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James Beard Foundation to host Winter 2022 Taste America Culinary Series | Feast and Field: Food Begins in the Field

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.