Visit Philly partners with James Beard Foundation to promote food tourism

Hadas Kuznits
January 30, 2020 - 4:50 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The city of Philadelphia has partnered with the bedrock of culinary excellence to help promote food tourism this year.

During Visit Philadelphia’s 2020 Tourism and Hospitality Outlook presentation at The Met Philadelphia on Tuesday, the city announced its partnership with the James Beard Foundation.

“The Philadelphia region has 245 James Beard-nominated chefs and entrepreneurs,” said Jeff Guaracino, president and CEO of Visit Philly. 

He said the foundation will not only be partnering with the city on tourism initiatives, but they'll also be returning to Philadelphia to announce the James Beard Award nominations in March.

“It is a giant deal who's going to be nominated for best chef, best restaurant,” he said.

Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation, said culinary excellence in Philadelphia has been building for a while now.

“With Zahav just winning Outstanding Restaurant of the whole nation” — in May 2019 — “that was a real pinnacle moment for the whole city,” she added.

James Beard House
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Guaracino said they will bring Philly chefs to cook at the James Beard House in New York, and the city will work with the foundation to promote its Good Food for Good initiative, which connects “Travelers who want to do good through the purchases they make with their travel dollars.”

Other programs that are in the works will be announced later this year, like a whole week of restaurant events in August.

For more on the partnership and what it means for the city of Philadelphia, listen to the KYW Newsradio original podcast What’s Cooking on the RADIO.COM app.