James Beard House “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” Does Dallas

chefs1by Steven Doyle

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced today that for the second year in a row it will present the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America, a national epicurean tour celebrating America’s culinary diversity. From September 12 through October 25, 2014, the program will stop in ten cities over five weekends, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a line-up of local chefs, followed by a one-night-only, collaborative four-course dinner crafted by a Taste America All-Star and a local celebrity chef. Tickets are on sale now.  

A weekend-long tour, Dallas’s Taste America itinerary will kick off on Friday, Sept. 26th at the Hilton Anatole Hotel (Wedgwood Room) with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation in partnership with Café Momentum.  The evening will begin with a reception filled with bites and libations from local chefs, including Tim Byres (Smoke), Omar Flores (Casa Rubia), Matt McCallister (FT 33), Janice Provost (Parigi),and David Uygur (Lucia). Afterwards, guests will be seated for a dinner prepared by Taste America All-Star Patrick O’Connell (Inn at Little Washington; Washington, VA)and Local Star Stephan Pyles (Stephan Pyles), who have been paired together to create a one-of-a-kind menu diners won’t forget.

On Saturday, Sept. 27th a series of free, in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table located at 4527 Travis St. in Dallas. Activities of the day will include a cooking demo with All-Star Patrick O’Connell, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans; and more. For the full schedule and to RSVP for cooking demos, please visit the website and select your city.

The full Taste America program calendar is as follows:

  • Sept. 12-13        Atlanta: All-Star Barbara Lynch*/Phoenix: All-Star Sherry Yard*
  • Sept. 26-27        Dallas: All-Star Patrick O’Connell*/Seattle: All-Star Marc Murphy*
  • Oct. 10-11         Los Angeles: All-Star Aarón Sánchez*/New York City: All-Star Daniel Boulud*
  • Oct. 17-18         Chicago: All-Star Grant Achatz*/Washington, D.C.: All-Star Charles Phan*
  • Oct. 24-25         Boston: All-Star Ludo Lefebvre /San Francisco: All-Star Paul Qui*

*Notes James Beard Award Winner

The James Beard Foundation will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund. Local culinary students in Texas are invited to apply for this culinary scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2015 through jamesbeard.org. Candidates will be reviewed by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee, chaired by Ungaro. Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant and training facility that provides culinary job training for juvenile offenders, will partner with JBF and participating chefs.


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