The Historic James Beard House 

While he was alive, James Beard always welcomed students, authors, chefs, and other food and beverage professionals into his home—his kitchen was truly at the heart of America’s burgeoning 20th-century food scene. On November 5, 1986, the James Beard Foundation officially opened the James Beard House “to provide a center for the culinary arts and to continue to foster the interest James Beard inspired in all aspects of food, its preparation presentation, and of course, enjoyment,” according to a press release issued that day. 

Events at the Beard House

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability. Today, special events at the Beard House are grounded in our mission of good food for good, highlighting not only delicious food and drinks, but also the incredible participants behind our initiatives like the James Beard House Fellows presented by Capital One, Smart Catch, Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Legacy Network, and more. Stay tuned for more information on our exciting calendar of upcoming programs and special events at the James Beard House.

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The James Beard House Fellows Program, Presented by Capital One®

For decades, cooking at the James Beard House has been an aspiration for many chefs and considered a career milestone. In May of 2021, we launched the Beard House Fellows program presented by Capital One®, which re-envisions the potential of this historic space into a hub of training and professional development for talented emerging chefs. Learn more!