SHAYA PHOTO COURTESY MARIANNA MASSEY
Gautreau's Sue Zemanick (left) and Alon Shaya of Shaya are among local chefs featured at the James Beard Foundations's Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast event Oct. 9.
An impressive roster of local culinary talent will be featured at the James Beard Foundation’s local food tour, “Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast”
The nationwide tour, now in its third year, visits 10 American cities over a six-week span between Sept. 18 and Nov. 7 and includes a four-course dinner cooked by a local chef paired with a "Taste America All-Star" chef.
The New Orleans segment starts Oct. 9 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The event, A Night of Culinary Stars
, begins at 7 p.m. and will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Ryan Prewitt of Peche Seafood Grill, Alon Shaya of Shaya, Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon and Gautreau’s
A four-course dinner will be prepared by chef Donald Link, host chef Eric Damidot of 8 Block Kitchen and New York chef April Bloomfield. Emeril’s New Orleans pastry chef Jeremy Fogg will prepare desert. Tickets start at $300 and a table of 10 costs $5,000.
The following day features a book signing and cooking demonstration with Bloomfield at Sur La Table in Baton Rouge which will include tastings from local producers and product demonstrations.
A portion of proceeds will go towards the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Scholarship Fund. Culinary students in Louisiana are invited to apply for the scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2016 through jamesbeard.org.
To reserve tickets or for more information on the event, visit the event’s website here.