James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Delights U.S.
LAS VEGAS (MainStreet) -- James Beard Foundation winners and Minnesota chefs converged on Tom Colicchio's Riverpark for a culinary delight Wednesday -- the New York stop on the Celebrity Chef Tour 2012, benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Award-winning chefs Sisha Ortuzar (of Riverpark), Andrew Zimmern (of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on The Travel Channel), Tim McKee (of La Belle Vie and Sea Change), Isaac Becker (of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa), Alex Roberts (of Alma and Brasa), Gavin Kaysen (of Cafe Boulud) and Angie Lee (also of Riverpark) were on hand to deliver this once-in-a-lifetime multicourse dining experience. Here guests had the rare opportunity to interact with the chefs through the evening while dining on an exquisite seven-course menu complete with wine and beer pairings.
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The idea for the venue began when Kaysen and Zimmern wanted to create a dinner and bring Minnesota to New York City, as both chefs had lived there at one time. Kaysen and Ortuzar were at Riverpark restaurant one night when Kaysen decided it was the ideal venue to have a dinner beginning in the farm. Ortuzar developed the concept for Riverpark and the creative vision for the menu. Riverpark sits by the East River, amid the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Known as New York's "most urban farm," the Riverpark Farm at Alexandria Center supplies fresh, local produce to the restaurant.