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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America 2016 Kansas City Dinner

An Extravagant Experience for a Cause

Extravagance in taste I mean.  That would be the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America 2016 Kansas City Dinner.  I have been fortunate enough to attend a couple of these dinners, and believe me, they are remarkable evenings that even we mortals can attend.  But you should probably be a foodie, much maligned term though it is . . . or just someone who enjoys delicious meals expertly prepared by a stunning selection of chefs.

The event is Friday, September 30 and I’m telling you about it now cuz it’s always sold out.  It’s at Providence Restaurant in the Hilton President Hotel downtown and the line-up is spectacular.  Joining host chef Alejandro Diaz are James Beard winners Gavin Kaysen from Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis, Colby Garrelts from Bluestem, and nominee Nick Wesemann of The American fame.  And this year there is a tasting reception where you’ll taste specialties from Michael Corvino, Debbie Gold, Howard Hanna, Renee Kelly and Joe West.  Talk about an all-star event!

The reception and four course dinner’s proceeds partially go the scholarship fund of the James Beard Foundation which makes the evening even more remarkable. Local culinary students are invited to apply; the rest of us can should eat and drink and admire.  For more information and to purchase tickets, go to  You’ll be thrilled you did.

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