10 legendary chefs prepare one exquisite dinner Dec. 5 at Four Seasons Orlando

Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando will host a James Beard Foundation celebrity chef dinner. - photo by Rob Bartlett
photo by Rob Bartlett
Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando will host a James Beard Foundation celebrity chef dinner.

click to enlarge Chefs Gerard Craft, Edward Lee, and Norman Van Aken - photos via JBF.com
photos via JBF.com
Chefs Gerard Craft, Edward Lee, and Norman Van Aken
There's no shortage of amazing food events in Orlando, especially at this time of year, but this may be a tough ticket to top. On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando hosts a dinner prepared by seven legendary chefs from across the country in conjunction with three Four Seasons host chefs. The eight-course dinner is part of a James Beard Foundation celebrity chef tour. 

The chefs:
  • Gerard Craft, 2015 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Midwest, chef-restaurateur at St. Louis flagship Niche as well as at Brasserie by Niche, Taste and Pastaria 
  • Edward Lee, of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky and Top Chef 
  • Tony Mantuano, of Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois, Top Chef Masters and James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Midwest 
  • Michael Sullivan, of Creekstone Farms Beef in Arkansas City, Kansas, formerly of Blackberry Farms, Tennessee 
  • Norman Van Aken, of Norman’s restaurant in Orlando and James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southeast 
  • Stefan Riemer, Pastry Chef, Food & Beverage Development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts 
  • James Tidwell, Master Sommelier, of Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Texas 
  • Fabrizio Schenardi, Executive Chef, Four Seasons Resort Orlando 
  • Rabii Saber, Executive Pastry Chef, Four Seasons Resort Orlando 
  • Tim Dacey, Chef, Capa restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando 

The menu:
Course 1: Beef carpaccio salad by Chef Michael Sullivan
Course 2: “Bass Under Glass” red wine reduction sauce under a potato torta by Chef Norman Van Aken
Course 3: Roasted winter squash, spiced squash puree, squash vinegar caramel, seeds, Missouri goat cheese and mint by Chef Gerard Craft
Course 4: Ravioletto filled with crescenza cheese, brown butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano, white truffles by Chef Tony Mantuano
Course 5: Veal cheeks braised in Barolo chinato; polenta and roasted chestnuts “chicche” by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi
Course 6: Seared ribeye, gochujang butter, grits, radish bottarga by Chef Edward Lee
Course 7: Imported cheese display presented by Chef Tim Dacey
Course 8: Gianduja-citrus crèmeux with dehydrated milk foam and vanilla Chantilly by Stefan Riemer

The details:
Celebrity Chef Dinner with James Beard Award Winners
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 
Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
10100 Dream Tree Blvd.
$235 per person (wine pairings, tax and gratuity are included)
reservations: call 407-313-6161 or click here

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