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Culinary and Coffee Excellence

Lavazza and the James Beard Foundation

By the Lavazza Team 3 minutes

Lavazza has been a proud sponsor of the James Beard Foundation since 2011, sponsoring numerous awards along with the Beard House Purveyor program, Beard House Fellows, JBF Greens, Beard Does Brunch, Taste America®, and currently serves as an official partner of the James Beard Foundation’s Advocacy and Sustainability programs.

This partnership reflects a shared set of values that closely mirror one another, with programs devoted to food excellence, creating a sustainable future, and improving diversity and inclusion in the culinary and coffee spheres.

Breakfast Around the World

After more than a decade of partnership, Lavazza is excited to be the official coffee purveyor at Platform by JBF at Pier 57.

This new state-of-the-art kitchen, event space, and educational hub is where we recently co-hosted a “Breakfast Around the World” brunch, pairing Lavazza coffees with globally inspired dishes prepared by alumni of the Beard House Fellows program.

To start, guests were welcomed with a Paloma Café Coffeetail, followed by three courses each paired with a special Lavazza blend. To represent Ecuador, Chef Jahqyad Austin prepared Desayuno Tropical fried eggs with pork and plantain Bolon. Chef Gabriella Perez prepared tostone steak bites with avocado salsa for the Puerto Rican dish, and for Venezuela Chef Marcio Moran prepared cheese arepas with sausage. The brunch was finished with fresh cookies and an Espresso Nocciolato.


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