The James Beard Foundation announces featured chefs, cities, and programming for the continuation of its Taste America culinary series. Kicking off on Tuesday, January 11 in Boston, the winter 2022 series, presented by Capital One, will feature a lineup of dining events in 18 cities nationwide including San Juan, Puerto Rico.
For this winter’s Taste America series, the James Beard Foundation is excited to bring chefs and diners back together to safely celebrate local independent restaurants in-person, and support efforts to rebuild a more sustainable and equitable industry. Sixty-five percent of all tickets sold will go directly to the participating chefs’ restaurants to support their business, with 35 percent supporting the James Beard Foundation’s national programming, including the Open for Good campaign. The James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good campaign is committed to helping independent restaurants survive the COVID-19 crisis, rebuild stronger, and thrive for the long term. As part of this campaign, the Foundation has created the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans, which recently provided its third round of $15,000 grants to food and beverage businesses, majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals, across six regions nationally.
For information on the Foundation’s Open for Good campaign, industry support resources, and the Investment Fund, visit jamesbeard.org/aboutopenforgood.
Each event ticket includes a three-course meal by featured chefs that showcases their signature styles and highlights the uniqueness of their communities, plus beverage pairings to be enjoyed at the participating restaurant, with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. More details on events in each participating city can be viewed at jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica.
Capital One cardholders have the exclusive opportunity to purchase a Capital One Access Pass that allows them to enjoy the three-course meal and beverage pairings while also receiving exclusive special perks. You must use an eligible Capital One card to purchase a Capital One Access Pass. Excludes Capital One-issued private label cards. Availability is limited. The box office is now open for the general public and Capital One cardholders for all events and tickets can be purchased at www.jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica.
This year’s winter 2022 Taste America programming dates, participating chefs, and cities include the following:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11
Boston: Chef Charlie Foster, Wood Hills at Pier 4, and featuring a guest chef courtesy of Choose Chicago to be announced
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12
Chicago: Chef Cedric Harden, River Roast, and featuring guest chef Darnell Reed, Luella’s Southern Kitchen
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18
Miami: Chef Michael Beltran, Ariete, and featuring guest chef Valerie Chang, Itamae
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
Philadelphia: Chef Michael Vincent Ferreri, Irwin’s, and featuring guest chef Amanda Shulman, Her Place Supper Club
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Minneapolis: Chef Ann Kim, Sooki & Mimi, and featuring guest chef Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Houston: Chef Aaron Bludorn, Bludorn, and featuring guest chef Nick Wong, UB Preserve
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Denver: Chef Dana Rodriguez, Cantina Loca, and featuring guest chef Jen Jasinski, Rioja
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC: Chef Andrea Reusing, Lantern, and featuring guest chef Cheetie Kumar, Garland
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Atlanta: Chef Scotley Innis, Continent, and featuring guest chef Claudia Martinez, Miller Union
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Phoenix: Chef Samantha Sanz, Elements, and featuring guest chef Rochelle Daniel, Atria & Fat Ox
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Chef Mario Pagán, La Central, and featuring guest chef María Mercedes Grubb, Underground Dining Club
TUESDAY, MARCH 1
Santa Fe: Chef Dakota Weiss, Coyote Café, and featuring guest chef Martin Rios, Restaurant Martín
TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Boston: Chef Karen Akunowicz, Bar Volpe, and featuring guest chef Cassie Piuma, Sarma
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
Seattle: Chef Preeti Agarwal, Meesha 127, and featuring guest chef Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
San Francisco: Chef Pim Techamuanvivit, Nari, and featuring guest chef Heena Patel, Besharam
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Philadelphia: Chefs Greg Vernick and Drew Parassio, Vernick Fish, and featuring guest chef Ange Branca, Kampar Kitchen
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
Los Angeles: Chef Martin Draluck, Post & Beam, and featuring a guest chef courtesy of Choose Chicago to be announced
Dates for New Orleans and New York City will be announced soon.
The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® is presented by Capital One, the official credit card and banking partner of the James Beard Foundation. Through this first-of-its-kind partnership, Capital One cardholders enjoy exclusive access to James Beard Foundation programming. Taste America is also presented in association with American Airlines, the official airline of the James Beard Foundation, and the following sponsors: Premier Sponsors: Deloitte, Rabbit Hole Distillery; Supporting Sponsor: Kerrygold USA; Patron Sponsors: Choose Chicago, Skuna Bay Salmon, White Claw® Hard Seltzer; Additional Support: Windstar Cruises, the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation; and Founding Partner: Bowen & Company.