A Lot of James Beard Chefs Will Be Cooking at This Fundraiser

The dinner is a fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation.

The chefs Dan of Dandan fame are hosting a pretty spectacular sounding affair – a dinner to benefit the James Beard Foundation. The dinner is happening Tuesday, April 25 at EsterEv, which resides inside of Dandan (360 E. Erie St.).

Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite, who are semi-finalists for the 2023 Beard Award for Best Midwest Chef, will be joined by quite a few prominent local Beard award-nominated or -winning chefs and restaurant owners. Among them: Adam Siegel of Lupi & Iris, Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie, Justin Aprahamian of Sanford, and Kyle Knall of Birch.


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The menu is not available yet, but they’ve shared that the dinner consists of six courses of globally inspired cuisine, accompanied by “elevated” beverage pairings.

They’re also offering  three seatings – 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cost is $150 per person, with all proceeds benefitting the James Beard Foundation and its mission to celebrate, support and elevate individuals who are the drivers of America’s food and beverage scene. Tickets for Taste of Milwaukee: A Friends of James Beard Benefit Event can be purchased here.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.