Apparently having the James Beard Foundation’s top chef and top restaurateur in the country, plus the best Mid-Atlantic chef, earns you a spot on the foundation’s annual Taste America tour. The tour stops in Philly on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, with a benefit dinner and cooking demonstrations. Money raised goes to the foundation and to a local culinary student through the Taste America Scholarship. The tour, which last came to Philly in 2013, visits 10 cities total this fall.
The Friday night dinner in Philly gets a cool setting: It’s at the new Museum of the American Revolution. The evening starts off with a reception hosted by Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre, with food from Top Chef Nick Elmi of Laurel and ITV, Camille Cogswell of Zahav, Richard Landau of Vedge and V Street, Scott Anderson of Mistral in King of Prussia (and the original Mistral in Princeton), and Nate Horwitz of Morimoto.
If that’s not enough culinary star power, up next is a four-course dinner from chefs Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink, Jean-Marie Lacroix of Brulee Catering, Pat O’Malley of The Hungry Pigeon, and Marc Murphy of Landmarc and Ditch Plains in New York. The after-party is hosted by Richard Sandoval at his Ritz-Carlton restaurant, Aqimero. Stephen Starr (of all the restaurants), Audrey Claire (Audrey Claire, Twenty Manning), and chef Hope Cohen are the event chairs.
On Saturday, Marc Murphy and Scott Anderson will be doing cooking demonstrations at Sur La Table at the King of Prussia mall. The demos are free. Tickets to the reception and dinner are $300. Add in a VIP reception and it’s $450. The after-party is $50.