The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

Traveling food festival featured a menu prepared by protégés of the foundation’s legacy chefs.

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America stopped in Philadelphia this past weekend. The five-weekend traveling national food festival will visit nine other cities from September 20 through October 19, 2013, including Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Phoenix and Washington D.C. Co- hosted by chef Patrick Feury, Nectar Berwyn, PA , 6ABC's The Chew's Carla Hall, and David Katz, Creekstone Farms Philadelphia (not pictured), the event consisted of a Legacy Chef VIP Dinner as well as a general admission food festival featuring local chefs.

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America stopped in Philadelphia this past weekend. The five-weekend traveling national food festival will visit nine other cities from September 20th through October 19th. Co- hosted by chef Patrick Feury (above, left) of Berwyn’s Nectar, Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew (above, right) and David Katz of Creekstone Farms Philadelphia (not pictured), the event consisted of a legacy chef VIP dinner as well as a general admission food festival featuring local chefs.

The dinner was prepared by the protégés of the Legacy Chefs. Below, from left: Matthew Ridgway of  Rosemont, N.J.’s The Pass, who is the protégé of Jean-Marie Lacroix of Brûlée Catering, Susanna Foo and her protégé Anne Coll of Meritage, Pierre Calmels of Bibou (who is the protégé of George Pierre, who couldn’t make the event); other legacy chefs included James Beard award winners Steve Poses of Frog Commissary Catering and  Judy Wicks, author and founder of White Dog Café.


The dinner was prepared by the Protégés of the Legacy Chefs. Matthew Ridgway, The Pass, Rosemont, NJ protégé of Jean-Marie Lacroix, Brûlée Catering, Susanna Foo's protégé is, Anne Coll, Meritage, Pierre Calmels, Bibou is the Protégé of George Pierre, who couldn't make the event. Other legacy chefs included James Beard Award Winner Steve Poses, Frog Commissary Catering, and James Beard Award Winner Judy Wicks, Author, founder of White Dog Café.

Below: The VIP dinner with the legacies consisted of four courses and hors d'oeuvres, starting with Oysters XO from Michael Solomonov (Zahav), then a delicious smoked scallop dish by chef Terence Feury of Tavro 13, hamachi crudo by Anne Coll of Meritage, char savarin by Pierre Calmels of Bibou, suckling pig leg civet by Matthew Ridgway of the Pass, and finally for dessert a lemon ginger tart prepared by Carla Hall.

The VIP Dinner with the Legacies consisted of four courses and hors D'Oeuvres, starting with Oysters XO with Michael Solomonov, Zahav, then a delicious smoked scallop dish by Chef Terence Feury, Tavro 13, Hamachi Crudo by Anne Coll, Meritage . Char Savarin, Pierre Calmels, Bibou, Suckling Pig Leg Civet by Matthew Ridgway, The Pass, and finally for dessert a Lemon Ginger Tart prepared by Carla Hall.

During the dinner, one lucky diner had a "golden ticket" stashed under their chair. Below, from left: James Bears representative Lori Marshall with Marty and Stacey Moyers. Stacey found the "Delta boarding pass to anywhere for two" under her seat. The Moyers bought their legacy dinner tickets through Chase Sapphire, which was one of the sponsors of the dinner. It was a mutual birthday present to each other, and I'd hazard a guess that it was a memorable dining experience.

During the dinner, one lucky diner had a "Golden Ticket" stashed under their chair. Stacey and Marty Moyers with James Beard Representative Lori Marshall found the "Delta boarding pass to anywhere for two" under her seat. The Moyer's bought their Legacy Dinner tickets through Chase Sapphire, which was one of the sponsors of the dinner. It was a mutual birthday present to each other, and I'd say a memorable dining experience.

Below, from left: Philanthropist Dana Spain (who told me her restaurant Sophia's on East Passyunk, would open again soon under a different concept), Steve Rockman, Sophie Sabet and Mina Sabet.

Philanthropist Dana Spain (who told me her restaurant Sophia's on East Passyunk, would open again soon under a different concept. Steve Rockman, Sophie Sabet and Mina Sabet

Below: Amy Edelman of Night Kitchen Bakery created this tasty treat for the evening.

Amy Edelman, Night Kitchen Bakery created this tasty treat for the evening's James Beard Taste of America night.

Below: Christine Graf from the restaurant Oysters XO, shucks an oyster for food writer Rick Nichols.

Christine Graf from Oysters XO, shucks an oyster for food writing Rick Nichols

Below: Alison Bolegnese and Chris Hall told me their favorite dish from the cocktail party was pheasant agnolotti prepared by chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtu. I had it, too, and it was delicious. He tells me it's a new item on his fall menu.

Alison Bolegnese and Chris Hall told me their favorite dish from the cocktail party was Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtu's pheasant agnolotti. I had it too, it was delicious. He tells me it's a new item on his fall menu.

Below: Victor and Sally Friedman were excited to experience the legacy dinner.

Victor and Sally Friedman were excited to experience the Legacy Dinner.

Below, from right: Bibou's Pierre Calmels (last week Pierre and wife Charlotte Calmels  announced they were opening their second restaurant, Le Chéri, at The Art Alliance) chef Christopher Kearse of Passyunk Avenue's Will (his dish was kurobuta pork cheek with buttermilk polenta, glazed salsify and toasted honey jus) and Rick Nichols.

Pierre Calmels, Bibou, (last week Pierre and wife Charlotte Calmels of Bibou announced they were opening their second restaurant, called Le Chéri, at The Art Alliance.) , Chef Christopher Kearse, Will at 1911 East Passyunk Ave (his dish was: kurobuta pork cheek with buttermilk polenta, glazed salsify and toasted honey jus.) with Rick Nichols.

During the dessert hour, 6ABCs Monica Malpass and Barry Slossberg of Slossberg Auction House, conducted the live auction. A trip for two to sit at the chef's table on The Chew sold for $600.

During the dessert hour, 6ABCs Monica Malpass and Barry Slossberg, Slossberg Auction House, conducted the live auction. A trip for two to sit at the Chef's Table on The Chew sold for $600.

Speaking of dessert, from right: Ozzie Perez (Ozzie Perez Salon) and Ryan Petros enjoy white nectarine and ginger popsicles from Jeanne Chang of the Lil' Pop Shop.

Speaking of dessert, Ryan Petros and Ozzie Perez (Ozzie Perez Salon) enjoy white nectarine and ginger popsicles from Jeanne Chang, The Lil' Pop Shop.

Below: Judy Wicks and Craig Johnson open up the dance floor.

Judy Wicks and Craig Johnson open up the dance floor

Before I knew it the legendary James Beard Taste of America night was over, and Lauren Hunter, Angela Conti, Erica Noles and Denise Lukasik (below, from left) were on their way out with their denim gift bags, which included lots of fun stuff like Rachael Ray's magazine, and a book by chef Steve Poses.

Before I knew it the legendary James Beard Taste of America night was over, and Lauren Hunter, Angela Conti, Erica Noles and Denise Lukasik were on their way out with their denim gift bags, which included lots of fun stuff like Rachael Ray's magazine, and a book by Chef Steve Poses.

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