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James Beard celebrity chef tour returns to Riverhorse on Main

Riverhorse On Main interior (Riverhorse)

Riverhorse on Main hosts the return of the James Beard Foundation’s “Celebrity Chef Tour” on Saturday, November 3, when Riverhorse on Main Executive Chef Seth Adams partners with other accomplished chefs to conjure original recipes for a world-class dining experience.

The Celebrity Chef Tour visits more than 20 cities all over the country each year to give guests the opportunity to experience what it’s like to dine at New York City’s historic James Beard House. Each dinner begins with a cocktail reception followed by a one-night-only, multi-course dinner with wine pairings featuring a diverse group of JBF Award winners and local chefs, and ending with a decadent dessert course and a Q&A session with the evening’s chefs.

“It’s a pleasure to host so much culinary talent from all over the nation here in Park City,” said Seth Adams, co-owner and executive chef of Riverhorse on Main. “Combining such a wide range of skills and expertise in one kitchen will make for an unforgettable dining experience for our guests.”

Adams will host Chef Ryan Poli of The Catbird Seat in Nashville, James Beard Award Winner Holly Smith of Café Juanita in Kirkland, WA, Chef Eric Skokan of Black Cat Boulder, and Chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure Portland.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on November 3, and tickets cost $200. Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. Tickets are currently available by calling Riverhorse on Main at 435.649.3536 or online at

Riverhorse on Main is among an elite list of top restaurants in the nation and is one of the oldest and most distinguished restaurants on Park City’s Historic Main Street. The restaurant has earned repeated Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond recognition, was named Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Winner in 2016, and has received the DiRoNA Award of Excellence since 1995, Park City’s first restaurant to earn the accolade.

Chef Adams’ culinary career began as a teenager, working in catering. His passion for creation and proven recipes have garnered him some of the highest accolades in the industry. Adams has been the executive chef at Riverhorse On Main since 2004 where he experiments with flavors and ingredients that reflect the season and his own inspiration.

A Chicago native known for Windy City restaurants such as Butter, Perennial and Tavernita, Ryan Poli built his experience at Les Francais in Chicago, The French Laundry in Napa, and by working in kitchens all around the world, including Noma Tokyo. He is now at the helm of The Catbird Seat in Nashville creating elaborate multi-course tasting menus.

Holly Smith was named the James Beard Best Chef Northwest in 2008. After training at the Baltimore International Culinary College and working in Ireland with Master Chef Peter Timmins, Smith relocated to Seattle to work with Tom Doulgas at the Dahlia Lounge before opening Café Juanita in 2000 featuring flavors of Northern Italy. Her additional James Beard Foundation nominations include Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Restaurant, Outstanding Service and Outstanding Pastry Chef.

Chef Eric Skokan and his wife opened Boulder’s Black Cat in 2006, a farm-to-table bistro featuring flavors from the forests, fields and mountains unique to Colorado. The restaurant is stocked by their 130-acre, Certified Organic Black Cat Farm where they raise vegetables, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys and geese. In 2012, Skokan opened Bramble & Hare, a casual farmhouse kitchen and pub next door to Black Cat.

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Gregory Gourdet attended New York’s Culinary Institute of America before training under Jean-Georges Vongerichten and working his way up in several NYC kitchens. After heading west, Gourdet landed in Portland and is currently the executive chef at Departure, a trendy Pan Asian restaurant on the rooftop of The Nines Hotel. Gourdet competed as a finalist on Season 12 of Bravo’s Top Chef.

About Riverhorse on Main

Since opening New Year’s Eve 1987, Riverhorse On Main has been regarded by restaurant critics and the dining public alike as one of North America’s top culinary destinations. In 1995, the Riverhorse became Utah’s first restaurant to receive the prestigious DiRōNA Award, dedicated to “excellence in dining,” and it has received the honor every year since. In January 2000, Riverhorse On Main received the ultimate honor in the hospitality industry as the state’s first establishment awarded the Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star Rating as one of the top 108 restaurants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Now known as Forbes Travel Guide Rating, the Riverhorse has been awarded its Four-Star Rating consistently through 2013. Other distinctions include the AAA Four Diamond Award and Vacation Roost’s Top Choice Award. With its trendy, urban vibe, live music and historic setting in Park City’s renovated Masonic Hall, Riverhorse On Main is the perfect setting to enjoy exquisite cuisine ranging from American comfort food with a Southwest flare to Asian-inspired eats, served up by executive chef and co-owner Seth Adams, one of New York City’s renowned James Beard House celebrity chefs.

Riverhorse On Main is located at 540 Main St. in the heart of beautiful, historic Park City, Utah, and it is open nightly from 5 p.m. and for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For reservations and more information, call 435-649-3536 or visit the restaurant’s website Follow Riverhorse On Main on Facebook and Instagram (“riverhorseonmain”) for specials, coupons and updates on entertainment and events.

About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, JBF launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products, and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives. For more information, please visit Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.