The James Beard Foundation Observes its Silver Anniversary Gala


On Wednesday, November 14 executives and guests of the James Beard Foundation (JBF) will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to recognize the Silver Anniversary Gala of the James Beard Foundation to take place at the Four Seasons Restaurant.


To mark this special occasion, Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation, will ring The Opening Bell.


Joining Ms. Ungaro on the podium will include:
• Beth Baer, Senior Director of Marketing at Lenox;
• David Bouley, James Beard Outstanding Chef Award winner;
• Bret Csencsitz, General Manager of Gotham Bar & Grill (representing Silver Anniversary Host Chef, James Beard Outstanding Chef Award winner Alfred Portale);
• Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation;
• Emily Luchetti, James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef and Chair of the Board of the James Beard Foundation;
• Michael Phillips, Chief Operating Officer of Jamestown and Vice Chair of the Board of the James Beard Foundation;
• Marilyn Platzer, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of the James Beard Foundation;
• Fred Seegal, Vice Chair of the Board of the James Beard Foundation;
• Robin Seegal, Event Vice Chair of the JBF Silver Anniversary Gala; and
• Alex von Bidder, Owner of The Four Seasons Restaurant.


About the James Beard Foundation: Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America's diverse culinary heritage and future. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, 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, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, publications, chef advocacy training, thought-leader convening, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, the Foundation launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook


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