The American Hosts 21st Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner

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Travis Joyal                                                                                                                                  , 816-506-5560


The American to host 21st Annual Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner on Saturday, March 7

Executive Chef Andrew Longres will welcome award-winning chefs from various regions of the nation to prepare the special 6-course dinner; local wine expert, Ryan Sciara, will expertly pair the dinner’s wines


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 14, 2020) – The American will host its annual Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner for the 21st time on Saturday, March 7, making it the longest-running host of a Friends of James Beard Benefit in the nation. The dinner is part of The American’s Concept Series, an annual collection of culinary experiences open to the public hosted at the iconic restaurant, named the 2018 recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Design Icon award.

The dinner will feature six guest chefs, invited by The American Executive Chef Andrew Longres, from across the nation, each preparing one of six courses. Longres will prepare the hors d’oeuvres and Ryan Sciara, owner of Kansas City-based Underdog Wine Co., will pair wines with each course. 

Hors d’oeuvres:

Prepared by Executive Chef Andrew Longres, The American (Kansas City, Missouri)

  • House-made ricotta and spring vegetable tart
  • Black truffle gougéres

Wine selection: Field Recordings “Blanc de Franc” Cabernet Franc Pet Nat, 2018, Andrew Jones (winemaker), Paso Robles, California

1st course:

Prepared by Chef Owner David Bancroft, Acre and Bow & Arrow (Auburn, Alabama)

  • Pickled golden beets, hunted venison bresaola, whipped Thomasville tomme, fried chicken skin streusel

Wine pairing: Major Wines “Spritzed” Albariño, 2018, Andrew Major (winemaker), Edna Valley, California

2nd course:

Prepared by Chef Owner Daisy Ryan, Bell’s (Los Alamos, California)

  • Rabbit pâté, Valencia oranges, mustard seed compote, rabbit jus

Wine pairing: Flat Brim Wines “One More Kiss” White (Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne), 2018, Ian & Becky Atkins (winemakers), Applegate Valley, Oregon

3rd course:

Prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Kammerer, Harbor House Inn (Elk, California)

  • BBQ celery root, sea lettuce vinegar, marrow

Wine pairing: Bedrock Wine Co. “Ode to Lulu” Old Vine Rosé (Mourvèdre, Carignan, Grenache), 2018, Morgan Twain-Peterson (winemaker), Oakley & McDowell Valley, California

4th course:

Prepared by Chef Owner Dave Beran, Dialogue and Pasjoli (Santa Monica, California)

  • Milk-poached cod, smoked ham hock, whipped potato cream, osetra caviar

Wine pairing: Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Grenache, 2018, Peter Stolpman (winemaker), Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara Canyon, California

5th course:

Prepared by Chef Shea Gallante, Lincoln Ristornate (New York, New York)

  • Dry-aged beef confit, puntarelle, pratomagno beans, romano cheese

Wine pairing: CasaSmith “Porcospino” Primitivo, 2017, Charles Smith (winemaker), Mahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington

6th course:

Prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Laurence Faber, The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)

  • Cruze Farm buttermilk pie, pecan caramel, whipped strawberry jam

Wine pairing: Langman Estate “Heaven’s Kiss” Fortified Black Muscat, Jim Langman (winemaker), Sierra Foothills, California


The 21st Annual Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner will start at 7 p.m. and a cocktail reception will precede dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $225, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and can be purchased at


About The American

The American Restaurant was conceived in partnership with the legendary James Beard, boasting time-honored service, world-class cuisine and an impressive line-up of award-winning chefs for more than 40 years. Now, the iconic venue, designed by the legendary architect and interior designer Warren Platner and winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Design Icon Award, will build upon the restaurant’s history of excellence showcasing innovative chefs and emerging trends through its evolved concept.  For more information please visit or to plan an event call (816) 245-7331. The American is located at 200 East 25th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108. Stay up-to-date on the latest news by connecting on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  


About James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation's mission is to promote Good Food for Good™. For more than 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives. Through the James Beard Awards, unique dining experiences at the James Beard House and around the country, scholarships, hands-on learning, and a variety of industry programs that educate and empower leaders in our community, the Foundation has built a platform for chefs and asserted the power of gastronomy to drive behavior, culture, and policy change around food. To that end, the Foundation has also created signature impact-oriented initiatives that include our Women's Leadership Programs, aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in the culinary industry; advocacy training through our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change; and the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, which shine a spotlight on successful change makers. The organization is committed to giving chefs and their colleagues a voice and the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone. For more information, please visit and follow @beardfoundation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.