James Beard Tasting Event Moves to L.A. Next Month

By Alesandra Dubin April 22, 2008, 6:28 PM EDT

Jin Patisserie's Kristy Choo is among the James Beard event's participating chefs.

Photo: Maryanne Bilham

After nearly 20 years in the Hamptons, the James Beard Foundation's “Chefs & Champagne” party will head for Los Angeles early next month. The May 4 event on Melrose Place will be the first major tasting event for the foundation on the West Coast.

The event will feature the handiworks of 32 chefs, and here's a peek at one of the dishes on offer: Kristy Choo, pastry chef and owner of Venice's Jin Patisserie, will dish up confections of mascarpone cream layered with peach compote and passion-fruit jelly topped with ground-almond crumble.

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