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James Bear Celebrity Chef Tour
September 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm$225
Riverhorse on Main hosts the return of the James Beard Foundation’s “Celebrity Chef Tour” on Saturday, September 16, featuring Riverhorse on Main Executive Chef Seth Adams and other award-winning chefs who will craft an unforgettable meal for their lucky dinner guests.
Celebrity Chef Tour stops include restaurants all across the nation as a means of extending the experience of what it’s like to dine at New York City’s historic James Beard House. Select chefs prepare their own exquisite dishes and combine their talents to serve masterfully executed multi-course dinners. Dinner guests not only have the chance to meet award-winning chefs but also experience a collection of the top fine dining establishments in the country.
“It’s an honor to welcome such a group of gifted culinary greats and be among friends for this memorable event,” said Seth Adams, co-owner and executive chef of Riverhorse on Main. “The variety of talents in one kitchen will result in a one-of-a-kind dining experience for everyone in attendance.”
Adams will host Chef Sheamus Feeley, president and founder of SF Hospitality Group in Denver, Chef Neal Fraser, chef and owner of Los Angeles’ Redbird and Vibiana, James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dahlia Narvaez of Mozza Group in Los Angeles, along with local talent, Montage Deer Valley Executive Chef Shawn Armstrong and Chef John Murcko of Park City’s Firewood.
The 6-course dinner will begin with Chef Armstrong’s Hudson Valley Foie Gras terrine, local peaches, Creminelli speck ham, pain d’epices and pistachio, followed by Chef Feeley’s boiled peanut hummus, pecan-smoked chicken, Hatch green chile schug, za’atar peanuts and crispy chicken skin.
This year’s prestigious dinner is made possible in part by funding from the Summit Restaurant Tax grant and the Park City Area Restaurant Association, evidence of Park City’s local commitment to garnering positive exposure for the region’s restaurants.
“We are so excited to support an event of such distinguished culinary professionals,” said PCARA executive director Ginger Ries. “It is a great opportunity to showcase our impressive culinary scene and share it with accomplished chefs from across the country.”
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on September 16, and tickets cost $225. Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. Tickets will be available Wednesday, July 12, by calling Riverhorse on Main at 435.649.3536 or online at https://www.jamesbeard.org/events/park-city.
Riverhorse on Main, one of the oldest and most distinguished restaurants in Park City, is known as one of North America’s top culinary destinations. The premier fine dining restaurant has earned repeated Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond recognition, was named Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Winner in 2016, and has received the DiRoNA Award of Excellence since 1995, Park City’s first restaurant to earn the accolade.
Chef Adams began his culinary career as a teenager, working in catering. His passion for creation and proven recipes have garnered him some of the highest accolades in the industry. Chef Adams was hired as executive chef at Riverhorse On Main in 2004 and has led a team of culinary professionals to build the restaurant’s elite reputation on an international scale.
Chef Sheamus Feeley, president and founder of SF Hospitality Group in Denver, spent several years as executive chef with Hillstone Restaurant Group at properties in Napa Valley and Beverly Hills. Before establishing his own company, he was the VP of Kitchen and Culinary Innovation at BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. in Huntington Beach.
Chef Neal Fraser earned a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and worked at restaurants of esteemed chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, and Joachim Splichal. He currently owns flagship restaurant, Redbird, and performing arts venue, Vibiana. Fraser was featured on Bravo TV’s ‘Top Chef Masters,’ Fox’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef America,’ Esquire TV’s ‘Knife Fight,’ and Food Network’s ‘Beat Bobby Flay.’
The James Beard Foundation named Dahlia Narvaez Best Pastry Chef in 2016. She built her foundation at the James Beard Award-winning Campanile before becoming Executive Pastry Chef of Los Angeles’ Mozza Group, overseeing its three LA restaurants and kitchens in Newport Beach and Singapore. Narvaez’ work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine Magazine, and GQ.
With a culinary career spanning two decades and several continents, Shawn Armstrong brings a world of experience to his role as Executive Chef of Montage Deer Valley. With almost five years at Deer Valley, Armstrong oversees all of the culinary creation and execution of the six dining outlets as well as the expansive Banquets department.
John Murcko was previously the executive chef of Talisker’s restaurant collection where he earned honors such as “Best Chef in Utah,” “Best New Restaurant in Utah,” and “Best Restaurant in Park City.” After a brief stint as the director of culinary operations at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, Murcko opened the acclaimed open-flame Firewood restaurant on Park City’s Historic Main Street in December 2016.