The James Beard Foundation kicks off its fourth annual Taste America tour Sept. 22 in Phoenix. The foundation will be traveling to 10 cities across the country to host one-of-a-kind fundraising dinners highlighting local cuisine and headlined by a visiting all-star chef and local star chef, as well as cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings.
The Welcome Reception will take place 6 p.m. next Thursday, with cocktails and bites at Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend
at The Yard. Friday is the main event at The Camby
— the exclusive dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Enjoy cocktails and bites during the reception hour at 7 p.m., but save room for the dinner, which will feature a menu crafted by all-star chef and James Beard Award winner Amanda Freitag
The night’s chefs include: James Beard Award winner Christopher Gross of Christopher’s and Crush Lounge
; pastry chef Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals
; pastry chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos of Essence Bakery Café
; pastry chef Helen Yung of Sweet Republic
; and the host chef, Dushyant Singh, of Artizen Crafted American Kitchen and Bar. The night will be hosted by news anchor Sean McLaughlin of CBS 5 News.
The reception will feature tastings from Gabe Bertaccini of II Tocco Food; Kelly Fletcher of Zen; Sacha Levine of Ocotillo; Jeff Smedstad of Elote Café; and Matthew Taylor of Gertrude’s.
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