Willa Jean Owner and Executive Chef Kelly Fields helps distribute the three-course meal she created for the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 “Taste America” event, presented by Capital One in October. In lieu of the usual in-person events, participating chefs, special guests and diners from 20 cities around the country came together for a virtual communal dinner to eat, celebrate local independent restaurants and support efforts to rebuild a more sustainable and equitable industry.
Event planner Rachel Schmidlin assists with the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 “Taste America” event, presented by Capital One in October. In New Orleans, participants were also treated to a wine-pairing courtesy of Dough Wines.
The James Beard Foundation’s 2020 “Taste America” event also featured a live broadcast showcasing a lineup of James Beard Foundation chefs and special guests from across the country. The event supports the James Beard Foundation, which has been working to help the independent restaurant industry survive the COVID-19 crisis and come back stronger, more equitable, and more resilient through its Open for Good campaign.
Molly Carr, Luke Fleming and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt celebrated the fifth annual “Crescent City Chamber Music Festival” in October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival shifted to a virtual format and Flemming, the artistic director, went to great lengths to ensure the health and safety of the musicians who lived and rehearsed at his home for the duration of the event.
“Crescent City Chamber Music Festival” performers streamed live from the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in October 2020.
Cellist Andrea Casarrubios performed debuted new original material written specifically for the 2020 “Crescent City Chamber Music Festival” in October.
“Crescent City Chamber Music Festival” performers Brook Speltz, Brendan Speltz, Luke Fleming and Andrea Casarrubios took in the sights of New Orleans in October.
Chartwell Center Executive Director Folwell Dunbar greeted Tommy and Linda Westfeldt with an elbow bump at the Chartwell Center’s 18th annual “Sporting Clays Classic” in October 2020.
April Vallette took aim during the “Sporting Clays Classic,” an annual event benefiting the Chartwell Center, a nonprofit working to make a difference in the autism community through education and clinic services.
Ricky Favor took a cigar break during the 18th annual “Sporting Clays Classic,” a fundraiser for the Chartwell Center, which is in its 20th year educating and providing clinical services to children and adults with autism.
John Keller prepared for his shot during the Chartwell Center’s 18th annual “Sporting Clays Classic” in October 2020.
Barrett Norman, Dan Luke, Dev Morning and George Thornton celebrated their win at the 2020 “Sporting Clays Classic” as the “Quack Smackers.”