This October, Chicago welcomes the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® presented by Capital One® for a weekend of delicious food and thought-provoking conversation surrounding the non-profit’s mission of cultivating a better food world for all. Spotlighting issues within the Foundation’s Good Food for Good™ platform, including food waste reduction, sustainability, inclusivity and chef advocacy, the seventh annual cross-country food series highlights the organization’s mission-forward impact programs and initiatives, while dishing out tasty bites to the food-loving community of Chicago.
Taste America celebrates on Friday, October 25 with a glittering gala dinner at Zhou B Art Center (1029 W. 35th St.). Featuring a menu crafted by Taste America Local All-Star and James Beard Award Winner Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat, Little Goat Diner, Cabra and Duck Duck Goat), Host Chef Diana Dávila (Mi Tocaya Antojería) and bread service by James Beard Award Winner Greg Wade (Publican Quality Bread), this special dinner celebrates the diverse flavors, cuisines and backgrounds that contribute to American cooking.
The evening begins with a reception featuring bites from an exciting group of Chicago chefs including Carlos Gaytan (Tzuco and Tales of Carlos Gaytan), Gene Kato (Momotaro), Jennifer Kim (Passerotto); John B. Shields (SMYTH and the Loyalist), and Erick Williams (Virtue). After dinner, a decadent dessert reception awaits, with sweet delicacies by James Beard Award Winner Abraham Conlon (The Bakery at Fat Rice), Dana Salls Cree (Pretty Cool Ice Cream), Aya Fukai (Aya Pastry), James Beard Award Winner Meg Galus (Boka Restaurant), and Anna Posey (Elske).
The evening includes a lively, thoughtful program emceed by Alpana Singh (Master Sommelier, Restaurateur and Host of WTTW-TV’s “Check, Please!”), as well as an exclusive live and silent auction featuring unique experiences for those who appreciate food, wine, spirits, travel and more.
Individuals tickets and tables are available now and can be purchased here.