The Market Place chef tapped to organize all-star James Beard House dinner

Press release from The Market Place Restaurant

William Dissen, owner and chef at Asheville’s The Market Place Restaurant, will host and organize a dinner on Sunday, Oct. 20, for the kick off of the James Beard Foundation Food Conference, to run Oct. 21-22 in New York City. Dissen will coordinate a team of all-star chefs to cook the meal.

Besides Dissen, participating chefs include Sam Talbot of Bravo’s “Top Chef” television series, Andrea Reusing of Chapel Hill, N.C.’s Lantern Restaurant, Emily Luchetti of San Francisco’s Waterbar and Farallon Restaurants,
Ben Hall of Detroit’s Russell Street Restaurant, Evan Hanczor of Parish Hall and Egg restaurants in New York City and Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant in Deland, Fla.

Each chef will showcase his or her own distinctive specialities, while collaborating with one another for an evening of food and wine in the historic James Beard House in New York city.

The James Beard Foundation is a New York-based national professional nonprofit organization named in honor of James Beard. The foundation serves to promote the culinary arts by honoring chefs, wine professionals, journalists and cookbook authors at at annual award ceremonies and providing scholarships and educational opportunities to chefs. The James Beard Foundations’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.

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