The Fifth Annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is a national celebration of food, making stops in 10 cities. This year’s festivities will take place between Sept. 22 and Nov. 11. This exciting series begins with a Friday evening benefit dinner starting with a pre-dinner reception featuring five celebrated local chefs, followed by a four-course menu headlined by a visiting Taste America All-Star chef and prepared with an elite team of notable local chefs.
In addition to raising funds to support the foundation and its programs, a portion of the proceeds from each dinner benefit a local culinary student through a Taste America Scholarship created in each city.
Philadelphia’s weekend-long Taste America program will kick off on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Museum of the American Revolution with A Night of Culinary Stars. The evening will begin with a reception complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Scott Anderson (elements, Princeton, N.J.; Mistral, King of Prussia), Nicholas Elmi (Laurel, Philadelphia), Richard Landau (Vedge, Philadelphia; V Street, Philadelphia), Camille Cogswell (Zahav, Philadelphia) and Nate Horwitz (Morimoto, Philadelphia).
Taste America All-Star Marc Murphy.
Afterward, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by Taste America All-Star Marc Murphy, along with local chef Greg Vernick, pastry chef Pat O’Malley and host chef Jean-Marie Lacroix.
Local celebrity restaurateur Stephen Starr of STARR Restaurants, COOK demonstration kitchen owner Audrey Claire and chef and restaurant consultant Hope Cohen will co-chair the dinner.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, free in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table King of Prussia. Activities will include cooking demonstrations by Murphy and Anderson, book signings and tastings from local producers and artisans, as well as product demonstrations and tastings from national sponsors. Reservations for the free cooking demonstrations will begin online on Friday, Sept. 29.