James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Returns to Seattle, Oct. 3-5

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Three-day event includes RAISING THE BAR reception, GALA BENEFIT DINNER and EDUCATIONAL component

The James Beard Foundation’s 2019 Taste America® cross-country culinary series returns to Seattle Oct. 3-5 for a weekend of food-filled events. Traveling to 20 cities this year, Taste America celebrates the country’s diverse culinary culture and the important role that chefs play in advocating for a more delicious, sustainable, and equitable food world.

Seattle’s weekend-long itinerary will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 3, with RAISING THE BAR. Guests will enjoy a walk-around reception where they can meet and greet rising star mixologists and chefs, all while enjoying an array of cocktails and tasting items.

Taste America’s weekend in Seattle will continue on Friday, Oct. 4, with a GALA BENEFIT DINNER at TheFairmont Olympic Hotel featuring a culinary dream team comprised of Western Washington’s top chefs, including a Taste America Visiting All-Star chef. The evening commences with a pre-dinner reception featuring five celebrated local chefs, followed by a three-course menu created by the Taste America All-Star and a Local All-Star chef. The evening also includes silent and live auctions, and will conclude with a dessert reception created by three additional local chefs.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Foundation will highlight its educational programs, hosting a cooking demonstration with one of the weekend’s All-Star chefs. More details on Saturday’s event will be announced soon.

A portion of the proceeds from the benefit dinner will directly contribute to the Foundation’s Scholarship Programs.

Why James Beard Foundation:
When people think of the James Beard Foundation, they think about good food. From their James Beard Awards, which celebrate the heights of culinary excellence, to an array of gastronomic events like Taste America that they host throughout the year around the country, the James Beard Foundation is passionate about making the world a more delicious place. But good food also represents a set of values—like sustainability, diversity, gender-equality, and equity—that make our world a better place. This year’s Taste America program will celebrate the Foundation’s dedication to “Good food for good,” highlighting their vision for a better food world, one that is diverse, sustainable, equitable, and accessible for all. This unique culinary showcase, now in its seventh year, brings James Beard Award-winning and other celebrated chefs to twenty cities annually for a series of exciting events:

Tickets for Seattle’s Taste America benefit dinner and more event details will be available at jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica. Box office opens July 2019.

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Capital One®, in association sponsor American Airlines, premier sponsors Deloitte and El Tesoro™ Tequila; supporting sponsors Gloria Ferrer, Ornua Foods North America, Robert Mondavi Winery, Whole Foods Market and Windstar Cruises; patron sponsors Cayson, Choose Chicago, and The Mushroom Council; and founding partner Bowen & Company.

About the James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to promote good food for good™. For more than 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives. Through the James Beard Awards, unique dining experiences at the James Beard House and around the country, scholarships, hands-on learning, and a variety of industry programs that educate and empower leaders in our community, the Foundation has built a platform for chefs and asserted the power of gastronomy to drive behavior, culture, and policy change around food. To that end, the Foundation has also created signature impact-oriented initiatives that include our Women’s Leadership Programs aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in the culinary industry; advocacy training through our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change; and the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards that shine a spotlight on successful change makers. The organization is committed to giving chefs and their colleagues a voice and the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone. For more information, visit jamesbeard.org; subscribe to the digital newsletter Beard Bites; and follow @beardfoundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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