Chaz on the Plaza participates in James Beard Foundation's Taste America Local Dish Challenge

September 19, 2013 – Kansas City, MO – Chaz on the Plaza executive chef Charles d’Ablaing has thrown his toque into the ring for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Local Dish Challenge. Through October 31, 2013, the Chaz dinner menu offers a locally sourced braised beef short rib entrée featuring Creekstone Farms Angus beef, wheat berry gratin with Beau Solais Mushroom Farm oyster mushrooms and City Bitty Farms amaranth. A percentage of proceeds from each local dish sold benefits the JBF Taste America education drive. In addition diners may win for Cultivate Kansas City a donation of $10,000 or 10% of the proceeds raised nationally, whichever is higher. The prize is awarded to a charity in the city with the most instagram uploads. To participate diners visit Chaz, order and photograph the Local Dish, and post to instagram with #JBFTasteamerica and #kansascity. The winning city will be announced at the conclusion of the promotion.

About the James Beard Foundation: Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. The James Beard Foundation’s programs include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs, including Chaz chef Charles d’Ablaing, who cooked at the James Beard House in 2009.

About Chaz on the Plaza: Chaz on the Plaza is the signature restaurant of the historic Raphael Hotel located at 325 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, MO. It is a destination restaurant that embodies its city’s unique culture, history and spirit. Chaz is a 2013 recipient of Forbes Travel Guide Recommended award, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Ingram’s Most Romantic Restaurant Silver. Signature items include a hand-cut, wet-aged prime beef tenderloin with brie stuffed potato croquette and grilled asparagus, locally sourced lamb chops and fried green tomatoes. Chaz Lounge presents live music Tuesdays – Sundays and features half-price appetizers at Happy Hour from 4 – 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Information, menus, regular and directors wine lists, and reservations are available online or by calling 816.802.2152.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rick Hughey Hughey and Associates, LLC 913.681.6806, 913.530.5604 mobile rhughey@kc.rr.com

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