Traverse City Chef Cooks at James Beard House in NYC

Chef Myles Anton, who’s gained a following Up North for his regionally based menu at Traverse City’s Trattoria Stella, has now been recognized on a national stage.

Anton was recently selected to be a guest chef at the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Grenwich Village. As an extension of the James Beard Foundation—a nonprofit seeking to nurture and preserve American culinary heritage—the Beard House regularly features dinners prepared by celebrity guest chefs and staff from their restaurants. An invitation to be guest chef at the Beard House is an enormous accolade, Anton says.

"For me, it’s the epitome of my career so far," Anton says. "I went to culinary school 14 years ago and always thought it would be the coolest thing ever, to be invited to the James Beard House, and now here it is."

According to Anton, the invitation came after a member of the foundation’s board of directors dined at Stella while vacationing in Traverse City this summer. The woman was so enamored with Anton’s dishes, she returned to New York City and suggested he be invited to the Beard House.

Anton’s appearance at the Beard House is scheduled for May 13. He’ll be traveling to New York City along with Stella co-owner Amanda Danielson, who will run the wine service that night.

When asked what he’ll be whipping up the Beard House—each guest chef must prepare a five-course meal, with appetizers and wine pairings—Anton says he’s still working out the menu’s details.

"I want to bring as much local stuff as I can, because that’s our philosophy at Stella," Anton says. "May will be a little tough as far as veggies go, but I definitely plan on bringing local honey, maple syrup, maybe some beets. Definitely some local beef or lamb."

Anton has previously worked at D’Amato’s Neighborhood Restaurant in Ann Arbor, the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan, and at Bunker’s Wharf in Birch Harbor, Maine. He helped open Stella five years ago, and says he hopes to see some of the restaurant’s followers at the Beard House tables the night he’s there.

"It would be great to see some Traverse City people there," he says. "Maybe they’ll make the journey, too."

For more information on the James Beard House or to make reservations for May 13, when Chef Anton will be guest chef, visit jamesbeard.org.

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