Tower Bridge Dinner
Legendary Celebrity Chef Jeremiah Tower to Lead the 2018 Tower Bridge Dinner
The September Farm-to-Fork gala will showcase some of the region’s top chefs and farmers alongside the culinary legend.
Sacramento, Calif.— Visit Sacramento announced that culinary pioneer and celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower will lead the team of regional chefs and farmers to create the 2018 Tower Bridge Dinner.
Recognized by Martha Stewart as “a father of American cuisine,” Chef Tower is renowned for leading the kitchen at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, where the insistence on fresh and local ingredients quickly gained notoriety. Tower is also known for Stars, the San Francisco restaurant that he owned for 14 years, and other renowned restaurant projects across the globe.
“Jeremiah Tower’s menus made Chez Panisse the place that everyone wanted to go,” said Anthony Bourdain in his 2016 film Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.
“When we started the revolution in fresh and local ingredients at Chez Panisse in 1972, the Sacramento Valley was already a source and inspiration. Now it is the epicenter of those and a lot more ingredients,” said Chef Tower. “I look forward to collaborating with Sacramento’s culinary community to create a fresh and local dining experience that is truly unforgettable.”
Developed in 2013, the Tower Bridge Dinner serves as the finale to the Sacramento region’s September Farm-to-Fork Celebration and pairs the area’s top chefs with local farmers to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience atop the Tower Bridge.
“Part of Chef Tower’s legacy is his longstanding tradition of utilizing local foods in his dishes, which is what the core of the Tower Bridge Dinner is all about” said Visit Sacramento President & CEO Mike Testa. “His talent and international legacy, coupled with his appreciation for California agriculture, made him a natural fit for the Tower Bridge Dinner. We’re thrilled and humbled to have him be a part of this year’s event.”
In addition to its role as one of the region’s most anticipated food events, the Tower Bridge Dinner serves as a critical fundraiser, with a portion of the proceeds helping to pay for the free Farm-to-Fork Festival on Capitol Mall that attracted more than 65,000 people in 2017. Last year, Visit Sacramento also utilized a portion of the proceeds to fund the first in a series of scholarships for CAMP students, children of migrant farmworkers, at Sacramento State.
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