We've already told you that the annual "Friends of the James Beard Foundation" dinner is one of our favorite events of the year, and this year's lineup of all-star chefs makes it easy to see why.
Chefs from some of the country's best restaurants will come together to create a multi-course, wine-paired dinner at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. The star-studded night comes almost a month before the rest of the Scottsdale Culinary Fest begins, but is nevertheless the festival's premier dinner event.
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This year the featured chefs will be:
- Chef James Boyce of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Alabama (formerly of Mary Elaine's in Scottsdale)
- Chef Susur Lee of Lee Restaurants in Toronto
- Chef Floyd Cardoz of North End Grill, New York
- Chef Pierre Poulin of Aureole in New York
These four chefs will be joined by host chef Michael Ginor of legendary Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Restaurant Lola in Great Neck, New York, as well as host chefs Chris Masco and Roberto Madrid both of The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.
As always, the evening will begin with a cocktail reception at sunset with hors d'oeuvres, aperitifs and wine at the resort's Dreamweaver's Canyon. This year attendees also can look forward to "a seasonal flowerbed centerpiece patterned after a Navajo blanket." The reception will close with a Scottish bagpiper on the resort's 18th green.
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Following that diners will head inside for the dinner event, which will be followed by a live auction. This year's wine pairings will be provided by Barnett Winery in St. Helena, California.
The Friends of the James Beard Foundation Dinner 2014 will be held on Thursday, March 13. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the dinner will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $200 a person now though Thursday, February 13 after which time they will cost $225 a person. Tables for 10 are available for $1,895 during the early bird pricing and $2,100 after.
For more information visit the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website.