Chicago Foodies are in for a treat this fall when The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America makes its Chicago stop Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21. Chicago’s chefs and mixologists have always represented well at the James Beard Awards presented yearly in NY and now you can take in some of that experience in what’s sure to be a sold out weekend.
Here’s what we know so far:
· Friday, September 20 kicks off with the official benefit dinner “A Journey Through the Great Lakes,” at Chicago’s Union Station where guests will begin with cocktail reception curated by The Violet Hour(2013 James Beard Award nominee for Outstanding Bar Program).
· not one not 2 but TEN James Beard Award nominees and winners from the Great Lakes region will present dinner to lucky guests. James Beard Award nominee and Sepia’s Andrew Zimmerman (2012, 2013) will serve as Host Chef alongside Taste America All-Star Richard Blais – restaurateur, author, and winner of Top Chef All-Stars –as an honorary Great Laker.
· James Beard Chefs for the dinner include: James Beard Award winning Alex Young (Zingerman’s Roadhouse; Ann Arbor, MI), Gale Gand (Tru; Chicago), and Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia, Bar Toma, and Terzo Piano; Chicago) as well as James Beard Award nominated chefs Chris Pandel (Balena and The Bristol; Chicago), Giuseppe Tentori (Boka and GT Fish & Oyster; Chicago), Jonathon Sawyer (The Greenhouse Tavern; Cleveland), Patrick Fahy (Sixteen; Chicago ), and Paul Virant (Perennial Virant and Vie; Chicago).
· Following dinner, “After Dark” begins, offering additional complimentary bites, sips, and imbibing courtesy of some of Chicago’s top rising star chefs.
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Ed note: Very interesting this is the week prior to Chicago Gourmet.
*image: JBB Taste America