The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced the cities and dates for its sixth annual Taste America® national culinary tour, September 28 – November 17. The traveling series will bring one-of-a-kind dining experiences and educational opportunities to 10 culinary destinations this fall including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Louisville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. In addition to spotlighting the delicious food around the country, Taste America will focus on amplifying JBF food waste and sustainability initiatives and will directly contribute to the Foundation's Scholarship programs.
Chicago’s weekend-long itinerary will kick off on Friday, October 26 at Prime & Provisions and Builders BLDG with a collaborative dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The evening will begin with a reception at Prime & Provisions featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Thai Dang (HaiSous***, Chicago), Diana Davila*** (Mi Tocaya Antojería***, Chicago), Brian Fisher*** (Entente, Chicago), David and Anna Posey** (Elske, Chicago), and Sarah Rinkavage** (Marisol, Chicago). Afterwards, at Builders BLDG, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by Taste America Visiting All-Star Karen Akunowicz* (Fox & the Knife, Boston), Taste America Local All-Star Sarah Grueneberg* (Monteverde, Chicago), and Host Chef Fabio Viviani (Bar Siena, BomboBar, Chicago) who will curate a menu showcasing America’s rich and diverse culinary scene. Capping off the night will be a dessert reception featuring the One Off Hospitality Pastry Team: Erika Chan (The Publican, Chicago), Nicole Guini (Blackbird***, Chicago), Leigh Omilinsky (Nico Osteria, Chicago), and Natalie Saben (Pacific Standard Time, Chicago).
The James Beard Foundation is donating a portion of the evenings’ proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund. Local culinary students in the 10 participating states were invited to apply for this culinary scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2018, via jamesbeard.org. Candidates will be reviewed by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee, and recipients will be announced in August 2018.
New in 2018, Taste America will join forces with Feeding America® to reduce food waste and donate otherwise viable food and meals leftover from the weekends’ events to those in need. Logistics will be coordinated with local food waste organizations in each of the ten cities on the Taste America tour.
A wait list for tickets to JBF’s Taste America Chicago 2018 is now open here: https://www.jamesbeard.org/eve...