Paducah Chef Sara Bradley will travel to Louisville as part of the James Beard Foundation's Taste America series next week.

The events on Sept. 26 and 27 are geared toward bringing together delicious food and thought-provoking conversation surrounding the nonprofit's mission of "cultivating a better food world for all."

Bradley -- who owns Paducah's Freight House restaurant and finished runner-up on the latest season of Bravo's "Top Chef" -- crafted the menu for the kick off benefit dinner event on Sept. 26 at the Speed Art Museum along with fellow chef and "Top Chef" alumnus Richard Blais.

"It is an honor and bucket list item to cook at a James Beard event of this caliber," Bradley said in a release. "Some of the best chefs from all over the Bluegrass are gathering alongside all-star Richard Blais to raise money and awareness for 'Good Food for Good.' I am showcasing western Kentucky carp, caviar and produce."

Many other talented chefs from around Kentucky and the region will be cooking for other portions of the event.

"The James Beard Foundation's Taste America tour across the United States spotlights outstanding culinary destinations, so it's an honor for Kentucky to be included," Mary Hammond, executive director of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau said. "Kentucky chefs have shown their proficiency at the James Beard House and now have the opportunity to share their gastronomic creativity with friends and fans from across the commonwealth.

"Chef Sara Bradley's use of fresh Kentucky products has everyone talking about her hometown, Paducah, a UNESCO Creative City that encouraged her talents to grow international attention to the community."

For more information on the James Beard Foundation and its Taste America series, visit www.jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica.

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