Long before it became the most iconic private dining and event space in Kansas City, The American has had ties with James Beard, who worked as a consultant on the space for the Hall Family, preparing it to open on Valentine’s Day in 1974.
Now, 46 year later, The American will honor Beard while raising money to support his foundation at the annual Friends of the James Beard benefit dinner on Sat., March 7. This will mark the 21st year The American has hosted this benefit dinner, making it the longest-running in the nation.
The American executive chef Andrew Longres will host six award-winning chefs from coast to coast to prepare a unique six-course dinner with wines paired by Underdog Wine Co. owner Ryan Sciara. Money raised from the event will support the James Beard Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture and honor America’s finest culinary students, chefs and scribes.
The foundation administers several diverse initiatives, including educational programs, industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications and chef advocacy training. Each month, the foundation also features acclaimed and up-and-coming chefs at the historic James Beard House in Greenwich Village in New York City.
The menu includes:
- Hors d’oeuvres: House-made ricotta and spring vegetable tart & Black truffle gougéres
Executive Chef Andrew Longres, The American (Kansas City, Missouri)
Field Recordings “Blanc de Franc” Cabernet Franc Pet Nat, 2018, Andrew Jones (winemaker), Paso Robles, California
- 1st course: Pickled golden beets, hunted venison bresaola, whipped Thomasville tomme, fried chicken skin streusel
Chef-owner David Bancroft, Acre and Bow & Arrow (Auburn, Alabama)
Major Wines “Spritzed” Albariño, 2018, Andrew Major (winemaker), Edna Valley, California
- 2nd course: Rabbit pâté, Valencia oranges, mustard seed compote, rabbit jus
Chef-owner Daisy Ryan, Bell’s (Los Alamos, California)
Flat Brim Wines “One More Kiss” White (Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne), 2018, Ian & Becky Atkins (winemakers), Applegate Valley, Oregon
- 3rd course: BBQ celery root, sea lettuce vinegar, marrow
Executive chef Matthew Kammerer, Harbor House Inn (Elk, California)
Bedrock Wine Co. “Ode to Lulu” Old Vine Rosé (Mourvèdre, Carignan, Grenache), 2018, Morgan Twain-Peterson (winemaker), Oakley & McDowell Valley, California
- 4th course: Milk-poached cod, smoked ham hock, whipped potato cream, osetra caviar
Chef-owner Dave Beran, Dialogue and Pasjoli (Santa Monica, California)
Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Grenache, 2018, Peter Stolpman (winemaker), Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara Canyon, California
- 5th course: Dry-aged beef confit, puntarelle, pratomagno beans, romano cheese
Chef Shea Gallante, Lincoln Ristornate (New York, New York)
CasaSmith “Porcospino” Primitivo, 2017, Charles Smith (winemaker), Mahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
- 6th course: Cruze Farm buttermilk pie, pecan caramel, whipped strawberry jam
Executive pastry chef Laurence Faber, The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
Langman Estate “Heaven’s Kiss” Fortified Black Muscat, Jim Langman (winemaker), Sierra Foothills, California
The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner will start at 7pm, with a cocktail reception preceding dinner at 6:30pm. Tickets for the dinner are $225, including tax and gratuity, and are on sale now at TheAmericanKC.com.
Be sure to snap up your seats while you can, as this dinner sells out every year in Kansas City.
The American, 200 E. 25th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.245.7331, TheAmericanKC.com