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Chef Mark Ladner and Windy City Chefs Join Forces for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Events in Chicago

Chef Mark Ladner and Windy City Chefs Join Forces for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Events in Chicago

This past weekend the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America tour landed in Chicago. Each stop on the tour also includes cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings. This was the Foundation’s second major event in Chicago this year, with the prestigious James Beard Awards gala taking place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago this past May.

Held at the Geraghty, Taste America Chicago began with a walk-around tasting reception featuring a lineup of lauded Windy City chefs, including Tanya Baker (Boarding House); Paul Fehribach (Big Jones); Ryan McCaskey (Acadia); and Paul Virant (Vie). The dishes on offer included Baker’s Wagyu tartare with pickled Asian pears and sesame tuile; and Fehribach’s fire-roasted espelette pimento cheese with andouille, pickled Marek's shrimp, mustard greens, and Edna Lewis's Sea Island benne crackers.

After the reception, emcees Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky took to the stage and launched into their hosting duties. The duo, who won a James Beard Award for their podcast, The Feed, this year, displayed a warm camaraderie, with Kolinsky joking that his co-host only showed up because the surrounding neighborhood is known for great tamales and other Mexican food.

The evening’s dinner started with a first course by Local Stars Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark: boudin noir with delicately diced apples, kohlrabi, and a “seedy salad.” Next came the second course from host chef Devon Quinn: Finfish Crudo with Avocado Mousse, Frozen Kefir, Grapefruit, Ginger, and Yuzu Kosho.

Taste America All-Star Mark Ladner of New York City’s Del Posto delivered the night's third and four courses: Pork and Veal Agnolotti with Sugo Finto, Parsnip Purée, and Chocolate Nespresso; and Halibut in Saor with Cauliflower Tri-Colore, Toasted Almonds, and Moorish Spices. Ladner is no stranger to glory in Chicago: he took home the Foundation’s award for Best Chef: New York City at the May ceremony.

The festive evening concluded with a colorful dessert of Warm Bread Pudding Quenelle with Plums, Puffed Sorghum Brittle, and Buttermilk Crème Anglaise by pastry chefs Dave and Megan Miller, a husband-and-wife team who own and operate Baker Miller in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

On Saturday the festivities continued at Sur La Table on Michigan Avenue, where Ladner demonstrated two Italian-inspired canapés: lobster and mayonnaise tramezzini (classic Venetian tea sandwiches) and chickpea fritters with truffle and fontina cheese. "My particular style is to try to make food that's simple,” said Ladner. "Italian culture and ideology embrace simplicity, taking food grown close to you and trying not to manipulate it too much.” Chef Ladner also revealed some of his refreshingly convenient favorite ingredients: canned chickpeas (“Most chefs would agree that these are close to perfect.") and Kewpie brand mayonnaise (“It’s really hard to replicate the structure of store-bought mayo.").

Boarding House’s Tanya Baker, who was nominated for the Foundation’s 2015 Rising Star award, was on hand for a second cooking demo, preparing cured and braised pork belly with a kohlrabi slaw.

The James Beard Foundation's Taste America tour will make its final stop in Los Angeles on November 6. Learn more about Taste America at jbftasteamerica.org and follow the tour at #JBFTasteAmerica.

The James Beard Foundation's mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America's diverse culinary heritage and future through programs that educate and inspire. Learn more at jamesbeard.org.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


IN EVERY CONE

High-quality ice cream has a lot in common with a fairy tale. Love for both begins in childhood and remains for life, both are associated with something good and positive, and as the fairy tale teaches to distinguish between good and evil, ice cream teaches to distinguish good taste from bad. Ice cream Luciano is an infinitely kind and sweet fairy tale, which was invented by the good storyteller Luc Blok. It is a story in which there are only good characters and which is far from being finished.

A new chapter of this fairy tale was written just recently, when Luciano became the winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Ice Creams in the World, and this is just another round of a long story, which dates back to 1983. This year, young Luc Blok had finished high school and decided to start working in the ice cream parlor that belonged to his parents. The passion he experienced when he first came into contact with an ice cream box changed his life dramatically.

A LOT IN COMMON WITH A FAIRY TALE

In 2007, Luc Blok received the title SVH Meesterijsbereider, the highest degree of professional competence in the field of ice cream preparation in the Netherlands. It was one of the most important and climactic moments in the story of Luciano.

Like any person who has tasted Luciano ice cream, Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts were delighted with the great taste and variety of offers. 32 artisanal ice cream flavors provide a great choice for everyone. The ice cream is freshly prepared every day in the most modern ice machines and with the use of fresh and carefully selected natural ingredients. Every guest of the shop can observe the preparation of ice cream in the professional ice cream factory located in the middle of the shop.


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