James Beard Foundation’s Fourth Annual Taste America® Announces Local Star Chefs in San Francisco this November

~ Tickets on Sale Now for National Ten-City Tour Celebrating America’s Culinary Diversity ~

 Photos courtesy of Gamma Nine Photography // @gammanine

Tickets are now on sale for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour, which will visit ten American cities this fall. Spanning six weekends between September 23 and November 5, 2016, this year’s program will stop in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, OR, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities. Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a lineup of celebrated local chefs, followed by a one-of-a-kind, four-course dinner crafted in collaboration with a Taste America All-Star and a Local Star chef.


San Francisco’s weekend long celebration will kick off on Friday, November 4, 2016 at The InterContinental with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from San Francisco chefs and restaurateurs, including Tim Archuleta (ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar, San Francisco), Srijith Gopinathan (Campton Place, San Francisco), Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco), Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji, San Francisco), Pim Techamuanvivit & Narciso Salvador (Kin Khao, San Francisco), and Martin Yan (M.Y. China, San Francisco). Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by James Beard Award-nominated chef and Taste America All-Star Anita Lo (Annisa, NYC), along with Local Star and James Beard Award-winning chef Charles Phan (Slanted Door, San Francisco), James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Belinda Leong (B.Patisserie, San Francisco) and Host Chef Daniel Corey (Luce, San Francisco) who will collaborate to create a unique and unforgettable one-night-only menu. James Beard Award winners Carolyn Jung (Author and creator of FoodGal.com) and J. Kenji López-Alt (Serious Eats) will serve as guest emcees for the festivities.

On Saturday, November 5, 2016  free in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table® located at 2224 Union Street in San Francisco. Activities of the day will include cooking demos by All-Star Anita Lo and Local Star Charles Phan, book signings, culinary treats from local producers and artisans, as well as product demos and tastings from our national sponsors. Reservations for the free cooking demos will begin two weeks prior to each event at jbftasteamerica.org. Visit San Francisco’s event page for the full schedule and more details.


The full 2016 Taste America program calendar is as follows:

  • Sept. 23-24        Los Angeles: All-Star Scott Conant*/Phoenix: All-Star Amanda Freitag*
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1  Kansas City: All-Star Gavin Kaysen*/New Orleans: All-Star Alex Guarnaschelli*
  • Oct. 14-15         Chicago: All-Star Missy Robbins***
  • Oct. 21-22         Portland, OR: All-Star Stephanie Izard*
  • Oct. 28-29         Twin Cities: All-Star Jose Garces*/Boston: All-Star John Besh*
  • Nov. 4-5            Charleston: All-Star Dan Barber*/San Francisco: All-Star Anita Lo**

*Notes James Beard Award Winner

     **Notes James Beard Award Nominee

    ***Notes James Beard Award Semifinalist



The James Beard Foundation is proud to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund. Local culinary students in the ten participating states are invited to apply for this culinary scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2017, via jamesbeard.org. Candidates will be reviewed by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee, chaired by Ungaro.

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America 2016 is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and partners, including premier national sponsor New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; supporting sponsors Breville®, Sodexo, and TABASCO®; retail partner Sur La Table; national media partner Saveur; and digital media partner The Daily Meal®. Additional support has been provided by Chefwear, Hansgrohe and VerTerra Dinnerware. Local partners in San Francisco include The Caviar Company and VOSS artesian water with special thanks to Emily Shoop Design, Gamma Nine photography, and The InterContinental San Francisco.

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About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter Beard Bites. Follow the James Beard Foundation on FacebookTwitter, Instagram,Pinterest and Livestream.