2012 James Beard Culinary Team

A few months back I was approached by Chef Roary Macpherson of the Sheraton to join the 2012 James Beard Team, which I might add is an all-female team. Of course I was honoured to be asked to join the team, and am beginning to get very excited about the dinner.
The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization based in New York City. James Beard was a pioneer foodie, laying the groundwork of the food revolution, bringing French food to the American home. His legacy includes numerous books as well as the James Beard Foundation and the annual James Beard Awards. His historic home is now used as a “performance space” for visiting chefs.
The team consists top female chefs from Newfoundland; Andrea Maunder of Bacalao, Angie Ryan of the Sheraton, Cathy Trepannier from Parliament Hill, Dana Hauser of the Fairmount Royal York, Jillian Lake of the Sheraton, myself and Stephanie Holt of Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence. Our support members will be Nancy Brace from the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland & Labrador, Joey Holt & Chef Roary Macpherson of the Sheraton.
Each team member will be responsible for one course at the James Beard House in May, and for our dinner here on March 31st we will be doing a trial of most of the dishes we plan to prepare at the James Beard House. So our friends here at home will get a taste of what we are going to serve in New York before anyone else has the opportunity to.
The event will begin with a reception at 6:30pm and a 4 course meal to follow at 7:00pm. We will be having a silent auction, hosted by Wayne Bartlett, and a Mystery Chef’s Table. The evening is lined up to be a fantastic event showcasing what female chefs in Newfoundland are truly capable of!
Tickets are $64 (tax & gratuity included) call or email Nancy Brace at admin@ranl.ca or 765-8483, for more information.

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Chef/Owners Shaun Hussey and Michelle LeBlanc use familiar ingredients and put their creative juices to work making them delicious to both the eye and the belly! Enjoy!

4 Comments for this entry

Sherry MacLean (Landry)
March 10th, 2012 on 12:26 pm

Wow Michelle – talk about literally a girl next door, putting her obviously amazing skills to work in such an exciting opportunity! Good Luck (not that I think you will need it), and I am sending you good vibes from across the country!! I look forward to hearing how you did. Will this be televised?? Oh – and take some time away from the kitchen to enjoy New York!

    Shaun and Michelle
    March 10th, 2012 on 12:42 pm

    Thanks so much Sherry. Great to have support from old friends, near and far! I will be sure to update everyone on how the event goes.
    Thanks again for the kind words.

March 10th, 2012 on 1:39 pm

Where is this event located? At Chinched?

    Shaun and Michelle
    March 10th, 2012 on 1:44 pm

    The fundraiser is at the Sheraton, March 31st starting at 6:30pm.