Susan Ungaro with Daniel Boulud
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Chefs’ Road Trip

Beverly Stephen - June 23rd, 2014

Daniel Boulud and a group of all-star chefs raised their glasses at a reception at the James Beard House this past Tuesday night to toast the launch of Taste America, the foundation’s fall festival taking place in 10 cities over five weekends. “It’s an opportunity for people to taste the food of different chefs and a chance for the chefs to go to different food cities,” said foundation president Susan Ungaro.

Indeed, a number of the participating chefs were unabashedly excited about the prospect of traveling to cities they had never visited. Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Los Angeles) chose Boston. “I have never been there,” he said, adding that “as a French chef,” it was an opportunity to see more of the United States. Barbara Lynch (Menton, Boston) set her sights on Atlanta. “Hotlanta!” she enthused. “I’ve never been there.” Marc Murphy (Landmarc, New York City) is slated for Seattle. “My executive chef’s parents have a farm here,” he said. “I’m excited.” Sherry Yard, who has just broken ground for her new bakery in Los Angeles, is looking forward to some spa time at the Royal Palms in Phoenix.

While in their host cities, the all-star chefs will pair with local luminaries to create dinners that will benefit the foundation’s scholarship fund. The following day, they will make in-store appearances at Sur La Table.

The roster also includes Patrick O’Connell, Charles Phan, Grant Achatz, Paul Qui, and Aarón Sánchez.

Daniel Boulud and April Bloomfield with team up to present “A Night of Culinary Stars” at Daniel in New York City on October 10. When Taste America hits Boston and Washington, D.C., chefs from Boulud’s soon-to-open restaurants in those cities will prepare hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hours.

Executive chefs Aaron Bludorn of Café Boulud and Travis Swikard of Boulud Sud prepared the reception canapés which included a clever UWS bagel and lox with an everything crust, heirloom tomato tarts, and chilled pea soup with charred corn and smoked potato.