Experience local food favorites at Taste America

Chris Bianco (Submitted photo)

Chris Bianco (Submitted photo)

The James Beard Foundation announces the third consecutive year of the Taste America: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” national epicurean tour, which will visit ten American cities this fall.

Spanning six weekends between Sept. 18 and Nov. 7, the program will stop in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a lineup of celebrated local chefs, followed by a one-of-a-kind, four-course dinner crafted in collaboration with a Taste America All-Star and a Local Star chef. Tickets are on sale at jbftasteamerica.org.

Phoenix’s weekend-long Taste America itinerary will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, at The Royal Palms Resort and Spa with “A Night of Culinary Stars,” an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation, according to a press release.

Cocktails and tasting reception is at 7 p.m. and dinner will be at 8 p.m.

0722TPV Entertainment (Taste of America)The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Kevin Binkley from Binkley’s Restaurant Group in Cave Creek, Matt Carter from Zinc Bistro in Scottsdale, Beau MacMillan from elements at Sanctuary Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, Mel Mecinas from Talavera at Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale and Mark Tarbell from Tarbell’s Restaurant Group in Phoenix.

Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by two James Beard Award winners, Taste America All-Star Michel Nischan and Local Star Chris Bianco from Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, according to a press release, along with Host Chef Todd Allison from T. Cooks at Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix.

The two will come together to create a unique and unforgettable one-night-only menu, stated the release.

On Saturday, Sept. 26 free in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table located at Kierland Commons, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the release.

Activities of the day will include a cooking demo by All-Star Michel Nischan, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans, as well as product demos and tastings from national sponsors, stated the release.

Reservations for the free cooking demos will begin two weeks prior to each event at jbftasteamerica.org. Visit Phoenix’s event page for the full schedule and more details. http://www.jbftasteamerica.org/event/phoenix

The full Taste America program calendar is as follows, according to the release:

  • Sept. 18-19        Miami: All-Star Rocco DiSpirito*
  • Sept. 25-26        Charleston: All-Star Art Smith*/Phoenix: All-Star Michel Nischan*
  • Oct. 2-3            Minneapolis: All-Star Jonathan Waxman*/Seattle: All-Star Tyler Florence
  • Oct. 9-10          Boston: All-Star Traci Des Jardins*/New Orleans: All-Star April Bloomfield*
  • Oct. 23-24         Chicago: All-Star Mark Ladner*/San Francisco: All-Star Tony Mantuano*
  • Nov. 6-7           Los Angeles: All-Star Hugh Acheson*

*Notes James Beard Award Winner

“This is an electrifying time in the food world, made evident by the remarkably innovative dishes chefs are creating in their respective cities, large and small, across America,” stated Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, in the release. “Now in its third year, our Taste America program both celebrates and educates Americans about our country’s diverse culinary landscape, and the talented toques who are cultivating it. We are thrilled to bring Taste America to these ten dynamic cities this year, and unite some of the top talent in the industry for a truly unique dining experience.”

The James Beard Foundation is proud to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund, stated the release. Local culinary students in Arizona are invited to apply for this culinary scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2016 through jamesbeard.org, according to the release.

Candidates will be reviewed by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee, chaired by Ungaro.

For more information about Taste America events in Phoenix, please visit jbftasteamerica.org or contact Phoenix Planner Robyn Lee at 480-951-2950 or robyn@robynlee.com.

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