Cooking Demo with Culinary Star Rocco DiSpirito in Boca Raton

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The James Beard Foundation (JBF) recently announced its Taste America: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” national epicurean tour will visit 10 American cities this fall. Spanning six weekends between Sept. 18 and Nov. 7, 2015, the program will stop in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a lineup of celebrated local chefs, followed by a one-of-a-kind, four-course dinner crafted in collaboration with a Taste America All- Star and a local star chef. Tickets are on sale at jbftasteamerica.org. Miami’s weekend-long Taste America itinerary will kick off on Friday, Sept. 18, at The Forge with A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Timon Balloo (SUGARCANE raw bar grill), Cindy Hutson (Ortanique on the Mile and Zest), Bradley Kilgore (Alter), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House and Glass & Vine), and Cesar Zapata (The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions and Phuc Yea!). Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary dinner prepared by two James Beard Award-winning chefs, Taste America All-Star Rocco DiSpirito and local star Christopher Lee (The Forge), along with Pastry Chef Sergio Navarro (The Pubbelly Restaurant Group) who will come together to create a unique and unforgettable one-night-only menu. On Saturday, Sept. 19, free, in-store, consumer events will take place at Sur La Table located at Mizner Park, 438 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Activities of the day will include a cooking demo by DiSpirito, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans, as well as product demos and tastings from national sponsors. Reservations for the free cooking demos will begin two weeks prior to each event at jbftasteamerica.org. Visit Miami’s event page on www.jbftasteamerica.org for the full schedule and more details on all South Florida events and follow #JBFTasteAmerica on Twitter and Instagram. “This is an electrifying time in the food world, made evident by the remarkably innovative dishes chefs are creating in their respective cities, large and small, across America,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Now in its third year, our Taste America program both celebrates and educates Americans about our country’s diverse culinary landscape, and the talented toques who are cultivating it. We are thrilled to bring Taste America to these 10 dynamic cities this year, and unite some of the top talent in the industry for a truly unique dining experience.” The James Beard Foundation will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund. Local culinary students in Florida are invited to apply for this culinary scholarship between April 1 and May 15, 2016, through www.jamesbeard.org. Candidates will be reviewed by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee, chaired by Ungaro.