Join Yours Truly For the 2016 James Beard “Taste America” San Francisco Gala

A dessert from last year's Taste America San Francisco. (Photo by Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography)

A dessert from last year’s Taste America San Francisco. (Photo by Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography)

 

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be an emcee at the James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America” epicurean tour, with my fellow James Beard winner J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats, when it rolls into San Francisco for an unforgettable evening Nov. 4.

The 10-city tour, with stops that include Los Angeles, Chicago and Charleston, benefits the foundation, with a portion of proceeds to go toward culinary scholarships for local students in each region.

The San Francisco gala on Nov. 4, “A Night of Culinary Stars,” will take place at the InterContinental Hotel. The evening kicks off with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception featuring morsels from top San Francisco chefs: Tim Archuleta of Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, Srijith Gopinathan of Campton Place, Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s, Dennis Lee of Namu Gaji, Pim Techamuanvivit & Narciso Salvador of Kin Khao, and Martin Yan of M.Y. China.

A pork dish from last year's event. (Photo by Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography)

A pork dish from last year’s event. (Photo by Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography)

That’s followed by an extraordinary dinner by a roster of James Beard-nominated or James Beard-award-winning chefs, including: Anita Lo of Annisa in New York, Charles Phan of the Slanted Door in San Francisco, Belinda Leong of B. Patisserie in San Francisco, and Daniel Corey of Luce at the InterContinental. Joel Riddell of iHeartRadio’s “Dining Around” will be a VIP host, too.

Tickets start at $375.

Sur La Table on Union Street in San Francisco will host free demos. (Photo by Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography)

Sur La Table on Union Street in San Francisco will host free demos. (Photo by Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography)

The next day, Nov. 5, Sur La Table, 2224 Union St. in San Francisco, will host a bevy of free events, including a 10 a.m. cooking demo and book-signing by Anita Lo; and a noon cooking demo and book-signing by Charles Phan.

Space is limited for those demos. Reservations will be taken starting Oct. 14. Check back here then for RSVP instructions.

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