JBF’s Taste America Goes Virtual

Alex Seidel, James Beard's Best Chef Southwest in 2018, is cooking for the event.

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Mercantile is providing Denver's contribution to JBF's Taste America event. / arinahabich © 123RF.com

James Beard Foundation infamously canceled its national awards this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s curtains on everything from America’s most well-known food foundation. It’s still charging ahead with with its Taste America event on Sunday, October 18. But (like everything remotely fun these days), you’ll have to make your own party, since the evening is now online.

Twenty restaurants across the nation, including Mercantile Dining and Provision in Denver, are providing takeout meal kits and beverage pairings to accompany a live broadcast at 6 p.m. Mercantile’s menu includes a duck confit pot pie (a vegan version can be subbed), chocolate pot de crème with cardamom caramel, Dough Wines Pinot Noir, and a whiskey tasting from Rabbit Hole Distillery. The livestream includes two roundtables with participating Taste America chefs as well as guests Carla Hall and Gail Simmons, and a round of local food trivia.

Tickets, $150, are for sale now on JBF’s website, with a registration deadline of Sales benefit the Foundation’s Open For Good campaign, which provides industry education, advocacy, and grants (including the newly established Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans) for independent restaurants.

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