Chef Lisa Dahl Returns to the James Beard House
Sedona Chef Lisa Dahl Chosen to Make Second Appearance at James Beard House Jan. 18
Coveted Opportunity in New York City Will Celebrate Dahl’s Passion for Italian and Latin Cuisine
(PRESS RELEASE) Sedona, Ariz. – Chef Lisa Dahl has been invited to return to the prestigious James Beard House on Jan. 18 for her second cooking appearance at the famed culinary institution in New York City, an honor reserved for the world’s top chefs.
Recognized for pioneering the fine dining scene in the small Northern Arizona resort town of Sedona, Chef Dahl first appeared at the Beard House in 2014 where she cooked to a sold-out crowd. Her upcoming dinner will feature a Latin-Italian fusion menu to celebrate her newest Sedona restaurant Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, while paying homage to her classic Italian fine-dining restaurants, Dahl & Di Luca and Cucina Rustica.
A historic performance space that hosts an exclusive rotation of visiting chefs from around the globe, invitations to the James Beard House are extended only to those chefs that meet extensive criteria including national and regional recognitions and excellence in particular culinary disciplines.
“Chef Dahl is one of the more memorable chefs we’ve had the pleasure of hosting at the Beard House,” said Izabela Wojcik, director of house programming at The James Beard Foundation. “We look forward to having her back for another amazing culinary experience.”
“Cooking at the James Beard House was a true highlight in my career, and an incredible opportunity to promote Sedona and all of Arizona,” said Chef Dahl. “I feel so blessed to be invited back and look forward to preparing a dinner that showcases my passion for Italian and South American cuisine.”
Chef Lisa Dahl’s “Latin-Italian Fusion” Dinner at The James Beard House will include:
Presented with a selection of handcrafted Italian and South American cocktails, Negroni, pisco sour and sangria.
Handmade empanadas of portobello, poblano, gorgonzola, chevre and pineapple criolla.
Lentil and walnut croquette with cilantro mint pesto and crispy kale.
Aquacate frito with smoky pimentón aioli.
Slow-roasted Beeler’s pulled pork tostone, frijoles negros, pickled onions and roasted corn.
Endive with sashimi-grade yellowfin tuna, pink grapefruit, avocado ginger espuma, pickled ginger, pico de gallo and chipotle remoulade.
Baby Spanish octopus, garbanzo purée, fire-roasted artichoke and finochio slaw.
Paired with 2012 Nimbus Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile.
A minestra of organic cannellini beans, vegetable mirepoix, rosemary EVOO, pecorino and crostini.
Paired with 2014 Vermentino, Tenuta Agentiera ‘ Pogio Ai Ginepri’ Tuscany.
Quattro formaggio ravioli con funghi and gorgonzola crème sauce.
Paired with 2012 Sangiovese, Il Borro Polissena, Tuscany.
A mixed grill costolette of Australian lamb, Beeler’s chorizo, roasted yellow pepper aji coulis, Allen Brothers filet medallion, signature chimichurri, quinoa currant timbale and brussel sprout butternut squash hash.
Paired with 2013 Malbec, Terrazas De Los Andes Reserve, Argentina.
A duet of rum-laced mascarpone tiramisu with amarena cherry and pistachio and tres leches of coconut milk, espresso and dulce de leche with toasted coconut, candied citrus and Valrhona chocolate shards.
Paired with NV Saracco Moscato D’Asti, Piedmonte.
Limited to just 75 dinner guests, the evening will begin with a canape reception in the garden and transition to the second-floor dining room where Chef Dahl will guide diners through a five-course tasting menu. The evening will conclude with a question-and-answer session with Chef Dahl.
Chef Dahl’s “Latin-Italian Fusion” dinner will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 PM at the James Beard House in New York City. Tickets are $135 for James Beard Foundation Members and $175 for non-members and will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 1. Advanced ticket reservations are required.
Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano
Chef and Restaurateur Lisa Dahl’s first Sedona, Ariz. restaurant, Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano is recognized for creating and defining the city’s fine dining scene more than 20 years ago. Opened in 1995, Dahl & Di Luca delivers the beloved traditional Italian dining experience that rarely exists today, serving classic Italian dishes in a romantic dining room draped in silk and adorned with gold and crystal chandeliers. Chef Dahl prides herself in creating angelic pastas that are as light and delicate as they are satisfying, decadent vegetable-based dishes and hard-to-find Italian seafood classics. Impeccable service, live jazz piano, an expansive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-recognized wine collection and an intimate garden patio for al fresco dining create a dinner experience that has become a tradition for generations of local residents and travelers alike. Dahl & Di Luca is open nightly for dinner. For more information, visit http://dahlanddiluca.com.