Taste America Seattle
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Taste America Seattle
October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pmPrices may vary
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SEATTLE — James Beard Award winner and Iron Chef alumnus Ashley Christesen has been named the All-Star chef at Seattle’s upcoming James Beard Foundation “Taste America” dinner. Along with the best and brightest of Seattle’s local chefs, Christensen will help prepare a four-course dinner for attendees, preceded by a reception featuring bites prepared by Seattle’s most buzzed-about chefs and restaurateurs.
Called “A Night of Culinary Stars,” the exclusive benefit dinner takes place Oct. 13 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Tickets are available at www.jamesbeard.org/taste-america-seattle.
Spanning six weekends between Sept. 22 and Nov. 11, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America stops in 10 American cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. Each city’s weekend-long itinerary features a one-of-a-kind benefit dinner prepared by a Taste America All-Star and Local Star chef; free in-store consumer events at select Sur La Table® locations with celebrity chef appearances, cooking demos, book signings, and more. Full details are available at www.jamesbeard.org.
Seattle has been included on the tour twice before, in both 2014 and 2015. Tickets for both events sold out.
The Taste America Seattle itinerary will kick off on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel 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 winner Holly Smith (Cafe Juanita, Kirkland), James Beard Award seminfinalists Nathan Lockwood (Altura, Seattle) and Maximillian Petty (Eden Hill, Seattle), James Beard Award nominee Rachel Yang (Joule/Revel/Trove/Revelry, Seattle) and Huxley Wallace Collective founder and chef Josh Henderson. Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary one-night-only dinner prepared by All-Star and James Beard Award winner Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, N.C.) along with Local Star and James Beard Award winner Matt Dillon (Sitka & Spruce/Bar Ferdinand/The London Plane, Seattle), host chef Paul Shewchuk (Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle) and pastry chef Baruch Ellsworth (Canlis, Seattle).
“Only 10 cities in the country receive this recognition from the James Beard Foundation, so it’s quite an honor for Seattle to have been chosen to participate in the Taste America tour for the third time in four years,” says local planner Dick Stephens. “Many of the up-and-coming chefs selected by the James Beard Foundation to participate in past years have gone on to win James Beard Awards (including Seattle’s own Renee Erickson, a Taste America reception chef in 2014 and the Best Chef Northwest winner two years later), so it’s a big deal not just for the community, but for the chefs, too. This is a chance for them to really make a mark.”
On Saturday, Oct. 14, free in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table® in Kirkland, including a cooking demonstration by Dillon, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans, as well as product demos and tastings from our national sponsors. Reservations for the free cooking demonstrations will begin Friday, Sept. 29, at jamesbeard.org/taste-america-seattle.
For more information about Taste America events in Seattle, or to arrange interviews with any of the participating chefs, please contact Dick Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-367-6420, 115.
About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter Beard Bites. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Livestream.