Ready your taste buds, because for one night only, Seattle’s best chefs are teaming up with national All-Star chefs to prepare an exclusive dinner you won’t soon forget.
Called “A Night of Culinary Stars,” the event brings together 10 of Washington’s most celebrated chefs — including two-time James Beard Award winner Edouardo Jordan (JuneBaby, Salare), James Beard Award winner Felipe Hernandez (Los Hernandez Tamales, Union Gap), James Beard Award semifinalist Jay Blackinton (Hogstone’s Wood Oven) and others — along with two-time James Beard Award-winning All-Star chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinksi of San Francisco’s State Bird Provisions to create an elaborate menu showcasing America’s rich and diverse culinary scene.
The exclusive benefit dinner takes place October 19 at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Tickets are available here.
Spanning six weekends between September 28 and November 16, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America stops in 10 American cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Louisville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle. Each city’s weekend-long itinerary features a one-of-a-kind benefit dinner prepared by a Taste America All-Star and Local Star chef; free in-store consumer events at select Sur La Table locations with celebrity chef appearances, cooking demos, book signings, and more. Full details are available at jamesbeard.org.
Seattle has been included on the tour three times before, in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Tickets sold out quickly, and are expected to do so again this year.
The evening will begin with a reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Blackinton, Hernandez, Melissa Miranda ( Musang, Seattle), Shota Nakajima (Adana, Seattle), and Mutsuko Soma (Kamonegi, Seattle). Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by Taste America All-Stars Brioza and Krasinski; Local All-Star Jordan, winner of two James Beard Awards in 2018 including “Best Chef: Northwest” and “Best New Restaurant” (JuneBaby, Seattle); and host chef Paul Shewchuk (Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle).
Capping off the night will be a dessert reception featuring Brittany Bardeleben (Dahlia Bakery, Seattle), Laura Pyles (The Pantry, Seattle), and Artis Kalsons (Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle).
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs.