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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® “Local Flavor from Coast to Coast” Celebrates America’s Favorite Food



  James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® “Local Flavor from Coast to Coast”
  Celebrates America’s Favorite Food Destinations with Epicurean Tour
  Presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature

  10 City Tour Provides Opportunity for Food Enthusiasts to Taste and Enjoy
                         America’s Culinary Diversity

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- May 1, 2013

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) today announced a partnership with Chase
Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature® to present The James Beard Foundation’s
Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” epicurean tour. From
September 20 through October 19, 2013, the five weekend Taste America tour
will showcase culinary all stars and public events exploring the nation’s
unique range of local cuisines to 10 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Las
Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San
Francisco, and Washington D.C.

The legendary Jacques Pépin will kick off the program as the Honorary All-Star
Chef with an invite-only gourmet burger tasting for culinary industry
influencers and chefs at the historic James Beard House in New York City on
June 12. The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America lineup of public
programming includes benefit dinners with JBF Award–winning chefs and culinary
celebrities; in-store events at Sur La Table® with celebrity chef appearances,
cooking demos, book signings, tastings from local producers, and artisans; and
more. A Taste America vehicle will also tour local gathering places such as
green markets and shopping malls that will feature family activities aimed at
promoting regional foods and healthy eating habits. Tickets for the public go
on sale on Monday, July 8 ^ at jbftasteamerica.org.

The Taste America tour will send all-star chefs and food celebrities on the
road to host local events and act as ambassadors for JBF in participating
cities. The Taste America All-Star Chefs include Rick Bayless, John Besh,
Richard Blais, Sean Brock, Suzanne Goin, Carla Hall, and Daniel Patterson.

“The Taste America tour will shine a light on the dynamic culinary cities
across the country,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard
Foundation. “Our Taste America chefs will be working with local farmers and
artisanal producers of everything from cheese to chocolate. With the support
of Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature, we are now able to bring together
the best of the best innovators in our food world to educate and entertain
Americans about local flavors from coast to coast.”

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is presented by Chase Sapphire
Preferred Visa Signature, a premier rewards credit card for people who love
travel and dining. Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature cardholders will
enjoy exclusive benefits not available to the public at James Beard
Foundation’s Taste America events, including access to chefs, exclusive
recipes, preferred seating, and more.

“Chase Sapphire Preferred is designed for people who love dining and unique
culinary experiences,” said Sean O’Reilly, general manager, JP Morgan Chase.
“Our partnership with the James Beard Foundation for the Taste America program
offers our cardholders exceptional opportunities and access to renowned chefs
and restaurants in communities across the country.”

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is supported by retail partner, Sur
La Table, national media partner, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and  national
sponsors including Breville, Delta Air Lines, The Gulf Oyster Industry
Council, and Lurpak® butter.

About Visa Signature®

Visa Signature offers cardholders a range of benefits that provide special
access and can save time and money. In addition to points, miles, cash back or
other premium rewards offered by Visa Signature partners, cardholders enjoy
perks such as 24/7 complimentary concierge services, the Visa Signature Luxury
Hotel Collection and exclusive offers for fine wine and food, travel, and
sports and entertainment events. For more information on Visa Signature visit
www.visa.com/signature.

About Chase Sapphire Preferred®

Chase Sapphire Preferred is a premier rewards credit card for people who are
passionate about travel and dining. With Sapphire Preferred you enjoy premium
travel rewards and benefits with no travel restrictions or blackout dates on
airfare booked through Ultimate Rewards, double points for every dollar spent
on dining and travel, no foreign transaction fees, 1:1 point transfer to
leading frequent travel programs, 24/7 live customer service, access to
exclusive cardmember experiences and more. More information is available at
www.ChaseSapphire.com.

About the James Beard Foundation:

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating,
nurturing, and preserving America's diverse culinary heritage and future. A
cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James
Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate
and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling
in them the value of wholesome, healthful and delicious food. Today the Beard
Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse
programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards,
scholarships for culinary students, 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. In September of 2012, the Foundation launched the Diplomatic
Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol
and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs
abroad, promote American food products and foster an interest in American
culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives.
For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at
the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard
Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and
Instagram.

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Contact:

James Beard Foundation
Diane Stefani or Emily Schneider, 212-255-8455
Diane@rosengrouppr.com / EmilyS@rosengrouppr.com
or
Chase Sapphire Preferred
Erin Smolenski, 302-282-8460
Erin.Smolenski@chase.com
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