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Photos: Taste America “Raising the Bar” at Porta

The James Beard Foundation’s seventh annual 20-city Taste America tour stopped by Philadelphia this week for the third time, and they added a second night of festivities highlighting some of the city’s top chefs and bartenders for 2019. On Wednesday, October 30 at Porta the new event took place “Raising the Bar”.

Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Assocs., Jeff Guaracino, President & CEO Visit Philadelphia, Julie Marshall, James Beard Foundation Staff, Director of Events and Marketing and David Bowen, President and Founder, Bowen & Company at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.

Guests enjoyed lite bites and cocktails from local chefs and bartenders including Resa Mueller and Mike Cher of Lalo, Baology’s Judy Ni and Andy Tessier and mixologists including Damien Langarica, a.bar, Philadelphia , Funds raised from the event go to support the James Beard Foundation’s Good Food for Good and Food Recovery Network programs.

Emma Richards, Goldie’s Chef Caitlin McMillen and Nicholas Jordan served Humas Tehina at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Mike Strauss, Troy Morris and Fred Muser of Mike’s BBQ served their take on the Gyro using smoked shawarma-spiced brisket, which was delicious. Probably one of the best Gyro’s I’ve ever had, at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Mixologist Aaron Deary of Suraya, Condesa, creates a Pineapple Negroni at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Porta’s chef Caroline Hough says the most popular pizza’s ordered are the Margharita classic, and the 14 ½ which is very spicy at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Jessica and Zachary Davis at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Mixologist Damien Langarica of a.bar at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Mixologist Maria Polise from ITV served Flip ‘Em the Bird George at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.

Check out more photos on CBSPhilly from this event.

Restaurateur Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group and Neal Santos, co-owner, Lalo at The Bourse Food Hall at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.

Friday night I photographed the James Beard Foundation Taste of America Dinner. Check out some of the photos here. Later in the week they will be published in Philly Style Magazine and I will put a link here.