Palate Pleaser

| November 13, 2016 | Parties

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America landed in Phoenix on an 11-city tour around the country.

Foodies and supporters of the James Beard Foundation indulged in a three-day culinary celebration of local and national all-star chefs. The fete kicked off with a welcome reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, followed by A Night of Culinary Stars at The Camby. The final farewell was a morning cooking class and book signing by chefs Amanda Freitag and Christopher Gross at Sur La Table in Kierland Commons.

Ken Platzer and Marilyn Platzer, the CFO and COO of the James Beard Foundation, were in attendance. CBS 5 News anchor Sean McLaughlin emceed the evening.

At the main event, guests were treated to a tasting reception with bites by top chefs, including Jeff Smedstad, who served Elote Cafe’s namesake grilled corn dish; and handmade pasta with black truffle by chef Gabe Bertaccini. Guests then wafted into the ballroom for a four-course dinner prepared by chefs Freitag, Gross and Dushyant Singh, along with presentations and live auctions. The night ended with dessert under the stars at The Camby’s rooftop pool.


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