To all you food enthusiasts out there, The James Beard Foundation's Taste America will be hosting the "Local Flavor from Coast to Coast" a traveling food festival coming to 10 cities this year. It will be coming to my hometown, Las Vegas, on September 27th and September 28th. Taste America will showcase culinary all-stars and public events exploring the unique range of local cuisines in Las Vegas along with nine other cities including Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami, NYC, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
The Taste America culinary agenda for Las Vegas includes (more details TBA):
10 AM- Sur La Table at Fashion Show Mall. This event will feature in-store chef appearances, cooking demonstrations, tastings from local artisans and producers and a special cooking demonstration and book signing with Masaharu Morimoto at 2pm.
The Taste America Vehicle- The official Taste America vehicle will make stops at local farmers' markets and various locations throughout the weekend to promote healthy, sustainable practices with tastings and demos from participating chefs. Exact locations and times TBA.
8 PM- A poolside gala tasting and reception will be held at The Mirage Hotel & Casino and will be co-hosted by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (proprietor of Morimoto Restaurants) and Host Chef Christian Schmidt (of The Mirage). This event will also feature dishes and cocktails from several of Las Vegas’ local chefs, including Saipin Chutima (of Lotus of Siam), Eric Klein (of Spago), Brian Massie (of The Light Group), Laurent Tourondel (of BLT Burger), and more!
*** Tickets for “A Taste of America” are on sale now at http://www.jbftasteamerica.org/tickets, and are priced at $120 per person, all-inclusive. VIP tickets are also available for $250, which includes exclusive access to the official after party at 1 OAK nightclub immediately following the poolside reception. The James Beard Foundation is proud to donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to The Epicurean Charitable Foundation.
** The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature. Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature cardholders will enjoy exclusive benefits not available to the public at James Beard Foundation’s Taste America events, including access to chefs, recipes, preferred seating, and more!
*For more info about this event in Las Vegas, please contact Alan Semsar (702) 50-WINE-6 or visit jbftasteamerica.org/event/las-vegas.