I'm excited to announce I've been invited to cook an LSU Tailgate Party themed dinner at the world-renowned James Beard House in New York City on July 21! In going to New York, I am happy to be representing Louisiana and its foodways on a national platform with the help of my team as well as my friends Chef Aimee Tortorich and Chef Eusebio Gongora.
The dinner will begin with passed appetizers paired with Louisiana brews and inspired cocktails. The seated dinner menu will feature five courses inspired by my time on Food Network Star and tailgating. Courses will be paired with wine and cocktails featuring Jay D's Blanc du Bois from Landry Vineyards, the Vending Machine Winery and the Donner-Peltier Distillery.
I've also been invited to cook at the James Beard Foundation's Chefs & Champagne event at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 23. This year’s event honors fellow Louisiana chef John Besh, and it's going to be a blast.
Getting invited to cook at the James Beard House is a huge honor, but it is also a charitable dinner that raises money for the James Beard Foundation. Chefs who cook at the house do so at their own expense, so we have to be able to cover the costs of the food and drinks plus our travel and lodging for both the James Beard House and Chefs & Champagne. I’m estimating we’ll spend over $10,000 making this happen, and we’d love to help raise more money for the Foundation, so every donation, ticket to our preview dinners and sponsorship is appreciated.
We set up a GoFundMe page to help defray the costs of making the trip to New York and to help raise money for the James Beard Foundation. Donations can be made at gofundme.com/jayducote.
To anyone interested in flying out, tickets to the James Beard House dinner in New York will be available starting in June at jamesbeard.org. LCI in Baton Rouge will host a preview dinner for locals to attend on July 8. Tickets will benefit the LCI Foundation and the James Beard Foundation and are available at tailgateon12th.eventbrite.com. We will even be available to do some preview dinners for up to 12 people. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested!