NEW YORK, NY  – Today the James Beard Foundation announced featured chefs, cities, and programming for its annual Taste America event. The 2021 Taste America event presented by Capital One will take place on Sunday, March 21 in ten cities nationwide at 5 P.M. PT / 8 P.M. ET.

Sunday, March 21 to Eat, Celebrate Local Independent Restaurants, and Build Support for Industry Recovery 

Taste America will bring chefs, special guests, and diners together from ten cities across the country for a virtual communal dinner to eat, celebrate local independent restaurants, and support efforts to rebuild a more sustainable and equitable industry.

Each event ticket includes a three-course takeout meal created by a local chef plus wine and Rabbit Hole whiskey to be enjoyed at home, and access to a national broadcast featuring a lineup of James Beard Foundation chefs and special guests from across the country. The broadcast will feature all 12 of the participating chefs listed below as well as special guests. Guests are also invited to check out online cooking demos with the featured chefs demonstrating how to finish off each entrée course.

Capital One cardholders have the exclusive opportunity to purchase a Capital One Access Pass that allows them to enjoy the three-course meal, wine, and Rabbit Hole whiskey (in states where allowed), and national broadcast while also unlocking access to a VIP reception, hosted virtually, prior to showtime, plus a special gift.

Tickets are $95 when purchased individually or $175 for two. In New York City, a VIP level ticket is available for $125 each, or $225 for two. The box office opens Wednesday, February 10 at noon ET.

The Taste America series supports local chefs and restaurants directly while also driving philanthropic support towards industry-wide relief. 70% of all tickets sold will go directly to participating chefs’ restaurants to support their business, with 30% supporting The James Beard Foundation’s national programming, including the Open for Good campaign.

The James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good campaign is committed to helping independent restaurants survive the COVID-19 crisis, rebuild stronger, and thrive for the long term. As part of this campaign, the Foundation has created the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans, which recently provided its first round of $15,000 grants to food and beverage businesses, majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals, across six regions nationally. For information on the Foundation’s Open for Good campaign, industry support resources, and the Investment Fund.

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