James Beard Award Winner Kwame Onwuachi To Headline James Beard Foundation Dinner in Seattle
Seattle to host the James Beard Foundation weekend of events to Celebrate Diversity of American Cooking and Highlight the Foundation’s Good Food for Good Platform.
From Oct. 3-5, Seattle will welcome 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 will highlight the organization’s mission-forward impact programs and initiatives, while dishing out tasty bites to the food-loving community of Seattle.
Taste America’s weekend in Seattle will kick off with Raising the Bar, a cocktail party focusing on sustainability, on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Block 41. Delicious bites and fun cocktails will be served up by top local mixologists Chris Elford (Navy Strength, Seattle), Laara Garcia (Gold Bar, Seattle), Niles Peacock (Niles Peacock Kitchen + Bar, Seattle) and Amanda Reed (Heartwood Provisions, Seattle), and exquisite chefs Brian Clevenger (General Harvest Restaurants, Seattle), Kimberly Cosway (Heartwood Provisions, Seattle), Josh Delgado (LeCoin, Seattle) and Nicole Matson (How To Cook a Wolf, Seattle). In addition to having one-on-one interactions with the chefs and mixologists, attendees will receive practical and delicious tips and guidance on how they can help build a better and sustainable food world, starting in their own home.
Taste America will continue into Friday, Oct. 4, with a benefit dinner at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Featuring a menu crafted by James Beard Award-Winner and Taste America Visiting All-Star Kwame Onwuachi (Kith/Kin, Washington, D.C.) and Local All-Star Rachel Yang (Joule and Revel, Seattle), plus an esteemed lineup of local culinary talent, the dinner will celebrate the diverse flavors, cuisines, and backgrounds that contribute to American cooking. In addition, attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception featuring bites by Eric Donnelly (RockCreek, Seattle), Monica Dimas (Milkwood & Co., Seattle), Shiro Kashiba (Sushi Kashiba, Seattle), Tiffany Layco (Andaluca, Seattle) and Mitch Mayers (Sawyer, Seattle), plus a dessert reception highlighted by tastings from Artis Kalsons (4th Ave. Espresso Bar, Seattle), Carrie Mashaney (Mamnoon, Seattle) and Kit and Jesse Schumann (Sea Wolf Bakers, Seattle).
Attendees will also enjoy live and silent auctions in which they can bid on memorable vacations, unique experiences and culinary delights.
The weekend will conclude with an industry-facing Culinary Lab designed to highlight the Foundation’s sustainability initiatives.
As official banking and credit card partner of the Foundation, Capital One is committed to providing memorable dining experiences to cardholders. Capital One cardholders can purchase a Capital One Access Pass that allows them to take advantage of special experiences like
The Foundation has partnered with Food Recovery Network to ensure that Taste America events are Food Recovery Verified, meaning that all surplus food from these events will be recovered and donated to hunger-fighting nonprofits, who support food-insecure individuals, in each city. Through Food Recovery Verified, the Foundation can do its part to reduce food waste and hunger at the community level.
This year marks the fifth time that the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America has visited Seattle. Expanding for the first time to span nearly a full year, Taste America 2019-20 will also be traveling to: Atlanta; Boston; Charleston, SC; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles; Louisville, KY; Miami; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Nashville; New Orleans; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Portland, OR; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.
To purchase a Capital One Access Pass and find full details about the Taste America series, visit jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica.
The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is presented by Capital One®. Through the partnership, Capital One cardholders gain exclusive access to premium dining events, like the Taste America tour, JBF Greens series, and James Beard House dinners. To learn more, visit CapitalOne.com/Access. Taste America is also presented in association with American Airlines and the following partners: Premier Sponsors Deloitte and El Tesoro™ Tequila; Supporting Sponsors 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. Additional support for Taste America is provided by VerTerra Dinnerware.
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, which 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, please visit jamesbeard.org and follow @beardfoundation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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