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Eat, talk to chefs at Beard dinners on tour

September 21, 2010 | 10:20 am

BeardFor years, chefs both famous and up-and-coming have cooked dinners in the Greenwich Village house where James Beard lived. But it’s a small place, and we can’t all go to New York for dinner. A shame, of course.

But Jeff Black’s Celebrity Chef Tour tries to re-create the experience around the country, including a dinner set for Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica.

For $130 to $150, diners will have six courses, with wine, cooked by five chefs: Stefan Richter of L.A. Farm, C.J. Jacobson from The Yard, Shannon Swindle of Craft, Jeffrey Nimer of Haute Chefs and Seth Greenburg of the Penthouse.

After dinner, the chefs are to join the guests and talk about -– what else? -– food and being a chef.

“Even though $150 is a lot of money for people, for this dinner, it’s still an amazing value,” said Black, president of the Celebrity Chef Tour.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation, and Black said the tours have raised $850,000 for the foundation since 2004.

The Santa Monica dinner is one of 20 being held around the country this year.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo: Beard Foundation award medal. Credit: Beard Foundation