The James Beard Foundation Comes to “Taste” Miami

By Denise Castillon for Suite


The James Beard Foundation is launching its 3rd consecutive year of the Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast national epicurean tour, which will visit 10 American cities this fall. Spanning six weekends between September 18 and November 7, the program will stop in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a lineup of celebrated local chefs, followed by a one-of-a-kind, four-course dinner crafted in collaboration with a Taste America All-Star and a Local Star chef.

Miami’s weekend-long Taste America itinerary will kick off on Friday, September 18 at The Forge with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation.

The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile and Zest, Bradley Kilgore of Alter, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House and Glass & Vine, and Cesar Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions and Phuc Yea!

Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by two James Beard Award-winning chefs, Taste AmericaAll-Star Rocco DiSpirito and Local StarChristopher Lee of The Forge, along with Pastry Chef Sergio Navarro (The Pubbelly Restaurant Group), who will come together to create a unique and unforgettable one-night-only menu.

Tickets for the A Night of Culinary Stars dinner benefit are on sale at

On Saturday, September 19, free in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table® located at Mizner Park, 438 Plaza Real in Boca Raton.

Activities of the day will include a cooking demo by All-Star Rocco DiSpirito, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans, as well as product demos and tastings from our national sponsors.


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