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James Beards Taste America comes to New Orleans Oct. 6 

Fundraising dinner features Beard Award winners and nominees

The James Beard Foundation's annual Taste America tour, featuring fundraising dinners in cities across the country, comes to New Orleans and the Royal Sonesta on Oct. 6. The dinner will be prepared by several 2017 Beard Award winners and nominees.

  An opening reception features a cocktail from Arnaud's Restaurant's French 75, which won the 2017 Beard award for Outstanding Bar Program. There are hors d'oeuvres by chefs Zachary Engel of Shaya (named Beard's Rising Star Chef for 2017), Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig of Coquette, Martha Wiggins of Sylvain, Nick Lama of Avo and Michael Sichel of Galatoire's Restaurant. The dinner is prepared by Best Chef: South winner Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint and John Folse and Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R'evolution, with bread by Kelly Fields of Willa Jean and dessert by Michael Regua of Antoine's Restaurant. Another visiting Taste America chef will be announced.

  The tour also features events including chef demonstrations, tastings, book signings and more at Sur La Table in Baton Rouge on Oct. 7.

  Tickets to the dinner are $300. For tickets and information, visit


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