For those impassioned by good food, the “Taste America Gala Dinner” benefiting the James Beard Foundation offered both an opportunity to enjoy creations from the region’s most celebrated chefs and a way to give back to our community.
On February 12, the dinner donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund, which is part of the James Beard Foundation’s effort to give chefs and their colleagues the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable and delicious for all.
The Gala Reception hors d’oeuvres menu offered delectable bites prepared by Chef Alex Harrell of The Elysian Bar, Chef Nicole Mills of Pêche Seafood Grill, Chef Nathan Richard and Chef Arvinder Vilkhu of Saffron.
The Gala Dinner also featured an impressive lineup of chefs, including Chef Thierry Connault of The Ritz-Carlton, Chef Nina Compton of Compère Lapin, Chef Jamie Malone of Grand Café and Eastside and Chef Graison Gill of Bellegarde Bakery.
The Dessert Reception menu followed suit, with sweet offerings from Chef Austin Breckenridge of Justine, Chef Ashley McMillan of The Ritz-Carlton, Chef Maggie Scales of Link Restaurant Group and Chef Jimi Setchim of Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard.
Pianist Jesse McBride provided a musical backdrop for the more than 300 guests in attendance.
Co-Chairs were Dickie Brennan; Susan and Ralph Brennan; Kia and Christy Brown; Katie and Eric Hoffman; Caroline and Bo Reily; and Allison and Ben Tiller. Ian McNulty served as Emcee. Capital One served as Presenting Sponsor.
Event at a Glance
What: “Taste America Gala Dinner,” benefiting James Beard Foundation
When: Wednesday, February 12
Where: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans