Diners across the country can now order limited-time only dishes at participating restaurants to help raise funds for the Foundation’s educational programs through the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® ‘Local Dish’ program.
As part of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast national traveling food festival, the Foundation enlisted chefs across the country to create an exclusive “Taste America Local Dish” menu item that celebrates their city’s local flavors. For each Local Dish sold between September 1 and October 31, $1 will be donated by the participating restaurant to the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Education Drive.
Chase Sapphire Preferred®, a presenting sponsor of the Taste America food festival, will amplify the program’s philanthropic impact by donating two times the amount raised nationally, up to $100,000, to the James Beard Foundation Taste America Education Drive.
“The Local Dish program gives dining enthusiasts a chance to make a difference by doing what they already love – discovering delicious new local cuisine,” said Jennifer Roberts, president, Chase Card Services.Diners can visit http://www.jbftasteamerica.org/local-dish for a full list of participating restaurants. Additionally, the James Beard Foundation also aims to inspire diners to share their dining experiences through the Local Dish Challenge Instagram contest. Diners can help a local food charity in their city win a $10,000 donation from the James Beard Foundation by posting a photograph of their Taste America Local Dish to Instagram with #JBFTasteAmerica and the hashtag of their city. After Instagram photo uploads of Taste America Local Dishes are tallied, the James Beard Foundation will award $10,000 to a designated local food charity in the city with the most photo uploads. “Food enthusiasts across the country now have extra incentive to enjoy and show off their favorite Taste America dishes,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Our Local Dish Challenge provides another opportunity for people who love dining to participate in Taste America and help support a deserving local food charity in their own backyard.”