The James Beard Foundation Kicked Off Its 3rd Annual Taste America 10-City Culinary Tour

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The James Beard Foundation Kicked Off Its 3rd Annual Taste America 10-City Culinary Tour

Kristen Hom

The James Beard Foundation is hitting the road. The national nonprofit culinary organization kicked off its third annual Taste America series (in an exclusive digital media sponsorship with The Daily Meal) on August 4 at the James Beard House. 

The James Beard House Kitchen

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Alon Shaya (second from the right) and his team preparing the evening’s offerings for the kickoff event.

Figs

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Fresh figs were used in Alon Shaya's short rib tagine dish.

Susan Ungaro

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James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro mingling at the event.

Vanilla Citrus Tonic

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A variety of beverages were served at the event; this one was a tonic cocktail with orange and vanilla flavors.

Taste America All-Stars

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Chefs John Besh (left) and Rocco DiSpirito looked dapper at the Taste America kickoff.

John Besh, Honorary All-Star

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The kickoff featured cuisine from chef John Besh’s hometown, New Orleans.

Alon Shaya, This Evening's Chef

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Chef Alon Shaya will show off his culinary chops at the New Orleans event this October.

All-Star Culinary Team

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Are these chefs coming to your hometown? (L to R): Art Smith, Alon Shaya, Mark Ladner, April Bloomfield, Susan Ungaro (president of the James Beard Foundation), Rocco DiSpirito, and John Besh.

All-Stars Pose With James Beard Cut-Out

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Take a good look, America: These are your Taste America All Stars. 

Chocolate Desserts

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Hazelnut chocolate pudding was a hit at the party.

Caviar on Toast

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Ira with paddlefish caviar and rye was also a hit with guests. 

Avocado Toast

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One of the passed appetizers was avocado on toasted pumpernickel with smoked white fish.

Torta Antica 1920

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For chocolate-lovers only. 

Bacardi Cocktails

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Bacardi provided many of the cocktails at the event.