t’s the James Beard Foundation’s annual summer fundraiser for the Foundation’s programs and initiatives, featuring seasonal tastings from over 35 notable chefs, held under a sprawling white tent in a field by the stunning, sustainably-farmed Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Chefs & Champagne is a unique tasting experience offering guests flowing wine, Champagne and other beverages, amazing food and the opportunity to meet the chefs who are working to make the world more delicious, sustainable, and equitable.
Padma Lakshmi, host and executive producer of Bravo’s James Beard Award–winning and Emmy award–winning Top Chef, is this year’s Guest of Honor. Lakshmi’s passion for food, family, and feminism aligns with JBF’s initiatives, particularly the Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Programs.
Past Guests of Honor have included Marcus Samuelsson, Daniel Boulud, Julia Child, Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, and Martha Stewart.
It’s held at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York. It is one of the East End of Long Island’s most highly anticipated culinary events.
The main event is held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, with an exclusive VIP hour from 5pm-6pm.