James Beard Foundation Announces Programming for Taste America Culinary Series

The James Beard Foundation announces featured chefs, cities, and programming for the continuation of its Taste America culinary series. Kicking off on Tuesday, January 11 in Boston, the winter 2022 series, presented by Capital One, will feature a lineup of dining events in 18 cities nationwide including San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For this winter’s Taste America series, the James Beard Foundation is excited to bring chefs and diners back together to safely celebrate local independent restaurants in-person, and support efforts to rebuild a more sustainable and equitable industry.  65% of all tickets sold will go directly to the participating chefs’ restaurants to support their business, with 35% supporting the James Beard Foundation’s national programming, including the Open for Good campaign. The James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good campaign is committed to helping independent restaurants survive the COVID-19 crisis, rebuild stronger, and thrive for the long term.

As part of this campaign, the Foundation has created the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans, which recently provided its third round of $15,000 grants to food and beverage businesses, majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals, across six regions nationally. For information on the Foundation’s Open for Good campaign, industry support resources, and the Investment Fund, please visit jamesbeard.org/aboutopenforgood.

Each event ticket includes a three-course meal by featured chefs that showcases their signature styles and highlights the uniqueness of their communities, plus beverage pairings to be enjoyed at the participating restaurant, with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. More details on events in each participating city can be viewed at jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica.

Capital One cardholders have the exclusive opportunity to purchase a Capital One Access Pass that allows them to enjoy the three-course meal and beverage pairings while also receiving exclusive special perks. You must use an eligible Capital One card to purchase a Capital One Access Pass. Excludes Capital One-issued private label cards. Availability is limited. The box office is now open for the general public and Capital One cardholders for all events and tickets can be purchased at www.jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica.

This year’s winter 2022 Taste America programming dates, participating chefs, and cities include the following:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11

Boston: Chef Charlie Foster, Wood Hills at Pier 4, and featuring a guest chef courtesy of Choose Chicago to be announced

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12

Chicago: Chef Cedric Harden, River Roast, and featuring guest chef Darnell Reed, Luella’s Southern Kitchen

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

Miami: Chef Michael Beltran, Ariete, and featuring guest chef Valerie Chang, Itamae 

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25

Philadelphia: Chef Michael Vincent Ferreri, Irwin’s, and featuring guest chef Amanda Shulman, Her Place Supper Club

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Minneapolis: Chef Ann Kim, Sooki & Mimi, and featuring guest chef Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Houston: Chef Aaron Bludorn, Bludorn, and featuring guest chef Nick Wong, UB Preserve

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Denver: Chef Dana Rodriguez, Cantina Loca, and featuring guest chef Jen Jasinski, Rioja

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC: Chef Andrea Reusing, Lantern, and featuring guest chef Cheetie Kumar, Garland

         

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Atlanta: Chef Scotley Innis, Continent, and featuring guest chef Claudia Martinez, Miller Union

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Phoenix: Chef Samantha Sanz, Elements, and featuring guest chef Rochelle Daniel, Atria & Fat Ox

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Chef Mario Pagán, La Central, and featuring guest chef María Mercedes Grubb, Underground Dining Club

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 1

Santa Fe: Chef Dakota Weiss, Coyote Café, and featuring guest chef Martin Rios, Restaurant Martín

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 8

Boston: Chef Karen Akunowicz, Bar Volpe, and featuring guest chef Cassie Piuma, Sarma

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9

Seattle: Chef Preeti Agarwal, Meesha 127, and featuring guest chef Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 10

San Francisco: Chef Pim Techamuanvivit, Nari, and featuring guest chef Heena Patel, Besharam

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

Philadelphia: Chefs Greg Vernick and Drew Parassio, Vernick Fish, and featuring guest chef Ange Branca, Kampar Kitchen

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

Los Angeles: Chef Martin Draluck, Post & Beam, and featuring a guest chef courtesy of Choose Chicago to be announced

 

SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED DATES:

New Orleans

New York City

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