A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation, will take place on Friday, November 3 at W Austin.
The extraordinary one-night-only dinner will be prepared by Taste America All-Star Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Familia, Petit Trois, Trois Mec, and LudoBird in Los Angeles) along with Local Star Tyson Cole ( Uchi, Uchiko, Uchi Dallas, Uchi Houston, Top Knot) and pastry chef Laura Sawicki (Launderette Austin).
Preceding the four-course dinner with pairings by Robert Mondavi Winery,Stella Artois and Messina Hof Winery & Resort, will be a culinary reception featuring Illiana de la Vega (El Naranjo), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue) Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine), Philip Speer (Bonhomie Austin) and James Zoller (Trace).
Special thanks to sponsors Whole Foods Market, Bloom, Stella Artois, Chameleon Cold-Brew and method home. Additional thanks to Empresario Brands, Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin, and Big Swig.
VIP tickets to Taste America also include admission to our kick-off event, Smoke Session hosted by Aaron Franklin on Thursday, November 2nd.
The James Beard Foundation is proud to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund. Local culinary students in the ten participating states were invited to apply for this culinary scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2017, via jamesbeard.org. Candidates will be reviewed by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee, chaired by JBF president Susan Ungaro.
For more information on JBF’s Fifth Anniversary Taste America culinary tour, please visit jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica.