This year marks the sixteenth annual Friends of James Beard Foundation dinner at The American Restaurant in Kansas City, the longest-running fundraising dinner for the foundation in the country. Over the past decade and a half, this event has brought some of America’s most respected chefs to my hometown to raise money for the James Beard Foundation, including Jean-Louis Palladin, Tom Colicchio, and Takashi Yagihashi in its earlier years, and, more recently, Christopher Kostow, Paul Qui, Joshua Skenes, Michael Cimarusti, Justin Cogley, Bryan Voltaggio, and John Shields. The list is long, the roster has been impressive.
For the fifth year, I have been asked by the hosting chef – now, Michael Corvino – to help invite the guest chefs and participate in the event. Having just finalized this year’s guest chefs list, I am pleased to share it with you now and to announce that this year’s Friends of James Beard Foundation dinner at The American Restaurant will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Please save the date.
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Each of the following chefs will present one course, paired with wine, at this year’s Friends of James Beard Foundation dinner at The American Restaurant. I hope to see you there. (Please call 816-545-8001 to make your reservation. Dinner is $150 per person, all-inclusive.)
(The American Restaurant; Kansas City, Missouri)
(Del Posto; New York, New York)
(FT33; Dallas, Texas)
(casa mono; New York, New York)
(Castagna; Portland, Oregon)
You can read about a couple of past Friends of the James Beard Foundation dinners at The American Restaurant on this blog:
Photos: Justin Cogley and Bryan Voltaggio at the 2013 Friends of James Beard Foundation dinner; Antonio Bachour’s petits fours plated and ready to go at the 2013 Friends of James Beard Foundation dinner.