Local Sponsors Team Up With James Beard Foundation Dinner In Seattle

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Butcher, meat supplier and luxury outdoor and indoor kitchen distributor team up to participate in this year's exclusive 5th Annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars in Seattle.

Connoisseurs, foodies and home chefs alike are already purchasing the remaining tickets that are officially on sale to attend this year's James Beard Foundation Taste America - Seattle.

B&E Meats and Seafood, Agri Beef, LUWA Luxury Products, and Hestan collaborate to sponsor this year's James Beard Foundation's Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars, coming to Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel on Oct. 13.

Spanning six weekends between Sept. 22 and Nov. 11, the James Beard Foundation's Taste America stops in 10 American cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. Each city’s weekend-long itinerary features a one-of-a-kind benefit dinner prepared by a Taste America All-Star and Local Star chef; free in-store consumer events at select Sur La Table® locations with celebrity chef appearances, cooking demos, book signings, and more. Full details are available at http://www.jamesbeard.org.

In Seattle, All-Star chef Ashley Christensen from North Carolina will join Local Star Matt Dillon, both James Beard Medalists, host chef Paul Shewchuk of the Fairmont, and Baruch Ellsworth of Canlis to prepare a four-course meal. Reception chefs include James Beard Award winner Holly Smith (Cafe Juanita, Kirkland), James Beard Award semi-finalists Nathan Lockwood (Altura, Seattle) and Maximillian Petty (Eden Hill, Seattle), James Beard Award nominee Rachel Yang (Joule/Revel/Trove/Revelry, Seattle) and Huxley Wallace Collective founder and chef Josh Henderson.

Known for sourcing and offering local, high-quality meats and seafood, B&E Meats and Seafood, Seattle's neighborhood butcher, will partner with Agri Beef to provide, prepare and cut selected beef to Christensen's main-course specifications. Agri Beef is a proud, family-owned company offering four premium brands to the marketplace, including B&E Meats and Seafood. Owners Jeff Green and Steve Dunaychuk are equally excited about their participation in this year’s chef-inspired event.

Luwa Luxury Products is the proud distributor of Hestan. This award-winning brand, in collaboration with Chef Thomas Keller, has revolutionized the culinary industry by bringing a new level of performance, design and culinary innovation to commercial and outdoor kitchen products. In partnership with B&E Meats and Seafood, Luwa’s Bellevue showroom provides expert culinary education in luxury indoor and outdoor kitchen products to the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

As part of its participation in Taste America, Luwa Luxury Products and Hestan partnered with B&E Meats and Seafood to donate a live-auction package valued at $10,000.

"Connoisseurs, foodies and home chefs alike are already purchasing the remaining tickets to this year's event," says Varsity Communications CEO Dick Stephens, the event's local planner. "The last two Taste America dinners in Seattle each sold out, and we expect the same this year."

Tickets are available online at http://www.jamesbeard.org. For media inquiries, contact Brian Beaky at brian(at)varsitycommunications.com.

About James Beard Foundation & Taste America
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter Beard Bites. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Livestream.

About B&E Meats and Seafood
Founded nearly 60 years ago by brothers Bob and Earl Green, B&E Meats and Seafood serves the Northwest with the highest quality meats and freshest seafood, including Copper River Salmon, and outstanding marinated products such as Teriyaki Beef Tri-tips, Kalbi Marinated Beef Ribs, Award-Winning Beef Jerky, and always delicious Smoked Salmon Candy. After nearly 40 successful years in the meat business, Bob and Earl retired, and Bob’s son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Trisha Green, took the helm. Together with their daughter, Dena, who joined the family business in 2008, and Steve Dunaychuk, who became a partner in 2014, the business has continued to grow thanks to friendly team and high-quality, unique products. B&E was voted "Best Butcher” in KING5 - Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest in 2014, and in August were voted in Seattle's A-List Best Butcher and Best Fish Market for 2017.

About Agri Beef
Agri Beef is proud to be a family-owned company offering four premium brands to the marketplace, including Snake River Farms and Double R Ranch. The mild climate and rich grazing of the Pacific Northwest make for the ideal conditions to raise exceptional beef. But that’s just the beginning of the story. Agri Beef's comprehensive ranch-to-table approach means they are involved in every aspect of production — from ranches to feed yards to final processing — to consistently deliver the highest quality products. Today, Agri Beef's products enjoy an unparalleled reputation for excellence among chefs and connoisseurs in the U.S. and more than 30 countries worldwide, with customers that include top retailers and Michelin-starred restaurants. They demand nothing less than the best — and Agri Beef delivers.

About Luwa Luxury Products
Luwa is a family-owned company headquartered in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Luwa Luxury Products is the premier distributor of luxury home appliances and outdoor living products. Through its retail partners, Luwa's goal is to give consumers access to some of the world’s finest products. They make visions come to life with the brands that deliver the best performance for your lifestyle, with the highest level of service for each customer's needs. Visit the Luwa Studio in Bellevue to test-drive the finest products on the market and receive expert knowledge and guidance for your indoor and outdoor kitchen. Whether you or your designer are seeking guidance on your dream project or you want advice on the best ways to take advantage of your Luwa products, Luwa is here for you from start to finish. In addition to its world-class products, Luwa offers detailing and cleaning services for indoor and outdoor products, as well as cooking demonstrations, corporate events and trainings.

About Hestan
The Hestan Team reinvented the restaurant kitchen with award-winning, inventive design. Now engineers, designers, welders and fabricators have turned their attention to the backyard. With over 200 years' experience in the culinary world, Hestan knew they could bring a new level of performance to the outdoor kitchen – and make it in the USA. So the company went to work on Hestan Outdoor. Every hinge, handle, grate and burner represents countless hours of thoughtful design. Hestan delivers precision performance to reach your culinary aspirations – and heavy-duty construction to weather the great outdoors. Hestan Outdoor is headquartered in a state-of-the-art, 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Anaheim, Calif. – including a showroom, testing kitchen and certified testing lab. Hestan continues to collaborate with innovative chefs like Thomas Keller to create products that not only keep pace with culinary evolution, but stay ahead of it.


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