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James Beard brings culinary tour to New Orleans

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The James Beard Foundation's Taste America culinary tour spans six weeks and 10 cities, including a Sept. 30 event in New Orleans.

  The New Orleans event, A Night of Culinary Stars, takes place at the Hyatt Regency (600 Loyola Ave.) and features a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres from local chefs Michael Gulotta, Isaac Toups, Slade Rushing, Nina Compton and Phillip Lopez. A multi-course dinner will be prepared by James Beard Award winner Alex Guarnaschelli, La Petite Grocery's Justin Devillier, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group pastry chef Brett Gauthier and Hyatt Regency chef Eric Damidot.

  Tickets for the dinner are $300, and a portion of the proceeds support the Taste America Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available at www.jbftasteamerica.org/event/new-orleans.

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