James Beard Foundation Taste America Culinary Series Continues


NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good campaign, a national initiative to support independent restaurants, will make a stop in New Orleans at Vyoone’s on Wednesday, February 16, at 6:30 pm. Host Chef Sidney Montrel of Vyoone’s and Guest Chef Martha Wiggins of Café Reconcile will prepare a multi-course menu that reflects their signature styles and highlights the uniqueness of their restaurants and the New Orleans community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course courtesy of Rabbit Hole Distillery and White Claw® Hard Seltzer.

Created by
Sidney Montrel, Vyoone’s, New Orleans
Martha Wiggins, Cafe Reconcile, New Orleans

Grilled Baguette with Kerrygold Butter

Seared Scallop with Butter Bean Cassoulet and Sauce Persillade

Classic Coq Au Vin, Braised Cornish Hen with Red Wine–Cognac Reduction, Roasted Garlic, Wild Mushrooms, Fingerling Potatoes, and Confit Pearl Onions

Vegan Couscous Coq au Vin, Braised Couscous with Red Wine–Cognac Reduction, Roasted Garlic, Wild Mushrooms, Fingerling Potatoes, and Confit Pearl Onions

White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Praline and Rabbit Hole Dareringer Bourbon Whiskey Sauce

Wine pairings to be announced.

Beverages Courtesy of:
Rabbit Hole Distillery

*Menu is subject to change

Taste America supports local chefs and restaurants directly while also driving philanthropic support towards industry-wide relief. In order to best support the recovery efforts of our featured chefs and restaurant teams in New Orleans following Hurricane Ida, 100% of each ticket purchase goes directly to the participating local restaurants.

The James Beard Foundation created the Open for Good campaign in response to the severe crisis facing the restaurant industry and the entire ecosystem which the industry supports—the farmers, producers, distributors, local communities, and others. The campaign is committed to helping independent restaurants survive the pandemic, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term. New Orleans is one of 26 total cities nationwide taking part in the Open for Good campaign.

Tickets to the event are sold as pairs: a table for two ($300), a table for four ($600), or a table for six ($900), and can be purchased at JamesBeard/TasteAmerica. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. The intimate gathering will follow all safety regulations being enforced by local governance at the time of the event. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours are required to attend.




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