A Friends of James Beard Dinner in Our Own Backyard Last Night
Is a trip to NYC and a dinner at the famed James Beard House on your "bucket list"? Note to self, a taste of the experience and access to James Beard award winning chefs from across the nation is right in your backyard.
Well, it was last night, anyway.
While the James Beard Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, The Scottsdale League of the Arts, sponsor of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, and The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa celebrated 10 years of hosting a local Friends of James Beard Dinner. One of only 15 Friends dinners held outside the Beard House, the event raises funds to support grants and scholarships in the Culinary Arts as well as community initiatives in public schools and programs for food awareness.
This year's Friends dinner was hosted by the Westin Kierland's culinary team of talent, Chefs Douglas Rodriguez, Todd Berry, and Roberto Madrid. The team roster was rounded out by visiting chefs Roberto Donna-La Forchetta Trattoria, Michael Ginor-Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Susur Lee-Lee, Levi Mezick-1833, Nancy Silverton-Mozza, and Dahlia Narvaez-Mozza. Hometown favorite Chrysa Robertson was also in the back of the house with Silverton, whom she worked with at Campanile.
Chef Madrid set the expectations high during the reception hour with nuevo latino flavors, exciting the palate for the multi-course meal to come.