An Invitation to the James Beard House – Loveless Chefs Bring the South to New York City

The Loveless Cafe has been invited to cook at the James Beard House for Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, the Loveless Cafe will be bringing our favorite dishes and some signature classics to the historical and prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Our rockstar team of chefs will be preparing an incredible five-course meal (including one of the first family-style courses in James Beard House history) that will be undeniably Southern, but with just enough big-city flare.


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“For a chef to cook at the James Beard House is like an athlete being invited to the Olympics,” Executive Chef Bart Pickens said. “It’s an honor that you don’t take lightly, as you could work your whole life and never have that opportunity.


Pastry Chef Alisa Huntsman, Cafe Chef Daniel Dillingham and Loveless Pitmaster George Harvell echo those sentiments.


“James Beard made enormous contributions to cooking so this is an honor that I can’t even put into words,” Alisa said.


We’ve pulled out all the stops with our menu. The chefs are stretching their culinary legs and letting loose on Manhattan. Everything from Chef Bart’s bite size hors d’ oeuvres and creamy shrimp and grits appetizers, to George’s watermelon ribs and Daniel’s Southern fried chicken will be packed with all the flavor that first made Loveless and Southern staple and continues to make it relevant for foodies world-wide. Chef Alisa will make the signature Loveless Cafe biscuits and end the night with her delicate chocolate raspberry short stacks. Here’s the rest of the James Beard Dinner Valentine’s Day Menu.


A Little About the Chefs:



Executive Chef Bart Pickens. Originally from New Orleans, Chef Bart has cooked his way across the shorelines of South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and then inland right here to Nashville. His culinary innovations range from foie gras to sticky biscuits and all sorts of wonderful savory delicacies in between.


Senior Pitmaster George Harvell. Overseeing all of the Smokehouse operations at the Loveless, Pitmaster George– on any given day – is smoking more than 300 pounds of pork butts, pork ribs, turkey breasts, brisket, pork loin and even fresh fish over Tennessee hickory wood. One of his most beloved offerings: Watermelon Ribs (find them on the James Beard menu… and every Thursday here at the cafe) .


Pastry Chef Alisa Huntsman. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Alisa is the author of Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe and Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes.


Cafe Chef Daniel Dillingham. Born and raised in Nashville, right around the corner from the Loveless Cafe, Chef Daniel is responsible for the daily preparation and oversight of virtually every item on our Cafe menu, and in larger quantities than you could ever imagine.


Cooking for the James Beard House is bound to be an experience none of these chefs will soon forget, nor will the contest winners who will be joining the Loveless team on the trip of a lifetime to New York City.


“I actually get chills every time I think about it. And to have the opportunity to showcase our authentic Southern food – real hickory smoked meats, for example, from our pit in Nashville – is the icing on the cake,” said George.


To find out more about the James Beard Foundation, click here. To learn how you can enter to win the Loveless Cafe NYC Gourmet Getaway, go to our contest page.