According to James Beard Award winning chef Stephan Pyles,
“Café Momentum is a restaurant and culinary training facility that transforms young lives by equipping at-risk youth with life skills, social skills, educational and employment opportunities. I am pleased to announce that Café Momentum is partnering with the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America, a national epicurean tour presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature, where nationally known chef Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington, will collaborate with me to create a one-of-a-kind, four-course dining experience for 300 lucky guests.
“The Night of Culinary Stars will be in the Wedgwood Room at the Hilton Anatole Hotel on Friday, September 26. This unique partnering of culinary greats will feature a tasting reception where Tim Byers of Smoke, Omar Flores of Casa Rubio, Matt McCallister of FT33, Janice Provost of Parigi and David Uyger of Lucia will dazzle guests with their own individual culinary styles-with the assistance of Café Momentum students.
“This is a particularly meaningful partnership as Café Momentum has just signed a permanent lease for their new facility and the organization has received a $487,000 grant from Crystal Charity to expand their programming to include young women from Letot Girls Residential Center.
“The evening’s proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation’s Educational and Award programs and Café Momentum, will receive a portion of proceeds as the local charitable partner. The evening’s festivities include the cocktail-tasting hour, silent auction, brief live auction and the sumptuous dinner.
“As an added incentive, guests who purchase All-Start Level Tickets ($500) will be invited to an exclusive Patron Reception, on the evening prior to the dinner, at Ser Steak+Spirits restaurant at the Anatole. Please visit jbftasteamerica.org for tickets or additional information.”