Break out your bibs - assuming they match your cocktail attire. On Friday, October 24, Boston will host a stop on the James Beard Foundation's Taste America Tour, a city-hopping series that pairs a visiting star chef with a team of local talent. In Boston, Jamie Bissonnette (pictured) will helm the 7:30 PM dinner alongside a well-known West Coast toque. But five other Boston-area chefs will be on hand to provide tastings at a 6:30 PM reception. Here's a quick look at the lineup for the Foundation fundraiser, and a few tasting notes on what the participants have been up to recently.
For Friday night's four-course dinner, "Taste America All-Star" Ludo Lefebvre of LA's Trois Mec will team up with our own Bissonnette, recent Best Chef, Northeast winner. Dinner starts at 7:30 PM at the Revere Hotel Boston Common. (Tickets are available here.) Both chefs will also participate in cooking demos on Saturday, October 25, during the Foundation's "Sur La Table," a day of free culinary events at Copley Place.
Want to try to prepare some of Bissonnette's famous charcuterie at home? The chef recently released a cookbook, and we chatted about it here. And if the rainy weather this week has you craving comfort food, note that we just picked Coppa's Panino de Taleggio as one of our Must-Try Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
Aaron Chambers (Bar Boulud)
If you still haven't made it over to Boston's new Bar Boulud, we have a look inside here. And maybe make it your next lunch spot. For a star chef-helmed establishment, it offers a competitively priced prix fixe that we included among 8 Awesome Lunch Deals in Boston.
Mary Dumont (Harvest)
This isn't Dumont's only collaborative dinner for the month. Next week she hosts Overkill 2014, a multi-course blowout featuring a dozen of the city's best chefs. A fundraiser for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry initiative, it also taps the talents of Will Gilson of Puritan & Co., Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang, Monica Glass of Clio, and Jaime Davis of Deuxave, among others. Details here.
Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks Q)
Tasting notes: The three-time "Top Chef" series contestant is on our virtual Tour of Boston Restaurants associated with the show. After you tune in, dig in.
Michael Leviton (Lumiere)
Tasting notes: Leviton's Lumiere is one of the top-rated restaurants around. What are the rest? Find out in this new guide: What to Order at Boston's 15 Best Restaurants.
Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow)
Tasting notes: Even though it was one of the year's earliest big openings, Alden & Harlow has managed to be a mainstay on our list of the 10 Hottest Restaurants in Boston. And while you may come for the food, stay for stellar cocktails. Bar manager Seth Freidus is one of 8 Boston Bartenders You Need to Know.