Chef William Dissen of The Market Place in Asheville invited to host, organize James Beard House dinner

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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DissenAwesome honor. Here’s the note from William:

So, I have some exciting news.

I’ve been asked to host, and organize, a dinner at the James Beard House in NYC on Sunday October 20th. It will be an all-star cast of chefs to cook for the upcoming James Beard Food Conference (10/21-10/22).

The participating chefs are:
William Dissen – The Market Place Restaurant
Sam Talbot – Celebrity TV Chef
Andrea Reusing – Lantern Restaurant
Emily Luchetti – Waterbar & Farallon Restaurants
Ben Hall – Russell Street Restaurant
Evan Hanczor – Parish Hall & Egg Restaurants
Hari Pulapaka – Cress Restaurant
I will be organizing this group of chefs to create a dinner to commence the start of the upcoming JBF Food Conference. Each chef will be showcasing their own distinctive specialities, while collaborating with one another for an eventful evening of food and wine in the historic James Beard House in New York city. It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase Asheville in front of the leaders of our food culture here in the US.

The James Beard Foundation is a New York based national professional non-profit 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.

Here’s the menu:

James Beard House – Funder’s Dinner

Sunday October 20, 2013

50 guests

Hors d’oeuvres:  6:00pm

Dinner:  6:30pm


Hors d’oeuvres


taylor shellfish geoduck, pickled louisiana lemon


red poll beef sashimi, sea urchin, & 7-spice



devilled eggs with smoked & salted walleye


cornbread crostini, spaghetti squash, cotija



heirloom farro soup, celery


eggplant capponata toast



clams, lamb belly broth, lemongrass, tapioca, sea urchin tahini 




crispy sweetbreads, western carolina bbq sauce, turnips, celery salad,

blue cheese dressing




malabar coast spiced skuna bay salmon, hudson valley duck biryani,

lucky’s tomato raita, charred okra




warm apple charlotte, crème fraîche chantilly, caramel sauce

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. El dubs October 15, 2013

    @ Stewart… Stop bring a DB. Congrats to a local chef making AVL proud.

  2. So? October 12, 2013

    So, the people in NYC who are able to attend this dinner are supposed to feel guilty about being able to afford this?

    I am happy that one of our local chefs is being honored by participating.

  3. Stewart October 11, 2013

    From the Huffington Post:

    WASHINGTON — Poor women enrolled in North Carolina’s nutrition program for new moms won’t be able to get food vouchers after Tuesday thanks to the federal government shutdown, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services has announced.

    full story at

    Yet people are lining up to pay $150 or more for one meal. What a great country.

    1. Nate October 11, 2013

      Not that the problem is solved, by any means, but just FYI this article is a little outdated . . . DHHS has found enough money to provide WIC benefits through the end of October before having to stop distribution.

    2. Harry October 12, 2013

      Yep. It’s a great country. Congrats to our local chef and all who attend this function. I raised 4 kids and got them through college. That was MY responsibility. I don’t want to raise and provide for yours. If you can’t afford to feed your kids, for God’s sake, stop breeding.


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