I am honored to announce my participation in the Festa Italiana, Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. The dinner will be hosted by Host Chef Teddy Diggs Il Palio, Chapel Hill, NC, Gabe Barker Pizzeria Mercato, Carrboro, NC, Brian Canipelli, Cucina 24, Asheville, NC, Craig Deihl Cypress and Artisan Meat Share, Charleston, SC, JBF Award Winner Sarah Grueneberg Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, Chicago, Matt Kelly and Josh DeCarolis Mothers & Sons, Durham, NC, Nick Stefanelli Masseria, Washington, D.C. Pastry Chef Deric McGuffey Il Palio, Chapel Hill, NC, JBF Award–Winning Baker Peter Reinhart Charlotte, NC, Mixologist Bob Peters The Punch Room, Charlotte, NC, and Sommelier Esteban Brunello Bar Brunello, Durham, NC!
Cocktail hour begins at 6:00pm on the terrace with hors d’oeuvres created on Sea Island Forge Kettles, games of bocce and a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7:30pm in the Il Palio dining room and is followed by a live auction. I hope to see you there!