On Friday, October 2, the James Beard Foundation will host Taste Minneapolis, a cocktail hour and dinner at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel, with special guest Jonathan Waxman, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind restaurants like Barbuto and Jams, the latter a recent resurrection of his beloved 80’s restaurant on New York City’s Upper East Side.
The evening is part of the Foundation’s annual Taste America program, a cross-country tour featuring special dinners and cooking events hosted by James Beard Award-winning chefs, as well as prominent local chefs from each city on the tour.
In Minneapolis, the evening will begin with a tasting reception from some of the city’s best chefs, like Thomas Boemer (Corner Table), Jim Christiansen (Heydey), Taya Kaufenberg (Tiny Diner) and others. Then, guests will enjoy a four-course dinner from chef Waxman and Gavin Kaysen, the chef behind the city's Spoon and Stable restaurant. Dessert will feature the works of Spoon and Stable’s pastry chef, Diane Yang.
Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel, and longtime Minnesota resident, will serve as the evening’s emcee.
“I’m really just showing up and hosting," Zimmern told The Daily Meal, “but taking the James Beard Foundation on the road is so important. Most people just know the [James Beard] Awards show, but the foundation does important work all year round, exposing people to new ideas about food all the time.”
Tickets are available now online at Taste America.