Taste America Comes to Dallas

James beard 1Wednesday, June 18, 2014 James Beard Foundation’sTaste America® “Local Flavor from Coast to Coast” Visits Dallas this Fall Presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature® Tickets on Sale for National Ten-City Tour Providing Opportunity for Food Enthusiasts to Taste and Enjoy America’s Culinary Diversity
New York, NY (June 18, 2014) – The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced today that for the second year in a row it will partner with Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature®to present the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®:
“Local Flavor from Coast To Coast,” a national epicurean tour celebrating America’s culinary diversity. From September 12 through October 25, 2014, the program will stop in ten cities over five weekends, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a line-up of local chefs, followed by a one-night-only, collaborative four-course dinner crafted by a Taste America All-Star and a local celebrity chef. Tickets are on sale nowat jbftasteamerica.org.
A weekend-long tour, Dallas’s Taste America itinerary will kick off on Friday, Sept. 26th at the Hilton Anatole Hotel (Wedgwood Room) with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation in partnership with Café Momentum.  The evening will begin with a reception filled with bites and libations from local chefs, including Tim Byres* (Smoke), Omar Flores (Casa Rubia), Matt McCallister (FT 33), Janice Provost (Parigi), and David Uygur (Lucia). Afterwards, guests will be seated for an exceptional dinner prepared by Taste America All-Star Patrick O’Connell* (Inn at Little Washington; Washington, VA) and Local Star Stephan Pyles* (Stephan Pyles), who have been paired together to create a one-of-a-kind menu diners won’t forget.
On Saturday, Sept. 27th a series of free, in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table® located at 4527 Travis St. in Dallas. Activities of the day will include a cooking demo with All-Star Patrick O’Connell, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans; and more. For the full schedule and to RSVP for cooking demos, please visit jbftasteamerica.org/events and select your city.
The full Taste America program calendar is as follows:
  • Sept. 12-13        Atlanta: All-Star Barbara Lynch*/Phoenix: All-Star Sherry Yard*
  • Sept. 26-27        Dallas: All-Star Patrick O’Connell*/Seattle: All-Star Marc Murphy*
  • Oct. 10-11         Los Angeles: All-Star Aarón Sánchez*/New York City: All-Star Daniel Boulud*
  • Oct. 17-18         Chicago: All-Star Grant Achatz*/Washington, D.C.: All-Star Charles Phan*
  • Oct. 24-25         Boston: All-Star Ludo Lefebvre /San Francisco: All-Star Paul Qui*
*Notes James Beard Award Winner
“We are proud to partner once again with presenting sponsor Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature to bring together the best innovators in the food world to educate and entertain Americans about our country’s culinary diversity,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “This unique opportunity for the Taste America All-Stars to collaborate with local celebrity chefs will bring the one-night-only experience of a Beard House dinner to cities from coast to coast.”
The James Beard Foundation is proud to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund. Local culinary students in Texas are invited to apply for this culinary scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2015 through jamesbeard.org. Candidates will be reviewed by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee, chaired by Ungaro. Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant and training facility that provides culinary job training for juvenile offenders, will partner with JBF and participating chefs.
Returning for the second year in a row, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature, a premier rewards credit card for people who love travel and dining. Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature cardmembers will enjoy exclusive benefits not available to the public at James Beard Foundation’s Taste America events, including access to chefs, exclusive recipes, preferred seating, and more.
“Chase Sapphire Preferred is partnering with the James Beard Foundation for the second Taste America tour, offering cardmembers exclusive access to the country’s renowned culinary community,” said Jeff Bedard, business director, Chase Sapphire Preferred. “The private dinner series is part of our broader partnership to provide cardmembers with unique dining experiences they can’t get anywhere else.” 
The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is also supported by retail partner Sur La Table, and national sponsors including Breville and Delta Air Lines. Taste America Dallas’s local sponsors currently include Dallas Modern Luxury Magazine.
For more information about Taste America events in Dallas, please visit jbftasteamerica.org or contact Martha Tiller at mtiller@marthatiller.com or by phone at 214.521.6677, and follow #JBFTasteAmerica on Twitter and Instagram.

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