Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix Hosted Philadelphia’s James Beard Foundation Taste America Dinner

On Friday, October, 13, 2017 Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix was the host chef for Philadelphia’s Night of Culinary Stars for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Benefit Dinner. It was held at the Museum of the American Revolution and welcomed 300 guests and among the dinner guests were award-winning chefs. Brûlée Catering operated the bar during cocktail reception and kept the wine pouring for each course’s Robert Mondavi Wine pairing.

A collaborative effort with chefs working together to produce and execute a memorial four-course plated dinner was proof that teamwork is crucial. The photos below show the finished dishes that were presented for each course.


Patriots Gallery was set for dinner for 300 guests in the Museum of the American Revolution. The rotating exhibit space becomes a ballroom

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Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix poses for a photo on the red carpet before the event begins.

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First Course: Heart of Romaine with Figs, Grafton Village Cheese Aged Cheddar, and Buttermilk Vinaigrette by James Beard Award Winner, Chef Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink

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Charred Octopus with Smoked Fingerling Potatoes, Preserved Lemon, Guanciale, and Shellfish Vinaigrette by James Beard Award Winner, Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, Brûlée Catering along with his brigade of chefs led by Chef de Cuisine Pierre Labine

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Braised Beef Short Ribs with Otto File Polenta and Broccoli Rabe by Marc Murphy of  Benchmarc Restaurants by Marc Murphy (Landmarc and Ditch Plains), New York City

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The final plated course was dessert by Pat O’Malley of Hungry Pigeon- All the Apples Strudel with Crab Apple Marmalade and Crème Fraîche Ice Cream.

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After dinner guests enjoyed a  dessert surprise compliments of Walnut Street Café’s Melissa Weller.

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Chefs for Taste Philadelphia include Chef Greg Vernick, Jean-Marie Lacroix, Marc Murphy, Pat O’Malley, Melissa Weller

Photo by Joel Plotkin Photography

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