The James Beard Foundation’s fourth annual Taste America tour's New Orleans event is Sept. 30 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

A Night of Culinary Stars, part of a 10-city epicurean tour, benefits the foundation.

The evening will begin with a tasting reception featuring small plates from New Orleans’ own award-winning chefs, followed by a lavish four-course dinner crafted by James Beard Award winner and Taste America All-Star Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter, New York City) and James Beard Award winner and local star chef Justin Devillier (Balise, La Petite Grocery), with pastry chef Brett Gauthier (Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group) and host chef Eric Damidot (Hyatt).

The reception dishes will be prepared by Slade Rushing (Brennan’s), Michael Gulotta (MOPHO), Isaac Toups (Toups Meatery), Nina Compton (Compere Lapin) and Philip Lopez (Square Root).

The JBF will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund. Culinary students in Louisiana are invited to apply for this culinary scholarship between April 1 and May 15 via

A free in-store consumer event will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Oct. 1 at Sur la Table, 10202 Perkins Rowe, in Baton Rouge. Activities will include cooking demonstrations by Guarnaschelli and local chef Jay Ducote; cookbook signings, tastings and product demonstrations. Kitchen space is limited for the demonstrations. Reservations are being taken on the Taste America website,

Tickets to “A Night of Culinary Stars” start at $300 per person. Patron party ticket packages are available for $1,000 for two people and include tickets to the cocktail reception (6:30 p.m. entry) and dinner, with preferred seating, greeting, and photo op with the evening’s chefs, along with a special gift. Tickets area available on the above website.