August 21, 2015
By: Gillie Houston, Yahoo
On a balmy August evening, a bevy of chefs and food enthusiasts gathered in the backyard of the James Beard House, the brownstone in which Beard, beloved cookbook author and champion of American cuisine, lived. Sipping on rum cocktails and chatting breezily, the crowd had gathered to celebrate the kick-off of this year’s Taste America, a program Beard himself surely would have been proud to take part in.
The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America program, now in its third year, brings together some of the brightest chefs in America to hold dinners and demonstrations in 10 cities across the U.S. over the course of six weeks.
These chefs, known as the “Taste America All-Stars” are chosen based on their ability, reputation, and past involvement with the James Beard Foundation. This year’s lineup of all-stars includes household names like Tyler Florence, April Bloomfield, Rocco DiSpirito, and Mark Ladner; as well as other food world favorites including Jonathan Waxman, Traci Des Jardins, Hugh Acheson, and more.