The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is pleased to announce the third consecutive year of the Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” national epicurean tour, which will visit ten American cities this fall. Spanning six weekends between September 18 and November 7, 2015, the program will stop in Chicago for a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a lineup of celebrated local chefs, followed by a one-of-a-kind, four-course dinner crafted in collaboration with a Taste America All-Star and a Local Star chef. Tickets are on sale at jbftasteamerica.org.
Chicago’s weekend-long Taste America itinerary will kick off on Friday, October 23 at The Geraghty with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including James Beard Award nominees Tanya Baker (The Boarding House; Chicago) and Paul Virant (Vie; Western Springs, IL), James Beard Award semifinalists Ryan McCaskey (Acadia; Chicago) and Paul Fehribach (Big Jones; Chicago) as well as Host Chef Devon Quinn (Paramount Events; Chicago). Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef and Taste America All-Star Mark Ladner (Del Posto; NYC) and Taste America Local Stars, James Beard Award nominees Beverly Kim and John Clark (Parachute; Chicago) along with Taste America Pastry Chefs and James Beard Award semifinalists Dave and Megan Miller (Baker Miller; Chicago), who will all collaborate to create a unique and unforgettable one-night-only menu. The evening will also feature Guest Emcees and James Beard Award winners, Steve Dolinsky (ABC 7 Chicago) and Chef Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobompo, Xoco; Chicago).On Saturday, October 24, free in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table® located at 900 North Michigan Avenue. Activities of the day will include a cooking demo by All-Star Mark Ladner, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans, as well as product demos and tastings from our national sponsors. Reservations for the free cooking demos will begin two weeks prior to each event at jbftasteamerica.org. The James Beard Foundation is proud to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund.