The James Beard Foundation® announces Taste America will return to New York City with an exciting walk-around tasting on February 27 at Pier 57’s Market 57 food hall. Presented by Capital One, the national Taste America culinary series celebrates the local independent restaurants at the heart of our communities, bringing together chefs and food lovers for unique culinary experiences in 20 cities across the United States. Through a “TasteTwenty” cohort of chef teams—the series also spotlights culinary talent who are uniquely leading the industry forward.
The NYC event will take place at Market 57, the newly launched food hall celebrating the culinary and cultural diversity of New York City’s local independent food culture—with over a dozen kiosks curated by Jamestown, with input from the James Beard Foundation. Market 57 is also home to Platform by JBF—a state-of-the-art show kitchen, event space, and educational hub for culinary arts programming that brings to life the Foundation’s Good Food for Good® mission.
The walk-around tasting will feature special bites from TasteTwenty host chef Ayo Balugon of James Beard Award nominee Dept of Culture in Brooklyn, NY as well as TasteTwenty guest chefs Michelle Karr-Ueoka (James Beard Award semifinalist) and Wade Ueoka of MW Restaurant and Artizen by MW in Honolulu, HI—in addition to delicious food stations from the Market 57 kiosks. The exciting gathering will also include:
- Jared Howard of HoneyBunny Chicken and Biscuits, from the James Beard Foundation’s Good To Go by JBF retail incubator;
- Carlos Barrera Duarte of Nom Wah, New York, NY;
- Kevin Bradford, Kim Harris, Stacey Lee Spratt, and Alexis Garrison of Harlem Hops, New York, NY;
- James Beard Award Nominee and Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Alum Fany Gerson and Daniel Ortiz de Montellano of Mijo, New York, NY;
- Ben “Moody” Harney of The Real MotherShuckers, New York, NY;
- Kannika Kittipinyovathhas of Zaab Zaab, New York, NY;
- Maiko Kyogoku and Elena Yamamoto of Bessou, New York, NY;
- Jimmy Rizvi of Ammi, New York, NY;
- Christine Sahadi Whelan of Sahadi’s, New York, NY;
- David Seigal of The Galley by Lobster Place, New York, NY;
- Wen-Jay Ying of Local Roots, New York, NY; and
- Legacy Network Alum Leticia Skai Young-Mohan and Raymond Mohan of Lolo’s on the Water, New York, NY
- Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Alum Jocelyn Guest and Erika Nakamura of Due Madri by The Butcher Girls
Each station’s offering will reflect the chef’s signature style and highlight the uniqueness of their culinary contribution to the community. The tasting will feature DJ Hesta Prynn as well as activations from national and local sponsors, including Capital One, Force & Grace, Mijenta Tequila, Saratoga Spring Water, TABASCO, The Calling, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Urbani Truffles USA
“We are thrilled to host Taste America in New York City and celebrate the city’s distinct and vibrant food culture through the work of our incredible TasteTwenty, guest chefs, and the talented vendors represented in Market 57” said Siobhan Flaherty Haber, vice president of events at the James Beard Foundation. “As representatives of our Good Food for Good mission, we look forward to sharing their stories, exceptional talent, and everything they are doing for their communities at this exciting walk-around tasting.”
Attending the Taste America NYC event will be a special opportunity for guests to join in this mission and become part of the Foundation’s vibrant and growing national culinary community, comprising food lovers and industry professionals alike.
Proceeds from Taste America events benefit the participating chefs, as well as the James Beard Foundation’s national impact programming in support of equity, sustainability, women’s leadership, and a future where all can thrive for the culinary industry and beyond. Tickets for the Taste America NYC tasting are on sale now.
As the official bank and credit card partner of the James Beard Foundation, eligible Capital One rewards cardholders will have access to tickets set aside just for them on Capital One Entertainment, which include special onsite perks, while supplies last.
The James Beard Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability.
The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® is presented by Capital One, the official credit card and banking partner of the James Beard Foundation. Through this first-of-its-kind partnership, Capital One cardholders enjoy exclusive access to James Beard Foundation programming. Taste America is also supported by Premier Sponsors: American Airlines, the official airline of the James Beard Foundation, Deloitte; Supporting Sponsor: Kerrygold USA; Patron Sponsors: BentoBox, the official restaurant technology partner of the James Beard Foundation, Choose Chicago, Illinois Restaurant Association, and Maldon Sea Salt; with Additional Support from: McCormick for Chefs, Mountain Valley Spring Water, VerTerra Dinnerware, Windstar Cruises, the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation; and Founding Partner: Bowen & Co. Events.
About the James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports the people behind America’s food culture, while pushing for new standards in the restaurant industry to create a future where all have the opportunity to thrive. Established over 30 years ago, the Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives and is committed to supporting a resilient and flourishing industry that honors its diverse communities. By amplifying new voices, celebrating those leading the way, and supporting those on the path to do so, the Foundation is working to create a more equitable and sustainable future—what we call Good Food for Good®. JBF brings its mission to life through the annual Awards, industry and community-focused programs, advocacy, partnerships, and events across the country. For the first time in the Foundation’s history, exceptional culinary talent, industry leaders, and visitors from NYC and beyond can experience unforgettable dining and educational programming at Platform by the James Beard Foundation—and be the first to try new food concepts at the Good To Go by JBF kiosk—inspiring food and beverage devotees for decades to come. Learn more at jamesbeard.org, sign up for our newsletter, and follow @beardfoundation on social media.
About Capital One
At Capital One we’re on a mission for our customers – bringing them best-in-class products, rewards, service, and experiences. Capital One is a diversified bank that offers products and services to individuals, small businesses and commercial clients. We use technology, innovation, and interaction to provide consumers with products and services to meet their needs. Through Capital One Dining and Capital One Entertainment, we provide our rewards cardholders with access to unforgettable experiences in the areas they’re passionate about, including dining, music and sports. Learn more atcapitalone.com/dining and capitalone.com/entertainment.
About Pier 57
Located within Hudson River Park at West 15th Street, Pier 57 is a year-round community destination that celebrates New York City’s culinary and cultural diversity. It includes plentiful public open and community spaces, both indoors and outdoors, where visitors can gather for a waterfront experience filled with food, art, culture, nature, and more. Its public open and community spaces include a new rooftop park stewarded by Hudson River Park Trust, bookable community classrooms, and public gathering place called the Living Room. The ground floor is home to Market 57, a food hall with 15 vendors, as well as a mission-centered showcase kitchen called PLATFORM by JBF and a rotating chef residency program called Good To Go by JBF, all curated by culinary nonprofit the James Beard Foundation. Market 57 serves as an incubator for local small businesses and food entrepreneurs with a focus on women- and BIPOC-owned food concepts. Originally built in 1907 as a shipping and storage terminal and reconstructed by the NYC Department of Marine and Aviation in 1952, Pier 57 has become a significant part of NYC’s history and earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to the joint efforts between Hudson River Park Trust, Google, Jamestown, James Beard Foundation, RXR, Youngwoo & Associates, and The Baupost Group, Pier 57 was thoughtfully redeveloped as a community destination with public spaces and a rooftop park, community events and a market hall while adaptively reusing the historic building. For more information please visit:https://pier57nyc.com and follow along on Instagram @pier57.nyc and Facebook @pier57nyc.
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