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Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Orleans chefs featured at James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Oct. 9

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click to enlarge Gautreau's Sue Zemanick (left) and Alon Shaya of Shaya are among local chefs featured at the James Beard Foundations's Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast event Oct. 9. - SHAYA PHOTO COURTESY MARIANNA MASSEY
  • SHAYA PHOTO COURTESY MARIANNA MASSEY
  • Gautreau's Sue Zemanick (left) and Alon Shaya of Shaya are among local chefs featured at the James Beard Foundations's Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast event Oct. 9.

An impressive roster of local culinary talent will be featured at the James Beard Foundation’s local food tour, “Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast this fall.

The nationwide tour, now in its third year, visits 10 American cities over a six-week span between Sept. 18 and Nov. 7 and includes a four-course dinner cooked by a local chef paired with a "Taste America All-Star" chef. 

The New Orleans segment starts Oct. 9 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The event, A Night of Culinary Stars, begins at 7 p.m. and will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Ryan Prewitt of Peche Seafood Grill, Alon Shaya of Shaya, Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon and Gautreau’s Sue Zemanick.


A four-course dinner will be prepared by chef Donald Link, host chef Eric Damidot of 8 Block Kitchen and New York chef April Bloomfield. Emeril’s New Orleans pastry chef Jeremy Fogg will prepare desert. Tickets start at $300 and a table of 10 costs $5,000.

The following day features a book signing and cooking demonstration with Bloomfield at Sur La Table in Baton Rouge which will include tastings from local producers and product demonstrations.

A portion of proceeds will go towards the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Scholarship Fund. Culinary students in Louisiana are invited to apply for the scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2016 through jamesbeard.org.

To reserve tickets or for more information on the event, visit the event’s website here. 

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