01.20.10

Kentucky Chefs to Partner with Celebrity Chefs in Dinner Series at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Posted in 2010 Games, Events at 7:34 am by Thomas

New York, N.Y.—Kentucky’s favorite chefs will be working side by side with the James Beard Foundation and celebrity chefs from around the United States during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will feature eight world championships in equestrian sport at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park from September 25 through October 10, 2010.

Cookin’ in the Bluegrass: A Celebrity Chef Dinner Series, will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Farmhouse restaurant during the 16 nights of the 2010 Games. Each night, 80 guests will enjoy dining experiences that replicate the sumptuous dinners held at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. 

The dinner series stems from collaboration between the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the James Beard Foundation and Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, and is sponsored by Kentucky Proud, a program of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

The celebrity and Kentucky chefs will together prepare dishes reflecting their geographic region or culinary specialties, and will have the opportunity to use Kentucky-grown food products. Participation by Kentucky Proud, funded in part by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, will highlight the vitality of the farm to table movement and give visiting chefs access to fresh, locally grown food products.

Tickets will be available for purchase in February at www.alltechfeigames.com.

Kentucky-based chefs signed on to participate in Cookin’ in the Bluegrass: A Celebrity Chef Dinner Series include:

Proceeds from Cookin’ in the Bluegrass will benefit the James Beard Foundation, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

A list of current participating celebrity chefs, many of whom are James Beard award winners, can be found here.

About the James Beard Foundation

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.