The James Beard Foundation has announces featured chefs, cities and programming for the continuation of its Taste America culinary series. Kicking off on Tuesday, January 11 in Boston, the winter 2022 series, presented by Capital One, will feature a lineup of dining events in 18 cities nationwide including San Juan, Puerto Rico.
For this winter’s Taste America series, the James Beard Foundation is excited to bring chefs and diners back together to safely celebrate local independent restaurants in-person, and support efforts to rebuild a more sustainable and equitable industry. 65% of all tickets sold will go directly to the participating chefs’ restaurants to support their business, with 35% supporting the James Beard Foundation’s national programming, including the Open for Good campaign.
The James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good campaign is committed to helping independent restaurants survive the COVID-19 crisis, rebuild stronger, and thrive for the long term.
As part of this campaign, the Foundation has created the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans, which recently provided its third round of $15,000 grants to food and beverage businesses, majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals, across six regions nationally.
This year’s winter 2022 Taste America programming dates, participating chefs, and cities include the following:
Boston: Chef Charlie Foster, Wood Hills at Pier 4, and featuring a guest chef courtesy of Choose Chicago to be announced
Chicago: Chef Cedric Harden, River Roast, and featuring guest chef Darnell Reed, Luella’s Southern Kitchen
Miami: Chef Michael Beltran, Ariete, and featuring guest chef Valerie Chang, Itamae
Philadelphia: Chef Michael Vincent Ferreri, Irwin’s, and featuring guest chef Amanda Shulman, Her Place Supper Club
Minneapolis: Chef Ann Kim, Sooki & Mimi, and featuring guest chef Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai
Houston: Chef Aaron Bludorn, Bludorn, and featuring guest chef Nick Wong, UB Preserve
Denver: Chef Dana Rodriguez, Cantina Loca, and featuring guest chef Jen Jasinski, Rioja
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC: Chef Andrea Reusing, Lantern, and featuring guest chef Cheetie Kumar, Garland
Atlanta: Chef Scotley Innis, Continent, and featuring guest chef Claudia Martinez, Miller Union
Phoenix: Chef Samantha Sanz, Elements, and featuring guest chef Rochelle Daniel, Atria & Fat Ox
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Chef Mario Pagán, La Central, and featuring guest chef María Mercedes Grubb, Underground Dining Club
Santa Fe: Chef Dakota Weiss, Coyote Café, and featuring guest chef Martin Rios, Restaurant Martín
Boston: Chef Karen Akunowicz, Bar Volpe, and featuring guest chef Cassie Piuma, Sarma
Seattle: Chef Preeti Agarwal, Meesha 127, and featuring guest chef Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi
San Francisco: Chef Pim Techamuanvivit, Nari, and featuring guest chef Heena Patel, Besharam
Philadelphia: Chefs Greg Vernick and Drew Parassio, Vernick Fish, and featuring guest chef Ange Branca, Kampar Kitchen
Los Angeles: Chef Martin Draluck, Post & Beam, and featuring a guest chef courtesy of Choose Chicago to be announced
Each event ticket includes a three-course meal by featured chefs that showcases their signature styles and highlights the uniqueness of their communities, plus beverage pairings to be enjoyed at the participating restaurant, with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. Tickets are available here.