Patrick Owens Next Local Chef on James Beard House Schedule

patrickowensFollowing in the footsteps of the 50 local chefs who’ve cooked at James Beard House since Louis Osteen in 1991 represented Louis’ Charleston Grill there, Patrick Owens next month will travel to New York City to prepare a lowcountry seafood meal.

Owens — executive chef and owner of Owens Dining Group, which operates Langdon’s and Opal – is planning to prepare  a menu including seared diver scallops with green chile-fontina polenta and bacon-fig jam and scamp grouper with sweet corn, crab and tarragon for his Nov. 9 dinner.

Steven Lusby of 82 Queen is scheduled to take his turn in the James Beard House kitchen on Dec. 4.

Tickets to Owens’ appearance in conjunction with the James Beard Guest Chef Program are $130 for James Beard Foundation members and $170 for non-members. For reservations, call (212)627-2308.

James Beard Foundation’s Local Dish Challenge Returns

TasteAmericaKickOff-027With a single dish order, Charleston eaters this fall can support the work of two charitable organizations.

During the annual James Beard Foundation Taste America Local Dish Challenge, which runs from Sept. 1-Oct. 31, the foundation’s education department will collect $1 for every featured dish sold at one of 11 area restaurants. Additionally, diners are being asked to Instagram the JBF dish with the hashtags #JBFTasteAmerican and #Charleston. The city which produces the most Instagram images will receive the greater of $10,000 or 10 percent of the money raised nationally.

The money’s earmarked for a cause selected by participating chefs; In Charleston, Feed the Need’s been selected as the potential recipient.

Restaurants in 35 states and the District of Columbia are joining the effort. Locally, the line-up includes Fish, O-Ku, Cypress, Fleet Landing Restaurant, Indaco, Oak Steakhouse, Poogan’s Porch, Ruka’s Table, The Grocery, The Macintosh, Tristan and Wild Olive.

For more information, visit the foundation’s website.