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The James Beard House in New York’s Greenwich Village has long been known as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. What a treat it will be, then, for patrons on June 1st when Las Vegas top restaurant, Alize´, loans its resident chefs to prepare an innovative five-course menu.

Seats for this extraordinary dinner are quite limited. Sales open to the public on May 1st at jamesBeard.org or by calling (212) 627-2308. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a phenomenal dinner that also fully supports the ongoing work and education of the James Beard Foundation

Alize´ Chef de Cuisine Mark Purdy and Pastry Chef Tammy Alana have shaped a menu that reflects a range of ingredients, techniques and flavor profiles to create a brilliant progression of taste. The dinner begins with an assortment of hors d’ouevres and canapés, personally inspired by the chefs’ history of cooking together at Alize´, as well as other culinary experiences that have shaped their unique resumes.

Then, the meal begins with a light, crisp king crab salad with marinated summer melons, lychee fruit and yuzu vinaigrette. From there, each course becomes progressively richer, culminating in Chef Purdy’s true passion – his famous signature Rack of Lamb.

The Rack of Lamb has always been a favored staple since Andre Rochat opened his first Andre’s French Restaurant in Las Vegas. Purdy added his own flair after joining Andre’s new restaurant, Alize´ at the Top of the Palms, with house-made spicy merguez sausage, apricot couscous, harissa lamb jus and basil oil. Even better – this Alize house special will be paired with none other than the highly limited production Chateau L’JHospitalet Reserve 2010 to round out the rich explosion of flavor.

Set your calendar alarms for May 1st to ensure your seat at this sure-to-be-memorable event.

About the James Beard Foundation

After James Beard passed away in 1985, the James Beard Foundation was introduced to continue to celebrate America’s culinary heritage. The Foundation provides educational initiatives, culinary scholarships and prestigious food industry awards. Visit JamesBeard.org for more information on the Foundation’s constantly revolving and evolving calendar of events.