At Riverhorse, a Saturday recipe calls for a good cause |

At Riverhorse, a Saturday recipe calls for a good cause

The Riverhorse on Main restaurant is hosting the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Saturday, Sept. 24. Seth Adams, co-owner and executive chef of Riverhorse, which has held the event for three years, says its a great opportunity for people to mingle with first-class chefs. Proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit James Beard Foundation.
(Park Record file photo)

Year after year, it’s an evening Seth Adams, co-owner and executive chef of Riverhorse on Main, marks down on his calendar. Plenty of Parkites look forward to it, too.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, Riverhorse will once again host the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour, in which Adams and five other renowned chefs will whip up multi-course meals for more than 100 guests. The proceeds from the event go to the nonprofit foundation, which is dedicated to honoring America’s culinary culture.

“It’s about the chefs and it’s about the food,” Adams said about the event, which is in its third year. “We get to invite our chef neighbors and friends of ours to come hang out with us for a night. It’s a great night.”

Adams is hopeful Parkites will come out again for the evening because of the quality of the chefs participating. The lineup includes Jodie Rogers from Deer Valley Resort, Robert Valaika of Shabu, Charlie Perry from Eva in Salt Lake City, Bernard Guillas from San Diego’s La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and Tiffany Derry, a finalist and fan-favorite in the popular reality television show “Top Chef.”

One of the main things attendees can expect, apart from delicious food, is a relaxed environment. Adams spends a typical night in the kitchen, working hard to ensure Riverhorse is dishing up top-flight meals for all of its customers. While that will be the goal during Saturday’s event, too — Adams said all the chefs prepare rigorously — the chefs will also get a chance to kick back, drink a few glasses of wine and interact with the guests.

“It’s something a little different than everyday dinner,” he said. “It’s a reason for people to go out and entertain with friends, and you get to mingle with the chefs.”

Each chef will whip up hors d’oeuvres and mid-course dishes, and guests can expect to see a display of culinary diversity, Adams said. Dishes will include duck, buffalo tenderloins, cobia fish and short ribs. A taste will cost guests $225, but Adams said the money will go to a good cause. The James Beard Foundation provides educational programs for up-and-coming chefs and tries to honor the culinary heritage of America.

Adams added that it’s an obvious choice for Riverhorse to partner with the James Beard Foundation — and it’s an organization Parkites should be proud to support.

“It’s a specific foundation only dedicated to culinary (arts),” he said. “That’s big for us. There are a lot of other events and a lot of charities out there, but the one that’s geared for what everyone in this building loves and strives for. It’s a cool one to do. And it’s very exclusive to be part of it as the chef. That, to me, is what’s so rewarding.”

For more information on the James Beard Foundation, or for tickets to the Chef Tour, visit or call Riverhorse on Main at 435-649-3536. As of Friday, tickets were still available, and Adams said Riverhorse will try to accommodate all who are interested in attending.

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