The James Beard Foundation is going on its fifth annual barnstorming tour. The Taste America Culinary Tour skips around the country, giving folks in various cities a chance to dine on food prepared by some of the country’s best culinary talents.
Austin is one of the 10 cities on this year’s tour, and the city will welcome the Beard Foundation for a weekend-long event that kicks off on Thursday, November 2 with Smoke Session, a night of barbecue and brews, hosted by Aaron Franklin, with food from a group of participating chefs that includes Evan LeRoy (LeRoy & Lewis, Austin), and Callie Speer (Holy Roller, Austin). Friday night’s Night of Culinary Stars at the W Hotel Austin, with food from a roster that includes Illiana de la Vega (El Naranjo, multiple Beard finalist Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Austin), and multiple Beard semifinalist Philip Speer (Bonhomie), precedes the weekend’s headline event, a seated dinner from Beard nominee Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec in Los Angeles), Beard winner Tyson Cole (Uchi) and Beard nominee Laura Sawicki (Launderette).
Other weekend events include cook by signings and demonstrations at Sur La Table at the Domain Northside. For tickets and more information, visit jamesbeard.org/taste-america-austin.