This fall, ten cities across the country will play host to the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Local Flavor from Coast to Coast tour, featuring cooking demos, tastings, and a four-course dinner created by a celebrity chef. For the second year, Chase Sapphire and Visa Signature are sponsoring the tour.
The tour kicks off September 12 in Atlanta with acclaimed restaurateur Barbara Lynch. It then travels to Phoenix, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston, wrapping up in San Francisco on October 25. Each city will have its own celebrity chef, including Sherry Yard in Phoenix, Marc Murphy in Seattle, Patrick O’Connell in Dallas, Grant Achatz in Chicago, Aaron Sanchez in Los Angeles, Charles Phan in Washington, D.C., Ludo Lefebvre in Boston and Paul Qui in San Francisco. Daniel Boulud, honorary All-Star chef of the tour, will be the featured chef in New York.
Boulud has won seven James Beard awards, authored eight cookbooks, and owns more than 14 restaurants across the globe. He hosted an invitation-only reception to celebrate the beginning of the Taste America tour in June, at the historic James Beard House in New York City. For the reception, Boulud prepared a menu with the help of two chefs from his restaurants: Aaron Bludorn of Café Boulud and Travis Swikard of Boulud Sud.
Tour is open to the public
Tour events are ticketed and on sale to the public, but Chase Sapphire cardholders will have access to members-only perks like preferred seating, one-on-one chats with the chefs, and exclusive recipes. The Chase Sapphire Visa Signature card caters to restaurant lovers, giving cardholders double reward points on dining purchases.
The tour will run in each city for two days, but the four-course meal will be a one-night only event. The evening will begin with a tasting reception from local chefs in each city and will be followed by the meal, which will be prepared by a local chef and a Taste America All-Star chef.
Tickets are on sale at jbftasteamerica.org. Prices start at $85 for a group ticket in Atlanta and go up to $3,000 for a premier table in San Francisco.
In-store events, cooking demos and more
Also during the festival, there will be plenty of programming available to the public including free events at Sur La Table stores, book signings, cooking demos and tastings from local culinary artisans.
Part of the proceeds from each event will go toward the Taste America Scholarship Fund, which is a culinary scholarship open to students who participate in the 2014 Taste America program. Scholarship hopefuls must apply between April 1 and May 15, 2015 at jamesbeard.org.