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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

James Beard Foundation Taste America dinner is Oct. 6

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 3:40 PM

click to enlarge Herbsaint chef Rebecca Wilcomb won the 2017 Beard Award for Best Chef: South.
  • Herbsaint chef Rebecca Wilcomb won the 2017 Beard Award for Best Chef: South.

The James Beard Foundation's annual Taste America tour, featuring fundraising dinners in several cities, 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 French 75 at Arnaud's Restaurant, which won the 2017 award for Outstanding Bar Program. There are hors d'oeuvres by chefs Zachary Engel of Shaya, Michael Stolzfus and Kristen Essig of Coquette, Martha Wiggins of Sylvain, Nick Lama of Avo and Michael Sichel of Galatoire's. 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 of America chef will be announced. Engel won Best Rising Star Chef for 2017.

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 and are available from the Beard Foundation.

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