The American Restaurant to host the “Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner”

The American Restaurant to host the “Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner”

Kansas City, MO 2012 The American Restaurant, is Kansas City’s only Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond Award recipients, has been recognized as the premier venue for outstanding cuisine since it opened in 1974. Now led by James Beard Award Winning Chef, Debbie Gold and her highly accomplished culinary team, there are no boundaries for this timeless restaurant. The American Restaurant is pleased to once again announce they will be hosting the “Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner” on Sunday, November 4, 2012. The 2012 chef’s guest list will include culinary geniuses from all over the country. The American Restaurant will welcome Joshua Skenes of Saison, Michael Ginor of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Paul Qui of Uchiko, Gavin Kaysen of Café Boulud and Brooks Headley of Del Posto. Master Sommelier, Doug Frost, will pair wines with each course and Bartender Ryan Maybee of Manifesto, will craft one of his cocktails. Dinner is $250.00 per person, $200.00 for James Beard Members; a portion of this inclusive price is tax deductible. For reservations, call The American at (816) 545.8001. The Sheraton Crown Center will offer discounted room rates for those guests attending the James Beard Dinner.

About The American: The American Restaurant is perched atop Crown Center giving diners a spectacular, panoramic view of the downtown KC cityscape. Having been designed by legendary architect Warren Platner, designer of the famous Windows on the World, New York City, and Water Tower Place in Chicago, diners walk into architectural genius. Though its décor has been updated through the years, the timeless design, elegant surroundings and floor to ceiling views are still breathtaking, and were honored in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects with an Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Award. ?

Reflecting on a culinary career that spans over two decades, award winning Executive Chef Debbie Gold, still seeks challenges. “If you are not continually learning, then you become stagnant,” says Gold, winner in 1999 of the prestigious “Best Chef Midwest” James Beard Foundation Award. While she embraces and explores modern methods, she remains true to classic techniques that yield desired results. Gold, a Chicago native, studied restaurant management at the University of Illinois, and then attended L'Ecole Hoteliere de Tain L’Hermitage in France’s Rhone Valley. Her professional career began in 1987 at world-renowned Charlie Trotter’s where she worked every position in the kitchen to refine her skills. In the mid-90s, Gold moved to Kansas City and assumed duties as executive chef at The American Restaurant in which Esquire Magazine named her 1997 “Chef to Watch”. Later that same year she received the first of three nominations for the James Beard Foundation “Best Chef: Midwest”. The staff at The American is committed to delivering outstanding food and service to our guests. We welcome private parties, corporate events and wedding celebrations. For more information about The American Restaurant or upcoming events, please contact Jenny Kincaid, SocialWrx (816) 550.4382 or Jamie Jamison, General Manager (816) 545.8001.

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