James Beard Foundation Dinner

Thursday, March 7 - Guests will enjoy a five-course feast prepared by a James Beard award-winning chef, as well as seven featured chefs who will be spotlighted during the event. 

Limited tickets are available, please contact Matt Anderson by email or by calling (901) 333-6572. A table of 8 for $2000 as well as individual ticket sales of $250 each with the proceeds benefiting Memphis Zoo and James Beard Foundation.


Chef Hugo Ortega - Houston, TX
Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, Caracol and Xochi
Best Chef: Southwest at the prestigious 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards

Chef Tiffany Derry - Beaumont, Texas
Featured on season 7 of Top Chef
DMN also named Derry one of the “Best Chefs in DFW.” 2011

Erling Jensen - Memphis, TN
Erling Jensen’s The Restaurant 
Voted "Best Chef in Memphis", as well as "Best Restaurant in Memphis" for ten consecutive years (1997-2006)

Micheal Hudman and Andrew Ticer - Memphis, TN 
Semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation | Southeast award for three consecutive years during 2012-2014 |  finalist for the award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 | Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs Award 2013

Martin Rios - Santa Fe, NM 
Restaurant Martin
Appeared on Iron Chef

Kelly English - Memphis, TN  
Restaurant Iris, The Second Line
2009 Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chef”
James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast 2009
Memphis Restaurant Association’s “Restaurateur of the Year” 

Jimmy Gentry – Memphis TN 
P.O. Press Public House & Provisions