The James Beard Foundation
The coast-to-coast celebration that is the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America series, which brought “A Night of Culinary Stars” to ten cities across America within the past two months, landed in Los Angeles on Friday, November 6. A benefit dinner at The Ebell featuring visiting “Taste America All-Star” chef Hugh Acheson, local James Beard Award-winning chefs, and other culinary notables was attended by a sold-out crowd, and the dinner was truly spectacular.
The evening began with a cocktail hour and walk-around tasting in which signature cocktails were served along with small plates from chefs Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium), Michael Hung (Viane), Zach Pollack (Viviane), and Louis Pechan (The Ebell). It was then followed by a seated dinner, where guests were served plated dishes from chef Acheson (of Atlanta’s Empire State South), Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal), and Margarita Manzke (Republique). The evening was topped off with a silent auction, where experiences including trips to New Orleans, San Luis Obispo, and Las Vegas; two nights at any Ritz-Carlton property that participates in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards across the globe; and a trip to the James Beard Awards in Chicago were sold to the highest bidder.
“The event was top notch,” Acheson told us when reached by email. “Really great venue and cooking with all of those chefs was awesome. I always enjoy cooking with a bunch of my peers. I just love to see the ethos of what they are doing and then how they get it done.”
The event was presented in association with The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card, which provided cardmembers with an opportunity to experience the Los Angeles event and attend an exclusive cardmember-only after party at Republique with the chefs.
Read on to see photos of all the dishes served as well as other highlights from the event!