Park, Boston
    • White Truffle Gnocchi with Mousseron Mushrooms and Lobster
    • Handley Cellars Pinot Noir 2009
    • Melissa Kelly, Primo, Rockland, ME
    • Jamison Farm Lamb Duo: Saddle and en Croûte with Truffled Red Kuri Squash and Roasted Baby Root Vegetables
    • Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    • Sherry Yard, Helms Bakery, Los Angeles
    • Sherry's “Pop In” Dessert Lounge > Tarts, Corn, 'Sicles, Rocks, Push-Ups, Lollies, Soda, and Champagne
    • Chocolate and Lavazza Gran Selezione Coffee Beignets
    • Nocciola and Lavazza Coffee Cookie Pops
    • Quady Winery Essensia 2012 
    • La Part des Anges > Pierre Ferrand Reserve Cognac with Pierre Ferrand Orange Curaçao, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla, and Butter​, Served Warm
    • Lavazza Espresso​
    • Wine pairings selected by Merry Edwards
    • Breads by Hot Bread Kitchen


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