Help support the next generation of great American chefs by hosting a Friends of James Beard Benefit® at your restaurant!

By holding a Friends of James Beard Benefit, chefs have the opportunity to stage a high-profile event that supports James Beard Foundation programs.

Benefits can be presented in a variety of formats:

  • Hosts can offer a multi-course tasting menu, a family-style Sunday Supper, or a walk-around party
  • Benefits may be hosted by a single chef or a group of chefs from a particular city or region
  • A restaurant can host its own stand-alone benefit, or a benefit can take place within a larger festival
Benefit hosts will be acknowledged in our digital media.

If you're interested in hosting a benefit or would like to learn more, please contact our director of fundraising initiatives Izabela Wojcik at or 212.675.4984x248.

Upcoming events:

March 1 - 3, 2024
FOJBB: Sand Valley, WI
Chef Invitational
San Valley Golf Resort
For Details and Weekend Reservations

March 2, 2024
FOJBB: Kansas City, MO
The American 50th Anniversary Celebration
The American
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March 4, 2024
FOJBB: Fort Worth, TX
Colonial Culinary Classic
Colonial Country Club
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March 7 - 9, 2024
FOJBB: Detroit, MI
Great Lakes Eat + Drink 
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March 22, 2024
FOJBB: Palm Desert, CA
Annual James Beard Luncheon
Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival
For More Info and Reservations

March 23, 2024
FOJBB: La Jolla, CA
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April 4, 2024
FOJBB: Pebble Beach, CA
Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival - Coast to Coast with The James Beard Foundation
The Inn at Spanish Bay
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Past Events